So today’s flash offer is 1800 gems and 1 Medal of Nysha for $50. I bought Disco Elysium for $35 back in December and got a good 50+ hours out of that. Earth Defense Force 5? $40 and I’ve played 267 hours of it. So we know that $50 is higher than the price of two A+ titles – EDF5 with 94% overall rating and Disco Elysium with 95%.
Now what would 1800 gems get us in Gems of War?
- We could purchase Dragon’s Hoard (75k gold for 300 gems) 6 times for 450k. It takes me a little under two hours to make that much gold doing Explores though, so that doesn’t seem like a good use of $50…
- I could purchase up through Tier 7 of a Weekly event (30+70+150+250+350+500+500=1850). All of those sigils would get me a couple hours of gameplay for that week’s event. But that also means I’d be spending $50 for one event… ouch!
- I could open 36 VIP chests and get approximately 32 Epic troops, 5 Legendary troops, 0 Mythic troops, 26 Arcane Traitstones, 1 Celestial Traitstone, and $72k gold. That seems pretty awful for $50.
But wait, I’m also getting a Medal of Nysha. That enables me to give all my troops +4 Magic. Well, I already have 3 of those, so another one would only be used to upgrade a troop. I could use it to upgrade a Mythic troop 100% to Bronze, saving me 3 Medals of Anu. And I should probably use it on my absolute best troop, Zuul’Goth.
Alright, what kind of stats will Zuul’Goth get when I use a Medal of Nysha on him. Well, he’s an Assassin, so upgrading him to Bronze will get him… 1 Magic. Okay, perfect. Let’s check out his ability: “Kill an Enemy. Burn and Freeze all remaining Enemies. Create 12 Skulls.” Okay, perfect, so Magic does absolutely nothing for him. Amazing.
Do you see why people might be hesitant to spend $50 on this Flash Offer? Do you know how much it would have to cost for me to actually consider it? I mean, the absolute best flash offers give 50 gems per $1, and this flash offer gives 36 gems per $1, so I would AT LEAST expect 2500 gems with this deal.
Not only that, but VIP levels don’t impact flash offers at all: Bonus Gems exclude bundles, special offers, & daily gems. Well, that sucks.
$50 is a lot of money for some people. It’s a lot of money for me. It’s the cost of a single A+ game title that gives sometimes hundreds of hours of play time.
If I’m being really honest, for $50, I would expect 2500 Gems at a minimum and like 3 Medals of Nysha – but you know what? I don’t think you should be selling Medals at all, those are things people are supposed to grind for, and you’re dangling a “short cut” in front of us.
Consider the Orb of Power. I never once bought the Flash Offer that’s $50 for 1800 Gems and 1 Orb of Power. I was really tempted, but I made my Zuul’Goth the old fashioned way: a lot of time! I only even got 1 Orb of Power from an event. But consider that for someone to craft Zuul’goth from just that Flash Offer, you’re effectively selling them one of the best troops in the game for $400 – they get 14,400 gems out of that, but guess what? In the one class event I got my Orb of Power in, I used over 6000 gems alone there – 14k gems isn’t a lot at all.
I know it’s probably not the developers at all who are controlling these prices, but this is ridiculous… maybe you’d get more sales if you would actually make things reasonable. Look at it from your poorest clients point of view maybe.