It seems to me that it’s more likely than not that players who pay will gain an even bigger advantage over non-payers due to these VIP rewards that give better items in their chests. Paying for anything extra in games like these always gives players an advantage over others, but now it’s going to be worse. Especially with the ability to level up troops further and give them traits.
Since the update I’ve come across a lot of pvp matches where the health of the opposing team is through the roof as well as their annoying traits and it dwarfs my team whom I’m struggling to get traits on due to the slow access of traitstones/runes.
It seems pvp gameplay is now very unbalanced since the update.