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  1. Aether Raids General Thread

    I wish I could say the same. I keep getting cancerous ones, though I've got a joke map up myself. At least i can get by while losing some units and matches since I really don't care to waste time calculating anything this week.
  2. Aether Raids General Thread

    I still enjoy the gameplay of the mode for the most part. Beating challenging maps while still managing to use my favorites in this mode has been some of the most fun I've had with the game. Though yeah, needing to play every single day with the high stakes of each match is pretty taxing. If they'd ease off on that it'd be a big improvement. I already refused to blow tons of orbs on merged legendaries for the sake of arena, and it's a shame to see AR go the same way but possibly worse, especially when the mode launched completely free of all that but they turned it on it's head. It felt like a bit of a bait and switch. Mythics enabling extra-high stat stacking strategies like Eirs + Surtr drag things down some as well. At least it feels nice making it to 21 despite IS for stacking the odds against people who don't/couldn't get mythics to compete easier, but I'll probably be stuck here if they increase tiers down the road.
  3. Aether Raids General Thread

    No argument there. I still can't believe they managed to make a system seem just as p2w as arena, if not more. Things were looking so bright those first 3-4 weeks of the mode.
  4. Aether Raids General Thread

    I think they'll want to re-introduce a climb for high tier people after not too long. That could be a more potent driver to pull for other mythics, especially the defensive ones, than just trying to maintain top 3k once you've already hit 21. Even AA doesn't seem to have 3k people camping out at the top with+10 legendaries for every season and all that. I wouldn't be making it to top 1600 range with only 2 Duel skill units and no legendaries of my own if there were. We'll have to see how many people really go crazy picking up every type of mythic or not if top 3k AR rank really ends up being the competitive endgame of the mode for a long time. I could see a new tier where the lift requirement makes even people with 160 point teams need above average defense luck to advance, making there be more pressure to try and get Dark/Anima mythics. As it is, I could see the Astra mythic being desirable to help maintain that top 3k on non-light weeks, sure, but the defensive bonus ones still probably won't be a important unless you really need that extra lift loss mitigation. It's still p2w, no doubt, though. I'll likely miss out on Astra week's top 3k after the mythic for it comes out, since I'm not blowing orbs just for that. (unless I happen to actually like whoever the character is)
  5. @Zeo Wow, I can't believe we've really even had 153 things to clear already! I think my favorite of yours may have been the Matthew one for FGrima. That and one and I think also Legendary Marth's I remember specifically thinking after I did it, "how will he manage to deal with this map using Matthew?" and you did. It's always most fun to see somebody manage hard content using their favorites.
  6. Aether Raids General Thread

    Well, I made it! It was a tough journey with nothing but the free Eir and free blessing handouts, but I did it. Like the tier 20 week, near-perfect play and a bit of defense luck managed to make it through. I was hit nearly every 20 hours on defense this week, but early on I got 2 -40's which alone was enough to potentially let me move up with continued good offense, thanks to the extra day. I think it would have been about the same in a week where I'd have the lvl 3 fountain to start off. I surprisingly got some more luck with no defense on Sunday as well, plus right before reset tonight a guy timed out on my map so that saved me from potentially losing -160 more lift for the final 40 hours. I was still safe without that extra cushion, though, but it let me take my final match easy since I technically didn't even need to play it anymore. Now I just get to maintain my rank and make meme maps for free wins. (here's the first one, a comfy Nohrian Christmas) I'm at least glad I could be one of the people to show t21 is doable even without getting more mythics. It's certainly tight, though. If they add new tiers, I'll probably not bother. I can imagine it wouldn't take much of a lift increase to make a t22 unattainable as somebody with just 1 mythic without really nuts defense luck at that point. Either way, I have no desire to invest orbs for more Eirs or other mythics, but luckily I pulled it off without them anyway.
  7. I would have probably finished more of my backlog of games. I'd probably not be as active here either, or as met as many nice people like I have through playing Heroes. Even though I've lurked the site since at least the Awakening days, I didn't even join until Heroes came out since I didn't feel like I had much to talk about with FE before then. I'm not one to replay games many times so there would be absolutely nothing FE-related for me to do these past couple years. At least in my case, Heroes has definitely done its job of keeping interest in FE while there's basically no info about the upcoming game still. Only thing I'd change is tell myself to waste less money on the game, since hardly any of it ever amounted to getting something good anyway. Money has rarely been able to circumvent my often terrible luck, and while it's been expendable money most of it has just been a complete waste. If I could take back all the times where spending got me nothing I wanted, I'd save like 2/3 of the total amount I've spent on the game.
  8. I'm cool with more seasonals, though my orbs may not be. More chances to get fun alts of characters I like. If I don't like them, then I can just continue trying to save (which is mainly for.. more seasonals. I can never get a break).
  9. I'll probably vote for L Azura since mine's a bad +atk -spd IV that I could fix into a good one if I get a merge on her. Anybody else I'd like probably doesn't have a realistic chance at winning. I think Azura's probably got the highest chance right now, with Nailah, Tibarn and Surtr behind her due to strong powercreep + recency. Some of the other legendaries could be high too, but I don't think any would top Azura. Last year her PA alt placed high even being months old, which I think was both due to her strong prf effect and Azura's general popularity. Well, it's the same case this year but she's also a legendary, more recent and more powerful than ever. Other than those, IS could push whatever this month's mythic is just like they pushed Ike last year, so that's what I expect to be Azura's closest competitor.
  10. Even if Micaiah is a good candidate for a dark mythic, nothing says we'll get her right now. Look how long it took them to make Marth's legendary even though he was one of the most obvious picks for a legendary in general. IS has gotten too unpredictable for me to try and anticipate a particular unit anymore, or at least when they'll do them. It could even be an OC or something. If the colorless pool turns out to have those units and the new mythic interests me, I might pull for that. A Loki to +1 my current one and fix her -atk bane or a Summer Linde who I missed would be fine pity breakers. None of the other colors seem likely to have enough stuff I want to pull them.
  11. Aether Raids General Thread

