Rant Area: You can't ban Caelus cr / Copper cr and allow Deathadder, neros and serafina into EFC. I understand it's the beginning areas but i don't even want to play it with all the imbalances going on. I see so many characters that aren't si bad banned but characters everyone knows should be banned are not.
"Bob: Hey George, let's play EFC!
George: okay let me get these cards that grant a 20 attack difference without using a single pill 1st...oh and those characters that can do a 8 to 12 life gap 1st round.
Bob: ha, you almost had me there. Im sure those are banned.
George: not until the later stages!
Bob: i won't make it to later stages!"
TLDR; It's really frustrating to climb the ranks when everything is so Janky and the rewards are little. I feel like im at work doing a 12 hour work shift when i play EFC. I guess I'll stick to free play. And tourney until we get more decent game modes going.
You don't need overpowered cards to climb EFC. In fact there are many newer cards on the same level of cards like Copper Cr and Caelus Cr. With a deck about 200k worth in clintz of Huracan/All Stars I currently got to 1984 ELO, I only started changing out cards at Polit.
The bans these days are as much based on what card is newest as by what card is strongest. Which sounds a little funny, yes. But you can't really say it's unfair when it's the same rules for everybody. Sell your Caelus. Buy a Death Adder.
I'm not trying to be sarcastic or belittle your concerns. But if you start playing good you will find that you climb. Period. If you don't like grinding then don't come to Z Palace. I was sweating bullets all morning. Have you ever been SCARED to play another game? But you know you HAVE to? LOL.
Ye the tension of EFC is amazing!
Also, I haven't been to polit even in weeks, because of the soft reset, but I used to climb to Tower with GHEIST mono and a 80-90% winrate, and then Hive mono with XIII up to Palace.
If you can't climb, it isn't because your cards aren't OP enough. If you really WHOLEHEARTEDLY believe that's the case, just play DT until you have enough money to get the cards you want! That's what I do when I need cash...
I slogged and slogged and struggled in the lower EFC tiers for over a year. Then I was like, "hey, wait, I know some really awesome players. I'm going to PM them and ask for advice."
It still took a lotta work, but my friends helped open my eyes to different deck possibilities so I could experiment with them and figure out what fit my playstyle. They've also helped me with some strategies, as well as discussed the changes they've seen in the EFC meta.
For me, networking with friends was the crucial piece to get me outta my Polit blues. Never thought I'd be competing to hit top 100 for the weekly EFC, but my current score of over 3000 has given me new hope! If a shitty player like me can reach that score, anybody can do it!
Find the strategy that you are best at executing, cards you are really good at playing and you can win anyways, to me climbing to Z Palace felt effortless
And did not need broken cards. Riots and Ghostown are amazing clans to at least reach Polit Arena. Hive are strong AF in Polit Arena.