So, im just started to play AK right in the beginning of Nian banner. Of course, i asked a lot of questions during the early game, but noticed one thing, community is a bit of centered around certain operators, and different approach to game isnt very popular among the community.
My team+roster https://imgur.com/gallery/dDioRv0
As you can see my team selection is not very common nor meta-oriented, but i do like my main team, mainly because of fact that both of my defenders is blacksmiths, and both of my ranged dps have a poison theme.
However, i was advised not to use Vulcan in early game because of her inefficiency as main tank. I had doubts about this, and decided to make some kind of challenge, to pass as many stages as possible using Vulcan as main tank since i got her on first week due to lucky senior ops tag.
And in general, i have no issues to use her at all! She is just a bit complicated to use than general defender because of inability to heal, but in return she can reliably tank with her s1 or be a mix of tank and aoe dps with s2. So far the only support she require is the heal from Perfumer passive + S2, which also affect her passive as well. Later ill develop Angelina to E2 as well, and passive heals will be even better.
So i dont think Vulcan is too niche unit at all, she is just more complicated to use than average defender.
Another example of non-meta unit in my team is Cliffheart. She is given for free, but by some reason she is not very popular despite of nearly same utility as ranged guard + true damage with crowd control on her S2. I often use her on majority of maps, and she os doing fine if putted behind some defender to benefit from her trait.
So i wonder to know, if you have any similar experience with non popular/off-meta units? Id really want to know your own experience in this question.
Also if you want to give me some tips about anything, id be much appreciated. As i said i generally don’t care much about meta and simply play units i like, but any new information or opinion will be very welcome.
Atm im in middle of ch4, because im improving my base, all buildings aside of very bottom one is lvl 2 with dorms, and 2 factories lvl3. I decided to select 2/4/3 setup because it seems like easier to maintain.
Cleared Anni 1 and Anni 2, think my team is too weak to try Anni 3 yet.
Also occasionally working on level 7 skills, Myrtle, Fang and Vulcan is already developed, all other main team units at ~4-5 skill lvl.
Edit: updated roster.