TLDR version at bottom.
I just recently redownloaded the game after a LONG break - I stopped right around the time mods and the Rancor raid were released, I think. Obviously there is now a massive gap between me and "being even remotely competitive," I'm just trying to figure out the best thing to focus on as there are a lot of new things and none of them are super accessible to me at the moment. I did snag a couple of bundles and spent the crystals I forgot I had on some extra credits and training droids, but I'm still looking at months before I make any real headway.
Ships - starting basically from scratch here. One of the bundles I grabbed was Boba Fett, so I do have Slave 1, which I guess helps a bit? From a bit of reading I understand that I need to work on these for "zeta" mats, though my characters aren't even high enough to need those yet, so I'm not sure how urgent that is.
Mods - Have almost none. The only mod challenge I can complete all the way is health, and I can do tier 2 of the defense mods. The other types I've unlocked are inaccessible due to the factions required, and I'm stuck on stage 7 of mod battles at the moment as far as unlocking the rest. SUPER in the dark as to how much difference these make and when to start worrying about them. Just slapping in the junky ones I got from clearing mod battles at the moment as I figure it's better than nothing.
Gear/Levels/Stars - No clue how to prioritize here. I used to just steamroll my Galactic War with my arena team, which I've quickly realized is no longer doable with all the insanely powerful newer characters out there. I'm just not sure what the best way is to improve. Here's my roster link:
Factions - I've got little to no faction synergies going with my current batch - usually I just use Phasma as lead and hope for extra attacks. I clearly need to change that, just not sure which would be best to focus on. I see a lot of talk about Phoenix being godmode, but given that I have none of them, I feel like it'd be better to get one or two other faction squads online before I worry about them. Right now it seems like Jedi, Nightsister, Resistance or First Order would be my best options.
Guild - I joined a guild that is doing heroics semi-regularly, though it's mainly 4-5 heavy hitters dominating the scoreboard with everyone else getting in minimal damage. It's providing a decent flow of guild coins and gear, though I do wonder if maybe looking for a more evenly distributed guild doing slightly lower tiers wouldn't be a good idea.
TLDR version: Player come back long break. What do?
- What faction good improve?
- Mods make much good? How much worry about?
- Gear? Shards? Not know what prioritize!
- Get participation guild rewards. Good? Look for new?