With some stretch goals unlocked, I’ve updated the value chart for the breakdown:
As you can see, the Captain tier now gives you the best bang for your buck, with the unlocking of the +5 booster bonus. However, you may want to bump to Knight – the value is the same, so you are not losing anything by putting down an extra $15, but you are gaining one heck of a booster bump to your rares by getting one of the Primal Packs (all 15 cards are Rare or Legendary – think of Legendary as super Rares). In other words, coughing up 30% more will net you 66% more rares.
Currently the Champion tier continues to lag behind in the value department. I wish that it inclued the Spectral Lotus Garden perk to make it more worthwhile. And ode to the original Black Lotus in Magic: The Gathering, it is indeed an interesting card, and getting a new one every day just means that the value of the King tier will grow and eventually catch and surpass the other tiers. It would have made more sense to include it for Champions, given the enormous weight (and price breakpoint) of the King tier.
All that talk about the Champ being undervalued changes if the game hits the dreaded, subscription-enabling 540k reward tier. And every indication is that it will reach that point – the Kicktraq statistics indicate this thing has a lot of steam left in it, with the day 8 backer and dollar numbers not looking any significantly different than those on day 1.
So if that tier is hit, as you can see from red underline I added above, the Champion tier suddenly finds itself evening out. This is because of the inclusion of the 3 months of subscription, which should net you (depending on the start date of the sub, but most likely) 13 booster backs. Of course, these packs are not worth as much as buying a pack singly, but the end result is a nice even spread of value. Basically, the more money you put in, the better your value at every succeeding tier.
At that point, the only real value breakdown “loser” is the Knight level – but since that’s the first shot you get at a guaranteed Primal Pack, I’m not sure its really all that much of a loser!
Of course, when they reveal the next set of stretch goals, some of this could change. I’ll keep an eye on it going forward.
I’m still pissed about the subs and the lack of given equipment for the tiers….