No, not recently. I never found any use for it in PVE, other than “let’s do this once in my life so I can see what it looks like”.
Okay, so now I’m confused about what the purpose of the whole suggestion would be. Let’s say they change the time you need before your shrine is upgraded from T1 to T3 and the god bubble is crafted, so that it fits inside the time between two Maelstroms. And let’s say they change only that, and not how big the bubble is or anything else.
So now, at the price of 500 souls every 36 hours, you get your very own 10 foundations of surface area within the Maelstrom where your building is permanent. Why?
The only reason I could think of is to build enough vertically in order to get the Siege Elder Things to spawn in the Maelstrom, so you can farm them. So instead of farming for building mats, you farm for souls. I guess it would be easier and that’s a benefit you could enjoy after grinding the summoned surges for a T3 priest. The trade-off is that you’ll see these “bubble towers” gradually pop up inside the Maelstrom area, one for every clan.
Reminds me of that Laphroaig marketing gimmick that gives you a lifetime lease on one square foot of Islay land…