In the 5* era, it was top 7/10.
When 6s came out, the guaranteed ascendable 5 was first in the 2Mil milestone, before changing into top 3 for LUs.
So to get the 15k character, it does require 1 more LU effort than before, but many people seem to forget that the 3 choices of characters we’re getting were significantly better than the characters we got in the past.
I’m not saying the new LU system doesn’t have its pros and cons compared to the old LU system, but comparing this LU system to a totally different style of events in the past is not fair.
If I remembered correctly, Abe, Lucas, Eugene, etc had their collection items in milestones or as raid drops. They were clearly more meant to be participation rewards for every type of event, compared to how LU collection items are strictly placement rewards for LUs (and one raid tournament) to reward players who ended on top. It’s just not a fair comparison.