So, we’re in day 11 of Elvenar Woodelves chapter (see previous day at Elvenar Woodelves – Day 10). Today was a final day of the steel tournament. And grand finale it was! But in the meantime, have I made a mistake that will haunt me later on? Can I recover from that? We will see…
Fellowship adventure is still going on, so L1 workshop compound is still alive and kicking. In fact, I have added a few more. But in a couple of days FA will be over, and the sweatshop area will be gone. Will free up several hundreds pop, too! And just in time for me to start building the Woodelves settlement.
My 5th workshop is now also in place, so I have only 1 workshop to go, but it will need 2 levels of upgrades. While I am waiting for the orcs to do so, I have moved it practically in its target position already. Unfortunately, it created a bit of a mess right below that, but it will all be sorted out once this workshop reaches L22, which should be in about 2-3 days. This is also just in time of the settlement buildout. We’re doing well on timing here!
Main Hall upgrade
Another upgrade that I kicked in is L21 to L22 Main Hall upgrade. This one is actually somewhat controversial. I am still not sure it was the right call, but oh well. Basically, my mainline quest asks me for L22 Main Hall. This is an extremely long upgrade (40+ hours), and I had time and pop at the moment. However, as I mentioned before, you don’t need to follow the main quest line if it doesn’t fit your objectives! There is nothing important there, and coin and supply rewards should be irrelevant by now.
But I planned to upgrade the Main Hall anyway, so what’s the problem? The problem is mana cost, 133K worth of mana. While I certainly had that in stock, I am not sure if I should have held onto it. I project that after unlocking Forest Fabrications I will need massive amounts of mana for mana tears (to build all the grafting sites). Way more mana than I can realistically produce on sustainable basis, I will need some reserves built up. So I might have been better off postponing the MH upgrade until later in the chapter. Well, too late for that, we’ll see if that was a mistake 😉
Elvenar Woodelves progress
Today was another big KP day in the tournament, so we move forward quite a bit. I have finished Main Hall upgrade research, and now piling KPs into Forest Glade tech. That’s portal building for Woodelves. We’re finally getting close to settlement buildout!
So far, I’ve been running ahead of my plan on KP accumulation. I’ve averaged about 67KP / day vs expectations of 60. This translated in running a day early on the research. For instance, I expected to unlock MH upgrade on day 12, and I am already done with that on day 11. Having said that, now when tournament is over, the next few days should be much slower and average KP rate should go down. We will see.
I will likely move all expansions research up, right after grafting sites (if not before) as my projections show that I still need more mana generation. Right now some of my willows are in the target space for the settlements, so will need to me either moved into new expansions, or sold. And I don’t want to sell them.
Only 40K of mana in the inventory though. Conservation mode activated… 😉
Steel Tournament – 5* and 6* day
And so it is done. Wow, what an amazing result! This surely was my most successful tournament ever. While in 5* and 6* rounds my losses started to climb, and I’ve got quite a few defeats with 2 and even 1 counterunits (so I had to cater those), the end result is still outstanding. Even after squad size upgrade that I had to activate after 4* round. So just as a reminder, numbers for 1*-4* and 5*-6* refer to different squad sizes.
After dust settled, I still have 46 squads left! I don’t need to recover anything, can jump right into building squads for the next tournament. And even after some catering in the last rounds, my goods situations is excellent. After small rebalancing, all my goods are above the watermarks. And this is usually the lowest point in the week for goods (unless I am doing multiple map provinces).
All in all, excellent result. We’ll see how it holds up in the next tournaments.