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The Past Week:

  • Last week’s roundup
  • PADherder
  • 5 ranks – Meh.
  • I didn’t write my thoughts on the reveals from the last JP stream, but there wasn’t a whole lot that got me excited. The very best reveal was the Zeus Dios uevo which is going to be amazing for co-op farming; he’s basically a farmable Toshiro. The five skill boost whale is interesting. Then all that effort I put into skilling up the JP Dragoncaller systems might pay off a little.

Next Week and Beyond:

  • I wouldn’t expect anything from JP this week after blowing their load last weekend. Maybe some more details on a collab.
  • NA also had a pretty big content update which unfortunately has me running in circles trying to re-max skill several useless old cards that got cooldown upgrades. It looks like our next collab might be PAD Academy or Shinrabansho. It’ll also be interesting to see when we get the June Bride REM and if it’ll actually be in June.
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Weekly Roundup 67

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The Past Week:

  • Last week’s roundup
  • PADherder
  • 7 ranks – It was a bittersweet return to PAD. While I was glad to have plenty to do, most notably including the FF Collab and a ranking dungeon, I was constantly reminded of the poor aspects of the game. Namely, a severely punishing collab skill up fodder rate on top of an already rage-inducing skill up system and a ranking dungeon system that encourages shitters like me to fish for a god run rather than measuring actual skill. Despite that, I had fun. While I’m still wary of committing all-in again, I’m definitely keeping PAD in my gaming rotation.

Next Week and Beyond:

  • There’s a JP stream happening later this week or something. Prepare for disappointment (pls no gungho pls).
  • The NA maintenance was delayed a day which is somewhat disconcerting, but hopefully skill inheritance does get pushed. While that feature is less interesting that it seems, at the very least it’s something to do.

Weekly Roundup 66

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The Past Week:

  • Last week’s roundup
  • PADherder
  • My one-week break was quite welcome and I wish that it had lasted longer, but with the FF Collab happening I was excited to roll so I decided to fire the game up again. During my break I got to play a few games that I had put on the back burner. While they were fun, they just didn’t scratch that itch like PAD does. So until I find a suitable replacement, PAD will likely remain a part of my gaming life to some extent. The game has been on a decline for quite a while now, but only now has it actually affected how I feel about it. As such, I’m hoping to keep my resolution of cutting my PAD budget. I’ll likely still go all out for collab and special REMs because I’m an addict, but I likely won’t be stoning for stamina as much nor pulling in the regular REM.

Next Week and Beyond:

  • I’m actually pretty disappointed with the recent news out of JP so I’ve pretty much stopped caring. New MP, GFE and gala cards are about as boring as it gets.
  • I rolled in FF and got everything I wanted, but the depression set in when I realized I have to skill them up. Not looking forward to that. I should probably skill up Antares and Castor before the dungeon ends; not looking forward to that either, but it should be better than FF. I’m surprised to find that skill ups are becoming the most dreaded part of the game for me since I’ve been immune to the futility for so long now, but after Bleach, just the endless grind for fodder that never drops is depressing as fuck.

Weekly Roundup 65

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The Past Week:

  • Last week’s roundup
  • PADherder
  • Sick today, so going to keep this short.
  • 3 ranks – With so much 10x lately and jewel invades happening, I’m seriously demotivated to farm +eggs. Although I’ll probably do some Thursday to get the rest of the wood jewels I need for Hera Beorc.

Next Week and Beyond:

  • With very little to do this week, I don’t plan on playing much PAD. Which will allow me to grind out some more levels on Tree of Savior before it goes free to play.
  • Whatever comes out JP is what comes. All these gala and godfest exclusives are seriously depressing, though.

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The Past Week:

  • Last week’s roundup
  • PADherder
  • 7 ranks – August/September still looks like a reasonable outlook for rank 900. However, considering that almost all of my rank EXP comes from 10x farming and that I’ve plussed most of the cards I’ve wanted to now, I may run out of things to do before hitting that mark. I’d prefer to not grind rank EXP specifically, but I also want to get rank 900 out of the way ASAP. After hitting 900 I plan on reducing the amount of time I dedicate to playing PAD.

