spootieho wrote:There's 2 more stages to this event. The groups may possibly randomly change between rounds. (next weeks event vs this weeks event.)
They may or may not. Doesn't change that some players get an advantage over others during the first week. What if you only have time to commit to finishing the event during that week and not during the next week? I guess that's a matter of bad luck for some players that you can't avoid in any case of having an event... But unless everyone has an equal amount of weeks of being in Group B, some have a tremendous advantage over others.
spootieho wrote:Also, note that earning the EP to progress takes a lot of time. Let's say 40 minutes. I might only have 20 minutes to take a break to play.
It will take you AT LEAST as much time to earn 360 EP twice as 720 EP once, and then you're facing double the research time, with a requirement for playing in between as well. In Group A, that is.
In Group A, you earn EP, do research, return in your next break, earn EP, do research, return in next break -- 2x rewards
In Group B, you earn EP, don't have enough for research, return in your next break, earn EP, do research, return in next break -- 2x rewards
Exactly the same result. That's the worst case scenario for Group B.
If your break is too short for Group B EP, it doesn't matter which group you're in. But if your break is not too short, you earn double the rewards in the same research time. And if you only have the one break and can't get a second research going later, or say you're going to bed and don't want to get up in the middle of the night to earn EP again, Group B simply offers double the fragments. If you have time to earn double EP at least once during the event, you gained from being in Group B.
And keep in mind that double EP usually doesn't take twice as much time to earn. At level 7, Group A needs 360 EP. That's at least 3 attacks. Any EP above 360 are wasted. 2 hours later, you need to get another 360 EP, another 3 attacks. Meanwhile, in Group B, you need 720 EP, which is 5 attacks. Without the 360 cap, the first 3 attacks can earn you 450 EP, so you need just 2 more attacks. Then when you log in two hours later, you get the double rewards, which is where Group A needs to do another 3 attacks and wait another 2 hours before reaching the same goal. And again, if you're in Group B and didn't have enough time to do the 5 attacks, you're still ahead of where you would have been if you were in Group A because you effectively need less than double the EP for half the research time per reward.
spootieho wrote:One could potentially get the same frags in Group A as Group B if they can't allocate as much time in big time blocks for the game.
No. Well, yes, potentially the same frags as someone in Group B who doesn't have as much time to play, but only potentially half the frags of someone in Group B who has as much time as themselves.
Someone in Group A cannot do anything (besides paying ridiculous amounts of crystals) about having half the potential data fragment outcome of Group B. If someone in Group B can't allocate any more time than they could have allocated while being in group A, then yes, they would get the same fragments as if they were in Group A, but no less than half, so it won't matter to them. However, the game allows them the ability to spend a little more time earning EP and then double their rewards. Even if they don't have time to earn double EP every time, at least they've got to have a bit of extra time once in a while to at least improve their fragment earnings compared to what they would have gotten in Group A. Group A players are not given this chance. No matter how much time they allocate, they will only earn half of what they would have earned allocating the same amount of time in Group B.