I’ve just started playing again after a long break and have found idle. Just conquered a territory with the arena in - so far I have been “searching for an opponent” for 12 mins... this is crazy. Surely i should be able to play an AI if they can’t find a real
person in a reasonable amount of time?!
The arena games are created based on the ratings of available players. If no other players beside you are searching for a game, you're obviously not going to be able to find a game.
Giving you an AI would be unfair, because the AI absolutely sucks, giving you practically a free win. It would also cause issues with changing your QM rating, since an AI doesn't have a template rating.
Arena is not worth the time you spend playing the game. It could take your 40 min to play a SE game. Is that really worth the equivalent of 10 minutes of resources?
As for a SE game taking 40 minutes, either the 2 players are very equally skilled, or 1 of the 2 should have surrendered half an hour earlier.
Also, i think that for idle , the wheelspin which gives coins and a free power, is far more important than any cache you get for winning the actual game.