Started playing on S11 back in February 2017 when the cap was lvl 60. I've been able to catch up more or less but since the introduction of orange rarity I've steadily been unable to upgrade all the heroes I used to upgrade.
So after talking with guildies, looking through guides and theses forums and because with rumors of massive cap raises starting to popup I decided to hold all my upgraded heroes at o5 ( around 35 of them, rest is purple and below) and stockpile all the diamonds and stam I could until o8 was released. When it did those 3 new rarities took over 700 stam packs, 120 stam reset with 4 buys per reset, a double crafting and double normal drop just to bring the 20 heroes I'd tagged as essential to o8.
Now a little over a month, again a triple cap raise and no way I was able to recover from the last upgrade spree.
Sure with enough time, I would eventually catch up to those big spenders. If there weren't additional cap raises coming soon since they want Red rarity for all servers by August. And if after that there would be no additional cap raises for several months.
And yes why would I compare myself against those that are already lvl 140 on S11 with fully upgraded heroes anyway?
Because I'm in one of the top 5 guilds and I face off against those guys every week. Because with advice from my guild and time spent in the game I've been able to defeat them and contribute to my guild's ranking. And now I'm seeing the progress I've made in this game take several steps back, and the one thing I hate above all others in games is to feel I'm a burden to my team. And that's what really bugs me in the end.