I don't see this change having too much of an effect on the late start. Leagues still have 50 slots for each group? What this does mean, is saving your tickets and maybe once a month or so, just do a mad run to establish a decent lead. With the refresh rate slowed right down, the more tickets you have, the easier it will be to establish a wider gap between you and the rest of your league. If you're already in the champions league (I assume we all are), we don't get bonus gems for beating or high scores, so what does it matter if you're in first place on less trophies?