Summoners War a Week in Review (1/16/17 to 1/22/17)



Summoners War a Week in Review (1/16/17 to 1/22/17)

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This week was a focus on Summoners War Giants B10 Drop Rates.  Essentially, I probably spent a majority of the week compiling all the data from the runs pre update v3.2.1.  On top of that I held a summoning session, and got myself a new Ifrit!

Theme

Analytics was the name of the game last week! The theme of this week’s blog is Summoners War decision making via analytics.  Early in the week I held a “Chasing Trophy Monsters” summoning session.  In those summoning sessions I typically purchase premium packs, then do the summoning.  This helps for multiple things with account growth.  It’s a great source of fodder, which I spent four days last week grinding experience.  The potential monster diversity as well is always a good benefit along with a chance at a game changing monster.  However, I don’t go into the sessions expecting a killer summon.  In fact, in all summoning sessions I have summoned one nat5 monster.

Chasing Trophy Monsters

In the session if you watched the video you will see as mentioned above I typically purchase the premium packs, but in this particular session I held back.  I wanted to analyze my data on mystical scroll drops of Giants B10 before making the purchases, and found some interesting numbers.

Giants B10 Drop Rates

What I find in the video is that in my opinion vs. farming giants for mystical scrolls you are better off using your crystals to purchase the mystical scrolls via premium packs.  Noticeably, this created quite a stir in the community, because current belief is you should do one of two things:

  • Never buy Premium Packs
  • Use crystals to refresh magic shop and purchase Mystical Scrolls with excess crystals

In reality my personal opinion of the two is this:

  • You should buy premium packs, but not for the necessary intent of expecting godly summons, but rather for monster diversity
  • There are trade offs with the shop, and its not even a mid-game strategy in my opinion but more for a 1-5 percenter in Summoners War

I will definitely say this though, if you look at it from a broader strategy of acquiring legendary scroll pieces, potential runes, and other items you should definitely not purchase premium packs.  It’s important to point out there was a very nicely written opinion around Magic Shop Refreshes this week with data from swarfarm.com (Which I am not a contributor to currently or have been asked to speak on their behalf).  The collective effort for aggregated data collection happening for us will immediately impact our further understanding of Summoners War.  The one caveat is like always data can be misinterpreted or misconstrued at times, and that is one issue with publishing open data.

Additionally, I hope to do additional analysis on the Magic Shop myself to present some arguments to the community.  However, as noted I still am in the midsts of processing a lot of data, and collecting additional data.  On top of that I can’t forget to keep up with the Joneses by actually playing and enjoying the game!

Rune Update

I did not make big strides in the Rune Update section this week.

Final Giant B10 Run Count: 797* Corrected for bad data

Final Dragon B10 Run Count: 227

V3.2.1 Giant B10 Run Count: 19 (will update next week)

V3.2.1 Dragon B10 Run Count: 86 (will update next week)

The_Stand Guild Wars

This week was a bad performance for us going 3-8.

Rating: 963

Rank: 20247

GamertagMythras PvP

A mediocre week in my personal PVP.  Made Fighter 1 for the week, and I didn’t spend a lot of time on PvP.

Rating: 1209

Rank: 67261

Notable Mentions

Experience Grinding

I was able to take Fire Ifrit Tesarion from his 5 star Summon to 6 stars.  Then I was able to level him to 36.  I spent the majority of the week focused on experience grinding.

Secret Dungeon Event Water Charger Shark

I was really hoping to spend more time on the event over the week primarily to skill up my current Water Charger Shark.  Alas, I was only able to collect 214 pieces.

World Boss

Wasn’t able to maintain C2, fell to C1 for the week.

Level 15 Runes

I leveled two runes to 15 for the week.

Summary

This was a big week outside the game, and more Summoners War Community focused for me.  I really think the data crunching will help provide the Summoners War Giants B10 Drop Rates viewpoint from a solo source to help further constructive conversations.  I am excited about my new Ifrit, and hope to try him out more in the coming weeks.  Until next week summoners, keep on summoning.

