Most people won’t finish Path of Valor. That sucks. LET’S DISCUSS!
----You won’t finish Path of Valor----
The math is harsh. Here’s a chart I didn’t make showing the exact breakdown:
There’s just 2000 points of leeway. Anything worth more than 2000 points is required. You must:
- Be in an active alliance that can kill +6-star titans regularly;
- Get your raid chest daily;
- Use all flags in every alliance war; and
- Beat all 3 difficulties of both Challenge Events (Avalon & Pirates)
Most players are already out of the running, but who cares about them. For “real” players the problem is the tournament battles and summons. You can’t lose both: one of them must be maxed to get the final reward since they combine for over 2000 points.
Tournament battles: To get the last award for tournaments you must play 105 total tournament battles in 50 days. There’s one tournament per week and seven tournaments during the event. Unless my barnyard math has lead me astray, that means you need to average 15 battles per tournament.
Summoning crap: To get the last award for summons, you must summon 275 critters. Divide that by 50 days of the event gets you 5.5 summons per day. That’s crazy pants. Even with VIP running and getting every chest and event, you’ll typically average about 4 summons per day. To make up for that extra 1.5 summons per day, you’ve got to buy about 75 summons over the 50 days.
For the average jerk, that means you’ve got to either spend diamonds on summons, or spend diamonds on tournament continues. You probably won’t do that. But even if you do:
----You can’t miss a single damn day----
For your regular workaday jerk like you and me, we’re likely to miss either tournaments or summons. That means we can’t miss a single day of the daily challenges. If you miss the 1700 for tournaments, for example, then you only have leeway of 300 points. That means one day missed loses the final reward.
Path of Valor will be recurring. It will be 50 days on / 10 days off until the END OF TIME. To keep up you’ll have to schedule your family funerals, schizophrenic breaks, and births of your children during those 10 day gaps. Have any of that happen during the 50 days and you lose. Grandma better die conveniently if you’re going to get those mystic rings!
“But PleasedPig, my dear fellow,” I hear you say, “shouldn’t we be rewarded for logging in every day?”
Yes, you filthy weasel. But usually missing a single day just results in your alliance yelling at you. It doesn’t result in losing a two-month long event that you paid extra for.
----Path of Valor is worth it even without the last reward!----
Yes, and five Bane costumes are totally worth it even though you were hoping for Lianna.
This is a game of slow progress leading to success. We’re all hooked. Path of Valor is another carrot that we’re hoping to achieve. Everyone that bought Path of Valor was hoping to finish it. They will be disappointed when they find out they weren’t even close. They won’t have fun.
That’s the problem. It might be a good deal, but Path of Valor is your disapproving Dad yelling at you to clean up your room. It’s the mirror in your face that you can’t even succeed at a color matching phone game. It’s not fun to lose over the course of 50 days.
All the free-to-play Vulcans will say “it’s better than nothing”. Hold on you jerks, I’m getting to a point:
----IT DOESN’T HAVE TO BE THIS STUPID!----
With a small tweak, Path of Valor wouldn’t be so hard on people that have babies or grandmas. Here we go: Change the value of each daily challenge from 125 to 150.
That small fix opens up the math from 2000 points of leeway to 3250 points of leeway. You could miss any one category and still max rewards. You could miss BOTH tournaments and summons and still make it. If you only miss one of them, you could still hold your spouse’s hand in the emergency room and get the final reward.
Path of Valor would go from a treadmill with no off switch, to a fun side game as I believe it was intended. You probably won’t win Path of Valor this go-round. Unless the math changes, you probably won’t win next time either.
What do you think?!?!?!?