To be honest to me it sounds really stupid that you must "cover" the cost of buffing yourself. I mean, currently taking buff villa and other kind of buffs doesn't have any negative side and a Siege Guild payout covers their cost vastly, while a small T1 node guild in total might have 1-2 people that use those buffs because they have the gear, an efficient worker empire, the mindset and the ability to cover the costs of those buffs through grinding, the forementioned worker empire and other sources. This lead to widen the gap even more between different gearscores, guild sizes, numbers and guild tier, making the strong much stronger and the weak even weaker than it is already. For me the idea behind Villa buffs themselves is that they should be used only on specific occasion, for example when you really want to destroy a guild because you have beef with it or if you really want that bad to win, be a territory or a node. Nothing should be able to cover the cost of such huge buffs or at least if you want to cover them, you should slightly lose some money, not cover them properly and gain 200kk out of it. What if Sovereign would spend the money to win a Territory against Enemy and Enemy doesn't have the money to do so or is not willing to spend them? in that scenario we could probably see a more even fight or at least a fight where one side is going all-in to win something. And could happen the other way around, aka Enemy being fully buffed while Sov isn't. Or Sov could decide to sacrifice a huge chunk of the money earned from the Territory - every week - to secure it for future, since the more you stay in a territory and the more you gain out of it. This should be the real gold sink, then other activities should grant more stable drops, a more reliable income but it should be also less lucrative. As it stands right now if you want to go in Siege with your guild you don't need only to have the right GS and numbers, you need to have a Tent - as even the laziest that never took a Villa buff in their life now do so - an insignificant amount of money, that's it. Then you can proceed to beat others, probably not fully buffed - because some member was too lazy to go in Shakatu and buy the villa - and you can say that you spent your money, when in fact those buffs helped you to secure a victory that probably wouldn't be so certain and in fact you didn't spend money, you made a small investment gaining a lot out of it.