PURE Probably not, huh...
Sweet Holiday Event Final Ranking: 1629
Total # of Lovestones Used: ~30, although about 10 of it was from high rank prizes which wouldn't have been obtained if I didn't try doing this
Number of Lovestones at Start of Event: 1
Final Point Amount: Approximate 22000 (more than I had for the nico event, which was for 12 days instead of 7, minus 2 because of Anime Expo)
Total Cash Spent: 0$
Moral of the Story: It's not impossible at all to get into high ranks without paying money. It was probably possible for me to get into the 1st tier (above 1200th place) too if I didn't have AX...
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