Question Time with Mantastic – March 2021

Introduction

The general gist of Question Time posts are for players to ask various PAD-related questions that do not have a simple/Google-able answer or related article on my website. I do play other games and have often found myself having specific/unique questions about it but have no where to go and can imagine this may hold true for some of my readers.

With that being said, there will be some restrictions on the types of questions I will be answering.

If planning on commenting on a regular basis, it is advantageous to create a WordPress account to both receive notifications as well as giving me a point of reference as to who I am responding to.

Do’s and Don’t

download For the most part, almost any question will be answered, even some non-invasive Off-Topic ones; however, it is best to ask questions that require explanation/why/my personal opinion. The following examples are Fantastic types of questions to ask:

  • Of these options, what is the best Yusuke team I can make for Arena 3?
  • What direction do you think GungHo will take with the 4x HP leads?
  • Can Heart Cross teams be revived and if so, how?

x The following types of questions will not be answered by me either because it has a simple Google-able answer or shows a lack of effort on the reader’s part:

  • Anything that Google/Padx can answer
  • A link to your entire Monster Box and saying “make me a team”

Conclusion

I hope my readers use this opportunity to ask questions that will hopefully improve their overall game play and progression.

Happy Puzzling!

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Choosing your Free Weekly 6-star Godfest Exclusive

Introduction

Today marks the start of a tremendously exciting event as each week players will receive one (two with PAD Pass) 6* Fest Exchangeable Medal to be used on any 6-star Godfest Exclusive (GFE).

These can be found within the Monster Exchange tab and each week the line up of Godfest Exclusives will rotate. Just be aware that you can use these Fest Exchangeable Medals any week and can even do them all in week 4 if that proves to be the ideal for your Monster Box.

As a general blanket statement, the best course of action is to acquire cards you currently do not have as a brand new card may often fill holes in a given Monster Box along with many of the 6-star GFE holding significant value.

With this in mind, I will list the GFE I feel will provide the most value with the presumption that you own absolutely nothing. Remember, a new card will often outpace a duplicate.

Video commentary

–video coming soon–

Weekly line up

The following image shows the weekly rotation for the featured GFE but it should also be noted that a card will not show up again once their week has passed. This means trading right away for the cards you need but also trying to plan out who you actually want to acquire. Continue reading Choosing your Free Weekly 6-star Godfest Exclusive

Valentine’s REM Review and Analysis – February 2021

Introduction

The Valentine’s REM returns to North America and offers several new cards and various buffs in the hopes of enticing players to spend their Magic Stones.

As a whole, Seasonal REMs are underwhelming affairs as their bottom rarity cards are often many years old and severely neglected to the point that they serve no purpose outside of a Box Cheerleader.

Sadly, this is the case here as I do not feel any of the 5-star cards have any meaningful value and the Gemstone alts at the 6-star rarity have dramatically declined in value over the years. As a result, this event will be a lackluster affair to roll in and if you are truly interested in any of the top rarity cards, Monster Exchanging would be a better approach compared to rolling.

Video commentary

—video coming Monday—

Overview

New Year’s REM Pros & Cons – February 2021
Pros
Cons
  • 5 Magic Stones per roll
  • Almost came out on Valentine’s Day
  • No Weapon Assists outside 9-stars
  • Majority of rolls will be disappointing
  • All 5-star cards serve no real purpose
    • Comprise 55% of the rolls
Valentine’s REM
9 Star base
(2% total)
 
8 Star base
(3% total)
 
7 Star base
(13% total)
 
6 Star base
(27% total)
   
5 Star base
(55% total)
    
Valentine’s REM – February 2021
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A
B    
C
D    

Order within each tier is random and not reflective of ranking

Icons show Base form

Regardless of card’s ranking, you should always keep it if it is your very first time acquiring them

Continue reading Valentine’s REM Review and Analysis – February 2021

Qilin & Scheherazade Dragon Gems in Monster Exchange

Introduction

Qilin & Scheherazade Dragon Gems are now available within the Monster Exchange for 3 Rainbow Event Medals :eventmedal: each. As such, this is a fantastic time to acquire these rare gems as the invade rates are pretty horrible and Rainbow Event Medals are almost too abundant.

