In a surprise turn of events, GungHo is releasing King of Fighters Collab across all regions at the same time. This goes against the norm of 2-3 month delay and in theory positions these cards well against Powercreep for NA/EU.
This is because we are used to receiving cards 2-3 months after JP and by having them now, it helps “future-proof” them for a longer time. As a result, these cards are quite powerful along with opening up new opportunities for Monster Box compositions.
At this point in time, puzzledragonx does not have the cards on their database which makes it challenging for me to make a review as I rely on their information and icons to do so.
As a result, I made a psuedo-First Impressions video based on GHNA’s Facebook announcement. The information within and the comments section should help give a relative idea of what to expect.
I enjoy the process I have for writing articles but with the padx delay and personal health issues (I have been unable to properly walk let alone stand up since last Sunday and sitting is horribly painful), it has made it challenging to create content.
However, I will try to summerize the key points from the above video as some viewers prefer a written format to consume information.
The King of Fighters Collab only features 5 and 6-star cards which makes it somewhat similar to Dragonbound and Dragon Caller (DBDC) REM. Thus, it would be a reasonably safe to assume the rates could be similar for the two different rarities.
Unfortunately, almost all of the value is focused on the 6-stars while leaving the 5-stars somewhat lagging behind. This can cause strains for newer/budget players as you may have leave empty handed with only a few rolls. The DBDC event had tremendous value at the lowest rarity and was one motivation to heavily roll. As a result, it is harder to push for liberal Magic Stone usage for the average player due to King of Fighters being top-heavy.
Pixel evolutions introduced the Box awakening that enables the owning card to gain bonus damage and ignore Damage Void mechanics. This has led to specialized teams being made to counter various spawns as they can be built around that one card’s unique capabilities and one shot lethal encounters.
However, not all Pixel cards are created equally and arguably require other specific awakenings to shine.
Pixel cards are expected to one shot an opposing boss and must do so on their own as all the other card’s damage will be voided. Thus, the Pixel card needs to have additional damaging awakenings to deal sufficient damage. As a result, it is ideal if they possess any combination of TPA , 7 Combo , and Killer awakenings. All of these can propel their personal damage output and help ensure you sweep the floor.
Sadly, non of the King of Fighter cards have a Pixel evolution with these ideal awakenings and are stronger in their ultimate evolution form.
With that being said, the Pixel forms have amusing animations and icons.
The top prize of the King of Fighters Collab wil be Leona Heidern for her Fujin style active and 4 Killer awakenings. Not only will she help you bypass absorb bosses, she can also provide massive damage against popular spawns as well as owning Skill Charge to help build up her active faster.
Aside from Leona, Kyo Kusanagi will be another amazing card to own for his offensive awakenings and powerful board changer. Presently speaking, only Yog can produce a bi-elemental board with Heart orbs. This results in massive burst damage and healing capabilities. Thus, Kyo is able to perform admirably well with his Fire/Heart board changer that also provides a Fire orb skyfall buff.
The King of Fighters Collab comes as a Christmas miracle for NA/EU players. While the roster is not as flashy as the Dragonbound and Dragon Caller REM, it still has desirable cards at the 6-star rarity.
Unfortunately, the lack of value within the 5-stars may put off many players as they may have used most of their stones in the DBDC event.
Let me know what you think about King of Fighters Collab and if you plan on rolling.
Happy Puzzling and Merry Christmas!
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