I guess that depends on how much time you have. I am currently journey lvl 27 and so far I can make one journey lvl per day just by doing the two quests and whatever else I can find as there are some random ones that pop up. Also, the main thing I have found is, there isn’t many characters that can rez, and I do have two of them and almost all of them are in radiance. That is a big deal, especially in some areas and definitely in arena. Many times I would have lost can then I get a full team rez and win.
The first healer you get is really good. I have almost all the epics and all the rares and Heksandra is one of the best. On my poison/ice team, I have her, myself running ice obviously, Muddied Demon (another really good healer defense based), Storm Shaver for dps/control and Highland Artisan (def/control) and that is a pretty solid team. There are times where they setup a dps check and you have to go all dps, and then when you get higher you run into mobs that are 100% resistant to whatever affinity they are so if it is a poison/radiance mob setup, then using either or both of those affinities is probably not going to work, and usually the radiance mobs have rez.
Hopefully the other affinities get rez because to me that is a problem currently, really limits how far you can go without those specific toons IMO. Other than that, I do play a lot and I am not F2P. I have bought a lot of the legendary dice and while the 35 mercy limit is way better than RAID SL, you most likely will hit it before you get one. Honestly, I have 4 legendaries and I only actually use one of them which is a radiance rez/healer and pretty dope, Mithrasea. Very clutch for me, especially in arena. Most people don’t have a rez on their team. Sort of broke if you ask me as I would certainly like at least one rez capable character for each affinity.
If you are just looking to see if you get a good pull and then work on that account, that makes sense to me. I used money instead, as really the rarity isn’t quite as important as the synergy of your team and you do need at least two teams to start and around say JL 24 or so, you are going to need a third team which could be a partial of the two full affinity teams you already have. Well I did try and make a lightning team, it didn’t really do good. What I have is a full radiance team, a full poison team and a full ice team, and yeah sometimes I don’t run my character on the radiance or poison teams if the mobs are fire or ice resistant. I haven’t yet seen more than two affinities on the higher end mobs yet.
They do have plans to release a lot more champions so I am sure that they will get rez in the other affinities. This is still beta and I am not sure if your levels will carry from one season to the next, probably not is my guess but I do believe you keep your characters you have or get all your summon dice refunded. They do give you plenty of the purple summon dice as you play, so you should be able to get at least 3 decent teams built. I wouldn’t go much beyond that. My max character level is 90 and I have both passes, run a lot of goblin lair II stage 4 and don’t even have my primary team all at 90, only one. I got a couple 88’s which I did on purpose because my other 3 teams aren’t even all at 80. It takes a lot of xp potions to level 3 teams even with using some of those in the same teams. Initially concentrate on one team, build that to two, which honestly one will at least be poison due to the initial champs you get and probably the other will be ice, and then whatever you get from there. Also, since the shards you need to get those past lvl 30/50/70/90 will be in the ice domain, you won’t be able to use those teams to get those shards, so you have to have a team based on a different affinity and always try to run a full affinity team to get that extra 15% bonus damage.
Yep, a wall of text. TLDR: concentrate on poison initially as you get two good champs there, either all poison or poison/ice, it is a very tanky team and can get you through a lot. You will need a dps team, Rally is mine and they do a lot of damage. I haven’t really done anything with Wild or Dauntless I just don’t have the levels for proper testing. Summons might be a good option if you have the toons.