Clearly this has gone on a tangent but I will state that I did not photoshop the screen capture. It was the opening screen. Those who don’t believe me simply will not no matter what I say. Others here also complain about the edge the game gives itself may see this as further reinforcement of what they are already seeing.
I have no reason to lie about this. I can appreciate the memes. Some are funny. The ad hominem attacks are the expected pettiness of small folk who hide in the internet anonymity. They do not matter.
People counter claims of the game cheating with all sorts of rationalizations and the devs have gone so far as to write the game “cannot cheat” and has had code reviews. I remain skeptical. There are powers that change the colors that drop so we know they can alter what drops. They admit they can cheat “in the player’s favor” at lower levels. So, why would anyone believe they can’t cheat?
One can accept that a higher difficulty level like Warlord IV makes the opponents stronger and tougher. That is clearly stated and you can change it to a lower level if you want. PvP is supposed to be a level playing field. I do not believe it is.
It appears to me that the trend in lessening the rewards one gets from exploration, battles, chests, etc. is a ploy by the devs to encourage more people to pay to win. Hand them a few undeserved defeats, especially if they have been playing for a while, and you push that “pay to win” button again and again. A fair enough ploy but to deny it is a lie. When you look at the many long time players all complaining about this same trend then I know I am not the only one.
At best, the many recent “bugs” and changes in game play (and cheating) are a sign of very bad programming and poor quality control. Bugs in complex programs are not uncommon. I noted that when they are in the player’s favor, the bug gets fixed fast or the troop nerfed in days. Bugs in the AI’s favor take much, much longer to address. These are not indicators of a company creating a game with a solid reputation for entertaining their customers and earning their money. It smells like a cash grab.
Fixing the quality issues has a simple solution: hire better people. Fixing the reputational issues is more of a challenge. If the AI truely is not cheating then I challenge the programmers to put in tracking code to show the statistics. Others have kept track of their game stats manually and have shown the numbers skew heavily in the game’s favor. No doubt the same people calling me names will ignore those observations as well. Again, small minds. An objective tracker would end the controversy. I believe it will show either cheating or perhaps a badly flawed RNG.
The sad part about all this is that this game used to be and still could be great. There is certainly a considerable amount of artistic talent and innovation that has gone into it. There is a lot very right with this game but it only takes one or two turds to spoil an ice cream sundae no matter how many scoops of ice cream you add.