I was slow to ascend partly due to not being initially impressed with ascended characters, and partly due to my inherent lazy resistance to change.
It helped as I was able to avoid the less useful toons. So far I only have 6 ascended, they’ve all been useful, and only guardian Zeke has a neglected rush and active. The rest are all level 5 active, maxed rush.
I’m not in a top faction, though I Merc with higher factions sometimes. I’m pretty active and hit most milestones, placing top 100 most of the time. Cleared all the SRs that offered Ulysses for completion. I feel like I’ve been offered enough to stay competitive for free with just activity. More than enough, even. I haven’t opened all my war chests, and I have a White, Green, and Yellow active trainer left (I want to make a rainbow active trainer team!)
I dunno, just don’t feel like I’m strapped for Ascendance resources. Maybe because I don’t have anyone I feel I need or want to ascend.