Introduction

10/08 Update: MICA has tweeted out the rescue vote and confirmed the leak's accuracy.

Rescue Bracket, annotated with info from this article.

With Rescue Event Voting just around the corner, the EN GFL rumor mill is spinning faster than ever as players try to guess at the pool of voting options. While MICA has yet to release any info on the event aside from the October Monthly Roadmap, that hasn't stopped a leak from surfacing that claims to contain the exact event details and T-Doll voting choices.

While the purported leak has not been confirmed by any official sources and there’s a possibility that MICA put out incorrect info to mess with dataminers (remember the +25% Night Vision on Stella’s Prosthetic Eye?), players who are interested in a sneak peek can look below for the details: 

October 2019 T-Doll Rescue Event

Voting Period: Oct. 8th - Oct 10th

Event Period: Oct. 15th - Oct. 21st (speculative)

One T-Doll from Group A, B, C, and D and two T-Dolls from Group E will be added as limited drops to the final map of Chapters 1 through 6, determined by the total number of votes received. 

Votes will be tallied and posted on social media on Oct. 9 and Oct. 11.

Group A

Group A this time contains only limited 5★ T-Dolls, meaning that all the candidates are in the same rarity tier and players will likely base their choice on personal gameplay or collection needs.

Acquisition difficulty: Event Only

Usefulness: ★★★★

Dupe-worthy: No

AUG was awarded to EN players who reached the 1800-point milestone in early 2019 during the Black Danube point event. 

While AUG is a situational AR with notable drawbacks in her random targeting and weaker DPS against heavily armored units, she is still the most generally flexible T-Doll in Group A and will likely receive the most votes. 

Acquisition difficulty: Event Only

Usefulness: ★★

Dupe-worthy: No

DSR-50 was added to GFL mid-2019 as a story clear reward from Deep Dive. She is one of the few “Big Bamboo” RF T-Dolls with a Skill that can deal devastating burst damage to a single target, with a huge 10x multiplier against enemies with Armor that can lead to some ridiculous damage output for a sufficiently powerful G&K echelon.

Despite the powerful nuke skill that DSR possesses, its initial cooldown of 15 seconds makes her very difficult to use in practice, and farming for DSR-50 is unlikely to yield any concrete gameplay value aside from possibly satisfying the commanders who somehow have her Live2D costume but not the T-Doll. 

Acquisition difficulty: Event Only

Usefulness: ★

Dupe-worthy: No

JS-05 was last available on EN almost a year ago from the Dinergate-O'-Lantern event in late 2018. Commanders who joined after November have had zero chances to acquire JS05, due to her failing the previous Rescue Vote. This rescue event offers her yet another chance to be added to the rescue drop pool, if only she would win the Block A vote. 

JS-05’s unique skill, Piercing Shot, has a rather low Skill multiplier of 2x that makes it generally unsuitable for one-shotting bosses that NTW and DSR can handle with ease. Nevertheless, its low initial cooldown of 6 seconds means that a creative commander can still use it for that purpose against a sufficiently low HP enemy boss, though it’s more of an entertaining minmax than a practically useful echelon.

Group B

In stark contrast with Group A, Group B is full of craftable T-Dolls that all have excellent in-game performance. This voting block is likely to be highly contested, and will be one of the more interesting matchups to look out for. 

Acquisition difficulty: ★★★★★

Usefulness: ★★★★★

Dupe-worthy: Yes

Contender is legendary for her rarity, sporting a lower craft rate than every other HG in the entire game. While the HG recipe is not quite as taxing on resources as crafts for other T-Doll types, a 0.2% craft rate from the standard 130-130-130-30 HG recipe will put a considerable dent in any commander’s T-Doll Contract stash. 

While Contender’s Skill isn’t too useful when mobbing due to its single-target nature, she offers excellent utility for teams focused on single-target burst, and rocks a universally useful tile buff with full coverage of all 8 tiles around her. Many teams are not possible without Contender, making her the most generally useful pick in Group B due to her flexibility and unparalleled strength in her niche.

Acquisition difficulty: ★★★★★

Usefulness: ★★★★★

Dupe-worthy: Maybe

C-MS is another extremely rare T-Doll with craft rates almost as low as Contender, at around 0.25% for the recommended 400-400-100-200 recipe. The SMG recipe’s much higher resource cost means that a copy of C-MS will on average cost far more than a copy of Contender, making her the more lucrative option for commanders starved of resources. 

While C-MS has a fairly defined role as the main tank of ARSMG teams, she does the job very well due to her instant, permanent Evasion buff that makes her exceptionally tanky. C-MS can even equip AP Rounds and toggle her Skill to a Damage-boosting mode against armored foes, allowing her to contribute significant DPS in such fights and even shred incoming tarantulas, something no other main tank SMG can do.

