Mirage is a fast, fragile, offensive frame, whose powers are themed around illusion and disco.
Aura: Energy Siphon
Powers: All of her powers are decent, although slight of hand is a bit gimmicky. Hall of Mirrors is probably the best since it combines both offense and defense.
Polarities: D and V. Redirection and Intensify, as most of Mirage’s powers are improved by power strength.
Corrupted/Nightmare Mods: Constitution is good because she is so fragile and all of her abilities are improved by additional duration. Fortitude would also help avoid getting knocked down and recovering your shields quickly. Vigor will improve her survivability. Narrow minded would be nice if you don’t use her ult.
Other Mods: Streamline (efficiency), and durability mods are your best options after the mods listed above. She’s fast enough that you don’t need a Rush mod. If you have extra slots, Continuity would be ok too.
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I think many people believe things because of wishful thinking, or because if those things were true, it might encourage better behavior.
Free will – I don’t believe in free will. It just doesn’t mesh with the rest of physics. It would be nice if we could control our decisions in some metaphysical sense, but it seems implausible.
Permanence of the self – Every moment you die. You 5 years from now will be just as alien to you as another person. Each second is fleeting and forever lost. People care a lot about what happens to them in the future, and sure, you should care by the degree to which you’d care about the welfare of anyone. However, the you of the future isn’t the same person as the you of now. You can’t cross the same river twice, etc.
Meaninglessness of life – Life is meaningless, in the sense that there is no one meaning. You’re born, you live for awhile, and you die. Everyone winds up dead eventually. Although we can make our mark on the world, the world will eventually burn away when the sun explodes. I’m not depressed about this or anything, but it seems obviously true.
Existence of God – While there could be some sort of higher power, the idea of an active God who listens to prayers and intervenes in the world on behalf of people seems completely silly. All holy books were clearly written by human beings and show no sign of divine inspiration. They often advocate poorly thought out archaic moral principles, which if were every followed would result in the collapse of civilization. Generally, anyone saying “God thinks people should do X” is really saying “I think people should do X, but I want it to sound important”.
Utilitarianism – Bryan Caplan argues against utilitarianism by citing the argument from hypocracy objecting. Basically no one is moral enough to fully adhere to utilitarianism, therefore it’s wrong. Just because no one could actually live perfectly devoted to others doesn’t mean it’s not the right thing to do. Just because no one can run 100 mph doesn’t mean that Olympic runners will stop trying to run faster.
Premium planes are the best way to spend your golden eagles. They are permanent, unlike premium account time, and can help you grind out a large number of other planes. They also earn twice as much money for kills that non-premium planes do. Steam sales are also good for getting eagles and planes on the cheap.
Premium planes gain a bonus when researching other planes within one tier of themselves. Tier 1 planes are extremely fast to research anyway, so other than the free Tier 1 you get on the first nation you play, I would avoid Tier 1 premium aircraft. The best rank for premium planes is 3 because you’ll be able to unlock all the way up to tier 4 with them, but they are not overpriced.
Avoid planes which cost more than 2,000 Eagles. They are completely overpriced and most of the time aren’t even that good.
The best U.S. premium plane is the BTD. It spawns at bomber altitude and carries a decent bomb load, yet also packs 2 20mm cannons and is decently maneuverable. You can use it to protect other bombers on your team while racking up ground kills as well. If you prefer the fighter role, the Bf 109 F-4 is also very good, but it doesn’t come with the wing cannon pods.
The tier 4 Spitfire is way too expensive. If you want to fly Spits, just play the British. At tier 2, the XP-55 is too expensive considering you can get two tier 3s for the same price. The P-38 is a fun, if challenging plane to fly. The Ki 61 and A6M2 are decent too if you want something cheaper or to add turn fighters to your line up.
The P-47 is the best option. It’s a great boom and zoomer and ground attack aircraft. If you like bombing, the Wellington is a decent choice as well. The premium CR 42 is a good deal, with excellent maneuverability and twin .50s.
The Soviets get a lot of great options in the form of lend-lease planes. Pretty much any of them are fine. The P-40 is a beast at its tier, and for 700 Eagles is quite cheap. I’ve had a lot of fun flying the B-25, since you can do a ton of damage with its bomb load and you get 6 forward firing .50 cals, which can be used for head ons or strafing ground targets.
For 400 Eagles, the Havoc Mk1 is fast, has good firepower, and a solid bomb load. The Mustang Mk 1A is a great fighter. It’s not as fast as the P 51-D Mustangs, but it’s got 4 20mm cannons which are deadly. If you take the time to climb, it can BnZ fairly well. The Hellcat is also a good choice if you want to have the flexibility to do ground attack as well.
The D 520 is a French plane halfway between the Spitfire and the 109 and can be piloted as an energy fighter. The Boomerang is a turn/energy fighter with great firepower. The Avenger has a decent bomb load and can dogfight in a pinch, but I never really enjoyed flying it.
The Japanese Pacific Campaign bundle gets you the Tier 4 A6M5 Ko Reisen and 850 Eagles for $12. That’s a great deal since most other tier 4 premiums cost 5,000 Eagles by themselves. The main problem with this is unless you fly historic, you’ll only have one decent plane in your lineup for a long time until you unlock other tier 4 planes.
The Japanese premium planes are mostly boom and zoom fighters. The F4U, Bf 109, and Fw 190 A5 are all good. I would go with the Fw 190 simply because of its higher reward rate and tier.