Player’s Choice Godfest results have been officially announced and with it comes surprise, excitement, and a what the fujin moment (have to keep this PG-rated).
This article will express my thoughts and reactions to the voted 25 along with comparing it to my previous predictions of the winning line up.
PCGF will feature 5x rates and each card coming out at level 50 in addition to 10x rates for Ney on Day 1 and 10x rates for Yog on Day 2. Finally, this Godfest occurs alongside the +60 Carnival which means all pulls will result in +20 to each stat. Official announcement can be found HERE.
The arrival comes at a wonderful moment as I have just enough time to squeeze out one last article before I pack up my computer and move this weekend.
—video coming soon–
Player’s Choice Godfest October 2017
- Nine 6-star GFE
- Six 6-star Pantheon
- Ten 5-star Pantheon
The actual voted results are not too far off from my own predictions made in my last post:
For comparison, here are the official results from the May 2017 PCGF:
Player’s Choice Godfest May 2017
Despite various shifts in the meta in the past half year or so, many players are still favouring their older teams which is heavily reflected in the inclusion of Sima Yi and Dark Kali . While Dark Athena and Ra Dragon are still capable leaders, they are beginning to falter in newer content due to a much lower damage output compared to current/future options.
However, there is also a strong portion of the playerbase who are actively looking forward to JP as several cards were included that I did not think would make it as their current viablity is low while we wait for future evolutions. Perhaps this can also be attributed to the fact that the players who actually vote/participate in PCGF are those who are more GungHo about this game and do their research. While this is usually a good thing, the main problem is the heavy meta shift towards 6-star GFE and subsequent lower rolling rate.
Finally, the votes are heavily favouring newly released cards. Unfortunately, these tend to be reserved for 6-star Pantheon/GFE.
The following section will include my thoughts on each voted card along with how they fit or plan to fit in the current meta.
I am not surprised that Ney took the number one spot. She has plenty of wonderful things going for her including nearly unlimited flexibility, bind clearing potential, tri-colour board with hearts, dual 7 combo awakenings, and physical attractiveness. All of this is further compounded by the fact that she is the newest GFE released and duplicates are in high demand.
However, many players are looking towards Cotton and Kamimushubi as future powerhouse GFE. While this is a valid concern, this really applies to everything from a Powercreep perspective and is one downside of being 3 months behind JP: any new toy we currently enjoy will look pale by comparison to the newly released cards.
Regardless, Ney is an incredibly powerful card and you can read about her in more detail HERE.
Ney will be featured at 10x rates on Day 1.
Yog comes rolling in at number 2 and unlike Ney, has plenty of staying power in the current meta. It is hard to outdo his 2 light combo explosive damage and is one of the reasons why Cosmic Trinity has become trivialized. While Yog struggles in longer content, he excels in challenging short dungeons where you can strategically plan out active skill usage and Skill Boosts .
Yog(urt) will be featured at 10x rates on Day 2 and just pray you are not lactose intolerant.
Haku continues to remain as the most popular Pantheon monster in the game. This is credited to her beneficial typing, beautiful synergy with Dark Athena and Kushinadahime along with high dependency on duplicates. It is hard to find fault in Haku and I strongly believe she will continue to remain relevant for the foreseeable future.
Diaochan is a 6-star Pantheon card which means she will have similar rolling rates to 5-star GFE (which are not featured). While the actual need to own Diaochan has been diminished through Anubis / Diablos pairings, she is still instrumental for double Anubis teams. Furthermore, the fact that you need 2 to truly shine helps bolster her ranking and desirability. It’s either that or the tasteful sideboob.
Anubis is arguably one of the strongest leaders in the game and has had his consistency raised through Diablos and 7×6 boards. Anubis offers unparalleled explosive damage (outside of Yog) and his main hurdle is finding enough Time Extends /comboing skills and hitting 8+ combos every turn. Only drawback I can see is his relatively low use as a duplicate.
Fujin is still your most universal damage absorb void active and will most likely remain relevant for the foreseeable future. Fujin is able to trivialize what were sometimes the most challenging spawns in the game but just be aware that she will only counter absorption mechanics and not damage voids.
