The GungHo Collaboration 2 Tournament will go live on Monday September 23 and gives players the opportunity to chase a crown along with Rainbow Event Medal by achieving a high score. Players are ranked based on Combo Count, Time Remaining, Max Damage, and Skill Only Defeat with the top 7% earning a Crown and top 27% earning the Rainbow Event Medal.
This article will explain my thought process for earning a crown along with strategies for maximizing your score as this dungeon features No Assists and essentially no active skills.
Dungeon information can be found HERE.
–video coming soon–
In Ranking Dungeons, players are scored based on the following:
- Each Combo is worth 5,000 points
- Each second remaining is worth 500 points
- Hitting 40 Million damage is 10,000 points
- Each active used to kill a floor (no combo made) is -5,000 points
Due to the fact that the GungHo Collab Tournament is 6 floors, each Combo is quite valuable and is worth pursuing provided it can be formed in a reasonable time frame.
5,000/6= 833.3 points per combo.
This can be greatly amplified via a 7×6 leader as it will provide up to 14 possible combos instead of the regular 10. Due to the fact that there are no Assists and there is a 99 turn skill delay on Floor 1, no active will be used in this dungeon.
No Assists, 99 turn Skill Delay
The GungHo Collab 2 Ranking Dungeon features the No Assist clause which means players will have to rely on their leaders/subs to cover the relevant awakenings. Thankfully, having 100% SBR is not required.
In theory, one will be able to have 5 turns of skills charging up, but that is not enough time to have a relevant active skill come up.
More dungeon information can be fond here.
I have only listed the highest possible HP for each floor.
Leaders to use
Due to the short nature of the dungeon along with no active skills, it is best to run a Combo-based leader paired with a 7×6 card. The Combo leader one chooses to use can greatly vary and stacking 7 Combos and relevant Killers can help ensure each floor is killed. Just remember that Super Awakenings take effect in Ranking Dungeons as they are solo mode.
The best 7×6 leader to use for this dungeon is Diablos as he provides a high ATK multiplier that does not require any specific colours along with a damage reduction shield which may help some teams survive if they elect to use fewer subs.
Ideal Combo leaders are those that do not have a specific colour restriction along with an RCV component as it will enable them to better survive the first or final floor if matching Poison orbs. Base form Ney may be a tempting option as she has a high flat multiplier for DBDC cards along with RCV.
Zeus Verse should not be used due to the fact that you will not have any active skills due to the preempetive Skill Delay along with numerous damaging preemptive strikes.
Subs / awakenings to bring
Assuming one is running a 7×6 leader, having access to Time Extends may be needed depending on individual puzzling skills. Of course one should be trying to match as fast as possible, due to the nature of the 6-floor dungeon, making an additional combo within 1 second is worthwhile. Another thing it remember is that the more of the board one clears at a time, the higher the chance of skyfalls occurring. Having sufficient 7 Combos / Killers can hit damage cap, especially if using fewer subs overall.
With that being said, Poison Resist will be helpful if running 7×6 and one does not plan to rely on Heart Skyfalls Each awakening grants 20% chance to resist and a full list of Poison Resist cards can be found HERE.
Why do some teams have empty sub slots?
Ranking Dungeons are heavily time-based and any form of animation such as Haste, Orb Unlocking, and attacking slows down a run. While some are avoidable such as spawn mechanics, it is up to the player to try and minimize any on their own end. As a result, cards with a sub attribute (assuming both colours are matched) will be ever so slightly slower compared to one without a sub attribute. This notion can be further expanded to not using a sub and leaving they slot empty to not contribute any attack animation.
If you are planning on removing a sub or two, it is best to make sure you have enough damage to actually hit the damage cap along with sufficient movement time to match orbs.
Solo mode badge
While it may sound counterproductive to finishing the run as fast as possible, using Time Extend may be the best option for the solo mode badge. This is because each combo is worth 833.3 points so going out of your way to match more is worthwhile along with more orbs being cleared increasing the chances of skyfalls.
This can be slightly offset by using 1 less sub (losing on potential TE), but the animation time savings may make a small difference.
No Poison Resist Strategy
The best strategy for gaining a high score is to actually let the poison orbs spawn on Floor 1, match them, and pray for a Heart Skyfall. While this does result in many failed attempts, it yields the highest scores due to the fact that those players bring less subs and can make more combos on Floor 1.
The optimal Poison / Wood solve is the following:
On the bright side, a failed Floor 1 results in death so one does not have to click Menu -> Quit.
Just be aware that the Poison orbs only spawn if using a 7×6 leader. 6×5 will result in a full 30 Wood orb board.
Will NA outpace JP?
This is always a challenging question to answer as there are several factors at play. Firstly, NA is able to sometimes use new cards, but will have a feasible team template ready on Day 1 which grants more overall attempts as theory crafting is not required; however, NA tends to lag behind JP when it comes to pure Puzzling skills.
As such, there is a possibility NA will be able to surpass JP due to the extra knowledge of winning team compositions.
The following chart was compiled by Pandaa and shows the JP cutoff for a Crown and 27% for the Rainbow Event Medal:
If the image does not load or is hard to see, the final cutoffs are:
Crown (7%) – 144,008
Rainbow Event Medal (27%) – 121,102
The GungHo 2 Collab Tournament gives players the opportunity to acquire a 7% Crown or Rainbow Event Medal at 27%. As a whole, this Ranking Dungeon will be quite accessible as one does not need to own a 7×6 card and can pair any combo-based leader of their own.
Let me know what you think about this Ranking Tournament in the comments below along with what team composition you plan on running.
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