The purpose of this blog is to actually blog. I don't do that very often, but I am today. Hopefully it's entertaining to read and you might learn something from it.
OMG a Marvel Game! （。々°）
To start off, I wasn't always a buyer of gold. There was a time in my "childhood" phase of Marvel: Avengers Alliance where I didn't know what a 'spec ops' was and thought, "This is much too difficult and complicated for me...I'll just stick to these simple chapter missions". I didn't know then that they scaled to your level, that there was a limited time spec ops hero you could unlock, and that there was gear to be acquired that could be very effective in PvP (which hadn't really existed at the time).
Honestly, I was just excited over the idea that there was a Marvel game I could play on Facebook when I had nothing better to do with my life/time. It was simple, exciting, effective, and I loved the idea of adding more heroes to game (possibilities are endless). I got a buddy of mine into playing it so we could send each other gifts. It was a little slow starting out and wished I had level 9 heroes when my agent was only level 10. I'm not the most patient person when it comes to these types of games, but I practiced patience regularly with it.
I got to a point in my play time that I needed more allies because I was spending most of the gold I got from four-starring missions to fill the slots in my jet upgrades. I eventually stumbled upon this site and starting reading through the guides and my eyes opened to all the things I've missed out on already. ∑(O_O；)
The First Purchase ლ(́◉◞౪◟◉‵ლ)
I started to get the hang of things around the time the first PvP Season started up. Deadpool is in my top 5~ favorite Marvel heroes so it was exciting for me. However, after reading many of the guides I struggled with leveling my agent in spec ops or from PvP and parking my agent. I liked the idea of being level 40 with all level 12 heroes, but you can't help but level up if you go for the spec ops heroes. None of the spec ops heroes had been released again at this point so I figured I'd sacrifice some levels to go for those heroes.
However, come time for PvP and reading about the benefit of the armory bonus I looked at what was on sale and bought up some limited edition PvP resources with the little gold I had left. I believe it was a Sentinel Head with 459 attack & 459 defense. Yes, it's laughable now, but think about how they keep increasing each PvP season and you'll see how much gold you've wasted if you've done this like I have. Regardless, I wanted to be competitive so I thought this was the only way.
Where it Went Downhill (╥_╥)
Let's skip through this journey a little bit and focus on Spec Ops 4 - All Hollows: with Ghost Rider. I read rumors about the power of Grief and the set had a lot of potential. I bought gold, rerolled for Frozen Hell, bought Fury, and looked at what I had left. In the end, Hotshot was the last main weapon I needed...you got it from the daily roulette. This blog is about 'confessions' right? OK. Time to come clean...In the end, I probably spent well over ~150 gold trying to get hotshot. I don't even think that's counting what I used to respin for frozen hell.
Did I get hotshot? No. Did I waste money? Yes. Did I learn my lesson? ....yes....
I'm not entirely disappointed, because Fury is still one of my favorite weapons. It does great damage when paired with Grief and adds a lot of DoT's to the enemy. However, I will never ever ever ever be doing that again for a Spec ops weapon; regardless if it's supposed to be the new "OP" PvP weapon.
Let's face it; even if there was such a weapon, it would get nerfed in some way to make it more "fair".
Focusing & Responsibility ᕙ(⇀‸↼‶)ᕗ
After taking the loss and realizing the mistakes I made, I had to focus on the game and what was truly important to me. I also had to decide when I was going to buy gold and if I really needed it. To do this, I'm going to break everything down and show you guys my thought process on what, why, and when I buy.
I love PvP. I know it drives others through the roof, but I enjoy it and accept it with all its flaws. Because of this, I go for the hero in every PvP season. Since this is a priority for me, getting the best and most up-to-date armory bonus is essential. I've been struggling on whether I should balance my attack/defense or go all attack, but because meta has been crazy and you never know how your team may need to be changed, I decided I'm going for 'all even'. The best bonus for the same attack & defense usually comes at the end of the PvP Season. In the latest season (4), one came out with a whopping 1101 attack and 1101 defense. I replaced the majority of my armory for about ~40 gold. So once a month I need at least 40 gold to update my armory if the new PvP bonus is significantly higher. Example: Going from Hive Parasites (906 att&def) to Terrigen Crystals (1101 att&def). That's a +195 per piece I replace. If I replace two pages then I'm getting +4680 attack & defense.
Cost per month in PvP: ~40 gold.
Simple. I learned my lesson. I'll never respin and if there's something I want I'll rely on luck and getting enough ISO's to run the mission over and over and over again. Plus, I never skip a task with gold. What's the point?
Cost per month in a spec ops: 0 gold.
Limited Edition Weapons
I had a philosophy about buying limited edition weapons in one of my older blogs, but since the introduction of Reforging, that old train of thought went out the window. Since you're able to reforge an out leveled weapon, there's no reason for you to not buy a weapon that you think you'll get a lot of use out of. This part is tricky because it all depends on your strategy and what you think you'll actually use. Remember, you can only slot 4 weapons or gadgets at a time, so there's no reason to buy a bunch of weapons and have them sit in your inventory. I usually leave ~64 gold available just in case there's that one weapon I have to have. I usually never end up buying any of them (exception to this rule was the 12 days of Christmas sale), but it never hurts to have that extra just in case something great comes a long.
Cost per month in LEW: 0 - 64 gold.
Be SMART __〆(・∀・＠)
I'm not going to tell you how to use your gold or if you should even buy it. I'm also not your financial advisor so I don't know what your real life money situation is like. So before I get into this last section, remember: Be SMART! Rent, food, cellphone, car insurance, credit card, etc. etc. all those bills come first before wasting any money in a game that you might not even play a year from now. However, if you're like me and have a little bit of extra cash you don't mind throwing away for entertainment purposes...then by all means, get some gold---but again: Be SMART!
