I’m a player in one of the very top guilds. I am also what you would call a “whale” in that I’ve spent so much money in this game my wife would spontaneously combust if she found out (and rightly so).
This morning was the first time in months that I didn’t log-in to collect rewards and play for 20 mins before work. I don’t expect to be logging in again until Monday reset.
The only thing keeping me playing regularly was Guild Wars.
My guild sometimes wins Guild Wars, sometimes not
I don’t care if win 1,500 gems or 1,000 or 100 - its not about the rewards for me. It’s about the excitement, stress and competition with other guilds. Every day within our Discord there are tons of debates about which teams to use, which defences to set, new ideas, testing, suggestions, questions, more testing and so on. It wasn’t play-2-win or pay-2-win. If you won guild wars, then your entire guild deserved it and can feel proud of themselves that all the effort put in was worth it.
Raid has NONE of this
There is virtually zero guild discussion about it - no one really cares. It’s just a single player pay-2-win mode with a few (small) guild rewards tacked on. I’m fine with this, I personally don’t like it, but if others do then great, have fun.
I get why raid is there as a pay-2-win feature - you guys are running a business and that’s perfectly cool.
I’m not bitching about raid rewards or how boring it is - I know it has to remain p2w and you can’t rework it to make it a level playing field for all guilds - I’m asking why can Guild Wars not be run concurrently with it.