i saw many people complaining about this new set of rules, we played the Epic Red War on Sundey 9/9/2018 in Bologna, Italy and we were about 100 AL Players.. everyone was very satisfied even without gold .. even without a certified item at the end of the event.. they were very happy to unlock them instead for later purchese if needed..
these new rules dont have a high impact on the play. They are quite good and simple. You can have fun the same way you did for the last 30 years of D&D.
i'm still waiting for the new DM quest sheet..i hope there will be one with new season graphic.