6 Things I wish I knew before I started COUNTER: SIDE

by Patrick Mark
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COUNTER : SIDE was initially made and released to be available to Korean servers back in February 2020. Which was then released to the SEA server in July 2021. Despite being a gacha game, many players got into it due to the game’s friendliness towards F2P players.

While I would not call myself a veteran, but I’ve played the game long enough to share the things that I should’ve taken into consideration when I first started.

Here for the Plot

Main Story

Main Story

Gacha games are not known to have story driven plots, only a handful were able to tell a story to stimulate our emotions ( we’re looking at you Genshin Impact). But not only does COUNTER: SIDE have a compelling story, with light humor to make chapters interesting but at the same time not as cringe. But I always found myself straying away from story quests to grind up certain materials for my characters. Not only does it hinder my progress somewhat but some of the rarer materials are locked until you’ve progress further into the story. So if you want to get your characters stronger, be sure to complete at least until main story EPISODE 4.

Character ranking doesn’t matter

Character Rankings

Character Rankings

Just because a character is SSR does not make it top tier and likewise, R and even N rank characters can be found in many top tier meta lineups. There are a lot of characters in the COUNTER: SIDE roster and it is normal to see some characters have it better than others. So be before you proceed to build up a particular character there is a tier list you can follow here.

Gacha system

Gacha

Gacha

The main aspect of any gacha game, the randomized chance of obtaining your favorite characters. Surprisingly, COUNTER: SIDE is fair when it comes to it’s genre. More often than not I found myself obtaining the character on the banner as advertised. However, the 1st reason why COUNTER: SIDE is F2P friendly it’s because you should not be pulling for every character and banner. Here’s why.

Awakened Characters are the pinnacle

Awakened Characters

Awakened Characters

Awakened units in Counter side are much stronger than their non-awakened counterparts and the only way of obtaining them is through Gacha. While having the same SSR tag, awakened units are labeled as the strongest characters in the game and players should pull for them whenever they get the chance. Although you can obtain them if you are an F2P player, it is relatively expensive if you want to drag in spending into the equation.

Exchange Classified Employment Cards for Quartz

Exchange Classified Employment Contract for Quartz

To obtain awakened characters you would need to use Classified Employment Contract which are “Black Cards” instead of the usual Employment Contract. Black Cards are hard to come by, you can only obtain them via purchasing with Quartz every week, daily missions, through the Gauntlet store and events from time to time.

Operators are important too

Planet Mall

Planet Mall

With each character pull you get 10 Task Planet Points and you can trade it in for various items in the Planet mall. I would always trade in these for more Employment Contracts which in the long term it is NOT a good idea.

Operators

Operators

You can purchase new Operators with Task Planet Points as well and that is what you should be doing instead of getting extra 5 pulls per week.

Operator - Sigma

Operator – Sigma

Operators weren’t brought up until a later point in the game and they play a big part in battles it is underrated. At first it may be complicated to understand but Operators can change the tide of battle if built right. They offer various buffs, provided that the role sequence are deployed in order to active the buff.

PVP whenever you can

Gaunlet PVP

Gaunlet PVP

COUNTER: SIDE allows you to take characters into battle with other real life players through the Gauntlet. The Gauntlet is the PVP system that can be broken into 2 segments ; Strategy Battle : Battle against a preset team of other players. Ranked Battle : Battle other players in real time.

Gauntlet Store

Gauntlet Store

The main reason why one should be participating in PVP as soon as possible is to obtain Gauntlet Points which, you guessed it can be traded to purchase items in the Gauntlet Store. Among the items that can be purchase are valuable for character progression and even Black Cards.

What did you guys think? Did we miss anything out? Let us know in the comments.

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