First, I'm not one above spending money. I actually fall probably far more towards the whale side of the spectrum.
This is too much for even for me, not because of the cost - that would be manageable, but because of the anguish that I see it putting my friends through.
The cost of each pull, when one factors in the availability of stargem generation, is too high. And the notice was far too short that this was coming, and basically only got revealed when someone noticed (and I assume it only happened because someone goofed up) that the recycle shop had SG scratch ticket recycle options in advance of it dropping. The pool is too diluted with crap like fixed color variants.
To address a few points that I see raised.
@DHG-MumfordsSon Look - I'm cynical about people who expect to play the game for free and never ever pay anything ever as well, but they have completely and totally wrecked the delicate balance between encouraging people to put in a little money and "LOL WHALES ONLY THANKS!"
Really, the game really is about cosmetics at the end of the day, and just telling people "you don't have to have it" really goes against the spirit of things. Secondly, there is absolutely no way that the game can support any meaningful number of people starting to cycle 12 freaking outfits a day.
Finally, there's being cynical and then there's being obtuse to the fact that for most people dropping $100 to get 2900 stargems is absolutely not a realistic or viable transaction they can afford to make in their life, and that having one or two things from this - things with a paltry pull chance - is important to them. These aren't tradeable. They're not sellable. If you want to have it, you have to get it now because there's no guarantee when, if it ever even will, come back. It is borderline predatory to do this to people for a cost this high, with this little notice, and no meaningful way even a reasonable portion of the server could address it if they decided right now to start using every option of SG generation we have.
But on the other side of the coin - People who are complaining about the duration of the window - yeah, they're trying to get us to parity. Some banners are going to be combined. You are in fact going to have to do outfit cycling. Some things that were promo codes are in fact going to be lumped into SG scratch. The windows ARE going to be shorter. The initial portion is going to be more grinde-y than your past experiences.
You're also going to have to put in SOME money if you want to get everything and do fresh finds and do material storage. Do I think buying stargems by the bucketload is too much to ask of you? Hell yes I do. 100%. Do I think expecting you to shell out $10-15 as a one-time charge to get some alts to cycle outfits with is excessive? No. Are you going to have to make decisions between fresh finds and scratch? Yeah.. you probably are. Your complaints about the cost, the duration of notice, and how much is in this thing for the very first one are absolutely valid, but the notion that you're going to be able to play for free forever and get everything you want cosmetically is simply incompatible with the fundamental nature of the MMO-in-2020 operating model.