Yes i know what you meen.
There is a paywall, and evrybody is aware of it.
To be a top tier player, you need certain items, that are rare as adamantium.
But there is also a way for that too, not to be top 5, but there are builds that can be made using only items that are from epic to myth, and when fully fused and upgraded will make competitive builds.
But i want you to know something, befor you get sucked up into hateing the game and developers.
It is a game, it is ment to be fun, it is ment to lessuer you.
There is nothing that obliges you to play this game, unless is fun for you.
You don’t have to live for this game, and you don’t have to be the top dog of it, the most important aspect is to have fun, meet nice people that you can chat up with, tell stories, try new builds, new strategies, it is not about just spending ludicrious amount of time or money in it.
Having fun is the quintessential thing about games.
All online games have the pay to win strategy, it just varies from one to another.
It could be a better game, in many ways, it could implement alot more features that can make it better.
But as it is now, it is fun, this relic ideea could be twisted towards a more meaningfull feature, that could add another dimension to the game.
try the GOAT, it’s an epic only tournament, that rewards the players that come up with skill and creativity.