This is similar to the recap posts, but with a different angle. The recap posts are supposed to give a weekly, short summary of what I did each day. This is supposed to be more of a numbers-based progress report on various aspects of the f2p run. There are three main categories, Play, Economy, and Collection.
So I played in 12 events this month, and did pretty alright overall. It is weird to say, but I think my Draft win percentage should be even higher, but I misplayed way too much the last couple. For next month, I’m going to enter in the Sealed league on Kaelari’s Ladder so I’ll have to figure out a way to record that. Sealed starts on the 15th, so that’ll be a good way to both give games where otherwise I’d be going “dailies, next post pls” and also spend some of the silver I’ve accumulated (by crafting the cards I don’t have). Plus, more gameplay, and that’s always worth it.
So in my first month of Solforge, I earned 122,020 Silver – that’s about 85% of the crafting cost of a single Legendary? Sounds horrible, right? Well, it is and it isn’t. Silver gains off pure pack opening is not great, that I will grant you. But keep in mind two things – 1) until yesterday, I wasn’t playing my 20 daily wins at all. That’s around (26*5,000) Silver that I just don’t have because I didn’t want to grind for it. Also, the silver earned doesn’t take any cards I earned into account at all – each card you open is worth 100% of its Forge value until you own more than three, at that point your silver gains increase as you smelt down cards.
This is where my true Silver gains are shown. I got a couple lucky legendaries from packs in my first week, but otherwise my progression curve has been very normal from another Solforge player. Drafting gives a ton of Heroics, and I even managed to assemble several playsets from drafting. The only one that is really competitive is Uterradon Rex, but that’s just fine. Now whenever I open a Xrath, Portal Shade, etc, I’ll be able to smelt it into silver and Forge more cards.
Put it this way – within the first month, I earned 5.5 million silver worth of cards. That means in my first month of collecting cards, I earned the equivalent of a little over 39 legendaries. That is not taking into account any commons or rares, which are too cumbersome to count up and tally… but I know I have a lot of those, as well.
The Next Four Weeks
So, in the next month I want to implement one main thing – the Sealed league. This won’t start on the Ladder until the end of Week 1/Start of week 2, but I have enough cards where I’m sure I won’t be forced to craft every single card I want to play with. No Legendaries also helps a ton.
My event schedule for next month will be the same as this month – 1 Draft, 2 Weekend Warrior events. If I can’t play in the Weekend Warrior due to format restrictions, I’ll just play in another draft and save the leftover ticket. If I can play in more WW events than the default 2 (due to winning!), then I’ll play WW as time allows and save the leftover tickets. Set 6 may come out within the next month or two, so any leftover tickets I get is probably going to go into a bunch of drafts to pick up the set 6 cards so I can continue to participate in solforgeladder events.
Let me know if you think there is any stat I should track, something I should improve on, ideas for how to budget or play!