I’m a relatively newer player still, 23 max 6*s, just for reference. I think I started right around the beginning of April, so not sure how these cycles might come and go, but…
I haven’t even been going super crazy, I think my highest level up score ever is like 4 million or something. But I enjoy doing pretty much every event and getting at least to the top or near top milestone, and occasionally pushing for top 15/5/3. This is a newish (I think?) Region, or at least a smaller one, so getting to the top milestone always puts you at near the top 50, if not much higher than that.
For a long time, like, during or maybe before the Piper event, I recall that most level ups would reward Gear Markers. Enough gear markers such that my Gear Marker count would increase while buying mass amounts of food for level ups. I think I got up to like 150k markers, maybe even more than that. I thought that this was one of the resources I didn’t need to worry too much about, based on the way they massively stacked up while going hard on food buying. I massively regret it now, but I even bought a few pieces of gear for level ups using the Gear Markers.
But after doing the last few weeks/months of level ups to 2-3M+ (as a mostly F2P player, with the help of the Burts from Piper Event), I’m finding myself now on the verge of having absolutely no food left for level ups. I am aware of and make liberal use of YGL, too.
After the current level up, I estimate I’m gonna be sitting at around 10k markers, which is equivalent to only ~6.67 million food. As a mostly F2P player, I rely a lot more on using 2s to level chars than trainers (I try to level 6s with only trainers, and 4/5s using same-persona 2s). Doing this, I have definitely gotten the 100k food in the Supply Depot into the 800s before, meaning I consumed over 10k food during that level up burst.
I’ve already started selling my 2* gear for markers, and if I sell 100% of the rest of it, it’s about another 15k food.
So in all, I have about 2-3 more level ups before I am 100% out of food and gear markers. What then, I just can’t participate? Until I veryyyyyyyyyyy slowly build my markers back up by selling the 2* gear that I collect and/or farming it up from raids one tiny bunch at a time? Because they have not offered gear markers for level up milestones in AGES now.
It seems very dumb that I would be basically 100% excluded from playing level up events for an extended period due to a basic resource (the MOST basic resource in the game?). Am I missing something? Like another way to get Gear Markers?
I see posts on here of people doing 10M or even 100M points in level up. This surely would take HUGE amounts of Gear Markers. Do old players just a billion of these things saved up? Or else, how?
Thanks for any help.