I plan on trudging along as well. I won’t pay that much to skip when I know I might also need to pay up to keep dragons open as you did - and I did as well — for the dragon currently on display in my screenshot...
And I don’t think it’s wrong of course for players to buy moves. The game needs to make money. The scaling is just skewed, and for the first run out of the gate it is expected. I think we all just want it to run as perfect as it can so it can be a winner for both SP and players alike.
In terms of collecting dragons, though, I am a believer that all players should have a reasonable shot at obtaining a couple/few new dragons advertised in actual events with hard, diligent work.
I’m not claiming that all dragons should be a cinch to obtain, far from it, but the fact that even for the second most basic dragon I had to dump 30 gems to keep open doesn’t speak well for what new dragons remain. Cloudberry is available right out of the gate, as is the case with all events offering up something in the beginning, but due to the massive strategy needed to clear moves and work through the reward queue for other advertised dragons and with how this genre of event is structured, additional scaling is needed, because players could go through the process of trodding through missions, skipping perhaps, and even spending to keep a dragon open, but if they don’t have a knack for this actual type of event they might not get another “advertised” dragon, even if they are diligently working through the missions. That is unfortunate.
Aside from the 30 gems I have spent to keep open that little green new dragon, I, too have claimed all the dragons you mentioned above as a result of diligence and playing my moves in ways advantageous to me, not the house. But note I’ve already spent gems trying to obtain the second lowest dragon. It’s already not free.
I get that you’re trying to dismiss complaints to a certain extent but players play hoping to get a couple new dragons when these events come out. That is normal behavior, and for SP to gate them off probably for most players starting at the second is not really in line with how other events work where a couple/few new dragons can be obtained with hard work and devotion to the game for the duration of the event.
And skipping only gives a new mission option; it does not literally progress one in the same fashion as does as skipping does in heroic races... all the steps here involve long amounts of waiting and it will just depend on what exactly one waits! Nothing is actually gained skipping a step — it doesn’t technically get one closer to getting a dragon — whereas at least by using gems to renew a dragon’s moves, that actually helps... mission skipping could be seen more of as a frustration-reliever to start over if you will.
Tips for helping: maybe no one really has anything of substance yet. Why haven’t some of the wizards here already offered some up? Including the mods... Maybe people are still seeing how the event plays out. Maybe most are literally just plugging away.
It’s not bad that people are voicing more complaints than tips. That in itself is a sign that mechanics might be amiss AND the fact that it is only 3 days into a new event...
The only real tip I have figured out is to not immediately sell dragons to clear my hatchery once I have bred them for a mission. There could be a chance a mission pops up relatively around that time which will call for hatching what I’ve just bred. That would be a huge time saver.
I don’t believe it is wise to save moves as timers are involved and I also don’t believe it is a good idea to breed with more than the required elements. For those with upgraded hatcheries and the additional breeding tree (both which I do have) it might be fun but not efficient due to odds but for those with what the game provides as standard it definitely wouldn’t be wise in my opinion due to space and time constraints... better to just focus on the best yielding mission by itself and clear one by one.