This is just talking, fantasizing if you will.
But I had a dream last night that the 100+ unusable troops in this game changed how they Ascend. In my dream the cards that have never really been usable and have remained that way up to level 20 Mythic… were suddenly changed both mathematically and thematically.
So in my dream, instead of a level 1 useless Peasant ascending to 20 and still being useless, the progression looked like this:
- Level 1-5 default card/spell behavior
- Level 6-10 upgrades to Peasant Worker
(Spell changed to destroy 3 gems in a row + 3 gems above them)
- Level 11-16 upgrades to Peasant Leader
(Spell changed to double the mana gathered)
- Level 17-20 upgrades to Town Mayor
(No longer destroys rows, but can “halt construction” for 1 round on a chosen gem color
Please don’t focus on the specifics of the spells, I’m only using that as placeholders. What I’m talking about is how s**ty cards that have never been usable and ever will be, can be made useful again.
I know I’m nowhere near the progression level of many of the top players here, but I can say honestly that at least 70% of the troops will never be used by me. I’m not saying 70% of cards are inherently bad, but realistically once I’ve found my first Bone Dragon, what the F do I care once I find a Dwarf Lord or Musketeer? They become nothing more than “hungry mouths” that I need to throw Souls and Stones on so I can upgrade my kingdoms… other than that… really nothing more than a bunch of cruft that I need to scroll past.
Anyways, just talking… wondering what others people think?
edit: I realize this isn’t something you trivially “bolt on” after a game has been designed. However, the fact that new un-necessary cards a released weekly and the bulging troop roster shows something needs to be done here…
edit: Seeing responses that are basically “yeah but this approach has problems”
Sure it does I don’t deny it. Meanwhile the elephant in the room is that 2-3 troops of dubious merit are added weekly. Where is this game going to be in a year with another 100+ troops that are rarely/never used?