Ameno is a mouthful to type but has steadily risen in popularity over the past few months. I feel this is largely attributed to their ability to trivialize Arena 3, but a huge boost to their power was through the Final Fantasy Pixel evolutions.
The Pixel Evolutions grant us the Box awakening which enables that particular card to ignore damage void (different from Fujin) mechanics. This has tremendous relevance against the Radar Dragon and Azathoth (in Cosmic Trinity) and thankfully the strongest Pixel evolutions can be found on Light cards.
As a result, Ameno is able to provide consistent but controllable damage along with easy access to counters against popular spawns.
I am a little surprised to see Tachibana this high up on the voting list (was still one of my predicted cards) but regardless, their flexibility in either a powerhouse sub or inherit helps them solidify their spot in the current meta. Dual 7 Combo is still relatively rare and Tachibana also has the ability to pair with Sakuya to form a reasonably potent 7×6 team.
Indra is hands down the best shielding option in the game. While his awoken form is crucial on many combo teams, you want to keep him unevolved if planning to inherit for the extra turn of shielding.
You can never have too many Indras.
Kushinadahime is another powerful combo-based leader who can have her prowess augmented through Diablos pairings. Her main strength is innate tankiness through an HP multiplier and naturally high RCV from healers along with perfect damage control. However, this comes at the price of much lower damage compared to Anubis along with slightly more restrictive team building options.
Unfortunately, the need to have perfect damage control is somewhat gone through Fujin-style actives, Follow Up Attack , and Box awakenings. Thus, the lack of skyfalls can be somewhat of a burden as you can no longer surprise yourself with additional damage.
Skuld is the only current Follow Up Attack card featured (pending Paimon and Ryune evolutions) in this PCGF which surprises me. Perhaps this can be attributed to the higher hit rates of Urd and Verdandi and the possibility of players already owning enough of them. Regardless, Skuld is a fantastic option as she is able to produce a tri-elemental board with hearts to help form her column along with dual 7 Combo awakenings.
Ganesha remains the only leader who can augment your rank experience gained after a battle and will remain desirable until other options are created. Increasing your rank experience gained can help you chain rank ups or control when your stamina is refilled and is invaluable when navigating the higher ranks.
Thus, I strongly advise you to keep him in his non-awoken form unless you have a duplicate.
In addition, Ganesha is able to provide 1 turn of damage immunity and has the option of either orb unlock or full board enhance which can dramatically improve your farming adventures.
Ilm has steadily risen in popularity through the introduction of Ranking Tournaments favouring 7×6 boards and bi-colour actives along with Yog. These are the largest driving factors in Ilm’s viability and you will want to have duplicates.
Oichi may seem strange at first glance as her leader skill prevents you from matching 3 connected orbs along with mono-wood teams being less viable at this point in time. However, Oichi is actually capable of forming a Cosmic Trinity carry team as you can budget an active skill each turn to unleash her explosive damage. Finally, her active skill has amazing value on wood and dark teams such as Anubis and Kushinadahime teams.
North America is still quite invested in Dark Athena and the inclusion of Sima Yi confirms it. However, I largely view him as an inferior Haku and is clogging up a valuable vote slot while also being more rare. With that being said, perhaps players are after him for the orb unlocking option, but this is still a hefty price to pay for a situational active skill (I also do not believe the popular Dark Athena content features heavy orb locking).
I am a little surprised Raphael made the cut but this could be attributed to his relatively new awoken evolution. Raphael has a unique active skill as he can either produce a full board of heart plus 2 turns of 100% damage reduction or 1 turn of 100% damage reduction plus 30% max HP heal every turn for 3 turns.
Both options are amazingly valuable in certain farming set ups as you are able to cheat death and potentially combo the full board of hearts with a heart-breaker. However, I am not completely sold his inclusion in PCGF as the long cooldown makes it challenging to feasibly inherit on your team but the fact that he is a 5-star Pantheon and hard to replicate can be justifiable.
However, many players are eagerly eyeing his Awoken form’s leadership potential as he is able to form a No-Skyfall leader who can utilize full board changers. Furthermore, unlike Dark Metatron , Raphael can pair with anyone and does not have a HP-clause. Just be aware that you must use full board changers.
