I am at a extreme end of the doff system to be sure, but that was not the point.
The point was that I got there without grinding doffs and using the games existing doff mechanics - granted I have also gone through hundreds of doff packs like the gamma back when they had the bug ship event - but any packs I get I buy with EC
This game allows anyone to make hundreds of millions of EC without spending a dime of real money.
Of course it except most of us have families, jobs and lives outside of the game. The grinder whether you don't like it or don't use it is the foundation by which the majority improve their doffs in a manner that isn't overly tedious or time consuming. It is also the way many players break down doffs to send to the fleet and so on. Unless you have some kind 5 minute formula none of us have heard of.
This is just part of a wider package of changes whose main purpose isn't to refocus STF's or balance the doff system but to simply introduce a whole new raft of expensive dilithium sinks. That is the true face of Season 7. If you're happy with that fine, but I would suggest you are in the minority.
I will add that if Levi is getting his off the exchange, well...
Those prices won't last long with the changes.
The grinder is what's fueling the exchange price of DOffs.
Interesting you say that I have been at the grinder for the past 2 hrs now(I have the game running and flip back and forth between forum and game) turning commons into greens to fill the exchange - of course that will stop come Season 7
But by them I will have about $800 million EC so i am not too worried
stoleviathan99 - on a good day i provide the exchange with up to 500+ of the in-demand commons/greens
He also mentioned the weapons will cost 'similar to dil store items'.
36 per set piece x 3 pieces = 108,000 dilithium
*approx 22k dil per weapon x 6 to 8 weapons = 132,000 to 176,000 dilithium
T5 rep unlock approx 200k dil = 200,000 dilithium
To gear a cruiser with MACO 3 piece, 8 weapons and rep =
Current exchange price = 160 dil per 1 zen
Value of 1 character's worth of full STF gear = 3,025 zen ($30) OR 60 days of dilithium grinding at 8,000 dilithium per day*.
Since we are losing EDC, Salvage and Tech turn ins for Dilithium as well as I think losing Dilithium for Normal STFs (unconfirmed) while also gaining 2 more dil sinks in the DOFF system, 2 full reputation dil sinks and also the new Embassy sink - it is quite possible that the dil will become stronger vs. the zen.
*Having multiple characters does not necessarily help with this as they would need to be geared as well. Unless you have like 4-8 dilithium farm mules who only exist to feed your single main character.
Good luck getting those fleet & embassy dilithium donations.
ZING!!!!...... Ouch, did you feel that, yep that hurts