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Summoners War a Week in Review (1/9/17 to 1/15/17)



Summoners War a Week in Review (1/9/17 to 1/15/17)

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This was the first full week into the new year of 2017 in Summoners War, and a lot went down! Not only did Com2Us change up the Cairos Dungeon Drops, they switched up Hall of Heroes with update v3.2.1.  This week I accomplished an impressive Summoners War Milestone.  Summoners War Trial of Ascension Normal Stage 100 is no small feat.

Theme

This week’s theme is knocking out of the park! Do you ever get so happy or nervous that you are going to screw something up and get the shakes?  Or you experience something for the first time that is sort of surreal and you think you are in the wrong place? Well that is sort of how I felt this week getting to Trial of Ascension Stage 100.

First time Beating Trial of Ascension Stage 100

If you have been adamantly reading my weekly blogs you will also understand why this is such a big deal to me.  Previously the highest I was able to ascend Summoners War Trial of Ascension Normal was Stage 78.  Completing all 100 was a huge improvement relative to my last performance.  I was even able to up my TOA Hard to Stage 49 from 36.  As probably already noted I was severely happy to complete this and reach a new milestone in Summoners War.

What was different?

Honestly, the biggest improvement I believe in my TOAN team was the runes.  As mentioned the previous week, and I believe I mention it in the video, I was able to make really good use of the Free Rune Removal day.  I swapped out like 7 runes to 6 star on my main monsters.  Then going into TOAN I had them all upgraded to level 12 or better.

The other piece of this was I really worked on rotating my monsters around.  I was able to auto to TOAN Stage 75, and TOAH 33.  Once I hit the walls, I started working with my team, and paying attention to the stage battles.  I would jump in at times when I needed to target specific monsters.

There was no special monster that was summoned from my last TOAN attempt.  Also, I didn’t use any new six star monsters in TOAN either.  The one thing I do like about this is it helps show the scalability of the game where if you put in your time and effort you can reach new heights in Summoners War.  The pay off is great too, because now I should hopefully be able to get a new legendary scroll every 30 days with my team.

Trial of Ascension Strategy

I will definitely say I don’t think my strategy is or was as typical of what summoners probably do.  In my case you see I am very heavily heal based.  I went for big health, big heals, and chip damage.  The strategy obviously ended up paying off for me as I was able to complete Stage 100.

Team: Veromos (Leader), Theomars, Belladeon, Iona, Chasun

Like I said above, I was extremely nervous once I hit TOAN Stage 100.  I was worried I was going to get there and fail miserably.  My crew was able to best Stage 100 on the second try.  I definitely recommend not going straight to the face on the final boss, and taking the crystals out first.  Unlike me, you may be able to beat him on the first attempt.

Update v3.2.1

Hall of Heroes Wind Pirate

I really enjoy the new Hall of Heroes update for a few different reasons.  First and foremost I was able to get more pieces in the update then I could grinding all weekend.  The second is instead of grinding Hall of Heroes all weekend I was able to work on other Summoners War things.  I felt like I was winning all around! I was able to get to level 6, tried multiple times, but the monsters at 5/6 with the rezzing and damage I couldn’t best.

Rune Drop Update

A few weeks ago Com2Us said in their developers notes they were changing the Rune Drops in Cairos Dungeon.  To make a long story short they have removed four star runes from Dungeon Floor 10 runs.  This is a big deal as it should improve the runes you get on the runs ideally allowing you to get your monsters to where you want them faster.

The other thing they mentioned was that the drop rates would remain the same.  This is something I am curious about, because were 5 & 6 star runes actually dropped at the same rate?  I don’t think so, and if not how does this effect things going forward?  I’ve decided to continue my previous experiment prior to update v3.2.1 to test this out.

