For 25 stars, you can buy a full refresh of your energy, which gives you an immense advantage, you can just surge through generations before anyone else. This is not P2W in someway? I can still make sure I progress faster by doing things right but my options are still limited.
This game is definetly P2W, I don't get all the fanboyism. BUT, it's not a slap in the face like all the others before, there's still alot of value to it. The biggest reason is that you need 20 players in a full team and secondly, you can work hard to close the gap between you and the person with hundreads of stars at disposal. But again to say that you can match their progression is utterly delusional.
It's a shame that this project seems abandoned, had so much potential and obvious intentions for further development, the case of missing gloves, the unexplained items, the rather empty inventory and unused gearslots. I would have prefered a small droprate for randomly enchanted items or some reason for the inventory at all.