Greetings from a disgruntled non “gambler” a.k.a Why I will never spend money on Gems of War …
This story begins on Monday, at the start of another Gems of War week (it really begins almost three years ago … more about that later) with the release of a new legendary troop, Medea. I’d saved up my event keys and opened them with some hope that I’d get the troop.
100 event keys later … no Medea (I persist because I need this troop to get Karakoth to 9 stars)
200 event keys later … no Medea (my store is tapped out and I’m using glory to buy more)
300 event keys later … no Medea (I’ve halved my glory now, from around 40,000 at week start)
I start buying event keys in threes and opening them … after doing this many times (and i’ve lost track of how many keys I’ve opened by now) I finally get Medea. Along the way I also pop 4 Aboraths (I already had 1).
I’ve watched players streaming opening their chests and I’ve never seen anyone need that many event keys to get a legendary troop.
I know what people will say - you just had a bad luck week, it happens. And that might be true, but my ‘bad luck’ is perpetual as this isn’t the first time I’ve struggled to get troops - it’s a recurring theme in my experience after almost three years playing Gems of War. I am level 1153 and I play pretty much every day.
Some examples …
I have never dropped a random mythic troop from gem or glory chests - and over three years I have opened tens of thousands of them. I got Pharos Ra from event keys (in a similar splurge of event keys as described above) the last time Khetar was the kingdom, and I forged Infernus in the sole forge recently. (in fairness I should say that I did get Arachnaean Weaver recently and I have crafted Xathenos for the trophy - but since they are both weak troops I’m not counting them)
This week I ascended my first legendary card to mythic through having 6 copies … my drop rate on legendary troops is woeful if it’s taken me 3 years to get enough copies of just one of them to ascend it.
There are still legends I haven’t dropped, like Gorgotha, Hydra, and Venoxia … and I only just got Korvash, Infernal King, and Glitterclaw in the last couple of months.
And so to the punchline, if you will … I am a gems of war non gambler because it is gambling to spend real money buying keys in the hopes of getting the best troops, and I will never spend money on the game while every chest opening in my experience is such a massive disappointment.
Perhaps a review of the drop rates and the application of statistics and probability within the game is warranted?