Liu Bei has reigned as the most accessible farming leader through the farmable nature of Zeus Dios and Tengu . Together, you are able to form a team that can quickly clear plenty of content along with having sufficient Skill Boosts to bring utility actives as needed.
However, the future Pixel Brachys can form a 100x team when connecting 9 wood orbs while also being able to capitalize on the Box awakening. This comes at the cost of one less Skill Boost and no bind immunity, but is also farmable.
Dark Kali has long reigned as a popular card due to the previous power of Ra Dragon . However, Ra Dragon’s ability to clear new content is steadily diminishing as his lack of flexibility makes it challenging to address all the new mechanics. Thus, I feel that unless Dark Kali gains a new and exciting evolution (or Ra Dragon does), we will not be seeing her in the next PCGF.
I had initially predicted Inahime would make the cut instead of Nene but perhaps the allure of Blue Hunter sub is too strong. The main upside I can see for Inahime is their ability to form a stronger Cosmic Trinity carry team due to the accessibility to Tsubaki (Oichi has Mito ) and natural 9x through Killer awakenings. While both Oichi and Inahime are lesser options compared to Yog, they may be more achievable for the average player.
The main reason I did not include Paimon on my prediction list is that he does not have much viability at this exact point in time. I am well aware that he gains tremendous value in his future evolution and can act as your Light Follow Up Attack card. On that same train of thought, I felt that Saria would have been included as she currently has more value at this point in time (along with a powerful future evolution).
However, Paimon has amazing base HP and the shorter base cooldown can be crucial for inheriting new utility.
How did this actually happen? Are players hoping to gain Hino to farm stones from Tri-Monster Challenge Mode for more stones to roll more in PCGF? Hino has minimal value in this current meta and I do not really foresee him gaining more relevance anytime soon. However, as pointed out by one of my longtime readers, Hino was the very first option on the voting list so it is the first option people see.
Yomi is an unusual vote for PCGF and I can think of 2 scenarios where players would use them:
Neither scenario is an ideal one as Yomi can be replaced for better options for the most part. What further compounds the problem is that Yomi has a modestly long base cooldown which makes it challenging to inherit something beneficial over top.
Orochi is the best delay option available (outside of perhaps Dark Athena but spending 750,000 MP for an inherit is another story) as you can customize either Awoken or non-awoken for varying lengths of delay and cooldown. In addition, Orochi makes a potent sub for his naturally high HP and massive TPA potential.
Ryune has competition with Skuld as a water Follow Up Attack option (with future evolution) but the inclusion of haste and purple instead of wood orbs can make her a more appealing option in some scenarios. In fact, the water and dark orbs can help Ryune act as a fantastic Dark Athena inherit.
However, with the future release of her split evolution, Ryune is able to make a wonderful Meridionalis pairing that can provide a shielding component and is not restricted to Gods like Neptune Dragon .
Comparing my predictions
I made predictions of who I thought was going to be in the top 25 in my previous post and while I am surprised by some of the final results, some of my predictions were less solid in my own mind.
Of these 25, I missed 7 from the actual voting results.
I had placed Saria as one of the potential top 25 due to her current viability and future evolution; however, she was eclipsed by the 6-star GFE Paimon. Perhaps this is a collateral drawback of being a 5-star GFE: you probably have enough of her already to not want any more.
Inahime being excluded is the largest surprise to me considering Hino was voted in. Seriously, even though Inahime is a 6-star Pantheon, I would rather have them included over Hino who has minimal value.
Isis was included partially for Ra Dragon, but mostly for Blue Hunter bind clearing options. Blue Hunter is vulnerable to binds and having a flexible card like Isis can make a world of a difference. However, maybe everyone is simply banking on rolling Ney or Isis is old enough to be owned by the majority of the player base.
This Player’s Choice Godfest is the most 6-star heavy to date. There are only ten 5-star Pantheon cards featured (with some being highly questionable) and the rest being 6-star Pantheon or GFE. This will result in lower overall rolling rates as each card is not weighted evenly. However, this really could not be really avoided as 6-stars are just too in demand at this point in time. I personally yearn for 5-star Pantheon/GFE to regain relevance but even looking forward 3 months to Japan does not look good as a new wave of powerful 6-star GFE are on the horizon.
Let me know what you think about this Player’s Choice Godfest and whether or not you plan on rolling.
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