The point of the $40 dollar upgrade isn't to gain even the slightest advantage. It's to show that you really care about the development of the game and appreciate what Trendy has done for us so far (not saying that you don't care or appreciate if you didn't buy it). It should already be worth your while buying it if you feel generous enough to support the game you love and see a lot of potential in. I've never purchased anything from Trendy that I haven't been satisified with. Heck, when DDE came out, I sold some of my TF2 tickets to buy some copies for me and some pals. It's not necessary to buy the upgrade obviously, but you shouldn't feel like it's too much to pay for what may seem like little to you. I hope I don't come off as rude in anyway, but it's just how I feel about the upgrade and what Trendy means to me and others.