The worst time – subjectively speaking, obviously – was near the end of 1.0.6 and the beginning of 1.0.7.
Webspinner spam was a serious issue at the time that nearly always guaranteed your loss a majority of the time. It took forever to resolve and eventually kill your invading team.
During this time, gem generators had their generating scale off of magic, and 1.0.7 introduced Kingdom & Team bonuses furthering Webspinner’s generation up to 13 Green Gems per cast. (The likelihood of a 4+ match with that number is extremely high.) People would run 4 of these guys on defense with the +2 Green Flag and simply spoil PvP for everyone.
It was also during this time that many people around the forums started taking sides instead of seeing the gray area between them. Everyone demanding “Nerf it to the ground!” or “Leave everything as it is!” refusing to see the other side of things.
The worst part of the whole incident? Everyone that chose a side blamed the devs for everything. Either the devs were “lazy” or they were “ban-happy” and it all bugged me to no end. It sickened me, honestly, how ignorant some people were behaving. (I don’t even remember who was on which side or if any of those sided-users are still around, but I distinctly remember how it made me feel.)
I understood both sides issue and chose to address them both by explaining in great detail how and why particular nerfs occurred up to that point. Probably my longest rant on the whole forum, taking me several hours to write it all out, if I recall correctly.
Point is, I chose to be constructive without resulting to personal attacks. My goal was not to say one side was more correct but to inform both sides what they were actually arguing/complaining about.
So yeah, easily my least favored time.
Right now? Feels like child’s play by comparison, just on a bigger scale what with more users being present. The current situation all honestly feels like a forum-wide tantrum that I just don’t want to bother with or address further. Far from infurating, more comparatively irritating.