Rune Update

The Summoners War Update v3.2.1 put a halt on the drop rate percents, as I was trying to get to at least 1000 runs before tallying anything.  However, I have already started to pull together the data to see where we get.  I have also as mentioned above began efforts on the next data set for comparison.

Final Giant B10 Run Count: 813

Final Dragon B10 Run Count: 227

V3.2.1 Giant B10 Run Count: 19

V3.2.1 Dragon B10 Run Count: 86

The_Stand Guild Wars

This week was a mediocre performance going 3-7 for attacking battles.

Rating: 1003

Rank: 7927

GamertagMythras PvP

Big rating this week, I think my highest ever, but not my highest ranking.  I did hit Fighter 2 which was a first.

Rating: 1374

Rank: 49417

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Notable Mentions

2017 New Year Lucky Dice Event

I got all but one of the rolls for the lucky dice event, as I fell asleep one night before claiming it.  Anyway you can view the rolls and rewards I get from the event.

World Boss

I was able to achieve a new status in the World Boss.  I climbed to Conqueror 2 for the first time!

Level 15 Runes

Summary

All I can say is incredible.  Last week was such an action packed week of Summoners War.  I am very happy of the completion of Trial of Ascension Stage 100 and the Summoners War Milestone I was able to achieve.  I think Com2Us implemented a lot of great changes with update v3.2.1.  Until next week summoners keep on summoning!

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Summoners War a Week in Review (12/12/16 to 12/18/16)



Summoners War a Week in Review (12/12/16 to 12/18/16)

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Summoners War over the past week was quite brutal to be honest.  Coming off the back of the previous weeks Rainbowmon Party with Penguin Event I really wanted to complete the whole event.  Making it definitely worse for myself, and most likely a significant loss of resources that were underutilized in my opinion.  However, sometimes that is the name of the game, and sacrifices must be made to get there.  I also deviate to some real time PvP in the World Arena Special Opening Event.

The past week also features something new to the Summoners War a Week in Review blog which was Trial of Ascension (ToA).  To date I have not covered tha, and that was an additional focus for the week. Mainly due to the ToA reset, I wanted to see how far up the ladder I could climb.

Theme

Piggy backing off the previous week, we will continue this past weeks theme in similar fashion of an experience grind with a twist.  The twist being the ascension of ToA.  I know a lot of users who read the blog like to benchmark my progression against their own gameplay.  This is one of the many reasons why I enjoy sharing even minor successes week over week, to help provide gamers with an idea of their own personal progress with Summoners War.

First and foremost as mentioned in the intro for the week I was able to complete the Rainbowmon Party with Penguin Knight Event…barely.  I finished it off with roughly nine hours left.  The last monster I decided to six star was Megan for the event.

It was definitely rough as I decided not to use experience boosters this week, and I didn’t have the necessary fodder to do it quickly coming off the week before.  It was because of not having the appropriate resources I had to slog it out the hard way.  This meant as I mentioned last week I continued the experience grind in Faimon Hell with Lapis because it is a slower grind, and I could at least build back some resources.  With the slow progression I was able to get enough scrolls to slowly meet my needs for the evolution fodder, however it was not quick.

A user I ran into on Reddit mentioned based off the last post why not farm Aiden Forest to get the necessary fodder.  I did spend time trying out this strategy, and there are a few things I wanted to mention.  They suggested doing Aiden and Faimon on Hard to not get the crafting materials, and increase scroll drops.  The thing I discovered about this was even though you get the scroll drops hopefully at a higher rate its 2 per drop instead of 5.  I also, tested out my Lushen to attempt Aiden Hell, as I do believe that’s better farming then Faimon Hell once I am able to do it.  Alas, Lushen got crushed, but now I have something additional to work on for farming.

Ultimately these are the kinds of discussions I want to drive, and look at new ways to approach Summoners War.  I think the suggestions were great, but after testing for my personal taste I decided to continue with my Faimon Hell Lapis slow grind for the week approach.  The other thing the user incited me to do was to continue the actual area progression.  I forgot that I hadn’t completed everything so I decided to close out Chiruka Remains Hard to finish off the Hard difficulty mode of the game.

