I've been stuck in the general area of 140 rarity for about a month, losing one battle after winning a few which resets it all. Is this because I'm a bad player? I certainly hope not. I've been with WoN since 2010, after all, and with the arena gameplay system in general since 2008. I like to think that after 5 years of continuous play and experience, I've learned a thing or two.
So, then, why have I been stuck? Simple: because I've been trying too much to have fun. Yep. I've been testing different teams and tactics, instead of abusing one good one I have over and over and over to grind and increase my rarity. Shame on me for not wanting WoN to become repetitive and to actually enjoy myself while playing the game. Shame on me.
If I sounded like kind of a jerk there, sorry, but that's what this new rarity system is telling me. No way around it. Shame on me for wanting to test teams against the AI and enjoy the game.
It's even worse if you're a newbie and don't have any known reliable teams to use. Your rarity cannot increase unless you consistently win against Normal AI with little to no losses or mistakes. This doesn't sound very likely for a newbie to pull off, does it? I guarantee you they won't want to put in the several weeks' amount of time it would take to start getting used to it, either, and I don't blame them. Why not? Because they have so little incentive to start and keep playing as it is. Every veteran player received starter packs upon the relaunch; the newbies will not obtain such an incentive. They have to start from absolute scratch with this flawed rarity system and these jacked character prices, grinding against an AI in a multiplayer game for hours upon end so they can get to the point of even BEGINNING to enjoy the game.
You have to focus on increasing the player base before absolutely anything else at this point. People were unlocking characters too quickly? Sorry, but too bad. By trying to prevent this from happening, trying to prevent die-hard WoNers (with likely way too much free time on their hands, considering how quickly content was unlocked, meaning they should be considered the exception and NOT the norm) from unlocking content quickly and altering the rarity system, you have butchered any potential hope you had of introducing any new players to WoN. You're relying on this steady average of 120 or so daily players to keep coming back to play your game without taking new players into consideration. Inevitably, this player base will start to dwindle. It's already beginning. I'm getting sick of the game because of this new rarity system, and I'm not the only one.
If you continue to ignore this problem, the game will die out again, this time likely for good. Please don't let that happen. Start by reverting the rarity system back to how it was and giving new players a sliver of a chance to feel like they can accomplish something by putting their time and effort into it (which will also result in less unnecessary frustration and ruined enjoyment for current players who still have characters left to unlock). Without any question, this new rarity system needs to go.
Lastly, I just to make this clear: I do appreciate all of the work you guys put into this game. It's clear that you try your hardest, and visible effort is seen everywhere from the gameplay to the website to the forum layout to...everything. You have provided us with this game that has provided so many hours of entertainment in the past, and I sincerely thank you for it. I'm just concerned about certain things, like this new rarity system, and how it will affect the game in the long run. It's not just frustrating me while I play; it's downright worrying me.
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