5* characters are meaningless now, except as ascension materials or ascension fodder. Despite multiple 40 pulls over the last few months since 6* became available, I’ve failed to pull any new ascension characters from premier recruits or 5* tokens. I have enough fodder and tokens to ascend two more characters, and I have six of the “future ascendables” (Gov x2, Connor x2, Glenn, Eugene). I’ve worked for and earned all three of the “free” ascendables (Ezekiel, Dwight, Wyatt).
I have a third Tyreese I could ascend or a Shane, but neither of them will make any meaningful difference – and even if I did, I still lack the rush trainers to make them effective. None of my existing 6* have maxed rushes or active skills. Liliths don’t drop for me much on the world map, and I’m not pulling Aden from elite item tokens or war crates.
I got a platinum earring for Tara, which means I SHOULD be able to claim her somewhere in 2019.
So the game is grind for trainers, grind for gear, grind for assault tickets. I actually like the change to 6* characters but there’s so little variation in competitive rosters right now, the game is stale – and largely dependent on luck. I’ve gotten plenty of 5* character “rewards” over the last few months but none of them have done any good. Every day I ask myself why I keep playing.