Next Week and Beyond:

  • With Shonen Sunday being released last week, the chances of new JP uevo announcements were small, but hopefully we get some this week (and not more GFEs). More of the awoken 3K seems the most likely, if anything. Xin Hua also rotates out at the end of the week, so there could possibly be another Four Gentleman announcement.
  • I prioritized 10x over almost everything last week, so I still have a few things I need to get done this week and I’m hoping for another 2.5x/3x skill up event to start on Friday.
    • Skill ups: Ancient Dragons Int (Freyja, Phact), Water Carnival (Mori Dupes), Gaia, BvS, Dark Insect Dragon (CDD), Water Insect Dragon (Exa Hydra, maybe)
    • Evo material: Keepers (Tengu), 7x Hera Beorc (dupes for uevo, remember to do this this time!)
  • Still have to work on the Satan ranking dungeon post. I’m thinking of skipping it this time.

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The Past Week:

Next Week and Beyond:

  • With Awoken DQXQ being released, the rest of the pantheon will be highly anticipated. Will Liu Bei save wood again? Will Cao Cao be underrated, then turn out to be the best of the lot again? Will Lu Bu even get an awoken? If so, will he be vastly overrated again? Will all the scrubs that vote Sun Quan into the PCGF finally be validated?
  • If GungHo decides to start work on another pantheon, the likely candidates are: Indra and Vritra (awokens), Indian 2 (uuevos), Sengoku (uevos). After that you start to get really deep with: Japanese 2 (awoken), Egypt 2 (uuevos), Constellation 1 (uevos) and Angels (uuevos). You could also say the Greco-Romans are fairly deserving of new forms (split or ultimate awokens when).
  • This will be a busy week on NA for me. In addition to 10x, any urgent dungeons and the usual evo material grind, I have the following on my plate:
    • Skill ups: Water Carnival (Mori dupes), Gaia, BvS, Dark Insect Dragon (CDD), Water Insect Dragon (Exa Hydra, maybe), Linthia (mainly for Dub-Myths), Ancient Dragons (Loki, Awoken Hades), Gran Reverse (maybe), Kanetsugu (Lucifer).
    • Evo material: 3x Zhu Bajie (Xiang Mei), Indigo (Persephone), Hephaestus (Ares), Armadel (Ares), 2x Xuanzang (DQXQ), 2x Zhou Yu (DQXQ), 7x Hera Beorc (dupes for uevo).
  • I also still have to get cracking on the Satan Ranking Dungeon Prep post. I haven’t had much motivation as there really isn’t much to say about this dungeon that hasn’t been said in previous posts. I’m thinking of making a page for general ranking dungeon information instead of regurgitating much of the same info each successive post, but that also requires a lot of work.
  • There’s a small chance we get Awoken Hermes and Apollo this week, but they’re more likely to land somewhere in the two weeks after this one.

Weekly Roundup 62

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The Past Week:

  • Last week’s roundup
  • PADherder
  • 8 ranks – It felt like I did a lot more this last week, to be honest. It’s going to be a long grind to 900. Even a fairly generous rank per day would put it at another 2.5 months. Four months seems more realistic, which will actually be fairly close to my two-year anniversary.

Next Week and Beyond:

  • I don’t expect too much out of JP this week. They’ll probably finalize the new and updated cards that were revealed during the stream and call it a week.
  • NA could be a bit more interesting. We’re certainly getting some uevos this week, the question is whether we get all of the 4th anniversary uevos or just a subset? I’m getting very impatient for the rest of the uuevo Heroes, Zuoh and Skuld.
  • I wanted to take a short break from PAD this week, but I’ll have to put some work into the new Ancient Dragon dungeon. The question becomes whether we’ll get 2.5x next event or not (or, by some miracle, 3x again). Getting 2x again would be a slap to the face.
  • The update that could be coming is 8.8 which seems likely considering the duration of the maintenance. It’s uncertain what exactly we’ll get, but if it is 8.8 some of the more interesting updates are the awakening buffs (the one with all the killers), removing single player mode from co-op and shared co-op awakenings (skill boosts, etc). It’s also likely that we’ll get Gran Reverse for the next event.