2018 will be looked back at as the year GoW became G2P (Gem to play). I hope that the devs have made a profit on it. But outside of new game modes (some good, some bad). There’s nothing really mutually beneficial from the G2P aspect of the game. I don’t think GoW should ever become P2P (pay to play) either. That being said… There’s a shop in the game that already exists but the products in the shop are usually worthless. The devs keep track of how often players use each weapon. Why not use that data for good use and make the top 10 most used weapons (excluding ones you get from leveling up) constantly for sale?
Dawnbringer is a game changer and should be reserved for people willing to put in the the time for it.
On the other hand, EVERYTHING in the game is achievable by using your gems or your time (except for Death Knight armor and some other cosmetic stuff). I strongly suggest, you make Dawnbringer available for purchase for the absurd amount of like $2,000.00, if people are willing to pay that much for it then so be it. When the devs need fast cash then put it on sale for $1500.
If @Sirrian, you so decide to implement these requests and they become profitable to 505 and Infinity Plus 2. Then please put gems back in legendary tasks. During your Q&A you said that the Gem economy was balanced now and to buff the Tower of Doom Rewards you would need to take gems away from guild wars. Respectfully, that doesn’t make any sense. When guild wars was every week. On a monthly basis the first place guild would be given 6k gems times 30. But currently on a monthly basis, if a guild gets first place in GW and ToD they can only make 2k gems times 30. That doesn’t even factor that during guild wars every single guild gets Gem Rewards at the end of it. I don’t think that’s true for Tower of Doom, but I don’t know it for a fact. Meanwhile we have countless ways to spend gems now compared to when guild wars was every week.
So I have to assume that restricting gems given by the devs, compared to taken by the devs, has been lucrative for the companies involved. I just worry that too many players will feel like they are constantly being “shaked down” in a sense until they are forced to buy gems. It’s always better to give a person the option to buy rather than force them to. The way you designed to game originally, I have to believe you have the same mentality, Sirrian. Making the best weapons in the game available for purchase 24/7 should satisfy both your players and 505. Thank you for reading.