I am using this as sort of a log just to see where my F2P play style is taking me as I am inching towards the start of my first TC20 training.
So I started playing around the beginning of January of this year, F2P about 99.9% the way through. The 0.01% was when Google, for some reason, decides to give me a promotional USD $1 to try spending it in the Play Store. So there was a deal for $0.99 and since I have no where else to spend this dollar, I decided to use it there. Believed it was for some gems. The rest of the times have been Gem hoarding the occasional splurge (of 250 Gems on deals). Back around the end of March, I had been leveling my buildings fairly evening across the board. Until at many veterans’ recommendations, halt everything else, but just get my Training Camp leveled up to the max.
Prior to this, there was really no sense of urgency for me to do this, until I am running into bottle neck in which I am just not doing enough damage to Titans, struggling through map levels and rare quests even with battle items and stuck with the same heroes for the longest time.
You read it correctly, I’ve spent a total of $0.99 on this game thus far, so no VIP Pass for a 2nd builder and gems collection. Just straight up playing the game and collection gems the way the game provide me as rewards for chests, Mystic Visions, etc. So there are going to be days where I am stuck with max iron / food waiting for a building to be finished, so I can get to the next phase. Hey, I wanted to see where patience is taking me, and some might refer this as self-inflicted pain or that I am a glutton for punishment.
It is around the start of the TC concentration decision, that I have only 4* heroes, which all came from Tokens (gotten in game from chests and Mystic Visions). Around the second week of April, before my 2-3 week trip out of the country, I was at SH level 16, one TC15, one TC13 and the 3rd one at TC10 or so. So my main efforts were for me to rush my SH to the 20 before anything. This, of course will make sure I am doing levels, opening chests, hitting Titans, doing quests, etc. Oh, and to slow things down on resource gathering, I don’t raid, so gone are the extra Iron/Food, and the Hero chest fill up. I am not really hurting for food/iron most of the time, but not filling up hero chests is also setting me back on seeing elemental chests and “potential” loots after Raid Arena has been introduced.
Before I left on my trip, I already have Melendor, Kalile, and Li Xiu all 3^60 (and these were my highest heroes) and waiting for ascension materials to come (I can barely finish Rare quest level 4 at the time). Before my departure, I loaded up the two higher TCs and are running TC13 training to see if I can get lucky somewhere, hopefully in the forms of 4* Purple/Blue, which I have been lacking, even until now. All this time, gathering enough Iron to get the Stronghold level up, and noticing with each level I go up, I am always going to be looking for more Iron Storage, which were not on par. Trying to work on all this while traveling (and without reliable internet connection to boot) is not very efficient, and I probably was able to get my SH about 1 level up after my return from the trip.
As painful as that was to read, this is essentially what true-spirited F2P does, even before the VIP Pass come along. Now that I think about it, I might just belong to the category of C2P (Cheap to Play). Fast forward to beginning of June, I finally was able to get 5x Level 18 Iron Storage to hoard enough Iron for SH20, and another week from that to get enough to upgrade to SH20, now the next hard part is to get my TCs up. So I first took the lowest one to get it up to 13, took out the TC13 training from the 15 and put it in there, then start the road to get it to 20, figured the Iron storage should be enough, and they are, but it still takes time…
With each milestone comes different challenges that just comes in the forms of realization something else was missing. After finally getting that TC up to 20, then I realized to do the Legendary Research at 20 requires 1313K of Food. So it’s time to get to the Food Storage I’ve largely been ignoring to get them up to the levels I need them to be and fortunately, now with 4, they don’t all need to be at level 18 like Iron. I finished TC19 research as I was waiting for enough Iron to get the Food Storage upgraded. For those of you wondering and too lazy to do the math, I was able to hoard just enough food at Food 13 x 1, Food 12 x 1, and Food 11 x 2 = Max at 1330K)
During all this time in the span of almost 2 months. My Token summons, constant TC13 trainings have produced me… Melendor, Kalile, Gormek, Caedmon, and just yesterday, Colen. Still no Purple / Blue 4*. The RNG really likes to give me duplicates and/or not the colors or types I am really looking for. On a slightly brighter side, I have at least a copy of every 3* hero (except Squire Wabbit on my roster). But last night I finally hoarded enough hams to start the TC20 research, and I shall start my first TC20 training in 6 days… and while that is happening, slowly getting my other TCs to level up. Hope I will have prepped enough Food and Recruits for that first go. If not, not the end of the world as these are easier to fill up, but these delays… Can take a toll on a player’s mind.
The results of my labor (mostly on the mind) will slowly be revealed starting sometimes next week.