Being a higher level doesn’t guarantee you’re a better player. It just means you’ve spent more time playing the game so the chances of you being better are much higher.
I’m not yet in the boat where PvP has become a pain, but I don’t have the same level of understanding with team-building that other players my level do. For reference, I am currently in the early 1600s. Most players at this point are better at playing the game compared to me.
Does this mean I don’t understand that a lower level player will struggle more? Well, of course I understand a lower level player has more work to do. That said, I still don’t want less points in comparison. The devs are making assumptions about a player’s level of progress based on their level and equally assume that higher means better.
Yes, I have the resources to perform better. No amount of levels will change how I play the game though. I can make perfectly good teams but only with the assistance of another player. Let’s keep in mind I’m comparing my skill level to other players that have reached my level or surpassed it. I’m not saying my teams aren’t good enough to get the job done. I’m saying other people are doing better and making better.
In Guild Wars, my lack of understanding with team-building is best reflected through my defense team results. Some of the same defense teams are still destroying me years later and I’m only competitive to a point. Compared to other players with my level, some of the teams still destroying me would be a shock. I’m not exactly hardcore and I don’t play this game to be.
Although I’m not getting the worst of the lower scores, it would frustrate me beyond what I can express to be handed lower scores just because of the time I’ve invested into this game to get to a higher level.
Is it really fair to force people at higher levels to spend more time on PvP just because they have the right troops and resources? To me, it isn’t.
25 VP per battle, for example, wouldn’t motivate me. It would make me want to pass on PvP altogether. At the worst extreme, you need 80,000 VP per season if you want to qualify for every reward in the shop. How can anyone possibly afford that kind of grind per season? This isn’t a job.
Since a lot of players need Book of Deeds, that’s 20,000 VP per season. At just 25 VP per battle, we’re talking 800 battles a season just to have the capability of getting a single Book of Deeds and that’s not counting what’s required to get enough gold marks. The weekly PvP goals take a lot longer to hit if all you’re getting per battle is roughly 25 VP.
Why defend this? People at the highest levels are far less likely to spend money on gold marks. They’ve arguably invested the most time into Gems of War and the devs are punishing them for it so why bother with a purchase?