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At what point do I start looking to refresh the pages for AE? is it level based or?
 
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level 31 you can find some nice +3 attribute or +5% pieces
 
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It is based on level. The equipment that appears gets better the higher the level, and the number of items increases by one every ten levels (at level 31, 41, 51 etc.) Many people prefer shopping at one of those three levels because you often find either +5% items or +3 attribute items. If a piece has only one modifier (say 5% make tackle or +3 strength), you can add another modifier to it (to make it 5% make tackle and +3 speed, or 5% hold block and +3 strength). But if a piece shows up in the store with two modifiers already (say +1 jumping and 5% break block) you can't add to it. You generally want to have pieces that are 5% and +3 attribute.
 
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What do you advise to use bonus tokens on in the mean time?
 
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Originally posted by Ability
What do you advise to use bonus tokens on in the mean time?


training bonuses and saving them for AE - a good dot needs 3 or 4 pieces of AE to be really good once they max out levels
 
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Originally posted by reddogrw
training bonuses and saving them for AE - a good dot needs 3 or 4 pieces of AE to be really good once they max out levels


On top of this, It's good to know what what AE your after, how much that costs in BTs, and then how many stars you can then have for training bonuses to get the build that you want. Don't forget that unlocking multi-training costs BT's as well.
 
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Thank you for the input! Taking notes for the future.
 
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Hope this helps you.

If you're going to BUILD your AEQ pieces, then you need to know that maximum costs for any piece which is as follows;
50 BT's to purchase +3 to the skill of your choice.
75 BT's to purchase the 5% bonus of you choice. (Note, SA additions cost less.)
300 BT's to completely upgrade the piece.
Total MAX cost for each built AEQ piece is 425 BT's.

If you're going to SHOP for your piece you can choose many ways to go but here is what I've been doing for years and years now and I continually get 90+% of all my dots all 4 AEQ pieces for much less than building them AND that also means I can train on multi-train longer before switching to light training. ALl of my current dots (except for the youngest that isn't able to shop for his pieces yet) have 4 AEQ pieces and were gotten using this method.

I start as soon as intelligently possible... which is level 31 (Monty covered that well above).

PLAN!!! I cannot emphasize this enough. PLAN it out. Know exactly WHAT pieces you MUST have... what pieces you WANT... and what pieces you will ACCEPT. Below is a list of pieces and their quality/value, in order, so you can see what I'm talking about.

#1. +3 to your primary skill & 5% bonus of choice. This is the perfect piece. It's the most expensive to build.
#2. 5% bonus of choice but NO skill bonus. Costs 50 BT's to add on the skill of your choice.
#3. +2 to your Primary skill & 5% bonus of choice. I use to think this was a #4 piece but the amount of time and BT's you save by settling for this piece is much more valuable than the following piece which I use to have here.
#4. +3 to your primary skill with NO bonus to any SA/ability. It costs a MAX of 75 BT's to add on the 5% bonus of your choice.
#5. +3 to your Primary skill & a +1 to the SA of your choice. A very good piece.
#6. +3 to any SECONDARY skill (not a blue star but a gold star skill) & a 5% bonus of your choice.
#7. +3 to any TRICIARY skill (a blue star skill important to your build design) & a 5% bonus of your choice.
#8. A +1 to any SA of your choice with NO bonus to any skill. Costs 50 BT's to add on the +3 skill bonus.
#9. +3 to any SECONDARY skill (not a blue star but a gold star skill) with NO bonus to any SA/ability. It costs a MAX of 75 BT's to add on the 5% bonus of your choice.

ANY other piece is simply a waste of time and BT's. IMO.
I also only shop for the 1st 3 pieces... then, depending on how lucky I was shopping, I might try to shop just a few times for the 4th, but not more than 2 or 3 refreshes. Why? Because it costs 15 BT's to 'Swap Out' a piece and there's only 4 different pieces you can get; Head, Hands, Feet, and Body. The first piece is the easiest to get because anything works. After you get your 1st piece, then you don't want a second one that goes in the same place... I'll take it if it's an awesome piece and spend the 15 BT's to swap it but that's 15 less BT's in your pocket... which is 1/2 of an upgrade. It's not something you want to do a lot of. So the more pieces you get, the tighter the pool becomes. Trying for the 4th piece generally is an exercise in frustration. Rather than spend a LOT of BT's and time shopping for it, it's much easier to just build it instead. Problem solved.

