Bringing up an old post, but I gotta say, I’m pretty much right with you!
My experience went entirely like this:
I’m a collector with very strict limits. 35 of each dragon, ten nicely lineaged (usually checkers). 15 messies per breed get frozen. It’s to keep certain frustrations my dumb brain will have in check.
So I was out of freeze slots and decided to try and find a CB Omen on the AP. I don’t do 2gs so well... unless they’re ‘special’. I like to breed and gift the offspring of those. As far as I know, I’ve never asked any Important People for offspring, so if I get lucky or gifted something, share the love!
I caught an Omen. Saw it was lineaged. Decided to check. Messy. Can’t freeze, about to toss it back in—
And I saw the alt. The wave of disappointment was crushing. But I kept it, for a moment. Maybe a freeze slot would come back.
Checked the news thread. The memes immediately struck me as mean-spirited. I’m assuming that’s because I mostly see such memes surrounding mean-spirited things, plus I’d just had experienced a disappointment related to it.
To the discord! It was absolutely wild in there. In good fun, too, I quickly found out. It was my own fault for having a specific playstyle. Little sad from not being able to join in fully, though.
Freeze slot came back. My Omen hadn’t hatched then, so I was watching the chaos and an offer for a messy lil egg from a blue alt came up! A friend for my pink alt child! I didn’t turn it down.
I still only had one freeze slot available, but I planned to hold on for a second and freeze them both as S2s.
...Then I decided, what if I bred them to each other next year?
So I precogged and named them and they’re going to make the messiest children. They’re so far the only messy adults I’ll allow on my scroll, and I love them. And that’s how you convert someone to the dark side.