The past several months have been exceptionally generous in terms of log in bonuses and limited time challenges. As a result, it is not unusual for some players to currently have several hundred Magic Stones.
In my 1,944 days of playing Puzzle and Dragons, I have never been able to amass this amount of Magic Stones (previous record was low 200’s after saving for 7-8 months a few years ago) and the temptation to spend them is always there.
Thankfully, I do have a certain degree of willpower and have decided to not roll until the next wave of Powercreep arrives.
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Powercreep is the notion that new content will be stronger compared to our currently available options. For the most part, Powercreep has not been advancing at too fast of a pace but one can always see noticeably stronger cards if looking back 1 year at a time.
In the past, Puzzle and Dragons did a poor job of controlling the pace of Powercreep which was first first exemplified by Ra Dragon (144x ATK vs 25-36x ATK for other Rainbow Leaders) but was then promptly trumped by the Heart Cross Meta.
The Heart Cross meta essentially invalidated most other leaders at the time as it was able to build mono colour teams that could survive all incoming attacks along with having sufficient damage to sweep all content at that time. Thankfully, we had access to the farmable Myr which gave all players a chance to clear content but did somewhat force GungHo’s hand to create harder dungeons or dungeons to counter this mechanic.
High effective HP
Fast forward to today and we are now in an era where high effective HP teams reign supreme. This is because it has become more important to actually survive incoming attacks as we are now facing outrageously large preemptives along with terrifying move sets.
Looking at the new Alt Arena 2 (AA2), players face an outrageous 162,444 preemptive on Floor 2 which will either force us into doing coop or having enough Skill Boosts to have a shield ready in time. As such, having a team who can naturally tank this hit becomes invaluable. On the other hand, there are several spawns in AA2 and Arena 5 that feature a 99% gravity followed immediately by a large attack. This combo will kill any team that does not have some form of damage reduction and greatly endangers 4x HP teams as they rarely bring damage reduction.
While damage output is important, it has become somewhat less mandatory due to the fact that we have access to large personal damage from subs (multiple 7 Combos , Killers, Latents, high weighted stats) that can essentially sweep most floors without active skill intervention. This is the reason why “low” ATK multiplier teams like Vraska and Beach Barbara & Julie teams can function with 144x ATK.
Taking all of the above points into consideration, it is not surprising that Dark Metatron is arguably the best leader in the game for North America. She has 225x ATK, 4x HP along with 43.75% Damage Reduction. This enables her to deal wonderful amounts of damage along with being able to survive all preemptives and gravity+attack move sets.
Why I am saving my Magic Stones
At this point in time, I have a strong Dark Metatron team on both my accounts and have been able to clear all content currently available. As such, there is no true need for me to actually roll the REM as I would be acquiring cards that are possibly nice, but not going to advance my progress further.
While it is possible to improve my Dark Metatron teams, they are quite solid overall and would not be truly needed in the grand scheme of things.
Keeping up with Powercreep
The best way to keep up with Powercreep is to save Magic Stones and then heavily pull when the next big thing is released. Assuming that card is acquired, one should stop and begin saving again.
In essence, you are trying to acquire the top tier card upon release and ride that wave of power until something new and significantly better is released (key word is significantly).
Assuming you have what is considered top tier already, if you are continuously rolling in every event you are at best acquiring side-grades and will find yourself out of Magic Stones when something much better is released.
Taking all of the above points into consideration, I am simply waiting for the next wave of Powercreep in order improve my Monster Box as at this point in time, the vast majority of events are simply side-grades. While one may argue that I could be rolling in high rate Godfests to acquire Trade Fodder, I could still do that in the future and Godfests several months from now may be even better compared to what we are experiencing.
Furthermore, all players will be receiving 28 free Godfest rolls during the month of February and it would be unlikely to not actually roll a GFE.
GungHo has been wonderfully generous with the number of Magic Stones being given out these past several months which has resulted in many players possibly having several hundred saved up.
For myself, I plan to continue hoarding my Magic Stones and wait for new cards to be released that eclipse our current available options. This waiting game is the best way to keep up with Powercreep would recommend this to any player who is currently sitting at end game content with top tier teams.
Let me know what you think about my approach to saving Magic Stones and how do you try to keep up with Powercreep.
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