But you have mentioned their unique attributes and benefits, which are used by a lot of people… though I disagree, I believe making CD rings is much better every couple of levels, than using a 5* titan over a unique in this case (even Cadmus/Helen uniques are awful compared to a refined item with CD). There are benefits to making a good CD ring, one of them is you can slowly upgrade them while using your other rings, second is you can refine them with a nice perk like demo/fb and only lose a small % and third you can later re-use that 5* or even 3* if you may. That’s why we need a use of uniques for the long run, starting now, when most people have a lot of duplicates.
On the other hand, if you aren’t planning to kill GK (which most of your heroes won’t), I value potency over any other perk other than CD… so on a ring, I got a potency/CD ring ONCE, and i still have it in my inventory, since before 131 I think. So an apple, saves you a “slot”, you get both perks in one item, and be able to do much more with the rest of your items.
If you want to make a hero full of CD/Potency, which is potentially better (but harder) than max CD/Stun, even for GK takedown… then the way to do it with the least possible refines, is with 2 apples. Otherwise, if you have something else on the rings, then it takes minimum 5 refinements to get even close to 75% and 50% potency. Having the two apples, will get you much easier to 75% & 75%…
Here is more data on that. Stat numbers are for my level, but % will work for any level exactly the same.
A) No apples: Goal is max potency/CD
- Max CD on green (29500) and then making it titan max = 180k
- Using 3 items (2 rings and 1 cape) = 540k
- 75% for non CD boosted hero = 740k
- Refining at max one item, is around 70%. 180k refined can be 126k
Total CD = 68% with around 666k (1 refining - lets assume vest with CD)
If you don’t refine the cape for obvious reasons, you have 4 items left to refine (assume shielded hero)
- Assume you got a weapon with potency. Max green is around (12k) making it max titan 5* = 74k
- Refining 3 remaining items, at 70% = 51k each = 153k
- 75% for potency = 295k
Total potency = 57% with around 227k (1 weapon + 3 refinings)
b) With 2 apples: Goal is max potency/CD
In both cases, you have an apple maxed on your level, mine would be: 106k potency + 121k CD AND 108K potency + 127k CD
- CD cape with same logic as above 180k
- 3 refinings with same logic as above 126k x3 = 378k
As above logic CD is 81% with 806k (so some to spare for level up)
- Weapon same logic as above 74k
As above logic potency is 73% with 288k (my apples are very bad btw)
Conclusion, you are more than maxed out in the apple case, with 1 refinings to add what you want. By using pheme (since you are at 75% CD), you pretty much do not need a lot of resistances, which means that you can refine two weapons with stun and gather some of that too. If someone follows the rule of 1% CD = 5% potency then you can work your way for this setup