OK so in world events clearly an explosion at the beginning of the match is meant to be helpful to the player, hence why you have to purchase Tier II to gain this perk. What I find infuriating is when the gems drop into the board at the start of the match, I immediately spot some 4 gem matches, but then the board explodes leaving only 3 gem matches. Remember the explosion is meant to benefit the player, but this ‘perk’ has now hindered me.
How about some kind of ‘Explosion Cancel Timer’ at the beginning of the match? From when the gems drop into the board at the start of the match to the actual explosion there is about 3 seconds, and even in such a short period you can process ‘ooh look there is a 4 match’ and select to cancel the explosion.
I know the explosion mechanic is a gamble in general, and sometimes it doesn’t bear fruit. This I can stomach when playing a normal match and exploding Leprechaun, but when I have handed over hard earned gems to purchase this ‘perk’, and then get dealt a royal flush, it is extremely annoying for the dealer to say ‘sorry, bum deal, now you’ve got 2 and 7 off suit’.