Thanks for your frank exposition of your opinion and how you see it.
The thing is that in this ocasión is something we need to do, there is no other way to test it, either the Test game round, or bringing it live to the game rounds and, potentially break something and inconvenience players unnecessarily.
In any case, regarding the Test game world, other games actually have normal gold shops in their test rounds, in Kingdoms we did something different for a while.
But for this occasion we need to make sure things run in the new gold shop.
So we need the communities' help to ensure that system doesn't break under stress.
You don't need to buy gold in the test game round, but testing all steps up to that point will help us a lot, so please do participate in that front if you would like to help test it.
The problem is this isn't one time occasion where it could be acceptable, but the new normal.