My idea for this thread is for multiple people to share their opinions. I am not looking for people to put band-aids on my butthurt, I kind of want to get a feel for how others are enjoying/not enjoying GW.
So I've been playing GW for the first week now and up until today, I found it far more stressful but a little bit more enjoyable than PVP grind to have to really think through the matches.
The stress is that I'm used to grinding PVP where a loss doesn't count for much and I have learned not to get bent out of shape if I get RNG-screwed really badly, I just retreat and start a new battle.
But with GW, the only reason I've lost is not because the opponent has a great team(Yeah the meta is interesting with the death knight and psion and famine) but the problem is when you create a team carefully balanced to match your opponent and go to fight and you don't get any mana you can take for 10 turns with each of your moves followed by a board reshuffle for the opponent where the opponent gets a cascade and some skulls.
After losing two battles to terrible RNG performance, I realized that I was so upset I wanted to not just quit GW, but quit Gems of War because I'm not interested in having this kind of stress in my life. I'm sure I'm not alone in this stress, and this is something the devs have to weigh because it definitely is affecting the culture of the game.
I don't know how to fix this. But if I opt out of GW it pretty much means the end of playing this game because I would lose out from my guild and my friends that are eager to keep playing GW.
MY one suggestion is that if this is going to continue to be a stress point for me and other players, maybe we should look at GW being something that happens occasionally, like once a month or quarterly so that it's more special.
I would also like it if there are 'combo breakers' and similar on the RNG so neither me nor the computer can get game-breaking combos. I want to feel like I win with skill, not because I got a lucky cascade that took out three of the opponents troops.
Lastly, I don't think you should have to shuffle the board - ever. The game that @Sirrian says he loved playing, bejeweled, is capable of NEVER having to reshuffle because they have a proper gem drop algorithm. When the RNG makes it so I get a board reshuffle after my every move it really makes me upset in a GW battle.