I gave the badge thing some thought, since i never really cared for them anyway, and its this:
I never cared for them anyway.
A lot of the players i know dont care about completing weeklies much. Many of them fall on the same category as me, they farm uranium and sell the uranium or whatever other resourse because usually they farm pvp, perhaps some crafting and thats it.
Not much raiding and an important sidenote: Those are the ones usually paying for premium, buying the battlepasses and packs, at least on average.
The ones i know that do care a lot about completing weeklies on average dont really play competitively or no longer pay any real money or the game.
The few ones that are in between that care about badges and play effectively competitively without paying, they do this: play effectively competitively.
From what i understand, devs saw the badges as an opportunity to “force” everyone into a more competitive group situation (band-clan) so they start contributing more towards the other more competitive side of the game.
For example, for me that i am a paying customer in a competitive clan this new change actually helps me cause i was NEVER completing pve challenges. Now the clan will do it for me.
And it kinda works as intended, from what i hear organized high rated clans are already finding people to farm weekly pve badges. Who knows, in the process these people might even end up getting some uranium for their troubles.
Or some of those people that never bothered with clan wars might discover a flair for some more advanced pvp than they thought they had.
Now, do i find this new change good? TLDR version, its in a good direction.
The long version is: I believe that badges currency and the whole idea of dailies-weeklies is antiquated and stupid.
Farming the factions to get the stuff was MORE than enough and a good incentive for people to actually play the game, and thats where they should have left it.
So what they did imo is find a better way to implement a bad mechanic.
Also, i firmly believe that they should leave a number of badges to completely solo play, since they made mistake of adding the badges in the first place, they should never completely exclude anyone who doesnt want to do the clan-band thing to get them.
These are my 2 cents.