You look wonderful today. I thought you should know. People don’t say things like that enough.
I have finished my weekly climb to Tier 1. I was able to make the climb facing 75% Fire Bomb teams and Revenge matches. Sounds great, right? Super fast and maximum rewards!
No, it’s actually awful. The current state of PvP is good for resources and bad for fun, and fun is the thing that keeps the game alive. Fun is what keeps the casual playerbase playing, and those people make up the majority of all players. Without them the game will become a ghost town of hardcore players with all the troops and no reason to spend money, which is an unsustainable business model.
The problem as I see it: more and more players are figuring out that putting up a joke defense, like the current Fire Bomb x4, gets them a lot more Revenge Matches. It also gets them a ton of Casual Defense ‘victories’.
The secondary problem: just as many players use the current standard meta defense, which is not unbeatable, it’s just boring to play against over and over.
What I think we need: players need a reason to field interesting and different competitive defenses.
The Solution? Bear with me.
- Ban self-sacrificing troops on the PvP ladder for defense. There are not that many of them, so it would not be game breaking. The AI is bad at using them properly, so they aren’t viable regardless. They are the core of every ridiculous team.
- Allow players to mark 5 teams on their roster as potential defense teams, and limit those 5 teams to using the same troop 3 times. This will not stifle anyone’s creativity and will provide a variety on the ladder.
- When a player appears on your list of 3 available PvP matches, one of their 5 teams will be fielded randomly.
- Allow every player to ban 2 troops that they will never see in PvP. This can be changed daily, and will greatly help avoid the complaints of “This troop should be taken out of the game” and “I cannot beat this troop”
No TL;DR offered. The problem deserves a longer look.
Thank you for your consideration on this topic, and I look forward to hearing alternative ideas.