Unlike many of our AC scratch sets, the upcoming AC scratch set Elegant Beginnings is not an exact or close replica to an equivalent scratch set that was previously run on JP. Instead it takes most of its content from a set that was called Phantasy Star Legend, whose flagship content was the outfits of several heroes from the original 1987-1995 Phantasy Star series.
This can be pretty easily seen when comparing the banner images for two sets to see the outfits worn by Hagith, Io and Hitsugi - along with their exact poses and the background - is present in both:
I've looked through the JP AC scratch history in desperation and it seems the Elegant Beginnings content in Phantasy Star Legend was not included as a second run revival - as far as I can see, that is the set they debuted in, as filler.
This gives us grave concern for the Phantasy Star Legend AC scratch set on Global, now that filler has been taken out. What could they replace it with?
There isn't another source of classic series content in Online 2. Pretty much of the content from Online 1 was provided by Ragol Fashion Packs (Global only), real-world conventions (JP only) or Ragol Memories (both) so there's nothing left I am aware of. Meanwhile most (but not quite all) content from Universe has already been distributed on Global, either in the SG Shop (some but not all of which was later brought back in Fresh Finds) or with direct-purchase collaboration packs.
They could combine the classic outfits with other content as a reformed AC scratch set. This remains the best option, although one that is now a little more complicated than simply giving us the Phantasy Star Legend set as it was. (Once again, mixing content up is causing problems.) But there are definitely remnants from other JP AC scratch sets which have lost some of their parts to Fresh Finds conversion. Those could be combined with the good part of the Phantasy Star Legend AC scratch set to make a new AC scratch set that gives the series' longest fans what they have been asking for for months:
And that's literally one minute of searching, many more requests exist. Most AC scratch announcements on Twitter have had someone asking for the classic set, so much so that they often beat me to the punch! The last of these examples was even in direct response to the announcement of Elegant Beginnings (which is what reminded me that Elegant Beginnings has stuff from Phantasy Star Legend).
Which brings us to the most important point of all. All of these requests? They have asked for the AC Scratch set it always was.
To any GM of the PSO2 Team reading this, I implore you to read that a second time:
All these fans have asked for an AC Scratch set.
For starters, just look at link Three above. That's not even all of the colour variants! The set has a bunch. No other distribution method would work for this. It needs to be an AC Scratch set for this reason alone.
More importantly though, many of us have openly said we have purposefully collected and saved our now-unobtainable AC Scratch Tickets specifically for the Phantasy Star Legend AC scratch set that as arguably the most-demanded AC scratch set in Global for the longest time (and certainly by the series' most longstanding and core fans) may also be the biggest reason that AC scratch tickets have been saved on our server. If this scratch set is taken out of AC scratch, it will be specifically betraying arguably one of the most long-standing requests for an AC scratch set Global has ever seen.
And as part of that danger, I must also make an appeal of critical seriousness:
Please, PLEASE do NOT dump Phantasy Star Classic outfits into Fresh Finds.
None of the fans who have asked for the Phantasy Star classic AC scratch ever wanted that. If you absolutely have to take these outfits, accessories and camos out of being an AC scratch now that Phantasy Star Legend has been broken up, please at least make it a series-celebrating Mission Pass season. Or failing that, make them a collaboration pack somehow - even Universe got those and Universe was hated.
Even those options would be a sickening destruction of the set (it would still mean they wouldn't be tradable on Global, and the aforementioned loss of the large variety of colour variants) but at least you wouldn't be simultaneously telling people with 30+ AC scratch tickets that those are all now worthless and to shell out probably over 3,000 Star Gems in Global's unique and uncompensated Star Gem drain of an item source.
Edit: And to make an even more obvious point, these sets are layered wear! Fresh Finds just hasn't done that before. This is a bit of a relief to think about since it makes it less likely they'll start here, but also a bit of a concern since multiple innerwear, basewear and outerwear all at 400 SG each and then for multiple characters would absolutely murder our SG counts.