The Trials, Travails, and Triumphs of Tek, a sometimes average $84.57 total IAP PAD player

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    Fujimi Fantasia Bunko Collab REM results 12/9/19

    Main


    Melissa Mao (free)
    Xellos
    Melissa Mao #2
    Zelgadis
    Xellos #2
    Kurz (quest clear)
    Volan & Dortin
    Magic Lin
    Kurz #2
    Volan & Dortin #2


    Alt

    Xellos (free)
    Volan & Dortin
    Kurz
    Zelgadis
    Kurz #2
    Melissa Mao (quest clear)
    Xellos #2
    Kurz #3
    Volan & Dortin #2
    Volan & Dortin #3


    I think it's safe to say that this collab is a bust for me. 56 saved stones spent on each account and nothing I expect to actually run on a team with the exception of Magic Lin as an assist (since he guarantees a 15/15 light/dark board).

    EDIT: Ugh, I just remembered that I have to skill these crystal turds up. T_T
     
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    Draconic Orchestra REM results 12/23/19


    Main


    Cruz (free)
    Arend
    Ruo
    Laude
    Laude #2
    Lotta ($1.99 bundle)
    Cruz #2
    Laude #3
    Ruddy
    Tilly
    Rone
    Laude #4


    Alt

    Dolq #2 (free)
    Cruz
    Lotta
    Ruddy
    Cruz #2
    Lotta #2
    Mariel
    Cruz #3
    Ruddy #2
    Enola
    Arend
    Tilly
    Dolq #3 ($1.99 bundle)
    Dolq #4

    $3.98 and 220 saved stones later and not much to show for it except Mariel (who is great but I'm not sure I'd run her as a lead over Haomaru or Tifa) and Lotta Lotta. :/

    Another REM, another wave of burning disappointment.
     
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    Purchased two (2) $1.99 Draconic Orchestra bundles (one for each account) 12/23/19

    Total IAP as of 12/23/19: $83.58 USD

    Thread title updated.
     
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    Super Players Choice Fest REM results 12/31/19

    Main

    Scheat #6
    Set #4

    Alt

    Hades #2
    Fagan Rai
    Denebola
    Saline #2
    Allatu #4

    Huzzah! Got Rai on my alt!

    I previously pulled Rai on my NA mule account, so I traded and evolved some Tengus so I can start co-op dungeons for half stamina, transform both leads, then disconnect.
     
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    Cleared December 2019 quests on both accounts!

    Tifa x DKarin is bonkers.

    [​IMG]
     
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    Oh, by the bye, I got Christmas Venus for my free pull on both my NA accounts on Christmas Eve.
     
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    Draconic Orchestra ranking dungeon results 1/5/20

    Main


    11.8% with 320,754 points

    Team: Verse ! Rikuu equip / Kiri ! SS Hanzo equip (#5585) / Dolq ! Jace (#4609) / Akine ! Rikuu equip / Tsubaki ! Majic Lin

    [​IMG]

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    Alt

    15.1% with 307,500 points

    Team: Verse ! Rikuu equip / Kiri ! Amatsu equip (#4144) / Dolq ! Balboa / Enola ! Lysberg equip (#5261) / Tsubaki ! Morrigu

    [​IMG]

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    Tsubakis on both teams have dragon killer SA (which took 4 re-rolls on my main and I think 3 re-rolls on my alt, RIP pluses). Other SAs didn't matter.

    Thanks to @Kreisler for putting up his Verse with a Shiki equip assist (). Wouldn't have been able to score that high on my main without butchering my Balthier for a L-unlock equip assist otherwise. :)

    Okay, now to spend 10 minutes and millions of coins putting my assists back where they were. X|

    EDIT: Credit where it's due: I got the idea for Jace assist on Dolq to poison F5 from this video:

     
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    Kamen Rider REM results 1/6/20

    Main


    Poppy (free)
    V3
    Poppy #2
    Build
    Ryuki

    Alt

    Build (free)
    Kamen Rider 1
    Kyuga
    Amazon ($0.99 bundle)


    Another collab REM, another round of disappointing pulls.

    At least I have Poppy's equip for Kanan on my main!
     
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    Purchased the $0.99 Draconic Orchestra bundle on my alt 1/6/20

    Total IAP as of 1/20/20: $84.57 USD

    Thread title updated.
     
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    NY REM pulls 1/15/20

    Main


    NY Mitsuki (free)

    Alt

    NY Spica (free)

    Yep. Not touching this dumpster fire of a REM and I don't have the fodder to trade for NY Reeche, so this is a hard pass for me.

    Farmed my equip assist and waiting for Story Mode and the next seasonal super fest.
     
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    Cleared the weekend A3 10-minute challenge with Scheat x Madoo on both my NA accounts.

    Here are the details of the clear on my main:

    [​IMG]

    Scheat x Madoo, BFFs!
     
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    Seasonal Super Fest REM results 1/27/20

    Main


    Ares
    Nut #3
    SQ #4
    Artemis #3
    Apollo #4
    Madoo
    Perseus
    Indra #3
    SQ #5
    Fagan Rai
    Belial #4
    SQ #6


    Alt

    Lu Bu #3
    ROdin
    BYog
    SQ #3
    Indra #4
    SQ #4
    Izanagi #3
    Indra #5
    Ares #3
    Osiris #2
    Yamato #3
    Kushinada #2

    120 stones for Rai and Madoo on my main and 110 stones for ROdin and BYog on my alt.

