This is clearly not a popular opinion.
I will start by saying some tweaks could make a big, positive difference. It is a difficult balance between cooldowns (movement, tower building) and action. The chat system is now really exposed. Hopefully those can be figured out.
That being said, strategic decisions abound. Is the enemy mounting an attack? Do we hit their tower or head back? Which tech tree branch suits our situation and strengths best? Do we keep up with skirmishes or consolidate?
It helps that my alliance has control of the desert now and is doing well, despite dozens of mistakes along the way. We are now the target for the other 3 alliances – will they work together against us? I think that’s the only way we can lose, so we’ll see.
Hopefully some others are enjoying this, too, and see the potential. Maybe it’s not for everyone but I am having much more fun than a ninja event or a repetitive war. This has depth and adds a completely new element to the game.