Okay, now that i've been able to take part in 4 Rift Battles so far, it's safe to say doing 7 a week shouldn't be too bad. So far i've been able to beat them in roughly half an hour, even the harder ones. (note to self, don't start a rift battle during work break that lasts 30 minutes. it gets stressful)
However, the problem seems to be that matchmaking is quite wonky right now.
My first match i fought against a bronze 1 player (i'm Diamond 4!!). They only seemed to have silver fighters available and obviously couldn't even get past my first node of max level golds. Not to speak of my Diamonds strewn around my base either.
My next fight was against someone that was in Gold-Ranking and had a bunch of golds in their base, but they didnt seem to be maxed, so this didnt seem very fair either.
My thrid match was against someone from the sgm discord, this was so far my most balanced match, them being Diamond 4 as well, with 50 or so ranking more than me. It was a very close battle at the end and i assume this is what's intended.
Now my last match also was rather unbalanced, my opponent doesn't seem like he has the necessary fighters available to even get past my early nodes.
Not sure what's going on with the matchmaking right now, but this should be a top priority right now to fix. While i may enjoy my free wins (well i dont get many points though and lose a ticket), i'm sure it is very disheartening for lower ranked players to be met with an impossible to beat base.
This is something that we would love to do in the future, but it's a pretty complex request. Hopefully one day we can get a replay theater or something similar up and running!
An alternative may be letting us see what fighters the enemy used to beat our node, similarly to how we are able to see their team in PF defense.
This would allow you to see where your defense may be lacking and what fighters may help alleviate it's weaknesses.
Also, looking at the new Rift shop, maybe make essence the cheaper the more you are buying at once.
Since 100 essence-shards are 150 coins and 1 essence is 1500 coins, there's no point in saving up for the full essence.
Usually you'd have a small amount of savings when buying in bulk, so to speak, this also being the case in many other facets of the game like relics.