(Mech Arena) Tournament, Fortune Vaults, and CHEESE FOREVER Jan 4, 2021 3:38:57 GMT -5 via mobile
Post by Vikas tanwar on Jan 4, 2021 3:38:57 GMT -5
Tournament is the competitive mode of MA. It's on from Tuesday to Sunday every week, and is the primary source of rewards based on activity. This game mode is definitely nothing to sleep on because it's the primary method of getting every currency in the game!
The basic rules and explanation for how tournament operates can be found through buttons on the ranking card screen accessed from the hangar.
Ranking Cards compare you to players that played their first tournament match in your bracket around the same time as you. While you will face opponents that are in your entire bracket, your score for the day ONLY matters against those 20 people.
This can make tournament a little luck of the draw. Sometimes you can get stuck on a card with people that grind like maniacs, sometimes you can place high with your free daily tickets.
You can also find the map rotation for the week here. They change every week, and rotations are never really set in stone. Once you know which maps are which, knowing which loadouts will grant you the most mileage is king.
There are 5 ranking brackets, each with their own reward pools. Every player starts in Novice on the first tournament day they participate in for the week. Get to know these well, because the Cheese forever section will be a guide to milking rewards for everything you can get without driving yourself crazy.
Fortune Vaults and Loot Rush:
Fortune vaults are this game's version of lottery loot boxes. They never go away, the timer isn't for that. The keys to open these crates only come from tournament and real money.
The drop rates for each crate can be found by clicking the circled "i" symbol, then clicking the "i" symbol in the header of the screen that shows the thumbnails. The 10 cost chests are the best value because of high drop rates for chunk Credits and A-coins.
SKINS DO NOT DROP DUPLICATES. The chances of getting currency technically go up as you roll skins since the number of items on the RNG table shrinks. The 20 cost chest will only really be worth it once you've pulled most of the skins in the game. The 20 cost chest only has a handful of skins that don't drop from the 10 cost chest, so the massive overlap of loot tables sees it as wasted value up to the point where you do have most of the skins.
Loot Rush is specifically the bar at the top of the vault screen. Participating in loot rush gives extra rewards for opening crates.
12,500 Credits, 250 A-coins, 2 Rare Skins, and 1 Exotic Skin
In order to get all of the rewards from loot rush, you'll have to spend at least 50 keys within the two week period loot rush is available.
Loot rush is ON for two weeks, and OFF for one. It returns with different skins each rotation.
Tournament doesn't mean you have to kill yourself to grind in waters you're not ready for yet. As a matter of fact, playing it straight will likely get you frustrated by the final day. Grinding to get everything is VERY UNLIKELY until you're already at the 5 star hangar stage.
The best way to farm tournament is to keep the Bot Ranking rule of thumb in mind. The average rank of your hangar is a clear and easy indicator of what level of tournament you want to actually try to finish high on the Rankings for, and when it's ideal to only play one match for the day and let yourself drop back to the previous rank.
Farm by Hangar
1-3 Star Hangar: Your hangar is only going to be this weak for the first couple of days if you're following the Beginner's Guide. Novice and Professional are going to be where you spend most of your time until you can get your Hangar to Rank 3.
Your week looks like:
D1: Novice: Rank as best you can. Promoted.
D2: Professional: Rank as best you can. Promoted
D3: Expert: Play one game: Demoted
D4: Professional: Rank as best you can. Promoted
D5: Expert: Play one game: Demoted
D6: Professional: Rank as best you can, aim for the top because it's the last day.
3-4 Star Hangar: Once your brawlers and damage dealers reach this point, you can push a little higher. If you don't intend to go crazy with grinding, you can keep this rotation going every week until your hanngar is rank 5 and above. Consecutively ranking up increases your chances of running into near max players, and creates a completely different Master/Grandmaster swathe of AI as the days progress. Buying tickets for both runs of Expert and Day:6 Master are where you're most likely to rank top 3 and get the bulk of what you're going to get for the week:
Your week looks like:
D1: Novice: Promoted
D2: Professional: Promoted:
D3: Expert: Rank as best you can: Promoted
D4: Master: Play one game: Demoted
D5: Expert: Rank as best as you can: Promoted
D6: Master: Final day, push as hard as you can.
4-5 Star Hangar: This is the point where your bots can actually hang with high rank AI and players that are near the top. Playing tournament straight to the end isn't advised yet, because the AI will become extremely punishing with it's statically high health/damage output and absolute hatred for all human life visiting it's digital world.
Your Week looks like:
D1: Novice: Promoted
D2: Professional: Promoted
D3: Expert: Promoted
D4: Master: Rank as best as possible: Promoted
D5: Grandmaster: Play one game: Demoted
D6: Master: Last day of the tournament, aim for as high as your sanity allows.
These rotations will maximize the amount of resources you can get out of tournament, at the 3-4 star level, you can often win between 2000-3000 A-Coins a week with minimal grinding, on top of all of the credits/blueprints won from the rest of the rewards, and additional A-coins from the Vault. Just remember that the actual population of your ranking card is a crapshoot based on when you started playing tournament for the day, so you won't be able to win them all!