What isn't the solution? Duke units, new ranks and new races. These are bandaid 'fixes' that add content in the short term but fail to address the underlying issue.
That's my 2c and my biggest concern for what is a game with a fantastic concept and foundation.
Excellent comment and oh so true. Great concept and foundation but somewhere along the line it seems the game went off track. The small terrain for each server gets tremendously boring after a short time and there are only so many times I can go around looking for resources. Fighting with other players would be fun if only I knew that the fights would be fair. Unfortunately, the game is not geared towards fairness but on the contrary, it encourages bullying and the tyranny of those who can spend more money on the game than I can (don't tell me they got 12 heroes just by being better players!). Furthermore, since it's a closed environment, it's basically like throwing a bunch of dogs in a box with a couple of bones (sorry, not calling anybody a dog, simply an analogy), giving them one extra bone a week, and wondering what will happen in 6 months (the answer is in all the empty and dead servers). Even the alpha dog, the big winner, the numero uno, the big kahuna, has to move eventually because I'm sure it gets really boring when he or she is the only one living in the island.
Right now it would appear that the developers are catering to the sharks and whales. That may provide a big infusion of income in the short run but it will not support the game in the long run and will end up costing them much more than whatever they might make now. F2P players may not spend nearly as much as P2W but the money is in the numbers. It comes down to a choice, get the $100 from the 1000 P2W players or get the $1 from the 1 million F2P players. Once that decision has been made then the adjustments to the game can be made and maybe the game will really live up to its name because right now the way things stand, it will not be remembered as Art of Conquest but sadly as Art of Cannibalism