I made a thread a while back (here: https://forum.scopely.com/showthread.php?18122-We-All-Can-Change-A-Compromise ) that put together a few ideas on dealing with duplicates and adding new token wheels. That was a bit before ascendance and 6s came into the picture and especially before 5 tokens started showing up more often as rewards and in larger amounts. The concept of breaking down duplicates into the next tier of tokens could still work but there might be more reasons to use them as ascendance fodder than turning them into tokens these days. Still, for those who would like the option, it would be an interesting system to have. The point for this new thread… there’s a recent concern by some that 5* tokens just aren’t fitting for top brackets. Now a 6* itself or an ascendable 5* as top prizes is probably still the desired “dream prize” but I do believe there are ways handing out tokens can be more rewarding to those that receive more at a time or are patient and manage their tokens well.
In light of the recent trend of giving out an abundance of tokens for higher brackets, to which many haven’t been very welcoming of, I think there’s a way to make tokens a worthy prize: Limited Time 5* Recruit wheels. Stay with me… the big issue with the regular 5* token characters is that people winning up to 15 or 20 thousand of them at once don’t really see the same value that someone like me might in an “ordinary” toon from the current wheel. These limited time wheels could challenge that. The idea is that these wheels still consume 5* tokens but a greater amount of them and at the higher cost a better selection to pull from. But they will also be dynamic and spontaneous, changing in theme and contents each time a new one pops up. Now, how does this make a difference with 5s dwindling in usability by the day? Because these wheels will be made with active war participants and high level meta players in mind. The types of themes that could go into these wheels are as follows but not limited to: War toons, Exclusively Ascendable 5s (with a chance for a select 6*), Savior Recruits (with a chance for 6* Dwight). Stuff like that.
The idea is that these limited time wheels reward players who A) Work hard and place high in tournaments gaining larger amounts of 5* tokens and having a better use for them or B) players who are smart, manage their resources, and save their tokens until they can make a limited time recruit pull. The goal is that it also revitalizes the variety of characters you’ll see out there. Yes, not everyone one of them will be ascendable but when that day comes those with pulls from the limited time recruits will have something more uncommon and ultimately a chance for a somewhat more unique 6* than the same old Mirabelle, Carl, or Tyreese.
Now allow me to tell you how this also benefits the business. It’s great for players but tokens are for the most part a free thing, right? Where can you profit? Because these wheels will be a limited time only, lasting anywhere from 1 day to 5 days you can place offers or bags/crates for tokens in the shop for people who want to do more pulls or a just short of pulls. You can also strategically place them around events that give an abundance of tokens as a top reward. If the 3 day limited time recruit wheel has unique ascendable promo toons you can bet people will be willing to spend just a little bit more to get that prize and make a pull.
Here are some example of these limited time wheels. I’m not a photoshop expert so it’ll be in text. Some imagination will be required.:
Hilltop Recruits with a chance for 6 Kal: 3 days only*
Jesus “Road to Survival #1”
Jesus “A New Beginning”
Maggie “Road to Survival #1”
Cost of one pull = 25,000 5* tokens
Savior Receuits with a chance for 6 Dwight: 5 days only*
Negan “Kirkman Series”
Connor “Something to Fear”
Tara “What Comes After”
Cost of one pull = 17,500 5* tokens
Ascendable Recruits: 2 days only
Abraham “Road to Survival #2”
Vincent “Call to Arms”
Rosita “Road to Survival #4”
Lori “Days Gone Bye”
Joshua “Hardened Survivor”
The Governor “The Calm Before”
Cost of one pull = 15,000 5* tokens
War Veterans: 1 day only
Amy “Days Gone Bye”
Cost of one pull = 30,000 5* tokens
Ranged Recruit Special: 1 day only
Michonne “Road to Survival #4”
Rick “Shiva Force”
Cost of one pull = 50,000 tokens