I was just kinda thinking... Recycle rates for cards aren't a fixed rate right?
1* = 5 gran
2* = 10 gran
3* = 30 gran
4* = 150 gran
5* = 300 gran
so, in this case,
5* = 60 - 1* | 30 - 2* | 10 - 3* | 2 - 4*
4* = 30 - 1* | 15 - 2* | 5 - 3*
3* = 6 - 1* | 3 - 2*
2* = 2 - 1*
1* = 10 point cards
2* = 20
3* = 30
4* = 40
5* = 50
so in this case,
5* = 5.00 - 1* | 2.50 - 2*| 1.67 - 3*| 1.25 - 4*
4* = 4.00 - 1* | 2.00 - 2*| 1.33 - 3*
3* = 3.00 - 1* | 1.50 - 2*
2* = 2.00 - 1*
Depending on how you look at this data, you can make all sorts of arguements. For the sake of my own, I want to establish that the smallest unit in the gran model, 5 gran is infinitely smaller than the smallest unit in the point card model, which is 10 point cards.
The first area I want to point out is the discrepancy between the values between rarity cards in the recycle model and point card model. In the gran model, a 5* is worth 60 times that of a 1*, yet in the point card model a 5* is only worth 5 times as much as a 1*. I think looking at it this way, this concretely displays why everyone feels the 10 point card cost of a 1* is absurdly high.
Anyways, the idea of adjusting the point card prices has probably already been proposed, so this is just a suggestion on how it should be adjusted. It's pretty simple, maybe it's already been thought of, but why not have the ratios for the point cards be adjusted to something like the recycle rates?
5* = 60 point cards = 300gran
4* = 30 point cards = 150 gran
3* = 6 point cards = 30 gran
2* = 2 point cards = 10 gran
1* = 1 point card = 5 gran
since point cards are treated as 1*'s when recycled
Of course, now that I've written it out, it looks kinda absurd. :V But that general premise can't be a bad idea. Point cards are really difficult to get, putting aside events that only a tiny handful of people can win compared to the totality of the user base.
In all honesty, I don't even really think this is a completely horrible example. I've only played about 100 matches, but I have around an 82% win ratio, and I've played MM a few times for FM, but I still only have around 2800 FM. That's 1 single point card I could buy after 100 matches. Putting aside events that are only about once a month, which only grace probably less than 1-2% of the playerbase, it's pretty much impossible for anyone to buy point cards with FM outside of events.
I mean seriously, what's with putting a single point card in a new account for anyways? With this idea, a new player can use that single point card now to get something their starter might've needed. I don't think anyone would argue that making 1* cards cost only 1 point card would ruin anything, because they're common anyways. You can probably get almost all the 1*'s from the 10gran lotto if you waited long enough. The question that would have to be answered is, 2500FM is worth how much gran? It's difficult to say since you can't buy FM in any way like gran. I don't think anyone with a very large abundance of point cards would waste their time trying to make sets from 1*'s with them because either 1. they know they can save up and buy higher rarity or 2. they've probably already been playing a while and have nearly completed their 1* collection. The problem with even the common 1*'s is that, as you get closer and closer to completing it, the harder it is to get the card you want from lotto or packs, but the amount of gran you need to spend just keeps shooting higher and higher because of that and you end up just having to recycle cards you have 3 of already probably. The rate of return compared to cost increases, although you have chances to get higher rarity cards as well. This is probably brilliant and very profitable for the company, so I can't blame them, it's probably obvious to anybody who wants to make money to maintain this kind of model.
Using that example, the 5*'s would cost more than they do now, but that's a case of you gotta give a little to get a little. I'm not foolish enough to think that alteil will actually implement this idea, but I would like to think the devs would take this suggestion to heart.
On a lighter note, seriously, what the hell is with that single point card in a new account? It's such a mockery :V 10 point cards for a single 1*? Just flat out earning the FM for that is really insane. I don't want to hear the excuses of events because, aside from the recent batora one, only a tiny tiny amount of players benefit from those prizes.
Sometimes, it's like this.