Firstly maybe tutorial is only on live worlds, as they presume you know how to play if you come to beta.
And if the tutorial does last the entire first chapter maybe they forget to scale quests for chapter 1 cities as its only on beta that such cities can play events.
Some people will scout quite a few provinces and then leave them uncompleted for weeks so they could be hard to remember. Many different strategies can be had like this.
Also, if you complete a advance scout then the provinces already scouted would be harder than the ones you can scout.
I have a question, what effect will this have on spire participation.
From what I've read and heard discussed in my fellowships is that the main reason to play is to gain the time instants to boost troops, so you can go further in the tournament and gain more kp. If this tournament change means...
As far as i know no one knows the exact formula, and so what factors are affecting the cost the most. @MinMax Gamer seems to have a theory, based on what he worked out for the spire and some peoples findings for this first tournament.
But its all up for change as this is only the first test and...
As far as i can tell you still have to choose to spend your essence/knowledge. There looks to be a 3 chest system but instead of chest they are little monuments as shown in the image someone already posted above
I just want to point out that i said before that the grand prize is alright for those in its mana reward stage.
I think this might be because its the only stage where its reward doesn't normally require pop in producing buildings so easier to compare.