    Feeling better about my pulls on my main than my pulls on my alt. Can't help but be bummed that Blujin and BRaijin still elude me. Would have loved to have pulled Akine and B&J on my alt, too.

    Guess it's cool to pull 2 new pantheon monsters (Ares and Perseus) on my main. Maybe they'll get strong Super Revos?

    EDIT: Pulled one more time on each of my accounts after pulling Akine then BVeroah on my NA mule account. T_T I regret it deeply.
     
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    Sonia Tamadra Event reward pulls 1/29/20

    Main


    Vritra #3

    Alt

    SQ #5

    That was...definitely not worth the time and effort.

    Went 13/10/11 (red/green/blue) on my main and 17/10/14 on my alt.

    Guess it's time to return to maintenance mode and hoard stones until Yu-Gi-Oh arrives in NA. I currently have 261 on my main and 254 on my alt.
     
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    Yu-Gi-Oh Collab REM results 1/31/20

    Main


    Winged Dragon (free)
    Dark Magician
    Red-Eyes
    Kuriboh
    Tea Gardner & co.
    Mai Valentine
    Gandora
    Kuriboh #2
    Blue-Eyes
    Gandora #2
    Blue-Eyes
    Mystical Elf
    Red-Eyes
    Gandora #3
    Kuriboh #3
    Gandora #4 (quest reward)

    Alt

    Gaia (free)
    Gaia #2
    Gandora
    Tea Gardner & co.
    Kuriboh
    Dark Magician
    Mystical Elf
    Gaia #3
    Tea Gardner & co. #2
    Gaia #4
    Gaia #5 (quest reward)
    Gandora #2
    Gandora #3
    Gaia #6
    Yami
    Mystical Elf #2

    280 stones across 2 accounts and not a single 7*. 7/16 crystal eggs on my main and 4/16 crystal eggs on my alt.

    I may have acquired some new utility cards from this collab, but I think it's fair to say these rolls are massively disappointing overall.
     
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    I recently replaced Lightning with SR Venus on my A5 farming team. The switch was good, but I had a bad set of runs: 7 consecutive failures.

    On one run, my stylus dropped an orb on the first floor and I got KO'd by masks. On another run, I forgot to match a heart column against Nyx. On another run, I did the same thing against Cthugha. Speaking of Cthugha: He spawned every time I made it to the next-to-last floor yesterday.

    Eventually, I was able to put together a good run and KO'd Cthugha:

    [​IMG]

    But the failures reminded me just how fixated I sometimes get on PAD and how frustrating the final floors of A5 (especially Nyx and Cthugha, who both require VDP + FUA) can be.

    I've considered building an Ina x Phenom or Ina x Genjuro team to farm A5, but I haven't figured out how to get full poison and blind resist without losing considerable utility. Granted, I haven't invested a lot of time in team building, but the fact that I feel the need to cram so many hard counters to annoying mechanics into a single team represents some of the more serious issues with endgame PAD right now.

    And while GungHo leaning on resolve plus damage void to slow player progress and push new leads (auto-FUA and VDP actives are the new hotness, after all) feels like lazy design and a short-sighted cash grab, eventually I cool down and realize that I'd rather continue the trend of spending more of my gaming time on more traditional platforms such as my Switch, my computer, and my PS3.

    I still enjoy PAD, but I've cleared everything but AA3 and Colo 2, I don't have any interest in clearing either, 625-point widget farming is tiresome, ranking dungeons are more of a chore than a challenge, REM results over the last few months have disappointed, and I feel like I get more enjoyment out of playing, say, Yakuza Kiwami on PC than PAD.

    There's still fun to be had in PAD, but last night reminded me that I'm better off scaling back how much time I spend on PAD and use that time to be productive or play something else.

    I'm not quitting, but there's nothing notable for a very-light-IAP player to look forward to (Faska, Nere, and VDay Ideal are likely out of reach for us minnows) and running the same old content has gotten stale.

    I'll still be around, but I doubt I'll be updating this thread as often. Anyone with Discord is welcome to ping me there. My Discord ID is Tek7#2328.

    But for now, it's time for lunch and maybe a little bit of time on the Switch. :)
     
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    Armored Knight Tournament results 2/5/20

    Main


    35.1% with 108,425 points

    Team was Navi / Revo Leilan / Revo Leilan / Awoken Leilan / Revo Meimei + Toragon

    Alt

    27.6% with 153,494 points

    Team was Navi / Revo Leilan / Navi / Diaochan / Revo Meimei

    I could probably improve those scores, but I'm not too concerned about slipping a rung on either account. (I'd lose a super snow globe dragon on my main and a diamond dragon fruit on my alt.) Happy to have my first clear stone now and 297 more pluses in the near future.
     
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    Took a stab at the new Annihilation Descended Rush dungeon. Failed all 3 runs.

    Think I'm going to sit this one out. Five consecutive floors of rubbish dungeon boss mechanics? That does not sound like fun.

    Maybe I'll wait until whenever this dungeon returns and hope that powercreep gives me some shiny new toys to tackle this dungeon. :)
     
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    Why are you running dkarin x dkarin instead of tifa? I love dkarin x tifa teams for a5.
     
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    Because I prefer 6x5 boards to 7x6 boards and DKarin x DKarin is less demanding than DKarin x Tifa for full activation. :)
     

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