Can we talk about Mercenaries?

  • Avalon's Avatar
    Content Admin Salty Dog 1470 1812 Posts Joined 06/12/2019
    Posted 5 months, 2 weeks ago
    Quote From Pezman

     Threw together 5 level 30s and a level 13, hoping for an easy match vs AI. Nope: got creamed by 6 maxxed out level 30 Mercs.

    This is exactly what discourages me from even trying PvP: I know I cannot just avoid strong opponents by self-harming my own comp, but there has to be some form of compromise in the middle!

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  • meisterz39's Avatar
    925 1200 Posts Joined 06/03/2019
    Posted 5 months, 2 weeks ago

    I used to spend time doing the daily tasks in Mercenaries, and tried to get into the grind for various comps, but just got super bored of it. For the PvP to be fun, you need to have tons of fully buffed Mercs, but getting there requires way too much boring PvE. How many times can you battle the same line-up of Furbolgs or Dragons or what have you over and over before you die of boredom? There's just not enough variety in each run, and I think that stems largely from the fact that the perks you get along the way are just not all that impactful. "Here's a stat buff for your Horde characters." "Here's a little more Arcane damage." Okay, great, but that doesn't really meaningfully impact the choices I make in game.

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  • Pezman's Avatar
    2015 1679 Posts Joined 06/03/2019
    Posted 5 months, 2 weeks ago

    Ok I'm getting really steamed now. I haven't been able to cue up against the AI in weeks, no matter how crappy and mismatched my squad is. So I said, fine, I'll play "fair" and bring my A-game mercs. EVERY SINGLE opponent has maxxed out Lich King who PERMANENTLY slows all my mercs, completely locking me out of every game. I tried various strong comps: nature combos, holy combos, get killed every time. Mind you, I'm playing CASTERS, who can kill the Lich King quickly. It just doesn't matter. By the time he's dead, Cairne comes in and does the same damn thing.

    Either you're a whale who bought the best legendaries, or you've grinded them out with INSANE time commitment. I guess the rest of us are just screwed.

     

    "Be excellent to each other." -Bill and Ted

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  • Pezman's Avatar
    2015 1679 Posts Joined 06/03/2019
    Posted 4 months, 3 weeks ago

    Hi everyone,

    I thought it was time for an update. After playing Mercenaries daily since launch and completing daily tasks, I actually earned enough coins to craft almost all missing Mercs. Thanks to the new Training Grounds, I now have some of the best Mercs already at level 30, and even with their abilities and equipment still needing lots of upgrades, they are competitive in the Fighting Pit. I'm finally having fun in PvP (and ironically, I'm facing the AI again about a third of the time, even though I'm bringing my A-Team). As I'm sure you all know, speed manipulation is king, so my A-Team is Lich King, Diablo, Jaina, Varden, Cairne and Valeera. I'm winning most games, and they're mostly all good, close matches. 

    I guess that patience is required here. I bought only one bundle (the Valeera one) and I don't remember how many packs with gold (not too many though), so if you want to be mostly or totally F2P, you need to grind. EVENTUALLY, you'll get there. In the meantime, I actually find the bounties pretty fun.

    Still, the mode does favor P2W: I lost badly today to someone who had a fully upgraded Lokholar. There's no way someone grinded enough coins to fully upgrade his abilities in the 5 days since he came out, right? Anyway, I'm not sure if Lokholar will turn out to be one of the better Mercs, but he schooled me because I haven't played him yet and was not familiar with his moves.

    TLDR: there's light at the end of the tunnel if you want to play Mercenaries F2P and are willing to grind for it. Just enter the Fighting Pit at your own risk.

    "Be excellent to each other." -Bill and Ted

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  • DragonDraena's Avatar
    405 160 Posts Joined 08/10/2021
    Posted 4 months, 2 weeks ago

    Tonight I had enough coins to craft Galvangar, cool cool. 

    Then I took him on a couple bounty runs to unlock some abilities, cool cool. 

    Then the collection manager showed -268 Galvangar coins. Math, y'all, it is just so hard. 

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