The “hot” topic of the month is Monster Point cards and which one to buy. I created a helpful reference guide and tier list (which can be found HERE and generally speaking, you can simply go down the tier list until you find a card that best fits your box); however, I felt that showcasing what I am doing along with my rationale behind my decision may be beneficial for people to see.
I want to stress that my decisions are the best for myself and my own situation and may not apply to everyone. What you should try and take away from here is the thought process behind the decisions and try to see if you undergo a similar method for coming to your own conclusions.
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My purchase history
When Yomi Dragon was first released, she caused quite a stir as she was one of the most universally accessible and powerful leaders at the time along with providing wonderful utility as a sub. As such, I decided to make the investment as I had a modestly diverse dark box and the potential to clear more content with her. You could read more about my initial purchase from a year ago HERE.
This new evolution enables her to achieve 81x ATK and 4x RCV with only a single 5o1e combo. This is quite phenomenal as you are able to quickly clear through high level content including a speedy 12-minute Arena 1 clear:
Now, not every run will be this fast as certain spawn such as the first floor blue ninja, Dark Shieldras, Sopdet, Parvati/Hino, and Dark absorbing Zaerog dramatically increase clear times. However, even with those hurdles, I have never taken more than 18 minutes with un-ideal spawns.
Now, many people may feel that quickly farming Arena 1 is not worthy of 300,000 Monster Points, but in actuality, it is a great asset to have as you can quickly rank yourself up along with having a limitless supply of Py.
Despite the amazing Arena 1 potential, Yomi Dragon is actually capable of tackling end game content and with only a few slight tweaks to my team, I feel that she should be able to clear Arena 3 with modest consistency (will try this weekend) along with being an amazing sub on virtually any dark team.
The only time I would recommend someone to not buy Yomi Dragon is if they have the potential to make a reasonable Dark Athena team as she is simply the stronger choice.
Current Monster Point Situation
Yomi Dragon was my first and only Monster Point card and have simply been saving and hoarding ever since. I was mostly waiting for both a more developed box (mostly hoping I could pull a single Dark Kali or Kanna for Ra Dragon) or new cards to be released/new evolutions. There is no justifiable reason one should ever rush their decision making process as this is a considerable investment despite the fact how much easier MP is to acquire.
Presently speaking, I am at 840,000+ Monster Points on both accounts with all the free gifts and various challenge/ranking dungeon rewards still unclaimed in my mailbox.
Combining all the unclaimed MP in my mailbox will probably put me close to 1 million and will enable me to purchase Dark Athena with plenty to spare.
Dark Athena is simply an amazing card and I would be thoroughly disappointed and impressed if they did not bring her to North America/EU. It makes no financial sense to not bring her state-side as she will most certainly cause players to heavily liquidate their boxes to purchase (something I do not recommend).
If this is going to be your first Monster Point purchase, Dark Athena is generally the safest/most desirable option provided you can field a reasonably competent team for her.
Thus, the question for me is what do I pursue after Dark Athena.
What to purchase after Dark Athena?
There is a certain degree of opportunity cost involved with Monster Point cards in Puzzle and Dragons. For the most part, cards tend to be the strongest at the time of their release as they are as well positioned against Powercreep. Of course, you should never rush a purchase if you are missing cards to feasibly run their team.
For myself, I am still unable to efficiently run Ra Dragon as I am still missing both the Dark Kalis and Kanna. Thus, I need to try and determine what I want/value most moving forward.
With the future acquisition of Dark Athena, I would have another end-game team at my disposal as she joins the ranks of Myr , Meridionalis , and possibly Yomi Dragon . As such, I do not really have a need for another high-end team and Odin Dragon has debatable viability when compared to those other four.
Shiva Dragon is one of the fastest teams available for longer dungeons and while I do have Yomi Dragon for Arena 1, Shiva would be marginally faster due to only requiring 4 vs 5 orbs. However, the main draw for Shiva Dragon is the prospect of acquiring Crowns in future ranking tournaments.
Shiva Dragon dominated the earlier tournaments and I do feel a sense of regret not purchasing him upon release as I could have probably had a Gold crown by now. Presently speaking, Shiva Dragon has not dominated a ranking tournament for a long time due to the release of more leaders and somewhat falling behind with only 25x ATK. However, with his soon to be released evolution (next week), he will gain a third TPA , 39x ATK, and access to more subs as more cards are starting to gain God typing with their Reincarnated evolutions.
Shiva Dragon will once again begin to shine in Ranking Tournaments if we gain the ones with around 10 floors as pure speed is most important. This ties beautifully with his non-orb hungry nature as you simply require a set of 4 fire orbs to sweep the majority of content.
At this point in the game, I do not really foresee my rolling luck dramatically improving in which I roll three 6* GFE for Ra Dragon (and the inherits). In addition, I can already clear all the content in the game without too much difficulty and mostly what is left now is to improve my ego flower with additional Crowns.
Pulling the trigger
After writing all of this, I decided to pull the trigger now on Shiva Dragon to both alleviate box space (so many evolution materials ), but to also be adequately prepared for his new evolution release date. While an appropriate ranking dungeon may not appear for a month or two, I also do not want to take the chance Shiva Dragon is unavailable when it rolls around. Furthermore, I am able to immediately take advantage of Shiva Dragon and truly benefit from him before Powercreep sinks in.
Mantastic will follow in the YouTube video.
Let me know what you plan on purchasing with your Monster Points and let me know your thought process/justification for it.
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