Oh and here is another angle:
For me, pre 1.3.4 meant obtaining a destroyer not through gold purchases was a time frame of “years to never”, i had next to zero Monos income (cant do Leagues cause no opponents, and rare 1-2 monos from spec ops), i had zero Beryllium/Neodium income.
Now for having same play-style and doing absolutely nothing different from what i was doing before, i am looking at obtaining resources for Destroyers/Craft ships without directly purchasing containers.
So i went from never to soon.
27 battles today, 3 specops, 6 PvEs. Total - 8 hours including OS. Full Prem and DLC, 10 loot attempts in Specops, 8 in PvE, 7 in PvP.
Total 268 loot attempts.
final result - 7 monocrystals, 1 impure neodium, 0 beryllium. I asked people in my corp they had up to 2 impure neodium after whole day. No beryllium drop reported.
Just for one R11 destroyer you need 200 impure neodium which means you have to do 100-200 days like this. We are talking few THOUSAND battles for one destroyer. If that’s definition of “soon” then you have to be an old Englishman (you know - “100 years is not a such big timeframe”).
At the beginning you could get an impure neodium every 6 minutes of Open Space farming, then it went up to around one in 20 minutes. So we are talking again 200 minutes - 3 hours per plate, 60+ hours for 20 plates, which - sorry - is THE MOST BORING THING IN THE WORLD. I don’t know what the current idea of business model for this game is, I know this - 2 years ago to 1 year ago I was happy to spend hundreds of euros on this game. Because I could and I was rewarded with interesting game and rewards. Now I don’t want to spend a cent more on this. It’s just frustrating product where there are no changes to improve a feeling of this game.
EDIT: just found out this jewel “To get materials for rank 8 destroyer, you’ll need rank 8 max synergy ship, not rank 9.” by ST_Team
Which is the most moronic thing I saw today. I just recalled I got that single impure neodium for flying R8 destroyer in SpecOps.
So to earn materials for destroyers we are limited to R8s and R11s. You must be effing kidding me.