Much like Contender, players who do not yet have C-MS will benefit a lot from earning a copy.

Acquisition difficulty: ★★★

Usefulness: ★★★

Dupe-worthy: Maybe

MG5 is an exceptional MG who stands at the apex as part of the Big 4 alongside PKP, PK, and M2HB. While her damage output is not quite as high as the others, she brings a unique 10% Armor tile buff that makes her a more desirable pick in some cases, and makes her one of the more future-proof Big 4 MGs due to the eventual meta shift towards Armor stacking. 

Unlike Contender and C-MS, MG5 is not a rare craft; she is actually one of the more common 5★ MGs available with over 1% craft rate using the standard 800-800-100-400 recipe, several times higher than that of MG4 or Negev. From a pure opportunity cost point of view, MG5 is the least efficient of the three picks available in Group B. 

Group C

Group C is an interesting matchup that pits two of the more unique 5★ ARs against each other, with Carcano M1891 thrown in as an afterthought. Will the game master or shitposting goddess prevail? Only time will tell.

Acquisition difficulty: ★★★★

Usefulness: ★★★★

Dupe-worthy: Maybe

RFB is often called an RF disguised as an AR, and it’s not because of her name; RFB’s incredibly high Damage/Accuracy stat and low Rate of Fire puts her much closer to RFs than any other AR, with the backline-targeting Skill only further cementing the comparison. While she fills a powerful niche, effective use of RFB in an ARSMG echelon requires a substantial amount of RoF buffs, making her a fairly demanding T-Doll to build around. 

With a craft rate of approximately 0.3% under the standard 100-400-400-200 recipe, RFB is the rarest AR available to EN, tied with G11 in craft rate but without G11’s benefit of showing up in non-AR production recipes.

Acquisition difficulty: ★★

Usefulness: ★★

Dupe-worthy: No

Carcano M1891, also affectionately known as “strawberry” or the more blunt “pink cano”, is a much more common RF than her sister, Carcano M91/38. She is also unfortunately one of the more niche T-Dolls, with a unique passive that only becomes particularly relevant when she is paired with a currently unreleased HG, Python. 

With neither gameplay value nor rarity backing her up, it’s unlikely that Carcano M1891 will have a significant following in Group C.

Acquisition difficulty: ★★★★

Usefulness: ★★★

Dupe-worthy: No

While MDR is also on the rarer end of AR T-Dolls, her craft rate of 0.4% with the standard recipe makes her not quite as rare as RFB is. 

MDR’s unique Skill requires active unit control to fully take advantage of; a commander must either move a unit out of the way to engage her self-buff, or move a unit into MDR’s tile to receive the HP shield and EVA buff. While this is extremely powerful in the right team, few players are willing to go to the trouble of performing proper micromanagement to make MDR truly shine, making her perform at a fairly average level as a result.

Group D

Group D is a face-off between two T-Dolls that have a nuke skill, CZ-75 and TAC-50, though their significantly different classes of HG and RF means they fundamentally fulfill two different roles in practice.

The wildcard third option of 64 Shiki may even beat out the two, as she not only is arguably a much more generally useful T-Doll, but was recently revealed to be voiced by none other than Kana Ueda, with her voicelines coming to GFL EN within this month as part of the New Client Update.

Acquisition difficulty: Event Only

Usefulness: ★★

Dupe-worthy: No

CZ-75 originally came to GFL EN as a reward for the Truth Prevails point event in mid-2018, and recently became available again as a limited drop in certain Deep Dive stages. 

Her Tomahawk Skill is a powerful nuke with a short initial cooldown, allowing a properly configured 5HG team with CZ-75 to rapidly dispatch bosses and skip their cut-in skills via one-shotting past the HP thresholds. With the recent trend of rapidly escalating enemy HP values, this will no longer be possible for a lot of upcoming bosses, limiting CZ-75’s general utility.

She does, however, hold one relevant niche as one of the only three HGs capable of harming Typhons efficiently in gunboat formations, alongside Contender and Thunder. Perhaps a creative commander will find some use for this in the Singularity ranking stage.

Acquisition difficulty: Event Only

Usefulness: ★★

Dupe-worthy: No

TAC-50 is a relatively new addition to GFL EN, made available in mid-2019 as a shop T-Doll during Operation Zongzi. 

With a unique ability to benefit from Crit Damage multipliers, TAC-50’s 4.5x Skill multiplier is actually far stronger than that of every other nuke/bamboo RF in the game, so long as she is supported by the right team. Her manageable initial cooldown of 10 seconds also makes TAC-50 a much more appealing option than NTW-20 and DSR-50 if a nuke is needed, though such situations are rare in practice.

