Man, the Chosen are seriously no joke in this game. In any big mission where I’m forced to tangle with them, my first attempt goes bad and I wind up having to retry or be content with having a nearly full team wipe. Which I’m not, so I just retry
Granted, this time the encounter is complicated by the fact that my best soldiers are either wounded, away, or in Bond Training (really? You don’t think that maybe the ONGOING ASSAULT on our base and home is worth stepping away from your nice-nice time with your partner? No? Just checking), but still, these battles are tough. Forty something total enemies (that last pod about broke my heart), no high ground or concealment advantages, and an endless wave of assholery from the Chosen himself to put up. My team held together well for most of it, but it went pretty spectacularly to pot there at the end
Lost two majors, had a promising up and comer get shellacked into needing to use my only medkit to stabilize her, and a rando squaddie died, but I was making it. Gritted my teeth and fought for every inch of the map, steadily working my way to the final goal. Get there, set up the perfect “blow this Popsicle stand and run” formation, and then the last pod activates itself and marches its way right in the middle of my team. Wind up losing my best colonel and my last on-mission major taking the objective, and then everyone panics and I find out that apparently I have to beat the Chosen, and can’t just bravely run away. Full team wipe incoming, I just decided to cut my losses and go to sleep.
Round 2 incoming