    I'm lazily doing my maps with no calculations or anything this week. Lost a unit on one and don't care. I was just going to sit out the week beyond retaining rank, but then we got these new decoration quests. At least one map I got this morning was nothing but a lvl 1 Wrys boxed in by the fort and fountains. The fort was lvl 3, so I assume he just made a free map since he doesn't care this week either. (maybe I should do that too, I haven't bothered to touch mine yet this week) @LordFrigid Indeed we do! @Maaka on my list has also a Florina that's similar too. Hurray for the DC +QR flier squad. (we even cover all 3 colors)
  12. Voting Gauntlet - New Year's Showdown!

    Oh, whoops. Guess I'll just go with the flow if Camilla and Azura both lose.
  13. Voting Gauntlet - New Year's Showdown!

    Guess I'll go Camilla, followed by Laegjarn or Azura if she loses. Those are the only 3 I have anyway. (probably won't get the new units)
  14. Official Pull Topic

    @Zeo Congrats on the Matthew! It's been a long time coming for sure.
  15. Aether Raids General Thread

    What happened to the guy who was rank 1? I thought he'd made it to tier 21, but seems he didn't. In the meantime, I'll savor the fact that I'm now first place (tied with everyone else who got 3 perfect runs) until I take a defense loss. At least I'm 3rd on the board, though. @Azuris Thanks! It's nice we get a relaxed week now until light week is back.
  16. Aether Raids General Thread

    @DarkAlf Congrats to you too on tier 19! It's definitely going to be nice having a week to relax after this one. I have Camilla, Ninian and now Aversa blessed so far. I'll probably do Loki next, but I often switch between teams depending on the map I face rather than sticking to the exact same one. While I'll have a team of those five, sometimes I don't want Aversa's debuffs against Restore shenanigans, or I need Galeforce Peri, or maybe the double dancer team, etc. So I'll still probably remain at 120-130 on average rather than the max 140 for now. And thanks, though it's really just due to some decent defense luck right when I needed it. Another week of near-perfect offense wouldn't have mattered alone. I'm not sure if I had it easier or harder on offense than the super Surtr-using people did. I didn't have to lug extra Eirs around but my Camilla also suffered from the same anti-Surtr setups. And she basically does his same baiting role but with way less stat bloat or Wary Fighter. (bless buffs and QR for letting me still tank and kill Axebreaker Aversas all over the place. Those roided Axebreaker Lilinas with Infantry Pulse'd Glimmers were another story, though)
  17. Aether Raids General Thread

    Damn, I hope you get better luck in the coming week. Defenses are so fickle in this mode. It was dumb luck I just barely hung on through mine. And oh that was you! I didn't realize, since I forgot your IGN was different from your forum name. That was a pretty tough map! Sorry about the unit loss, but you creamed my map otherwise!
  18. $75 USD New Year's Bundles

    I don't like that they they went with the $75 pack price to try and maximize their bait, but otherwise I'm kind of with the same thought here. I spend very infrequently, but when I do it's usually 1-2 of the 75 orb packs. In a sense, if I were to spend on orbs for another banner at any time in the coming 3-4 months(which there's a fair chance I would), it'd be money spent for the same orbs but without the bonus stuff on top of it. If I think I'll buy some anyway in the future, buying one of these bundles now instead isn't a bad deal. (not that orbs are ever a "good" deal, I guess) What I find funny is that barring favoritism (I do quite like Laevatein and Fjorm's art is really cute), these are the worst units on the banner. Fjorm is a green bow which is a typing seen as meh by most, and Laevatein is invalidated usage-wise by Veronica that most got for free already. Meanwhile Hrid with Hone Atk 4 and Gunnthra with her prf and special Hone Spd skill still need to be pulled for and share a color. They're not giving the ones that are most desirable power-wise, and they force you to pull a shared red focus at on top of it. Pretty devious planning all around. It's definitely a cash grab, though. They'd have looked a lot better had they priced this at the $40 mark of a 75 orb pack, even if they halved the bonus stuff in the process.
  19. Aether Raids General Thread

