I never consider any expense a waste if it gets me something I want in return. In reality, and when applied to money, this might be foolish. But in this game, time spent is time lost. You can save your millions of goods "for when you may need it", or "for a better deal", that's your choice. I choose to spend what I have already invested in irretrievable time, on something that I can use now. CCs, spell fragments, time instants - these all fit the bill. That's also a reason I go hard in the tourney. If I stuck with 1,600 points every week, I'd have tens of millions of goods in each tier by now. As it is, I can balance my inflow/outflow currently by doing my 180 rounds and completing the Spire, all of which gives me resources to further improve my city, which basically at this point simply needs KP for AWs.If your losses are larger than your gains, you don't 'win'. You may complete the Spire, but I do not see that as winning.
For me, the idea is that I will invest time/resources/troops in something and get a reward for that which outweighs the cost. If it was fun, breaking even would be acceptable, or even taking a loss. But there's no fun-factor in the Spire, so that is out. Rewards that are good would be a good reason to do something that's not particularly enjoyable, but again In the Spire it is not the case. It doesn't even come close. The rewards for each encounter are most of the time not even close to being worth the cost.
So you just want to finish something. Fine, that can be a goal. Just like I like being at the end of the techtree. Doesn't make me stop if I'm not, I'll work to get there again. But not at a ridiculous cost.
Some may have stated that complaint, but that I consider a crappy argument. One can get them from the tourneys and even at lower levels, if one really wants to it is easy enough to find (or found) a FS that gets 10 chests every week or every other week or every 3 weeks and thus get the blueprints.
And I will get what I can, from events when I have time. But I'm getting event-weary. Too many events, pretty much the same each time though the rewards change. To a point where -at least in my views- the devs have shot themselves in the foot by creating so many event buildings that are so much better than the regular cultural buildings, better even than the premium cultural buildings in many cases, that I cannot imagine how that is not hurting them.
I used to buy some of the premium cultural buildings, now I don't anymore, it's stupid since one can get better ones for free.
Also, it means that Devs spend time developing the ideas of new premiumbuildings for each new chapter, make the graphics for them, then they hardly get used, since they're being outperformed right from the start by those free event buildings. A waste of their time in working on something that is almost completely ignored by the vast majority of the players.
btw, I find it an utterly despicable act by Inno to almost force players to do more in the Spire by suddenly decreasing the amount of spellfragments one gets for disenchanting event buildings. And not a bit, but by 50% or so.
There was negative feedback on the Spire, but the spellfragments were well received as a reward, so of course they decrease the other (major) source for those spellfragments so people will be more likely go to the Spire. Or something like that must have been their line of reasoning. Shows how badly they understand their playerbase, or how little they care about them.
I did not 'leave it out' as the discussion -at least for me- was not about what caused people to leave the game. There are many reasons for that.
For me it was more to counter the statements made by @RandomNo. which more or less seemed to to state that nothing happened with each of the nerfs. While at least for me at each of those I've seen players leave, and many of those changes had major NEGATIVE impacts on the game. And when I compare what happened to me on servers in 5 different countries and they all show the same trends, and the forums in each of those countries show the same reactions, I can be reasonably sure I can go with such results.
Anyway, that's my last word on this issue. You play your game, I play mine, it's all good