Well I realized I had been wasting huge amounts of time all along. I play far more PvE than PvP in Gears 5, and I always assumed the “fastest” way to earn skill cards was Horde. Boy was I wrong.
A 2+ hour Horde wave nets 10 max skill cards, but I can do an Escape level in 5-10 minutes or less.
Instead of 10 cards for 2 hours, I can get 3-5 cards per escape run. It’s literally dozens of cards more, faster.
I wish I knew this sooner. Escape seemed odd to me originally , but the more I play it, the easier it gets.
TC is just too stingy with Horde, compared to Escape vs. skill cards earned. I really believe Horde Frenzy should award 6-8 cards, and the regular Horde 15-20, compared to the time spent vs. Escape.
Also, with rarer skill cards popping up more frequently, I can do an “easy” solo Escape run on Advanced, and I regularly earn Purple and Gold cards, sometimes multiple per match. Why was I bothering with Master Horde Frenzy runs, again?
If you are looking to earn skill cards quickly, Escape is definitely the way to go!