Finally beat my first Chosen Stronghold. It’s a little marred by the amount of saving and reloading I had to do in the final confrontation – a combination of slightly poor strategic decision-making when it came to deployment (not enough medkits) and this mission hitting a point of progress where the game suddenly threw four new kinds of enemies at me in one mission, three of which started spawning during the sarcophagus phases of the final confrontation. After losing my only Grenadier with shredding armour to my first encounter with an Andromedon, the sight of a Heavy MEC on that instant spawn forced me to reset on-sight, as I just didn’t have the resources to take it on in a fair fight.
While I think it was a combination of bad timing and me being fresher to the game than most people who ‘should’ be playing War of the Chosen, it still felt unfair enough that I save scummed pretty aggressively to get through it. I hope not to rely on it, but I’ve made my peace with doing it for my first playthrough while I learn the ropes of the game.
I tried to ironman my first XCOM EU game (as it is my honest preference in both this and games like Europa Universalis IV), but I think I have to make my peace with doing it if I don’t want the run to end in failure from party wipes.