Events are an ideal format for lower level players, especially for players that have casual to moderate level involvement. Conflicts are only for serious/OCD players. For events, even if you don't get to the bonus crates, it's like getting an objective crate for every one or two 3 star win at the lower HQ levels. I would highly recommend new players take advantage of events to add samples and frags. Obviously, if you have leveled up enough to have the armory, it's even better.
My suggestion for any casual player, is to sit at level 7 or 8 and enjoy the game at that level and just accumulate frags and participate in events. If you do want to go to level 8 for the hero units, I would suggest a mini base, and add turrets to calibrate your level of competition. Level 8 can be a headache for max level bases, if you don't have the armory levels and skills to handle it. Prestige level is only for the most serious of players. It takes a time commitment to stay competitive at Prestige levels or compete in conflicts. Anyone can participate and benefit from Events.
Squad Level: 50
We are always looking for active players. We have a squad of 20+ members, and we war at least once a week. We have maxed out our Perks. We like helping new players, so all players are welcome!