To bring an end to its main series of 6-monthly sets of SG scratch content, JP has just added a fantastic Permanent SG Scratch that contains a lot of the most desirable content from all of those sets.
This suggestion requests that Global receives this scratch, as close as possible to the form that it exists in JP (with the obvious exceptions of any content that was migrated to another source on Global, or does not exist on Global such as voice tickets) and ideally as soon as possible.
As a secondary action, it requests confirmation that Global will receive Permanent SG Scratch in the future, most critically before any potential changes to its prize list. It would be really useful if this confirmation was received before Global's Astral Guardians set departs on 25 May so players can decide whether to scratch Astral Guardians or get items they want from it from Permanent SG Scratch later on to save vast amounts of SG.
Bonus request: When JP got Permanent SG Scratch, they also got a 30% SG Scratch discount campaign for 2 weeks. It'd be wonderful if Global got the same if and when we get Permanent SG Scratch!
Why is Permanent SG Scratch so good?
On JP players originally got to enjoy each of their ultimately nine main SG Scratch sets in isolation, with 6 months to earn SG and with small prize pools. This meant if a look they wanted involved, say, 6 items, they could comfortably earn the SG to scratch it 80 or 120 times in isolation and the small prize pools meant each item had a 1-3% pull rate rather than 0.3-0.7% which (thanks to compound probability) virtually guaranteed they'd get so many parts of the set that the choice tickets could be used to pay to complete the sets.
The subsequent combination revivals JP got mashed together two sets which halved the drop rate of everything in it and still needed 40 scratches for a choice ticket. This meant it was no longer viable to get some of the items you wanted from the scratch results directly, and you essentially had to expect to pay 3200 SG for every item you wanted. Sadly these are the sets Global got with Fallen Heroes, Mother's Disciples and Astral Guardians. The only exception is Versus Annihilation, which was still a combination of two of JP's sets with all the same drawbacks, but it was newly created just for Global.
JP have since run one or two huge revival SG scratches with most if not all of the previous sets' content and still needing 40 scratches for a choice ticket, but last week they added a Permanent SG Scratch which likely brings an end to their time-limited SG Scratch sets until their potential return for New Genesis content when that releases.
For the first time, Permanent SG Scratch set only needs 25 scratches to get an item of choice. This means despite the giant prize pool making it even more unlikely that you'd get anything you wanted from actually scratching, the cost of scratching enough to get an item of choice is now only 2000 SG - a 37.5% reduction.
(They also have a 30% discount campaign lasting two weeks which reduces this further to needing just 17 scratches per choice item which means 1360 SG per item and a fantastic 57.5% reduction!)
JP original sets: Small prize pools + 1-3% chance per desired item + 40 pulls per choice ticket = Scratch normally, get most desired items from pulls and use choice tickets to complete sets = Good!
JP combined revivals: Large prize pools + 0.3%-0.7% chance per desired item + 40 pulls per choice ticket = Basically forced to pay 3200 SG for all items in a set = Bad! (This is all Global has ever known!)
JP huge revivals: Massive prize pools + 0.15-0.45% chance per desired item + 40 pulls per choice ticket = Really forced to pay 3200 SG per desired item = Bad!
Permanent SG Scratch: Huge prize pool + 0.25-0.5% chance per desired item + 25 pulls per choice ticket = Basically forced to pay 2000 SG per desired item = Good! (Add in a temporary 30% discount for 1360 SG per desired item = Super good!)
Why does haste matter?
Ultimately provided Global gets Permanent SG Scratch at all, it wouldn't matter if it got it earlier or later, right? Wrong.
Reason 1: As with other Permanent Scratch setups JP has been adding to the base PSO2 side of the game lately, there is a detail that warns players that the contents may change in the future. Google translates the Permanent SG Scratch version of this text as such:
When the delivery period or contents are changed, we will notify you again on the player's site etc.
So while it has not happened yet (Permanent Scratch is a new setup even on JP), there is every chance that the prize pool may update and remove items that Global players want. JP and Global may see their Permanent Scratch contents mirrored once they arrive on Global; this means if the prize pool is refreshed before Global gets Permanent SG Scratch, Global could miss a lot of desired items that may not return for years if ever.
Reason 2: Two of Global's four combination sets are still ongoing; Astral Guardians ends on 25 May and Versus Annihilation much much later on 10 August. If players only want items from either of these sets that are presently in Permanent SG Scratch on JP, they would be able to save a TON of SG if they had confirmation Global was getting Permanent SG Scratch with those prizes. This knowledge may be mistaken as some kind of unfair advantage compared to JP, but considering only JP had these items in small prize pools before it would not be unfair.
Without Permanent SG Scratch being either confirmed to be happening or added outright prior to the departure of Versus Annihilation (meaning Global would arbitrarily have to wait 4 more months and potentially until after New Genesis releases), when that set comes towards its end Global players will be forced into an unpleasant dilemma: Do they burn through 3200 SG per item they want knowing they may become available for 2000 SG each days after Versus Annihilation ends, or do they risk waiting for a Permanent SG Scratch Global may never get, or whose prizes may change when Global gets it, meaning they can never get the items they wanted?
And if Permanent SG Scratch is to be added or confirmed prior to the conclusion of Versus Annihilation, you're already overlapping the combination sets with Permanent SG Scratch, so why not just add or confirm it before the conclusion of Astral Guardians on 25 May as well?
Most obviously, the choice ticket setup on JP and Global has historically differed for SG Scratch. On JP you always needed to exchange 40 SG Scratch items (or the SG Recycle Badges they could be turned into) at the SG Swap Shop to pay for a choice ticket. On Global you simply got given a choice ticket for free on every 40th scratch in each set. Both systems have benefits over the other (on JP you could do 20 scratches in two different sets and get a choice ticket, on Global you don't need to sacrifice tens of SG Scratch items per choice ticket).
This change could either be preserved (so Global's version of Permanent SG Scratch gives a choice ticket every 25 pulls) or Permanent SG Scratch could be the opportunity to transition Global onto the JP setup. I would actually recommend the latter; principally it's another move towards parity between the servers. But it would also allow Global players to use SG Recycle Badges from prior sets as JP have been able to do, and enable a discount campaign like JP presently enjoy. Missing out on these would be considerable disadvantages!
The prize list on JP contains items that Global has never had before, most notably from the one 6-month set that Global never had which included the layered wear versions of Lark Barbatos and Ilois Alcuria. Global has only seen these items in their outfit (not layered wear) form; they came from Mission Pass Season 3. Sega may wish to remove these from the prize list on Global on the basis they hadn't appeared before, but I don't believe that is necessary and assert that it would be fine for us to receive those.
I would mention the voice tickets that the main JP sets have had in their original and combination SG Scratch sets, which were always excluded from the Global equivalents. But! From what I can see, no voice tickets are in the Permanent SG Scratch prize list. So there would actually be nothing to remove from it! This could potentially be taken as a sign that the prize list was designed to be compatible with Global, but I wouldn't want to assume that.
In conclusion, there shouldn't be any need to change the prize list JP already have; we could get Permanent SG Scratch at any time without issue; it would be simple to port what JP presently have to Global with no changes at all.
And the earlier this is done, the better it would be for Global players which would go a long way towards finally and permanently resolving the issues we've always suffered when it comes to SG Scratch.