Trial of Ascension

Aside from that minor distraction during the week I pursued two others.  Those other distractions were Trial of Ascension and the Third World Arena Event.  Previously for Trial of Ascension I was able to get to Stage 67.  This time I was able to improve that to 78 for Trial of Ascension Normal.  I also was at Stage 29 for TOA Hard.  I was able to best Stage 29 and improve the climb to Stage 36.

Trial of Ascension Stage 75 Beat

World Arena Special Opening Event

Last week I did take a good part of my day to pursue the new World Arena Special Opening Event.  I crafted a pretty fun interesting video of the experience.

I learned a lot about the World Arena, and definitely its difficulties or really what my gameplay lacks for live PvP interactions.  I thought jumping into battle right away would allow me to ascend the leader boards quickly, but man was I wrong.  You definitely want a good diversity of monsters when you take up Arena, and definitely some semblance of a strategy.  Which to be completely honest I really lacked that part for the World Arena.  That strategy is also a smidge different then general PvP.  Lots of similar things I saw were using Bernard for speed and attack bar boosts to quickly get off your first round of attacks on your opponents.  Another strategy was using fire epikion priest Chloe’s third skill Fanatic to make your units invincible getting off your attacks, and picking the best utilization of your monsters skills.  Overall, I am glad I spent a decent chunk of time on this, and look forward to spending more over the course of the event as it is 30 days long.

Rune Update

Aside from the experience grind, I was able to sneak away for some Giants Rune grinding over the past week.

Giant B10 Run Count: 352

Dragon B10 Run Count: 38

The_Stand Guild Wars

This week The_Stand finished 500 (6-6), and closed in with a rating of 1004.  There were definitely some guild wars we should have won, but that’s just how it goes unfortuntately.

GamertagMythras PvP

Closed in probably my highest rating ever for a week at 1298.  I am continuing the low defense until Sunday grind.

Fire Martial Cat Secret Dungeon

Notable Mentions

World Boss

I maintained my G1 status for the World Boss for the Week.

Summary

Over the course of the past week I eagerly took on some much needed distractions from the experience grind of Summoners War, but with that said was able to finish out the second six star monster for the event.  On top of all of it I made great progress in Trial of Ascension, and participated in the World Arena Special Opening Event.  Like always summoners until next week, keep on summoning.

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Summoners War a Week in Review (11/21/16 to 11/27/16)



Summoners War a Week in Review (11/21/16 to 11/27/16)

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This is the second week of Summoners War a Week in Review where we will look at the previous week’s gameplay, highlight notable findings, and outline game progression.  This week in Summoners War a Week in Review we will see a split theme of Giants B10 along with double experience runs.  Last week in the US we also had Thanksgiving! I hope everyone had a Happy and Safe Thanksgiving as well.

Summoners War First 30 Days Beginners Guide

Focus Tip

One thing I try to do every Sunday evening is plan out my Summoners War week.  In reality the planning can be iterative whereby you are flexible with your schedule and items available.  Especially, if an emergency comes up.  For example, yesterday my poor kitty Caesar had been puking and we took him to the emergency vet.  Obviously, this wasn’t something on the radar and caused a shift in my gaming which I will highlight in next week’s piece.  We have an additional vet appointment this morning and I will let everyone know how it goes.

As far as the planning goes there are really three pieces to it.  First, what is your schedule look like for the week?  In case of last week we hosted Thanksgiving, so I know prepping the Turkey and cooking was going to eat a lot of my Summoners War Gameplay time.  The other thing is know your work schedule if you have a job, and in corporate America know your meeting schedule. Second, know what is in your gift box.  Most gifts have a seven day decay period, I like to use this in my planning.  I typically only claim stuff if I can help it when its less than a day.  However, in last week’s planning I had double experience gifts from the 70 Million Downloads Event that needed to be used up.  Unfortunately, one of the experience bonuses was set to expire on Thanksgiving, so I planned around that.

