I just did a sample pull of 1000 chests of those 20 pulls, 9 of them contained at least 1 gem.
This is 45%.
My total gems earned was 25.
Since I have a stockpile of gold chests, this experiment cost me nothing, BUT I did the math on this.
Each 50 chest cost 15k gold, for a total investment of 300,000 gold. Again this netted me 25 gems.
If we extend that to the cost of an LT (1 million gold) you can see that, assuming this is an adequate sample size, I have the potential to earn 75 gems with an investment of 900,000 gold, LESS than the cost of an LT and yet more GEMS then were ever available in LTs.
Even though this is not really a viable option for me to do more than 1 50 chest pull, for those of you with top earners I think its VERY easy to see that gold chests are the new/better Gold sink…
Though admittedly you miss out on sharing wealth with other members of the guild…