Acquisition difficulty: ★★

Usefulness: ★★★★

Dupe-worthy: No

64 Shiki (Howa Type 64) is the only craftable T-Doll in Group D, sharing the same high production rate as other common ARs like 416 and G41. Commanders who sought after rarer ARs will likely already have 64 Shiki in their armory as a result, though the “Optional” rating given to her by Girls’ Frontline Corner has probably caused much unwarranted disassembly. 

Like MDR, getting maximum utility from 64 Shiki requires proper unit control and some clever interpretation of her Skill’s description. If 64 Shiki were placed in a normal echelon, her performance would be lackluster despite her excellent tiles.

Nevertheless, in the right echelon and particularly against bosses, 64 Shiki offers the strongest Damage buff in the entire game on top of delivering impressive damage herself, earning her a unique, irreplaceable position in min-maxed boss-killing teams that focus on DPS output. 

Group E

Group E is the multiple-choice 4★ group, where the two most-voted T-Dolls will go on to become limited drops during the Rescue Event.

Since 4★ units are often added to the final map of Chapters 1 and 2 for these events, a good voting result can really help out new commanders who cannot farm the higher difficulty maps.

Acquisition difficulty: ★★

Usefulness: ★★

Dupe-worthy: No

Jericho’s strange buff tile layout and unwieldy Skill have earned her much consternation among GFL veterans, due to the odd layout needed to make MGSG teams function well with her. 

Due to Jericho’s high craft rate from the HG recipe and her niche usage, it is unlikely that most players would benefit from being able to farm Jericho in this Rescue Event.

Acquisition difficulty: Event Only

Usefulness: ★★★★

Dupe-worthy: Maybe

PP-19 Bizon came to GFL EN during the last Rescue Event, and many players lamented not farming a copy of her after finding out how strong a Hand Grenade can be against large enemy packs. 

The availability of PP-19 as a voting option so soon after the last Rescue Event is a surprisingly generous gift to GFL EN from MICA, and she may end up taking a decent number of votes due in large part to her limited status.

Acquisition difficulty: ★★★★

Usefulness: ★★★★★

Dupe-worthy: Yes

K5 is one of the most flexible HGs available, with a nearly perfect tile buff and layout stacked on top of an excellent multifunctional skill that can simultaneously boost backline DPS and frontline tankiness. No other HG comes anywhere close, making K5 more sought-after than even most 5★ HGs. 

The tradeoff to K5’s versatility is her incredible rarity compared to other HGs, with a 0.5% craft rate that is rarer than Grizzly and Welrod MkII. The ability to farm K5 in this Rescue Event would probably save a lot of commanders numerous T-Doll contracts.

Acquisition difficulty: ★★★★

Usefulness: ★

Dupe-worthy: No

Ameli has about a 0.9% craft rate, making her one of the rarer 4★ MGs in GFL EN. She was last available as a limited drop during the recent Va-11 Hall-A collaboration event, although players can be forgiven for not wanting to farm the ridiculous stage 1-3 for her. 

Upon closer inspection, Ameli’s Lock and Load N skill has only an 11% damage multiplier during the day. This actually makes Ameli one of the least powerful MGs available, as her post-reload damage and first-clip damage both fall far behind that of her peers.

While Ameli was previously a common sight in whale support echelons, this is not due to her strength as a T-Doll, but rather entirely due to her 15% Armor tile and Special Equipment providing a Combat Effectiveness-inflating effect. As of now, she has been completely replaced by QJY-88 and Alma even in this role, as they provide more CE and perform better in practice.

Acquisition difficulty: ★★★★

Usefulness: ★★

Dupe-worthy: No

Type 80 has a similar craft rate as Ameli, although she has a much more generally appealing statline with far higher Damage and 2 more rounds, not to mention the more generally useful Damage Focus MG Skill. 

As MGs are typically not recommended for new players and Type 80 falls in the average range for MGs, it is unlikely that Type 80 will receive many votes in this Rescue Event.

Acquisition difficulty: ★★★★★

Usefulness: ★★

Dupe-worthy: No

M1014 is the only SG in this voting block, automatically making her the most expensive T-Doll to acquire due to the Heavy Production requirement. 

While M1014’s tiles are awkwardly positioned, all SGs work fine as tanks even if their tiles may not hit the MGs. While new players and collectors alike would ordinarily be hard-pressed to pass up the chance to farm an SG as part of this Rescue Event, the presence of PP-19 and K5 in Group E makes the outcome uncertain. 

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