This is in regards to two things JWA does that I haven’t seen in any other turn based battling game; Speed Tie Resolution and Team Selection. In any other game of this type I play; the team I select is the team I use. Whether I win or lose then comes down to whether my team is well balanced, if its members synergise well with each other and if they cover for each other’s weaknesses while playing off each other’s strengths. This is not the case in JWA, because for some unknowable reason Ludia decided to make team selection random. You have 8 dinos, then 4 are randomly chosen, giving you around 60 possible team compositions and making realisting strategic team building impossible. But then, despite Ludia’s apparent love of rng, they then DONT apply rng to the one thing that it would be acceptable to be applied to; speed ties. Speed ties are resolved in this game by both players frantically spamming the button in the hopes that their app loads and transmits to the server faster than the opponent’s. This is ridiculous. In any other game, a genuine speed tie is resolved on a 50/50 chance, and while rng is in general the worse way to resolve effects, it is less overt and makes sense given the equal speed of the combatants. I cannot for the life of me understand why two features, one that should always be in the player’s hands and one that should not be is given the illusion that it is. In short; why are these two the wrong way around?
And cutting in ahead of certain comments which I know will come up; no I do not believe that being able to choose your team of 4 would result in the same 4 over and over again, as this would be easily countered if you knew that was the team everyone was using you would just use your counters. Trying to predict the 4 your opponent would bring (particularly with team preview as in pokemon) would encourage picking unexpected choices. Second; while I would generally hate to see even more rng in this game, speed tie is one area I could understand it being implemented. The frantic button spamming is quite frankly absurd, and give Ludia’s apparent love for rng I dont understand why they didnt just include it here anyway.