I just lost a round in less than four turns.
Normal difficulty. AI gets a lucky purple five match right off the rip, charging his skeleton. Skeleton casts. The 3 matches he makes take out my first card due to his 21 attack centaur scout doing true damage. The skull 5-match his skeleton left allowed the centaur scout to quickly dispatch my second troop.
I was left with jack crap on the board for my turn, and his second skeleton was already charged from cascades. The writing was on the wall, so I just plain quit.
Traits add nothing to the game. No strategy, no depth, no fun. They’re just plain old buffs that happen to be extremely expensive whether your currency is cash or time. At absolute best, they’re a minor annoyance on the opposing team. Worst case scenario, as I experienced here, is they’re completely and utterly broken, allowing an AI controlled team of commons to completely steamroll a player in a few turns even at the lowest difficulty.
I tried to like 1.0.8. I’ve tried unbelievably hard to find the silver lining. I’ve taken a wait-and-see approach to traits, but the longer I wait, the worse it seems. Being a relatively casual end-game player means I have to sit and watch as I fall further and further behind my opponents, which means fights take longer and win percentage drops drastically, which only serves to widen the gap.
It creates a positive feedback loop of difficulty with the inevitable result being an overwhelming sensation of hopelessness with an accompanying lack of desire to play.
I don’t even know why I felt the need to write this for all the good it will do. I’m not even mad. Just extremely disappointed.