Q: When should I buy gold?
A: Only when they have a "Gold Sale". You get the most gold for your money and it just doesn't make sense to buy it at any other time. When there is a sale, stock up on how much you think you'll need until the next sale. Again, I'm not telling you how much that is, it's completely up to you.
Q: Why should I buy gold?
A: There's not really a clear answer here. It depends on the player and how much they're invested into the game. If this is what you do for your entertainment purposes then there's no difference between wasting money on here or spending that money to go see a movie. They both serve the same purpose.
Q: What should I spend my gold on?
A: Limited Edition Items. You could use it to get more Command Points, but only if you're lazy. Using it to speed up research or hero training time is a waste. Using it for unlocking extra weapon slots and flight decks early is also a waste. Remember, if you're going to be playing this for a while, then waiting that 2 hours or 24 hours for something to finish is a drop in the bucket in the grand scheme of things.
Q: Ha! Loser/n00b wastes money on a stupid game and can't win unless he buys gold!
A: ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ No no, real answer: I'm going to break this answer down based on the question:
I kind of already clarified this, but I'll touch on it again. Have you ever paid any type of monthly subscription for a service that was used primarily for entertainment? (ie: WoW or any MMORPG, netflix, comics, etc.) Have you ever paid for a video game? A movie? My point is that all of those things are for entertainment purposes. You may never watch that movie again, or you may stop playing WoW or delete your account, but the point is that you got some sort of value out of it from the money you put in (or at least you thought it was worth it). What someone chooses to spend their money on that brings them entertainment is completely up to them. For me, I play this game enough to where I can justify an expense on the game; like anyone else would justify paying $9.99 a month to play any other type of game online (or for xbox live etc.).
You pay ~$10 for a movie ticket and that lasts about ~2 hours (give or take ~30 minutes), and you go to the movies once a week. If I play the game for 4 hours a week (daily checking flight decks, pvp, or doing missions), why would it seem so crazy to spend $10-20 for some gold then? d(-_^)
That you're obviously playing...or have played at some point...
@"can't win unless he buys gold":
See my answer to @wastes money. This is what I choose to spend my time on. You don't have to buy gold to play this game, have fun, or compete. However, everyone is smart enough to make their own decision on whether or not this is worth investing their time and money into. For some it's just time. For others it's time and money.
Gold Offers ಥ‿ಥ
So you missed the Gold Sale and you still need some gold, what do you do? Gold offers (or "Earn Gold") are the best way to get real life items/services while at the same time giving you gold in the game. If you go under where you buy gold, "Purchase" there's an "Earn Gold" tab and there you will find offers to buy, sign up, or donate to 'xyz' for 'x' amount of gold. Stay under the most popular offers and just reference this simple guidline:
Does completing this offer give you more gold than buying the same amount of gold from the game? If so, then it's a good deal and a cheaper way to get more gold.
There's a lot of offers to explore, but just make sure you check the cost vs. gain of $ vs. gold. Some of the charities are worth it while others are not. Just make sure if you sign up for that $19 a month donation you call them to say, "Hi, I didn't want to cancel my order...but I couldn't find the option for a 'one time payment'. So could you cancel the monthly donation and just make it a one time payment?" Bam, you get the gold, get out of the monthly payments, and get a right off for your taxes for donating to a charity.
Type of Offers:
- Most Popular: Here you will find the majority of the offers you will normally complete and that are the most popular with other players. This is where you can usually find the best price to gold ratio.
- Free Apps: Straightforward, you try out an iPhone or android app and get some gold. You may not get a lot, but it could add up.
- Surveys: These can be tricky. You need to make sure you read the fine print and see if you would even qualify. Some say you only get the gold if you qualify after filling out the survey...no thank you. You took my time so I want some gold. I suggest you skip those.
- Free: This is the category that shoves all the miscellaneous offers into one. You have surveys, "like" this, sign ups, etc. Some are easy, but others will just spam your e-mail. Like the 'free apps' they don't offer a lot, but they can add up real quick.
In the end, it's usually best to just get something that you'll use. If you have the time and spare e-mail addresses to toss around you could go after all the surveys and what have you.
Xobai sums up the benefits of Gold Offers pretty well:
"The offers refill my gold and make certain I always have a present for my wife for Valentine's/Mother's Day/birthday/anniversary/Christmas/just because."
So you may be against paying for gold and supporting the game developers...but it's a no brainer to get in-game currency with things you were going to buy with real money anyways.
Gamefly/Blockbuster/Netflix I think are also good offers to look into. You can use the service for a bit then cancel, but still get the full benefit of the gold in-game. I don't mean to say, "Get this offer", but just be smart and look into the fine print. Always ask these questions before completing an offer:
1. What do I have to do in order to get credit/complete the offer?
2. Am I getting more gold for this offer than I would just buying the gold straight from the store?
3. Are there any commitments or renewals that I have to cancel after completing the offer?
From Now On
Budget: 100 gold every 1-2 months. This gets me a weapon if I think I'll use it and it allows me to update my armory as needed. I know not to waste gold on roulettes or spins, and I know to buy gold during a sale to get the most gold for the money I'm spending.
So whether you're a gold buyer or not, don't make the same mistakes I did. Be smart about your gold and how you choose to spend it; decide what's important for you as a player. Lastly, don't waste gold on things that you can get over time (speeding up training, unlocking flight decks, etc.).
I hope you guys enjoyed the read and maybe even learned something.