Hey guys, so I've been playing this game for just over 12 months now on my main account, Intimmydation swgoh.gg
, so thought I'd do a Year 1 recap of the journey so far. Also a disclaimer: This main account is not fully Free-to-Play, I have spent some money on the account on HDB, crystals, and a few packs. It's not a whale by any means, but not fully F2P either.
I'm going to break it into 3 different posts by:
1. Where I started
2. Where I'm at
3. Where I'm goingWhere I started
So I picked up swgoh in December 2020 a couple days before Christmas, I think, while I was on holidays at the in-laws house. I had no clue what I was doing at first as I just started playing without researching anything, so was really just winging it. I didn't understand the importance of crystals so I am sure I paid to refresh the arenas and shops more than I should have, not understanding payouts either haha.
The Mandalorian was in full swing, so I purchased the $20 Mando character pack, and use as my main squad until ~level 53 Clone Wars Chewie, FB Luke, Kuill, IG-11 and Cara Dune. This took me to around the 2 week mark I think when I finally decided to watch some YouTube videos and pretty sure I came across one of Ahnald's farming guides and decided to farm up Phoenix to go for the Thrawn & Palpatine legendary characters. From there, the YT videos I would come across were talking about how powerful CLS and GAS were (for some reason I was watching older videos as there were already 4 GLs released by this time), so I put these characters in the back of my mind as possible targets (CLS & GAS).
After about 3 weeks into the game, around level 63 I think as I had just recently unlocked ships, I decided I was going to purchase the Hyberdrive Bundle after reading up on it, as it is such as great value for everything that you get. From there, I put together an empire team of Palpatine, Vader, Thrawn, Tarkin & TFP to use in Squad Arena, with a focus on bringing up Vader to be really strong (MM was my first zeta, you can find the thread somewhere here on the forums). I was finally starting to understand the mechanics of the game, and this team allowed me to hang out between #20-50 in Squad Arena for quite some time.
Around the same time, I discovered these forums, so began asking for guidance on where I should take the account. I was given advice early on by @MasterSeedy
that I should aim for a CLS team and Rebel fleet, as I seemed "close" to getting them especially with the HDB, so I decided I would go down that route. Knowing what I know now, I wouldn't really say I was close, as I still had to go on to farm a full BH team to get Chewbacca, a full ewok team to get C-3P0, get a good guild to get Han, and the farm Chewpio who was still a single shard drop. Personally, I would not recommend this path now, BUT, I am glad I went down it as I am a huge OT fan and love my CLS team.
Once the full CLS team came together, probably around March 2021, I started to break top 20 in Arena and even into the top 10. I was already part of my Fleet shard chat, so I knew one for Squad probably existed and was finally able to find it and become part of the community (helped me to not get sniped back at my PO). As the full CLS team came to relics towards late April (I think), I was now able to climb and get top 2 positions in Arena daily....oh those sweet crystals were flowing (was also taking #1 daily in fleet with my rebel fleet headed by dual relic Han/Chewie).
I started to become very active on discord, both in the shard chats but also in some other communities I was introduced to, such as Darth Loquitur (a guild mate of mine, @Arva
invited me to his server). Oh, and I was able to join my current guild around this same time, coming in as one of the lowest GP characters, but punching up above my GP since day 1, and never missing 600 tickets since I've joined).
With my new guild earning some good GET2 monthly, I decided I'd work towards the Negotiator fleet as I wanted to build up a Padme GR team anyway, and eventually go for GAS....and while I love the Rebel fleet, I didn't want to invest all the carbantis into properly gearing Bistan & SRP for it to fully work. I am happy to say I was the 1st person in my fleet shard to get the Negotiator, but I hadn't developed the supporting ships yet so I couldn't even use it right away! But, figured out how to counter the other Nego's popping up with my Rebels for a while. Once I had my Nego to 6* the rest of my ships were finally ready to switch over, and then was also the first to get it to 7* with a r8 GK
At the end of May / early June, I decided I was going to start down the GAS journey, and shortly after this JMK was announced. My initial plan was to go for SLKR after GAS as I had all the BH ships already at 7* so just needed a couple FO ships, which I had started farming. However, after seeing how OP JMK is and that the gear reqs for JMK vs SLKR were pretty similar for me, as well as considering I was already gearing up a lot of the JMK reqs for GAS, I decided I would go for JMK as my first GL....hoping to have him by the end of 2021.....
....to be continued...