DO NOT let good pieces slip past in search for the perfect piece... it generally ends up costing you a LOT more BT's doing that and can be extremely frustrating. I swear the game knows whenever I have done just that... let a +3 only piece slip past hoping for something better and then spending 40 more BT's shopping just to get a replacement for the piece I let slip by.

Also Monty is right about your CEQ as well. Rather than trick it out every single time an upgrade is available, just do the 1st two upgrades (initial purchase gives you +6 to your skill, the second one lets you select the SA tree) only and wait on further upgrades until you have finished shopping for your AEQ. This way, if you DO end up selecting a piece that isn't quite 'perfect' but is really good, then you can use your CEQ to make up for the difference.

Lastly, I have a rule of only refreshing the shop 4 times per visit. Why? Because it costs 3 BT's every time you refresh. 3 times 4 is 12 BT's for a shopping trip. Every time you multi-train (if you're training 4 way) you get 12 BT's. This way I always refresh my BT's back up and it keeps me from doing stupid which happens to so many who shop for BT's. They refresh, don't get quite what they want, refresh, still don't get it, refresh again and again ans soon believe that surely the next refresh MUST bring them a good piece. They end up spending 100 BT's just shopping for ONE piece. Bad. Very bad. I have a cutoff when I shop at 48 BT's (that's 4 shopping trips at 4 refreshes per trip). After that, I give up and build the piece. It doesn't happen very often (to me, anyways), but when it does, I then build the dot as a 3 AEQ dot and build ALL the pieces rather than just continue to pound my head against the wall. This usually only happens when you're building a non-standard style dot (example would be a RQB you want to build as a power style runner).
In the end, be smart. PLAN it out. Keep track and know where you're going and what you want/need. Shopping works usually and usually works best. Building is easier to plan for but will cost you more BT's that way. Choice is yours.



ALSO THIS




Early use of BT's depends on which way you decide to build a dot. There are 2 ways (when using the 4-way multi-training method... which is what most everyone does) to go about it.

#1, you are going to train your primary skill from the very beginning to the very end of the dots' life. In this way you purchase your primary skill as a fixed training slot along with 2 other skills you plan on training all the way as well. The last remaining slot you rotate various important skills in and out as you need to create your build. For O-linemen, QB's, Kickers, Punters, and a few other types of builds, this style works best and makes for the best builds for those kinds of dots.
If you go this route, you should probably 3x enhance all of your fixed training skills. You MIGHT consider 1x or 2x enhancement of SOME of your other skills important to the dot. One of my faves is to 2x Stamina since I will train it and it IS very important. Something like Vision you might 1x enhance (if important to the build). Generally speaking, it's up to you for those secondary skills you plan on training (usually blue star skills) if you want to spend a little BT's or not.

#2, You do NOT plan on training your primary skill past a certain point so rather than purchase a fixed training slot for it you are better off using those fixed training slots for skills you DO plan on training all the way... OR... in some cases you only have 2 skills you plan on training from start to finish so you can purchase a 4th fixed training slot which you plan on swapping out with one of your other fixed training slots later in the build. This type of approach is something you use for specialty builds. An example would be something like a Power WR build where you're trying to build a dot that can both block on outside running plays AND can actually work as a possession WR in the passing game. (I build these a lot lately). Since I need MORE quality in SEVERAL skills (Speed, agility, strength, catching, carrying, blocking, jumping, vision, stamina)... I need to be able to be more flexible with my multi-training. So I'll 2x enhance more than usual and also purchase an extra fixed training slot for a skill. These types of dot require serious planing and sticking to that plan like duct tape.

In the end, planing the build out really helps a lot (especially IF you do not use the VPB or don't have one that works). I've used these techniques for many years now and generally end up with about 180-200+ BT's by the time level 31 comes around... plenty to shop with. If, however, you are choosing to BUILD all your AEQ, then you WILL need more BT's... so you might not spend those extra BT's on enhancements to secondary skills just to be SURE you have enough to buy everything you need.
Edited by Theo Wizzago on Dec 29, 2017 21:16:48
 
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I was wondering when you come out of your Christmas eating and drinking stupor Theo!
 
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looking for a scouting script ...any ideals ???
 
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I'd be happy if someone updated the VPB to work with FF 52 or posted how to edit it.
Edited by matsellah on Jan 8, 2018 22:12:00
 


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