The MTs in this game were blown well out of proportion. You could get new orcs through gold or silver chests. Silver chests were bought with currency you got constantly in the game. By the time I reached the grindy bit, I had so much silver I could replace all of the dead orcs, automatically kill all enemy captains and then just do the next mission. If they're getting rid of the free silver chests as well, which is implied from what they've said so far, then I wouldn't want to do the shadow wars again.
It’s not a grind fest. Transactions are not required. Amazing game. Game of 2017 for me.
No, once micro transactions are fully removed in June they’ll be patching the game to tweak the system to make it less grindy. They made you grind 3 times more than necessary in hope you’d just give up for the end game stuff and buy your way to the end.
It seems that they are making tweaks to the gameplay, too: FAQ - removing MT
I loved the first one, kinda weird in that the game got a hell of a lot easier the further in you got, once you could brand orcs you were pretty much invincible. Didn't find it that repetitive really, was in keeping with the theme