The first release of the month, and it brings back TLC campaigns, hurrah!. While previous campaign offered tech that nullifies their unbuffed version, these additions only help to increase their use in battle. Daily Deals also has be changed to include Skins, such as a orange/blue scheme for the Vendetta hull.
Dark Reigns TLCStart Date: Wednesday, July 6th, 2016 - 9 AM PST
End Date: Wednesday, July 13th - 9 AM PST
Duration: 7 days
Levels: 65 and above
I will be uploading videos of my playthroughs on my Youtube Channel.
Unlike other campaigns, there is 5 different run throughs. All the limited prizes, you will only win one of them. The total capital of the Omega has not been increased.
Run through 1 (5 encounters)
Countermeasure Equipment II
Countermeasure Loaders II
Gale Defense I
Run through 2 (6 encounters)
Countermeasure Equipment III
Countermeasure Loaders III
Gale Defense I, II
Run through 3 (7 encounters)
Gale Defense I, II, III
Run through 4 (7 encounters)
Harlock’s Citadel-Flagship only
Gale Defence I, II, III
Run through 5 (7 encounters)
Zoe’s Apollo-Flagship only
Gale Defense I, II, III
Badge: Capture the Flagships
If you complete all 5 run throughs of the campaign, you will earn 5 Gale 1, 4 Gale 2, and 3 Gale 3.
The countermeasure equipment is a bit useless at this point. The minimum level for this campaign is 65, and at that level you should have been able to get that before.
A better replacement would have been Frontline Countermeasure system and Barrel system. The FCS is a standard now on any hull that is countermeasure for it's use at the frontlines and supporting hulls. Barrel system helps with the Switchblade missile, as Kixeye looks to be still pushing it with Zoe's Apollo having a multi shot of +1.
The Harlock's Citadel comes with the same amount of DPS, but with an added bonus of better armor points, lower remote targeting falloff, better explosive and penetrative resistances, and one more weapon slot. Oh and 75% field resistance.
The downsides? Half cargo, no S(h)ockWave deflection, and a whooping 15 day build.
The Flagship effect is very interesting too, with 200% bonus to explosive damage and projectile speed. With the the effect being range confided instead of a full fleet affect, like ballistic reload and the Omega, this might limit the usability of it a little bit.
Every time I see a Citadel hit, they split up the the fleet into one of two ways.
The spotter hull enters into the channel
Now this can turn into one of two ways
Way 1: the Citadels follow from outside the channel in a pack
Way 2: the Citadels split up, with each one covering a different part of the channel.
With some of the same basic stats of the nonlimited version, the limited version comes with better evade, penetrating and corrosive resistances, anti-missile range, and armor.
But at the cost of a huge freaking buildtime and defense handicap.
17 Days for a blank hull, during that time you can build 3 blank Apollo hulls.
The flagship effect is just a bonus to defenses and reload within a 40 range.
I would try and get the Citadel, but only if I could without a large bill.
The Citadel's massive FoE is worth the build time, with +200% to projectile speed, the sun will be blocked out by mortar fire for sure. (Those poor midgets dancing on Warehouses). The Harlock is a good alternative to the R5 version also, but just remember that you can only get one.
The new Apollo is almost worthless when considering the massive build time for it. I would rather get the Savage Kodiak when it gets offered again and use it instead of the Zoe's Apollo. The bonus to reload is the same, but defense bonus is greater, and no range problems with it. Any good build can escape the HC in the raids and outrange it's scatterguns.
Not to mention that the Apollo should be receiving a retro this month, with it being the only tier 5 assault hull, and we are promised tier 5 for the Assault line this month.
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