So, we’re in day 25 of Elvenar Woodelves chapter (see previous day at Elvenar Woodelves – Day 24). We’re entering the final phase of the chapter where we race against the clock, or should I say against the tech lock 😉 We’re barely beating it for now, but the last tournament day delivered so many KPs that we may still have to resort to the ultimate weapon. But we’re still fighting a good fight – for now 😉
Unlike yesterday, today was surprisingly busy day from the city changes perspective. So let’s unwrap it one thing at a time.
First of all, you may notice that I’ve got an extra expansion. Yep, when just yesterday I mentioned that I don’t expect any additional ones until the end of the chapter. But low and behold, today I finally got another offer for 10% off for premium expansions. I’ve been waiting for this for a while, and was holding onto my free diamonds. So I immediately got one expansion for 1,350 diamonds (vs regular 1,500). That’s savings of 150 diamonds right there!
Now, this might be the last premium expansion in a while – if not ever. I am currently sitting on 800 diamonds, and the next expansion is 2,000 (or 1,800 with the same discount). If my monthly source of 600 free diamonds a month indeed dried up, it will take forever to get to the next expansion, and I may focus on the L5 Magic Academy upgrade (750 diamonds) or L4 Builders’ Hut upgrade (1,000 diamonds).
And so I immediately placed the expansion and started constructing another Weeping Willow. After this is done, we will be just a tad over 100K mana a day. A significant milestone!
But I also sold another Weeping Willow to clear a space for Woodelves Habitat. This is primarily for a quest, but also to fast forward some expensive upgrades (like T3), as it will give ~1K of pop when finished. it also produces mana, so it is practically a wash with the sold Willow in that respect.
And I’ve also finally got 1,000+ pop to initiate another L20 planks upgrade. One more to go!
Elvenar Woodelves progress
Wow, what a day. I’ve got about 130KP today – this makes it one of my biggest KP days ever. I could delay tournament KPs only for so long, and now the floodgates had to open. The situation is not critical – I am not tech locked yet, but we’re getting there pretty fast.
I have managed to unlock Woodelves Habitat research at the last possible moment, but I already filled all KPs for Ranger research and half for the Greenery Street one. And these are the only open techs for now!
So I have to activate Ranger tech ASAP, to open Mercenary Camp Improvements. This would be a bigger KP sink at 95 KP, and my KP inflow will be at the lowest point for the next 2-3 days. But it will be pretty close. I may need to do Inspired Meditation, or even drop 5-10% Portal Profit. After all, my ETA projections imply that I will have to do that in any case, sooner or later.
Another contingency plan?
Having said that, I am still hoping that we may barely escape that, at least for now. KP inflow will slow down for several days, and I am still thinking about increasing Forest Fabrications capacity. Only that I just don’t see any inventory for refined marble to do L4 upgrades for FFs. All this research so far was heavy on marble, and I definitely didn’t want to stall that production. But now I am thinking there might be another opportunity to speed things up at the last moment. If we finish all projected refined goods production earlier (as anticipated), we can sell all those grafting sites, and put up several L1 FFs. Adding 1x L1 FF is equivalent of upgrading 2x L3->L4 FFs, without associated resource drain (but obviously this takes more space).
So we will see if that becomes a viable alternative. Those darn Elvenar Woodelves – we may have to use some PPs earlier than that…
Crystal Tournament – 5*, 6* and 2* for 13-20 Day
Today was a pretty big tournament day – as I mentioned above. I didn’t have to do 6* and 2* KP harvesting on the same day, so it could have been more spread out. However, with about 12 hours left till the end of the tournament I wouldn’t be able to activate any new research, so all the remaining KPs had to go into the currently open techs. So there was no difference, and I just wrapped up the tournament early.
Results still looks quite interesting though. It looks like 1*, 2* and 3* stage total losses are just about the same as the last tournament – slightly less than 100 squads in both cases (so ~97). However, 4*, 5* and 6* rounds are different. This tournament I’ve lost only about 60 squads,while last tournament the losses were above 80 squads. 25% lower losses this time is great, but unexpected. And I indeed noticed that I only had 2, maybe 3 defeats total this time – usually, you get the first couple in round 4*, and 5* and 6* bring several more.
So perhaps Elder Treants are just that good? But why would you get similar losses in 1* to 3* rounds then? This remains a mystery. So if you have any ideas – let me know!