Introduction of Limit Breaking to the second tier has arrived, Alpha Aethers are no longer hiding behind veils of work in progress, they have been released and the gift message of the free Alpha Aethers aren’t exactly subtle that it is enticing people to limit break, not at least one, but “one” of their trustiest hero. It takes 10 Alpha Aethers to second limit break one 5* hero, how coincidental is that?
So the first week of this free gift release had people frantically trying to decide, or seek advice on who they should try to limit break first, and a large population of the players, just like the developers have predicted, probably have fixated themselves on just one 5*. Forum went for a frantic uproar, people have quit or expressed desires to quit.
Of course, few days later it is now being for sale, the fastest release to gift to store shelf of any of the features I’ve seen thus far. Faster than ascension materials, loot tickets, emblems, and regular elemental aethers. Which caused another round of uproars and disbeliefs, but it’s all part of the plan that started from the free gifts, because once people have decided on one 5* hero to LB2, they have to have more, and SGG is counting on that.
Although my initial thought was to give the Alpha Aethers to Isarnia. I think I would do better to start Limit Breaking some of my more used heroes the nod to make my play through the PvE experience easier, since I have not emblemed or limit broken any of my 3*, the candidates will fall in my 4* group. So taking a look, I Limit broke old faithful Boldtusk and his friend Wilbur. Boldtusk can only still improve from this point as I have yet gotten his costumes, the costume stat boost plus the LB capabilities of those costumes themselves is something to be seen. Wilbur does have that going for him as well, but I don’t foresee myself getting his costume any time soon. If anything, I needed to clean out my roster space of those 10 Master Trainer Heroes that were part of the gift package, and they were only enough to get Boldtusk to level 77. Since I have a slow leveling speed and I haven’t limit broken any one for a while, I do have a few Aethers of each tier saved up in my inventory.
The limit breaking 2 has always been in the works, and people know it is coming as long as the game is still alive. There is going to be LB3 and LB4 (Omega Aethers?), and are already being cooked up in the back, just like Windows 10 was already being worked on when Windows 7 was released, and Windows 14 or 15 is likely already planned and researched in some vault. Instead of trying to be fixated on the best hero to try to LB2, do it on the heroes you have that you like to use.
I still plan on LB2 Isarnia at some point, that’s for sure, but for now, she can chill with her costume counterpart while I still prep my resources to acquire try to her second costume.
Any way, hero update time. I was not too certain whether I will be able to make the first Fated Summons list, and had always thought I would probably end up choosing the second list. Now that the counter has been implemented, it gave me a finite amount of time to pick from this list before it goes away. Was sitting at 78, and there isn’t much time left.
Here comes Challenge Festival 2, one of the few portals in this game that would (a few conversations short of a guarantee) get me someone new because of the lack of S1 heroes to dilute the pool with, and the relatively low number of heroes I have from within on my roster. I have some Challenge Coins to spend, not much, because I had previously spent my stash on Challenge Festival 1, primarily hoping to get Jackal’s costume, but failed. I had 2.
The day Challenge Festival 2 opened was when there was apparently something wrong with my in-home internet that just won’t connect. So went out for a walk and let the mobile network to make the attempt, mobile data sluggishly obliged, saw glimpse of the new hero in CF2, was expecting the Belladonna to be young and vibrant, not old and wrinkly, chalk it up to say that she probably was once young, probably.
Whenever I connect through mobile data, I am almost always getting the image of C3PO talking to R2D2 in Cloud City in Bespin about learning their current state of affairs.
C3PO: The city’s central computer told you? R2D2, you know better to trust strange computers.
So taking this as R2D2 would, I dropped my first coin attempt in, knowing full well it probably would probably end up being a dupe because I have most of the 3* available in this portal already. Out came Orla, new and arguably the prettiest of the Slayers. Riding on this, I dropped the second set of coins in, and I got one of my primary targets in D’Andre, yellow healer. Which made my desire to summon in this year’s Springvale to try to get Lady Woolerton less now.
That’s 2 new 4* in 2 coin summons.
Later after finishing the CF2 events, and having garnered some coins from chests along the way, I made sure I have enough for 2 more coin summons (that last coin took a while). I dropped the first set of coins in, dupe Whacker. Here goes the second, new Maeve. Sure a female Slayer, but could probably be hideous under the mask. But this now completes my Slayers 3* and 4* collection.
Looking at the calendar, with the Fated Summons counter at 82 now, I made a conscious decision of using a 10x summon on CF2, the first time I’ve attempted. Figured I would make a last minute play at the first FS batch. It’s not every day a portal comes without vanillas, I might even have a shot at Phenexa, who’s featured, and one of my possible replacements for Boldtusk, who does everything he does at the 5* with the exception of being a different class. (That desire waned a little now that I’ve LB2 Boldtusk).
The price tag is still better at 2600 gems rather than some of those newer more expensive portals. I made sure I still have a fair amount left for the Costume Masquerade for when Isarnia’s featured, then in went the gems. I don’t 10x a lot in this game, but when I do, I make sure I make a record of the results.
- Whacker showed up 4 times, there are only 7 3* in the pool currently, so chances of dupes are high, but that’s just trolling.
- Ingolf (dupe)
- Sanngrior (new) - This is one of the least talked about 4*, but having her now completes both my 3* and 4* League of Villains collection
- Zarel (dupe)
- Zhabog - First 4* Bard
- Cillian (dupe)
- Skrekok (dupe)
- And… I got, returning from his daily three hour tour, Gilligan, March HoTM, my first for this year. Looks like a 5* version of Griffin. Probably treated as one of the worst HoTM from forum talks (in same class with Klaern). I sure know how to pick 'em, or they find their way to me.
The actual result of the 10x isn’t spectacular, but it did fulfill a few purposes.
- Along with coins, I am done with acquiring the 3* and 4* of two challenge events (Slayers and Villains)
- That’s 15 heroes out of 14 summon attempts, 5 of them are Whackers, which is a bit much.
- 6 new heroes to work on and add to my eventual museum collection.
- Aside from Gilligan, there were no 5* acquisitions, which means 14 ticks added to the Fated Summon counter. Meaning I am only 8 away from picking one from the first list, which I think I would end up doing.
So I guess until they add more events into Challenge Festival 2, which I suspect they should do, because there are currently only 3 elements, we will probably see Whackers pretty frequently. Unless the Bard heroes are a factor, it would make sense that they should eventually incorporate the Gargoyles and Pets into this event, after at least one more run of each event, which should mean the release of all the heroes that show up as AI opponents.
Until next update.