I clearly do NOT know it all. Otherwise I wouldn’t be asking you to explain something I don’t know about yet.
Choosing a path just because makes a nice wave shape that’s pleasing to the eye is silly. You can’t be serious about that.
As for the mana bonus, are you taking about node 19? And using that bonus so that you don’t have to level your mana troops as much in order to be able to charge your hero with fewer tiles? Many people might just not care that much about details on that level, or maximizing every little thing. Personally, after my first couple heroes, I’ve stopped the emblems at 18, because the expense of 19 & 20 aren’t worth as much to me as the first few nodes on another hero. Maybe eventually I’ll feel rich enough in the game to do some node 19s, and then the mana bonus will be a relevant question for me.
I’m not an idiot. I know there are spreadsheet tools. I have a master’s in math and undergrad degrees in math and physics with a minor in computer science, and worked as an actuary (read: professional spreadsheet geek) until disability due to Lupus. Hence the nickname Mathochist, from the math. I even have a Mandelbrot Set tattoo.
I put everything in spreadsheets. But I find that the spreadsheet tool in this case is usually more complicated than I need. There’s a choice to make at each ladder branch, and it comes down to choosing which stat I want to prioritize increasing. You don’t need to know exactly what the resulting numbers are going to be to be able to make those decisions. You just need to know what to prioritize over what. You might have different priorities for different heroes, but always, knowing what to prioritize will let you choose correct nodes. Simple rule, easy to remember, no memorizing of anything more complicated.
I have only so far learned enough to differentiate by general type of hero: for attack heroes, prioritize attack, then defense, then health; for support heroes, prioritize keeping them alive with health and defense, then attack. Usually defense over health, but it can depend on which is already stronger. Strengthening what’s already strong is generally preferable. I haven’t come across a reason yet to make different choices based on class or anything else.
I have no idea why you’re getting hostile to me. I didn’t criticize anything you said in any way. I only asked you to explain things you’re saying that I DON’T UNDERSTAND because you’re not explaining them fully!
I haven’t heard of this “standard ranger path” and I can’t for the life of me figure out how your “health/ defense, defense/ health” notation relates to the talent ladder I can see on my ranger. Are you referring to choosing health over defense, and then defense over health? Or are the slashes actually not relevant, and you’re actually referring to a string of four choices, health then defense then defense then health? Or what? I assume your notation is supposed to somehow reflect the first few choices of a preferred path. But I can’t find either of those ideas, or any other I’ve come up with trying to figure this out, reflected in the actual ladder! So I’m at a complete loss.
I have no idea why you would say something and then turn around and become cryptic about it and hostile and refuse to explain what you even mean. WTF, anyway? If you don’t want to be asked about your ideas, then don’t share them in the first place.