70 Million Download Event for Reference

Lastly, and tying in nicely with the above is know the events! You should know when the events are coming up, and what rewards you will get.  Recently, a lot of the events have been community ones like the 70 million Download Event.  I would just like to say way to go Summoners!  Mainly for consistently getting all the rewards in the community events.

When you have a good understanding of the three pieces of your schedule, your gift box, and current in game events you can successfully plan out your week of Summoners War Gaming.

Theme

The previous week took a little shift on my game plan due to Thanksgiving, and event rewards, however I was happy to say I was able to spend two days grinding double experience, and get enough Giants B10 runs in to make it a good week.  Plus, another progression milestone.

Giants B10 Rune Outcome

Utilizing my previous week’s method I followed suit again last week.  I took note throughout the week of how many Runes I collected in the following categories: Six star Legendary, Six Star, and Five Star Legendary.  I did not keep track of how many total runs I did, but I would venture between 30 to 50 runs a day.  I was very happy with the results relative to what my previous perception was.

Legendary 6 Star 1
6 Star 26
Legendary 5 Star 6

I was able to get another six star Legendary rune this week! I also as previously stated spent two days grinding experience.  I was surprised to come out this well on runes, however I think I played much more Sunday than I did the week before.  I do believe from a consistency with last week that the percentage is somewhere between 10%-15% for a six star drop.  The other thing to highlight that I did not last week was we are obtaining farmable crafting mats the entire time as well.

The other thing I did was livestream GB10 runs.  I unfortunately wish I could have done it longer, but was having technical issues.  I was able to get eight runs in, and get one six star rune in the run.  I would have shared the video, but I ended up deleting the video due to quality issues in my opinion.

The_Stand Guild Wars

This week was a most unfortunate week for The_Stand and the guild wars.  We ended around 967 rating, and had a losing record for the week of five wins and seven losses.  On a nice note we had an active player who had been gone on vacation come back for this upcoming week, so let’s see if they can help make a difference.

GamertagMythras PvP

This week was a personal record for PvP! I am extremely happy about the outcome.  On top of that it was one of the most active weeks for me getting in a cool 220 attacks!  Really racking up those glory points.  On top of that one of the things I learned is when you look at best score it’s not based off the rating but rather the rank.  This was something I realized with the world boss last week as well.

PvP Personal Record

The Experience Grind

I had two double experience rewards that needed to be used up last week.  Both were 12 hr boosters, so I spent both my Tuesday, and Wednesday grinding up my monsters.  One thing I tracked was in two hours I was able to complete a 5 star monster which I think is pretty good.  However, I did not keep that pace up for two days straight.  Otherwise I would have been the proud owner of two more six stars.  I also did not have all the available materials for that.

I did not six star a monster, just kind of got everything in place to do it.  I was able to get enough stuff leveled up for one during the two days.  The other nice things about Farming Faimon Hell with Lapis was I was able to replenish much needed mana.  I was able to farm over 1.5 million mana in those two days.

I highly suggest Lapis if you don’t have a faimon hell farmer yet.  You can see the video below for a reference.

Notable Mentions

With the mana farmed from Faimon Hell I was able to level up a six star rune from 12 to 15.

6 star level 15 violent Rune

On one of my daily rewards for the week I hit the monster reward.  I always hope for that nat 4+ monster, but landed a light beast hunter instead.

Light Beast Hunter

I also hit the Finance First VI Achievement.  This was a nice achievement.

Finance First VI Achievement

World Boss was completed at Fighter three again.  Unfortunately, I missed a day removing me from the G1 running for the week.  Always remember to use up your turns, and even if you plan to later like I was you may forget, and it may cost you like me.

Summary

Once again it was a busy week with both ups and downs as it always is! I hope you are able to utilize my focus tip and trick around planning out your week of Summoners War Gaming.  If you have other tips or tricks please share below in the comments.  Until next week Summoners I am back to the grind!

