It was likely needed a bit. Others on Line chat are also noticing it. At the same time, they want people to hit the boss, not just stand there and X it.
Just an aside, someone make a push for Alpha for that Top Spot. It is always better when there is competition at the Top levels. (Nothing personal Alpha you are great for the game, just a little nudge to get you to spend an extra few VIPs).
Don't worry, I am spending a few on my accounts also. Buying more cards now for the weekend. My target ranges always have lots of competition.