You get used to reading one negative post after another on here but this is a POSITIVE post!
I love battlegrounds. It's my second favorite event after the wars. Here is my list why I love battlegrounds:
It's Free! Everyone should love this part of it. No need to complain about it costing too much or about how "greedy" SP is.
The matchups have gotten better. At least ours have.
You get to use lots of monsters that are still pretty good monsters but are basically collecting dust because they aren't your elite monsters. It's fun to use some different monsters for a change.
Rewards are good considering it's free. 200+ heroic orbs alone makes it worthwhile.
This last matchup was a good one. The other team was very close to us in strength. They stayed just ahead of us the entire time until the very end when we were able to just barely pass them for the win. It came down to some strategy of whether to try to kill an island with fewer strong monsters or one with lots of weak ones. I'm not sure we have figured out the perfect formula for how to best strategize for battlegrounds but I really enjoy the battle of wits. I much prefer out-thinking/battling an opponent as opposed to events where you simply outspend them (yawn.)
I hope that SP will consider having this event more than once a month. My interest in the game has waned recently but this event has revived my interest again.
I would have posted this on another Battlegrounds thread but I couldn't find an active one.