It’s the Doomstorm that causes all the trouble. The combination of
a) increase the Skull drop rate (higher chance of extra turns and damage)
b) Make those Skulls do extra damage (compounded by having multiple Doomskulls drop at once), and
c) make the skulls explode, charging the troops and clearing out a bunch of the board - which allows even more Doomskulls to drop, which further charges the troops, does more damage, and clears out more of the board for more Doomskulls and the cycle to repeat again.
It’s a hilariously, game-breakingly overpowered ability. I’ve been tossing Bloodhammer at the back of my PVP teams that have an exploder or a double-transformer (Ishbaala, Sekhma etc), and as soon as an enemy dies and the Doomstorm triggers, it’s game over. One explode or multiple match gives enough drop area to cause a Doomskull chain reaction until the enemy team is dead.
Or if by some miracle the Doomskulls fall without a match, at least half of my team dies on the very next turn. Usually my entire team, and game over.
It takes all the strategy, fun and enjoyment out of this game, and replaces it with a random coin flip. All those carefully-crafted teams just don’t matter anymore. And the worst part is that I feel it necessary to play this way, because there’s simply no other strategy nearly as fast and lethal.
This needs to get fixed ASAP because it’s going to cause many, many long time players to quit. You can’t just throw away years of incremental strategy refinement overnight and replace it with “hurr, let’s explode everything over and over” and expect us to stick around.
It’s total garbage and is the opposite of everything Gems of War has tried to be since its creation. As an end-endgame player I’m giving it until next week for an emergency patch or I’m done. Years of progress improvement and treating the players right, in one of the best mobile games out there, and they ruin it with one troop. It’s heartbreaking. None of the other patched bad troops - not Bone Dragon, not Fizzbang, etc - broke the game this badly.
Sorry for the rant. Overnight this game became something other than Gems of War, and it’s simply not enjoyable anymore.