I agree,There does exist a point though for end-game players whereby they can literally have near-infinite military resources, such that even Lv3 of the Spire won't sweat them that much...
ie: If a player has say, *both* the DB + SSS at Lv20+, and, 4-5 max Lv armouries, and, max level barracks/training grounds/merc camp, and, Lv15-20+ of the relevant training time boosters (ie: Needles for Barracks), and, Lv15-20+ of the other 'free' troop producers (ie: Flying Academy for 'free' Sorcs/Priests, etc...)
Then well, it's probably a challenge to actually burn through ALL of that even with the insane troop requirements of the Spire, especially if that player can keep their barracks/merc camp/etc... running 24/7!
Still, that type of player is probably what, maybe only representing 2-5% or so of the entire player base?
So great, a tiny minority have the stupidly insane production ability to crank out 10,000's of troops per day. And the rest of us lowly plebs do what now?!
I feel like I'm a heavy producer myself, being able to crank out well over 2.4k troops per day between my barracks/training grounds + all the 'free' barbarians from my Bulwark AW.
But that's now just a drop in the bucket when just the 5th friggin encounter is demanding over 900 troops per slot... by the 8th encounter, it's like 1100 or more troops per slot!
It's completely bonkers that anyone actually thought this was remotely acceptable!
Even with all my military AWs up and at mid-levels (11 and up, with the MM at 23), 3 full barracks it still depletes my number of troops insanely to have to go through the Spire. That in itself would be bad enough, but might be acceptable if the prizes were worth it. But a single 1-hour, 2-hour or 5-hour timereduction for an encounter where I lose an amount of troops that is perhaps 15 worth of producing just doesn't cut it for me.
Exactly my situation. Even with a Needles at lvl 19, 3 maxed armories and a DB at lvl 11 and a SSS at lvl 17 and all the other military AWs including the Simian at lvl 11 or higher I just can't keep up with the demands of the troops the Spire requires.