It's been an incredibly long time since any big changes were made to either the two Mountain stages or the three Challenges stages and it is long overdue.
Players over level 105 are faced with heroes needing 100-150k XP to reach the next level, that's 67-100 XP Vials or 13-20 XP Decanters PER HERO and with 56 heroes it adds up FAST. Even if you focus solely on a core group for War Defense and Coliseum of 15-20 heroes that's 300-400 XP Decanters PER LEVEL... Add to that the 350-450k+ gold needed for Skills and you can see where this is heading...
The highest level of The Mountain stage The Summit gives at MOST 41 XP Vials and 18 XP Decanter... Had we not been hordeing these items during the level cap it does not provide enough to keep a Coliseum team at your current Team Level which leaves us in trouble. The same issue arises in The Caves portion of The Mountain... It does not provide anywhere near the gold needed to keep even the smallest team's skills up to date (only through Expedition and Crypt are we barely able to make those payments).
The answer is simple... A new level of difficulty that provides FAR more XP and gold than The Mountain currently provides, which brings us to our next MAJOR problem... CHALLENGES...
The three Challenges stages: Stone Forest, Molten Scar and Dragon Deathmatch are HUGELY flawed and are in need of some very serious and thoughtful changes. The items we need most that are available (Tiara, Head Banger, Boomerang, Framed Diploma etc) are ONLY offered on difficulty settings well below the top which forces us (higher level players) to run these lower difficulties missing the loot only offered on the highest difficulties, which is the second half of the problem, the loot provided.
There are MANY items everyone needs a seemingly endless amount of... Disk of Some Power, High Tea, Fad Diet, Liger Balm and so on... While everyone needs these items they share another trait... None of them are offered as rewards in any of the Challenges stages. Instead we are largely offered items we no longer have any need for (there are a few items currently there that should remain like Boots Made for Walkin', Power of SCIENCE, Halberd, Dragon Scale etc) yet we have thousands of scraps for the items we no longer need.
I hope you, the developers, will read this and take it to heart... People are leaving the game en mass because we are stuck farming for the same items over and over when you could provide these 'staple' items for us and allow us to farm the more exotic and specific gear.
I hope you, the community, read this post and make suggestions for which items should be in the revised Challenges stages... Disk of Some Power, High Tea, Fad Diet, Liger Balm along with the staples of Tiara, Framed Diploma, Head Banger, Boomerang are just the ones that come off the top of my head so please share your thoughts on what else should be included.
One last thought... With Runicite being so rarely dropped these days it would be nice if in addition to the upgraded Mountain stages a third was added, a Runicite dropping stage... Just a thought...
Please let me know what you think community !!! Devs please take this to heart !!!