With this in mind, it would be advantageous for the majority of players to acquire these Gems in order to make powerful Weapon Assists. Of course, if you are a newer player and lack Rainbow Event Medals, this article may be less applicable, but for those players with countless Rainbow Medals sitting in their box, trading is advantageous.

As such, I will take a look at the possible Weapons that can be made to help players make a more informed decision as to which evolution to pursue.

Video commentary


Save Gems if unsure

Before I go any further, I want to stress that if you do not have a specific use in mind for any evolution, it is best to simply wait and see how your box develops. These Gems do not go bad and I personally only commit resources into a card if I know I will gain value out of them. Continue reading Qilin & Scheherazade Dragon Gems in Monster Exchange

New Year’s REM Review and Analysis – February 2021

Introduction

The New Year’s REM returns to North America with several new cards and buffs to existing monsters in the hopes of enticing players to spend their Magic Stones here.

Historically speaking, Seasonals such as New Year’s or Christmas are notoriously poor quality machines as they often contain cards from many, many years ago. Furthermore, these ancient cards are often the lower rarity who rarely receive meaningful buffs while also comprising the majority of the rolling pool.

All of this holds true today for the current New Year’s event but I feel that the amount of valuable cards has increased, albeit in the higher rarities. This in turn creates a conundrum: risk rolling in hopes of the top prizes as cannot be Monster Exchanged for, or ignore the 7-stars and simply Exchange or IAP Bundle for the cards you desire.

For the most part, I would go with the Monster Exchange route and pray the free rolls yield something meaningful as the bottom rarity is truly disastrous.

Video commentary

—video coming Monday—

Overview

New Year’s REM Pros & Cons – February 2021
Pros
Cons
  • Some highly valuable cards
    • Hard to replicate what they do
    • 8 & 9* can be Monster Exchanged
  • All strong cards locked behind higher rarities
  • Terribly lackluster bottom rarities
    • Why do 4-stars still exist?
  • No Weapon Assists outside 9-stars
  • Majority of rolls will be disappointing
New Year REM – February 1, 2021
 9 Star base
 8 Star base 2534  
 7 Star base 2537 2536  
 6 Star base 2535 
 5 Star base 3419 2574 LD Hanzo
 4 Star base 3420 2540
New Year’s REM – February 2021
S
A 2537
B  
C 2534 2536 2535  3419 2574 2540
D LD Hanzo 3420

Order within each tier is random and not reflective of ranking

Icons show Base form

Regardless of card’s ranking, you should always keep it if it is your very first time acquiring them

Continue reading New Year’s REM Review and Analysis – February 2021

Question Time with Mantastic – February 2021

Introduction

The general gist of Question Time posts are for players to ask various PAD-related questions that do not have a simple/Google-able answer or related article on my website. I do play other games and have often found myself having specific/unique questions about it but have no where to go and can imagine this may hold true for some of my readers.

With that being said, there will be some restrictions on the types of questions I will be answering.

If planning on commenting on a regular basis, it is advantageous to create a WordPress account to both receive notifications as well as giving me a point of reference as to who I am responding to.

Do’s and Don’t

download For the most part, almost any question will be answered, even some non-invasive Off-Topic ones; however, it is best to ask questions that require explanation/why/my personal opinion. The following examples are Fantastic types of questions to ask:

  • Of these options, what is the best Yusuke team I can make for Arena 3?
  • What direction do you think GungHo will take with the 4x HP leads?
  • Can Heart Cross teams be revived and if so, how?

x The following types of questions will not be answered by me either because it has a simple Google-able answer or shows a lack of effort on the reader’s part:

  • Anything that Google/Padx can answer
  • A link to your entire Monster Box and saying “make me a team”

Conclusion

I hope my readers use this opportunity to ask questions that will hopefully improve their overall game play and progression.

Happy Puzzling!

