One upon a time in the "classic" era (no hero, no auctions, no Artie's...) there was gold but no need to spend so much if you were in a "good" alliance, specially with great leaders.
More strategically elegant moves, better communication & tactical coordination made up for it. Tons of players left TG after the classics were erased￼. Most opined the newfangled changes took the necessity of critical thought out of the formula.
Many asked the classics make a comeback but the Travian Masters excuse themselves and strange mental gymnastics.
Guess they need the gold to make a living. Sucks but to quote Kurt Vonnegut, "so it goes"