Now we all know CG hates giving specifics so as to not go back on promises, but one thing is certain. A level cap raise to level 70 is imminent. If they go back on this, I'm getting my pitchfork, because it has been almost 4 months of level 60 for me.
We can speculate all sorts of ideas from nerfs to buffs (Hi! Mace Windu) to new characters (5x dmg anti-sith Yoda? No? I wanna see that old map do the flip like the movies though
). But there is no way we can prepare for these, so what can we do?
- [Hoarding] Very basic knowledge, new level level cap, new stuff to upgrade. Start stashing credits/crystals/ability mats/training droids. You know you need them, lots of them. Although you can only level your characters as high as your player level goes, I'm sure most capped out players have more than 5 characters they want at their best possible upgrades. So save for it.
- [Planning which guys to upgrade first] Depending on your priorities, PVP or PVE (GW main team), you might want to choose which characters you want buffed up first, since leveling up also means getting more difficult opponents in BOTH arena & GW. Depending on your choice (or credit card limit), you might win in a category but lose in the other.
- [Foreseeing the next 'OP' character] The main purpose of this thread. Now this would take time, research and dedication to find out the next possible strong character. We all know the characters are not made equal and you don't expect to win FOTP with EWOK. Althought we can't predict how new characters released will fare, you can actually foresee how current characters will.
The reason why FOTP is 'OP' right now is primarily because of one reason, access to GEAR VIII. Very few characters have access to GEAR VIII at our current level cap, and those who do, boast very impressive stats. Another example is JC, who also has access to VIII. Explaining why these 2 non-tanks have ridiculous HP and stats in all areas. *SWGOH fact 101: Gear triumphs most other factors
So how do you 'foresee' the next big thing? Let's use the all popular Sidious as an example:
This is a maxed out Sid for current player cap of 60. If you have access to such a Sidious, you might've noticed that the only missing gear is available at level 61, meaning Sid has guaranteed GEAR VIII in the next patch. Adding on to that, the next required gear is currently very close to the current level caps, we can also safely imply that Sid has a reasonable chance to get GEAR IX, or at least filling up 5/6 of the gear slots of GEAR VIII tier. Sid's gear prospects are good!
HOWEVER... If you do look at Sid's possible skill upgrades, they all add 5% dmg (quite miserable), the leader skill only adds 1% more crit chance at level70... The only saving grace being the upgrade for his unique <Sadistic Glee> getting a 25% additional chance to gain turn meter on any unit defeated. Sid's skill prospects are poor...
So is Sid worth upgrading? Very likely, but don't expect him to grow in power exponentially unless the gear upgrades are really amazing at GEAR VIII.
An example of good skill/gear prospects for level70 cap is IG-88, who has +15% crit dmg to his unique at level 62, there's even a possible chance to upgrade it further since the cap is 70, far from 62. He also good gear prospects as well. Study it up yourself if you want to know why.
Now let's look at what's BAD. So here we have Jedi Consular, who currently is a great character for being easy to farm and GEAR VIII and heals and dmg and OMG HE'S SO GOOD. But wait.. he might fall off the podium with the next update.
That is one of the equipment JC currently needs. Requirement at level 73. Basically with the new level cap of 70. JC cant even get a SINGLE gear upgrade, LOL!
Continuing, his skill upgrade get 5% dmg or 5% heal. Minuscule for the ability mats required...
Basically, other than getting stat bonus for leveling him from 60-70, he doesn't benefit for the update at all. JC might just be replaced by other healers, maybe with gear upgrades, even Barriss might out-damage his basics, maybe
Getting excited now? Meta is changing! It never stays the same, just like the real world, you have to adapt to the changing times. If you have characters not maxed yet and want to see their skill upgrades and stats and whatsoever, http://www.swgohcantina.com/ has a community built database for your research.
Nothing I've brought up here is a certainty, but there is a very likely possibility. Therefore do read this information and put it to use at your own discretion.