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Current Super Godfest is Nothing Special (Jan 31 – Feb 2, 2021)

Introduction

Super Godfests are special 10-Stone events where players will have at least a 1/3 or 33% chance of acquiring any Godfest Exclusive. For the sake of value, I will always lump in the Samurai 3 series into the pool of “good” (aka GFE) pool as their Weapon Assists are some of the best.

As such, the current Super Godfest running from January 31 – February 2 is entirely average and is nearly 10% lower chances for acquiring a GFE or Samurai 3 card compared to the recent Player’s Choice Godfest.

With this in mind, I would be most inclined to skip this event as it is nothing special and we will have essentially a similar event featuring a tiny bit above 1/3 GFE rates on a regular basis.

On a different note, I miss the days of when GHNA named their Super Godfests.

Video commentary


Rolling pool

A Super Godfest will always feature at least 1/3 chance for any Godfest Exclusive for 10 Magic Stones per roll and this should be used as a baseline to determine the value of a given event. Continue reading Current Super Godfest is Nothing Special (Jan 31 – Feb 2, 2021)

Kamen Rider Collab REM Review and Analysis – January 2021

Introduction

The Kamen Rider Collab returns to North America along with various buffs to existing monsters as well as several new cards.

As a whole, I feel this event is underwhelming from a rolling point of view due to the lower potency of the bottom rarity cards who comprise 77.3% of the rolling pool. While each card does have a Weapon Assist , the bottom rarity ones are often easily replaced by other options which in turn grants them lower usability.

With this in mind, I would be most inclined to do the free rolls and utilize the Monster Exchange system or IAP bundles if truly interested in the higher value cards.

Due to various health issues, this article will be lacking a modest amount of text as typing is incredibly painful and voice-text was not working for me along with having to change my work flow/process within a short period of time.

I have still included pros & cons for each card but the larger text summaries may be missing. With that being said, the corresponding video will be unchanged and will provide further elaboration if the pros & cons are insufficient.

Video commentary

—video coming Monday—

Overview

Kamen Rider Collab REM Pros & Cons – January 2021
Pros
Cons
  • All cards have Weapon Assists
    • Grants more value for dupes
  • 6 Magic Stones per roll
  • Monster Exchange uses five 6* GFE
  • Big rolling pool
    • Should be harder to get Dupes
  • 3 Funky orb skins
  • Big rolling pool
    • Harder to get what you want
  • May just be a Monster Exchange, no Roll event
    • More efficient
  • Bottom rarity cards have middling value overall
    • Many are easily replaced
    • Comprise 77.3% of rolls
Kamen Rider Collab REM
6 Star base
(22.7% total)
       
 
5 Star base
(77.3% total)
 
Kamen Rider Collab – January 2021
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A  
B      
C
D

Order within each tier is random and not reflective of ranking

Icons show Base form

Regardless of card’s ranking, you should always keep it if it is your very first time acquiring them

Continue reading Kamen Rider Collab REM Review and Analysis – January 2021

Ruler of Hell’s Halls Strategies & Planning for Seina

Introduction

My wrists have been hurting for the past few weeks which makes typing painful and nearly impossible. Thankfully, I made most of this already for myself and made it prettier for the purposes of publishing.

I am trying to minimize how much I type so large parts of this will be done via video but should hopefully give you insight into how I approach World of Carnage 2 / Ruler of Hell’s Hall with my Seina team.

Video commentary

Includes PADX walkthrough & breakdown of my strategies

Devil Title clear


General Strategies

  • Stalling F1-8 must have 2 spawns to prevent their ATK buff
  • Use Seina active post-Transform for easy stalling
    • Match 1 Water, 1 Fire, 1 Heart combo
  • Always use Seina last when using board/orb changers
  • VDP pretty much kills any early spawn
  • Super Resolve means you have to kill a spawn twice
    • Row Fire Row can kill most and is less orb hungry compared to VDP

Continue reading Ruler of Hell’s Halls Strategies & Planning for Seina

Puzzling those Dragons