I was never a huge player or anything, but it’s funny comparing how the game was 2.5 years ago to how it is now with my first era back.
The type of players and alliances that exist now are drastically and hilariously different. I remember planting with a group of semi-noob friends for several eras and always being crushed wether or not we boosted a little or not. There were just so many teams that went FTW that we would have no choice but to play for the long game. Nowadays you can plant randomly, not boost a single blue and get picked up by top ranked alliances that have a shot at winning. In the 3 worlds im planted in so far i joined completely random teams and was able to actually have a good shot at winning or completely dominate with no competition (f2).
When I eventually was able to get into alliances with somewhat decent players, we would still have to fight for every rss OP we took and had to defend our territory from everyone. Now you just get people a couple teams separating the map almost instantly.
I guess whats hilarious to me is that 2.5 years ago all the top players said that the game was dead because only 700ish players would plant instead of around 1.5k or something.
Now it seems you’re lucky if you even get more than 100 colonies placed pre tick1 lol
Also so many players suck nowadays. Even if you were in a top 6 alliance you were generally decent and knew the game. I’ve seen a lot of players in rank 1-3 alliances with such low levels of game-knowledge that it makes me sick