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Summoners War a Week in Review (11/14/16 to 11/20/16)



Summoners War a Week in Review (11/14/16 to 11/20/16)

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I want to try and start a new thing to help enhance my Summoners War gameplay, and allow for further sharing of ideas, as well as strategies, and progression.  My plan is to blog weekly, and share with you Summoners War a Week in Review, where by each week I will chat about the previous weeks doings.  On top of that I will try to have some sort of focus or theme for the week, however as much as I would like to do that I know even after last week it’s very easy to lose sight of an overall theme.  As many a summoner would know, we are constantly bombarded with things that change our direction of Summoners War gameplay.  With that said let’s take a look at this week’s Summoners War a Week in Review.

Summoners War

Theme

Last week my plan was to run Giants B10.  Previously leading up to last week my focus had been on running Dragons B9.  The rationale for my in doing so was to get violent runes, and at the same time my B9 auto clear times are roughly anywhere from one to two minutes faster.  The other thing I wanted to do with my Giants B10 focus was track how many runes I got for the week and share that with you.

Giants B10 Rune Outcome

I took note throughout the week of how many Runes I collected in the following categories: Six star Legendary, Six Star, and Five Star Legendary.  I did not keep track of how many total runs I did, but I would venture between 30 to 50 runs a day.  I was very happy with the results relative to what my previous perception was.

Legendary 6 Star 2
6 Star 27
Legendary 5 Star 7

In total I kept 26 runes. On top of this if we look at the number of runs, and figure we averaged 30 a day making a total of 210 runs for the week.  When we look at the odds we are pulling in a keeper rune 13% of the time or roughly every 10 runs in Giants B10.  I was even more impressed that I was able to get a legendary six star rune not once, but twice.  You should hopefully get one each week then, or one about every hundred runs.

The thing I liked most about focusing on Giants B10 for the week was the epiphany that it’s much easier to progress your monsters than what is perceived.  The game has many distractions that take focus away, but when we look at the facts the investment in the runs is worth it and pays off.

The_Stand Guild Wars

This week I made some slight changes to the Guild Lineup.  We had been hurting do to players not using all their attacks.  The adjustment I made was cutting everyone from this week’s battles unless they were top 10 in contribution for the week before. This adjustment paid off for all the active contributors as we were able to briefly eclipse G2 during the week.  We ended up F3 and a record of 7-5 for the week.  Most of the losses coming in later in the week.

GamertagMythras PvP

This was one of my better weeks for PvP.  I would definitely say I am the set weak defense for the whole week until Sunday kind of a player.  With that said I was very happy with my weekly results, which in fact were one of my better ones.  I usually shoot to end up over 1200 for the week, but the thing I was most excited about was the ability to attack 142 times throughout the week.  I was constantly out of attack attempts.

Summoners War PvP

Chasing Trophy Monsters

One thing I really enjoy is doing summoning sessions.  Chasing Trophy Monsters is a series where I do mass summonings usually the qualifier is 50+ Mystical Scrolls.  This week was definitely one of the worst summoning session I ever had.  You can see for yourself.

Events

Secret Dungeon Wind Beast Hunter Event

70 Million Downloads Event

Progression Milestones for the Week

Things I also checked off this week were finishing off x40 monster pieces for my inventory of Fire Beast Hunter, Fire Viking, and the Wind Beast Hunter.  While I was doing my summoning session I used a double experience item so I could utilize my storage and three star monster fodder.  In doing so I was able to six star my Light Epikion Priest Iona!  In the World Boss I was able to finish G1 once last week, and reach B plus rating with my main group for the first time.

Summoners War World Boss

Summoners War World Boss B+

Summary

It was an action packed week! I learned a lot about the rune drop rates, and accomplished many firsts.  Even though the summoning session sucked, I was able to make the best of it six starring Iona.  Until next week!

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