    Managed to finish my last 2 fights safely, so with 14 hours left and 130 lift I can afford to lose I think I'm actually safe for tier 20. I expected to get hit again earlier tonight so I could get hit a second time just before the season closes, but I think I somehow made it. Every fight was 120 lift besides a couple at just 100, so I pulled it off despite only having the free Eir. Some surprisingly decent defense luck was the key, though. That initial success I got was crucial, and then I only got hit 4 times for -80 so far. I got hit bad the last few days, but a better time earlier in the week saved me. I was also very surprised I managed to get every single aether pot this time. For somebody with no horses and just 1 dancer I didn't think I'd get to reach the tucked away ones every time, but I guess I got lucky. Maybe with the fountain upgrade and slightly-extended AR week coming up I might actually have a shot at 21, but I dunno. Going from 1200 points to 1600 to advance is still steep. If many people buy the NY bundle with AR stones we could see more lvl 3+1 defense and/or offense forts and that may make consistent offense matches and occasional defenses harder. But on the up side, Eir as the bonus unit(I assume she still will be during that week) means my team flexibility will be up some, so I can bring better teams. Things have been stiff with only 1 slot really having wiggle room for me this past season. Being able to have a team with both Loki + Aversa again will be very helpful.
  20. And/or they can increase their fountain level earlier to get more aether regen too. They've really gone above and beyond to allow p2w for AR.
  21. I guess I was dead on when I imagined that "other sources of grails" would mean buying them. (I expected them to get into monthly packs, but this is even bigger)
  22. Aether Raids General Thread

    I started getting surgically hit for -80 lift at the earliest times possible over the last 2 days, so by getting hit early today it's possible I could get hit twice before the season ends tomorrow. If I get 2 more losses, I'm screwed out of tier 20. If I play my last 2 offense runs well and only get -80 one more time, I'll just barely manage to move up. Still hate this new blessing system. Doing just as well as anyone else but I may still be left out due to "only" 120 lift a match. Had I not gotten lucky with that first defense of the week I'd already be barred from tier 20 despite almost perfect offense all week.
  23. To a degree it actually is, yes. Gachas in general almost always have some kind of fanservice and for male-dominated fanbases like FE it's kind of to be expected for it to lean the way it does. There's plenty of female fanservice-focused games out there too, though. (like that one Ryo is the artist for about school boy husbandos) I really assume the 1/4 or 1/3 male/female ratios we see on seasonals and stuff must be due to whatever data IS has collected on what performs best. We did have pretty even gender splits in the first year, after all. Maybe they decided the guys didn't seem to pull sales as well. Despite community complaints I've seen from people like Cute Chao about the increase in female-dominated banners, it's only gotten worse, not better. I checked my barracks out of curiosity and of my unique 5*s I have 101 females and 56 males. That was actually a higher male ratio than I was expecting. There's more female FE characters I like than male ones (both character-wise and design-wise) so I guess I benefit, but I can understand those feeling the opposite being frustrated.
  24. What 2019 should bring to us

    -OG Charlotte, Christmas Camilla and Halloween Peri are my big character hopes for the year. Realistically Charlotte has the best chance of those. -A skill shop would be excellent but I'm not placing any bets on IS really making one. I think the tier 4 skills and such will remain premium whale bait. -A good new event mode. As usual, lack of content to use all these units we keep accumulating is one of the game's main flaws. The cycle of TT/GC/VG is really played out and needs something new and fun(unlike Relay Defense). -More banners like the Adrift one (I already see the recoil from everyone reading). I liked they ran with a theme and it was one of the few banners + paralogues that felt like some actual effort went into it. It got dumped on for being "more Fates/alts," but it was one of the more interesting and unique normal banners we've gotten. I liked seeing them do something a bit different and surprising. -More 2 unit banners. Only for reruns, of course. Stuff like that Laegjarn/Helbindi banner would be great. Exellent rates for if you really want merges/fodder from units. It's way better than the X-skill banners with 3 units we got most of this year. Even if you don't care about them your chance at a free full 5* is boosted too. -Bring back 4* focus banners. Those were amazing for trying to merge up lower rarity units that keep evading you. I guess maybe too amazing, since IS dropped them so quick. -Kagero and Beruka refines. Yeah, this will happen eventually I'm sure, but I'm waiting IS. More dagger refines in general, too. I want to see them get more help.
  25. I’m getting sick of Fates

    I think he's just so sick of the community's whining that he's become Punished Zangetsu, letting himself be brought down to their level and embracing the dark side of the force. His posts weren't always this way, but war.. war has changed him.