I used to be a real gamer but simply lack the time nowadays. I have never been the big spender and generally like to get games at a good price discount or as a Free-to-Play model like Apex Legends Recently. If I really enjoy playing as I did with Hearthstone, I don't mind spending some money but it will always be within reasonable limits.
If Steemmonsters had a free-to-play / "Pay-to-Win" model I would have for sure tested it out from the start. The 10$ entry price has always been too high since I value Steem quite a bit and I always had a dislike for the visuals of Steemmonsters (coming from Hearthstone that is)
When starting to play a game like this I'm very much like the general public, I don't want to have to think or put any effort into it whatsoever. On that part the game very much failed as there is no tutorial, let alone an enjoyable one whatsoever. 2 days in I still have no clue what I'm doing and how everything works honestly.
The Ranked Play feels very Familiar and I'm looking forward to opening the 7 cards I'll get for reaching bronze 2. I do feel as I got started and will likely continue to play maybe even buying some cheap cards on the market.