I’ve always been concerned with high trophy counts and being as effective as possible. This worked great for a while, but then I took a hiatus (at this point I forget when this was. Sometime after alliances were created and the time boosts were introduced.) I fell behind.
When I came back, I came back kind of incrementally. Found top 150 was way way out of reach, top 500 frankly was also way way out of reach. Got discouraged. Told my son he can use my account - cause it’s not fun for me anymore.
This was my team under my stewardship when I kinda gave up on it (right after boosts 2.0):
He asked if he could change it up a bit, remove boosts even. Sure! I said. Do whatever you want with it. Really? Yeah! Heres what he did with it:
He was successful with it, but he wasnt having fun either (and since we both battle on the account, neither was I.) The old team had dinos on it that the meta changed around (dilo, and tuora buff came too late for me); this new team was good but just not fun. Hitting strike over and over on ig2? Boring. Dioraja? Just not our bag. Rinex? Always outsped, and focusing on the rng of a stun landing wasn’t fun. Ditto, frankly, for ig2s dodge. We dont like the 75% chance stuff.
On the verge of us both throwing in the towel with jwa, we decided to take one last look at the team - what’s wrong with it? It’s just not fun. Relying on rng to come through for us especially- not fun.
So we decided to go through the dinos 1 by 1 and ask 2 questions:
- Is it fun?
- Is it usable?
This was to be different from our troll team; we wanted to be able to push effectively with it too. So one by one we went through-
Thor - is it fun? Well it used to be! Why isnt it now? Because we are always outsped. What made it fun back in the day? Big damage. We LOVED big numbers. Alright then, stop worrying about speed or health. Let’s boost that suckers damage and throw him in!!!
Magna - is it fun? Yeah!!! In this meta especially it’s really good. It’s quick good health and dmg and a distract. Plus immune!! So long as we keep it faster than thor we enjoy it.
The wonder twins- Gemini and Dentist- are they fun? Heck yeah! We love the long necks. But they have no boosts right now and are 21/22 - can we live with that? Are they fun? 100% yes!!! Its nice having big health long neck dinos that will require a little strategy to use. We at least have some choices, even if denstist is usually just rotating impact/rampage. We can slow things down for our thor to kill. And geminis kit is really fun!
What about smiley? Also creation level with no boosts. Is it fun? Yeah!! So much armor with distract and shield. Plus swap in (should be acute) stun, immune to stun, pounce impact pounce impact is fun! Also cleansing is nice. Again having choices is great. Just feeling like we have more control in general is nice. Is it usable? We think it could be! Throw it in!
Erl - big numbers are fun. Easy in.
Tryko? Who doesn’t like a rex with armor?
Quetz- Lots of fun!! Love the kit. Several options with this guy between swap in, speed ups, 100% dodges and invincibility. Plus who doesn’t like null rampage?
In retrospect reducing rng while expanding options and putting us more in control really defined fun for us (and being able to compete at some level.) So the team looks like this now:
But can it compete? Low boosts (for where we are used to being) and low average team level (24.2 or something). Well, we started at 5300 or so and decided to try it out. This was the result so far:
We are happy with this!! Frankly we are surprised the team is able to hang out between 5400-5500 in it’s current state. Its encouraging to see that levels and boosts help, but that we can still be competitive while having fun - and having a team to work on!!! We are excited to see how we do as we continue to level and boost it, and are having fun using it!!
Oh and what about smiley - is it effective? We think so. This was swapped into a full health thor - thor did kill it, but that’s to be expected - it still set up the next dino brilliantly:
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