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@FreeBird Another user noticed this and contacted Support. It's confirmed that they are now charging 5 coins to play. A screenshot of their answer can be seen in this thread...
This has happened to me too, starting today 6/19. I am not happy. I love lightning round but I am not spending my coins when I can't pick my teammates! WWF, please bring it back to free!!
I am being charged 3 coins per game. So it appears they have changed it, or are charging different amounts to different people. I am definitely not paying 3 coins to play when there is no ability to earn coins through the Lightning Round. I think this was rolled out to consistent players. A friend of mine who only plays occasionally isn't being charged yet.