I HATE this new gym thing. Before this update, event, whatever it is ... my town and the surrounding ones were competitive. It was great to go around to different gyms and either take them down or prestige them and put a pokemon in them. You got an immediate reward and you were rewarded for every day your pokemon defended the gym.
Today I went out and all the gyms were mystic, my team. I had 6 pokemon in gyms when I got home ... 1 that has been in that gym for 7 days, a second one for 4 days and 2 others that had been there for 2 days. 2 were returned tonight and I got 50 coins even though they both had been in gyms for a few days.
With the new system all I can hope for is that my pokemon are taken down 24 hours apart or the max I can get is 50 coins .. no matter how many or how long they've defended a gym. Competition in my town is way down. The gyms I mentioned where I had mon for more than a day used to not happen. It was competitive and everyone got rewarded.
It was fun to compete and it was fun to build up a team with good IVs and high CP. Now I can put a 30CP pidgey in a gym and get the same 50 coins I would get for a 3000 pokemon if it stays long enough. Oh and if I put in a 3000CP guy I get penalized in loss of CP faster.
And the raids? There aren't enough people at a gym at one time to take down a a powerful raid boss and the ones I have battled are for pokemon that I already have who have high CP and over 90% IVs.