I think natural diamonds are an excellent way to re balance the game for newer players. I know it has taken me a long time to get here ("here", being four diamonds built the old-fashioned way) but I don't know if the game would be as fun if I were just starting out. The gold-tier PFs are getting packed with diamond fighters, and the threshold for earning gold fighters has topped 10 million for months now.
New players deserve a chance at competitive play. Also, the devs deserve some money for all their work. Seems like a solution to both problems.
I suspect there will be a wafer-thin chance to pull a diamond from a relic. I also suspect there will be diamond shards that slowly accumulate when you obtain a gold fighter. Finally, the Rift treasure may be directly tied to diamond fighters, relics, or shards in some unforeseeable way.
Of course, veteran gamers are already positioning themselves for the Rift, and covering the more likely of the natural Diamond vectors. Anything that can be given to a noob will be farmed by a vet.
Why would the lack of a hard earned diamond card or not winning a pf gold at level 10 be a fun killer for a new player unless said new player has too high expectations of insta-satisfaction?
And no, new players do not deserve a chance to win a gold pf without the proper level and cards or be “competitive” against the teams of veteran players. I’m hoping i wont see a level 10 player with a diamond: not only it devalues the eforts of players who evolved diamonds, it also devalues the diamond itself.