You don't need to spend a dime to be competitive. Amazoness, Fur-Hires, Sylvans, Spellbooks (Pure) were all meta for more than 2-3 formats and very easy to build. And now Vampires are the same. Tier 1 deck that you can build with less than 10K gems
Exactly, I has zero gems a few weeks ago after going on a spending spree with them but had accumulated almost 10,000 again by today to buy the new deck. In the year I have been playing I have not spent one single penny of real money on the game.
Time is money. Money is time. So basically you are spending a lot of time to farm. Wayyyyy more valuable than money you would spend on this game tbh. It goes either way. Vice versa. People want to save time and spend money. Just cause you haven’t spent a “penny” doesn’t mean you haven’t paid in some way.