Yes, you’re mostly right, though the rabbit hole’s deeper than you estimated, haha. I’m not trying to scare you away, but GoW is a game that wants players who play for years, not months. So some long-term goals take more than 6 months!
Levels 400, 800, and 1000 are probably the points at which you’re most likely to see “big” progress in events. That’s not as scary as it sounds, though!
Part of it is because leveling is relatively fast until you hit 1000. The XP it takes me to move from level 1261 to 1262 is probably enough to move you from level 50 to 300 or further. But we’re more or less getting the same XP! I can’t remember exactly but I think I was gaining more than 3-5 levels per day when I first started playing.
The other part of it is past about level 200 these things happen:
- Stat gains start to spread out.
- Your stats are big relative to the stat gains.
- You’ve pulled a lot of troops.
These things mean your troops start getting as strong than your hero. The more troops you pull, the more likely you have good ones. Between 200 and 400 is when most people tend to get their first pretty good team. Between 400 and 800 is when most people finish off their first “really good” team. By 1000, they’re starting to focus on precisely what they’re missing. This is probably even faster now. When I climbed that ladder, we didn’t have Soulforge so you couldn’t craft a mythic or legendary at all.
So that’s my last thing to keep in mind: getting troops in this game is almost entirely based on luck. That means I can’t tell you exactly when you’ll be “strong”. I can name the teams that are strong, and you can do some minor things that increase your chances of getting to some of those teams, but for the most part “early game” is waiting on the chests to give you a powerful troop.
For some people that’s really cool. They stick around for years. Other people get really grouchy about it. If that’s you, cut your losses now and find a game that makes you smile. For the people who get grouchy about luck, GoW is a grouch factory haha.
For right now, seek out how to get the hero weapon Mang. I forget the exact numbers, but you get it for reaching a certain gem mastery level (the color boosts you pick every hero level). Mang is one of a set of weapons that is always good in events. It’s one of the worst in the set, but I still consider it almost every week! Why is it so good?
It destroys the enemy’s armor and adds how much it destroys to your hero’s attack. By “destroys” I mean that armor goes to 0, end of story. It doesn’t care if they have barrier. Hard events have opponents with armor way above 100, that means one hit with Mang adds more than 100 attack to your hero! When you combine this with things like Hunter’s Mark, your hero can be hitting for 300 or more damage per skull hit. So that’s the funny thing about Mang: the stronger the enemies are, the stronger it gets.
Keep your eye out every event for other weapons with “destroy an enemy’s armor”. We haven’t had one in a while, but they tend to be the most powerful weapons because most events scale enemy stats. It’s not so good for PvP, but then that’s not what you were asking about!