I often see on the Facebook group or other sites, people say, "2018 was so much better than '19." Why do people feel that way? Is this really the general consensus, or do people just remember the past more fondly than the present? These are improvements to 2019 that I can think of off the top of my head, and to me each one of them is quite significant.
Ads: This is just my personal experience, but to me, ads in 2019 are much, much better than 2018. Remember the 3 part ads and the long, long lag between ads? For the most part, no more. And standard 30 second ads have been supplemented by many 5-15 second ads. While spenders, and in particular VIP players will always have an advantage, there's real opportunity for free to play players to build highly competitive teams too.
Gifts: Gifts are at the very worst comparable to '18, and far, far more common than in '17.
Keepers: Keepers are a game changer for long-term players! I didn't have high expectations for keepers, because, to be frank, I thought it would just be a mess. But in my opinion, they nailed it. It's a clear advantage for long-term players, but not to the extent where new players are at a tremendous disadvantage. The resource cost is tough, but fair for their value.
Leveling: Diamond players, remember how much gold it cost to take a player from D1 to D10 if you weren't cycle capping him? Those days are gone. For Gold and Platinum players starving for EVO, the repull/cycle cap opportunity to evolve a player is highly beneficial!
Mid-week combo of Fan Rewards/Ballpark investment: Remember all the complaints and people who said, "I wish I could choose between fan rewards and leveling up my ballpark." Well, now we get both mid-week.
So what don't I like? I don't like that Slugfest has been turned into an afterthought event. I'd love to see it return to be a big part of 2020, but with your regular roster, with success based off your player's Power rating. I could take it or leave it on how much WOH has changed with the towers and structure. There's some good things about it and some bad things about it.
But for the most part -- "TSB 2018 was so much better", nah I just don't really see it. But feel free to convince me otherwise.