I have been thinking this morning how an EP player can possibly abuse the low cost of Elder Convenant to increase the gains from a cookie chain. I came across this thinking when I switched to EP and immediately got a cookie chain, experiencing the difference between 6 and 7 increments. The simple math:
During EP, cookie chains only spawn wraths so with a 6 increment, during Covenant these are only 7 increments. With the increased CpS and hcs this can easily add up to a difference of 11.11Qa, 111.1Qa or even 1.111Qi. The Elder Covenant is only 66.66T. If one is aware that a 7 chain can be completed up to the last cookie, just buying the Covenant and immediately revoking it after hitting the last cookie can net quite a gain. I like to dub this the 7v6 switch.
Although the Covenant requires one Elder Pledge to become available, this is not a problem: the Pledge can be declared as a cookie chain appears, gain the 7v6 difference, then declare a Covenant and immediately revoke it to return to the Elder Pact. The net loss is a few tenths of cookies.
There are some drawbacks though. A few minor ones are that this can of course only be done in Elder Pact, the brief moment the Covenant is active CpS is decreased and the chain can end early. The latter two can be circumvented by activating the Convenant later; the actual gain only happens from 7.777Qa and on; keep the Pact active till this cookie is about to hit and buy the Covenant.
There is a major drawback though which undermines my own theory: declaring the Covenant pops wrinklers. As the cumulative time to spawn 10 wrinklers is roughly 16 minutes, I was in doubt whether popping wrinklers at every cookie chain is a gain rather than a loss. As the cookie chain gains rise (up to quints) this probably becomes less significant, but not many are there yet.
Am I completely wrong here or am I on to something? I just tested it, and the theory does work.