The latest patch buffed the warehouse quite a bit. This is great because the old warehouse was essentially worthless. However, now more than ever, server inactivity is glaringly obvious. Before, inactive players would have 0 garrison and a somewhat slow replenishment of their resources. If you found an inactive city, you could raid off 1k+ gold and elixir. After the patch, these resources are all protected. Now inactive cities are just 30-100k walls with no resources to plunder. I like the idea of protected resources in theory. Raided resources are unprotected so you get a dynamic where you have to raid back and forth to get your loot. But if nobody can get easy plunder anywhere, then resources dry up. This is noticable on multiple servers I play on, where each kingdom has maybe 10-50 players that are active. This is further more accentuated by research now costing lumber. Before, during castle upgrades, people had 3-4 days where they couldn't spend their lumber. Now, they can spend anything at all times, so more and more do you see people sitting on so little resources that it's not worth hitting. The only ones with excessive amounts of resources are the ones nobody's strong enough to ever raid.
What is the solution here? I'm honestly getting a bit frustrated doing my dailies and scouting for hours on it, clicking empty castle after empty castle in the hopes of finding someone that failed to spend his resources or only quit less than 48 hours ago so his stuff is still there. What are your experiences, is it just me?
Right after the patch hit, there was a bug where all pre-patch resources were unprotected. And you know what, I think that should have been a feature. If you havent logged in for 4 days, your warehouse guards go on strike and everything becomes unprotected.
Seems a bit silly that a single golden legion costs me 3000+ rare resources, and I'm getting around 45 from an escort and 10 from a quest. What am I expected to do other than spend money?