Introduction to the series
I wish to do a new type of posting series where I discuss current Meta issues along with my future predictions or trends that are happening in Puzzle and Dragons. Let me know what you think of these and whether these are worth continuing.
GungHo released the Monster Point (MP) system as a means to help soften the blow of rolling numerous dupes or junk from the Rare Egg Machine. For the most part, this system has been relatively successful as there are now numerous reasons to roll in Godfests as well as allowing players to easily farm MP on their own either through Mythic Rogue descends, PreDRA Infestation, or even just playing Coop.
Players who are patient enough to save up 300,000 Monster Points are then able to purchase a special and powerful monster and these are commonly referred to as MP Dragons/4 Gentlemen with a wild Ragnarok Dragon appearing. For a while, some of the MP cards were the top tier leaders and pushed the envelope for Powercreep and dungeons had to evolution to counter these newer and more powerful teams. Many players did feel a bit left out as they could not keep up (myself included) when dungeons were designed around Ra Dragon and his 144x multiplier when all you had was paltry 25x rainbow cards. However, GungHo has somewhat amended this problem and introduced a top tier farmable leader in Myr along with shifting the meta to heart-crosses and we are currently experiencing a period where MP cards are still strong, but do not reign supreme. Thus, I want to explore the future of the Monster Point System and perhaps speculate what we have in store for us.
The Good, the Bad, and the Dragons?
As with any shift in the game meta, the Monster Point system had its’ fair share of ups and downs and I just want to briefly summarize what I think worked and what could be improved upon.
The Monster Point System was originally introduced to help alleviate the frustration of rolling duplicate monsters by providing a collateral benefit in the form of a spendable currency. Amusingly, through Skill Inheritance, many of those now vendored cards could have had potential value, but currently, we now know the dangers of hastily selling less ideal cards. Thus, the MP system is now used to alleviate the pain of numerous duplicate cards in the hopes of one day purchasing a special monster.
Overall, this system does work and you can expect to gain about 1,000 MP per magic stone spent in the REM (perhaps more now with the advent of 4x GFE) and you could in theory purchase a powerful monster for 300 stones. However, not everyone has that many stones to spare and GungHo has introduced farmable (albeit somewhat time consuming) methods to acquire Monster Points through Mythic Plus Rogue descends, PreDRA Infestation, or passively playing coop. This is fantastic as it gives you the opportunity to farm and acquire a powerful prize after a modest period of time. In theory, we gain 480 stamina per day and each Mythic Rogue costs 25 to enter. Thus, you can (excluding rank ups), gain 500*19 = 9,500 Monster Points per day. For simplicity sake, let’s round up as you will be ranking up (probably very frequently) to 10,000. Thus, you can feasibly farm a 300,000 card in a month if you are truly dedicated.
What needs improvement
When the Monster Point Dragons were first released, there was too big of a gap in Powercreep as Ra and Yomi Dragon simply overpowered the current content and this was a mistake in my opinion by GungHo. Every game needs a certain amount of powercreep to keep it interesting and help players progress; however, when you release a card that deals outrageously more damage than the other available leaders and can heal, there is a problem. This somewhat forced GungHo to quickly ramp up the difficulty of the new dungeons to make it challenging for these leaders. Unfortunately, what used to be strong struggled and it became too much of a Pay-to-Win game.
Thankfully, things began to settle down, but then game the wave of Xiang Mei hype alongside Skill Inheritance. This created a new and powerful team which was amusingly short lived as the heart-cross meta came out soon after. The heart-cross mechanic is now the most powerful ability in the game as it combines damage and durability. Ironically, Monster Point cards are no longer the top top tier leaders.
To spend or not to spend?
First off, you should never spend Monster Points on non-Monster Point cards. The only exception I could make to this hard-fast rule is if it would complete your first Awoken Evolution for a leader who would instantly propel your game progression. If this is the case, you would be able to farm countless more rewards and this would justify the small purchase.
However, one of my most frequently asked questions from my readers is “what MP card should I buy?” The simplest two answers are either purchase the most synergistic card right now or wait until the next wave of cards are released.
When to purchase now
Due to the potential foreshadowing of GungHo releasing a 500k Beach Myr a month or two ago, it may be an indication that future cards will be the same price and power/value. The current MP cards are strong, but no where near as dominant as before. Thus, I would only encourage the purchase of an existing MP card if you have the ideal team for them (outside of Ragnarok Dragon who is a sub and is arguably the best one at the moment). For example, if you were thinking of buying Xiang Mei , you should only do so if you love the playstyle she offers along with owning numerous Uriels and a Gadius . Her ideal team does demand multiple dupes; however, you can still clear lots of content with one. For a full comparison of all the Four Gentlemen, please refer to my other guide HERE.
Puzzle and Dragons is a progression based game and if purchasing an existing MP card will significantly improve your progression, it is worthwhile provided you have the core team ready to go. We do not know what the next wave of MP cards will be (nor their price) and if you have no perfect card that will not improve your current position, you should be patient and not purchase now. I will use myself as an example, I have over 500k Monster Points from coop farming and I have no interest in purchasing any MP card as it will not be able to surpass my Myr team in terms of level of progression (can clear Arena 3 etc.). Thus, even if I had an ideal team for someone, I would not purchase as I will not be improving my current position and ability to clear content.
Newer players can still reap great benefits from the current MP cards as they will most likely be stronger leads than their existing monsters.
GungHo is always mysterious when planning new content as they tend to not leak teasers and instead release the final product. As such, we have no way of knowing what will be the next hot trend. They already tried Jammers and that never caught on. Heart-crosses are pretty Myraculous and it is hard to say what could top them. But rest assured, there will either be a new mechanic or they will finally begin releasing amazing subs for those heart-cross leads. Either way, it will pay to be patient.
Monster Points are a wonderful way to help soften the sadness that can come with rolling numerous dupes. By introducing high end leaders, it helps newer players bridge the gap between mid and end game content, but will be challenging to break into true end game without perfect teams. If you are able to acquire 300,000 points at this time, you should think carefully if it can actually propel your game forward before purchasing.
Let me know what you think about my thoughts and these types of posts.