I manage 2 top 6 clans on kongregate, we have worked together over the past months to accept and deal with these changes..
i have 20 paying players ready to walk away. I have 28 hard core grinders giving up.... There is no encouragement i can give them. you need to give people a reason to grind. as of now they have no hope.
your move. if you don't respond to this in some satisfactory way - i will encourage this group to leave. and find the next game. right now i am holding them together barely.