The PAD Special Event Ranking Dungeon begins on Monday and features a generous 7% Crown along with 20% receiving a Rainbow Event Medal .
This event looks quite exciting overall as it features the return of heavily weighted matching bonuses which will force players to adjust their play style. While this is a non-fixed team event, the 7% threshold combined with the potential for several different approaches should make it an enjoyable tournament overall.
The JP cutoffs were as follows:
Rainbow Event Medal: 116,006
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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
- Matching Bonuses
- Activate specific awakenings to trigger varying bonus points
- Some tournaments will increase the point value for certain awakenings
Special Matching Bonus
Matching Bonus occurs when specific matches are made and are tend to be underwhelming overall. Thankfully, some tournaments will heavily weight certain patterns that will force players to adjust their strategies in order to optimize their scores.
For the PAD Special Event Tournament, the following changes will occur:
- Light Row x10 = 2,000 Points
- TPA x15 = 750 Points
- Guard Break x 2 = 800 Points
- 7×6 boards = -20,000 Points
These changes heavily favour Light rows as one can squeeze in 3 per board for an additional 6,000 Points. Furthermore, each TPA formed will yield 750 Points and should be prioritized second. Finally, matching all 5 colours will grant an additional 800 Points and should only will mostly occur by luck if abusing bicolour boards.
Armed with this knowledge, it is best to bring cards with TPA in the colours you plan on using Bicolours as it will grant collateral points if facing less ideally distributed orbs.
A Light row is still worth more points compared to 2 TPA (also takes up less space) so this should still be your priority.
The -20,000 Points for a 7×6 board combined with the fact that you cannot gain an extra Light row (still maxed out at 3 rows) greatly discourages this approach.
The PAD Special Event Tournament is 8 floors long which means that actives used on Floor 1 have the possibility of being available again for the boss. Furthermore, Floor 3 provides a tri-elemental board (with Light) which means we only effectively need to deal with 7 floors. As such, it is possible to use an active every floor.
A full Dungeon breakdown can be found HERE.
An abbreviated version that lists notable mechanics is shown below. Just note that not all information is present
PAD Special Event Tournament
|1||Locked Light skyfalls
Preemptively changes board to all 5 colours + Hearts
Randonly Bind 1 card
|2||Spawn 3 Poisons|
Generates Wood/Light/Heart board
|5||8 Combo shield (make rows and pray for skyfall or regular combo)|
|6||6 Combo shield
Lock Fire & Wood
|7||Lock all orbs|
Top row to Dark
Bottom row to Hearts
26 Million HP
Do note that there two damaging preemptives which makes it less ideal to run 100% HP sensitive teams.
Teams to use
Due to the fact that this dungeon features 2 resolves and Light Rows are favoured, using FUA becomes impractical and the best approach becomes using Light Vaj paired ideally with Yog . This enables one to ignore Resolve spawns as Light Vaj has built in follow up damage while both leaders activate from 2 Light Combos.
While Yog can be any high damaging leader or match-5 card, it is hard to replace Light Vaj. Thankfully, players only need one of these two as they can pair with a friend for the other leader.
In addition to this, in order to maximize one’s potential, it is best to try and incorporate Guard Break (with full colour coverage) and TPA on as many cards as possible. For the most part, this is less important but will give the highest edge as it enables the most additional points. With that being said, even just having TPA in your primary bicolour boards will add additional points.
Due to the 8-floor nature of this Ranking, it is possible to have an active used early on charge back up in time to be used again. The best type of active for this is a Heart/Dark to Light orb changer as the final floor creates a row of Heart and Dark orbs as a preemptive.
The best way to generate Light orbs is from bi colour board changers that ideally do not have secondary animations unless they are required (eg. Orb Unlock or Haste).
Animation-less examples include, but not limited to Avalon Drake, Ilm, and Sheena.
Putting it all together
The following is a hypothetical team that will have strong success in the PAD Special Event Tournament.
PAD Special Event Tournament – SB Badge
The above team showcases a team that has sufficient Skill Boosts to have all actives ready in time, a single Haste to ensure Apollo comes up for the Boss, two Board unlocks to counter Locked Orbs, and bi colours as remaining actives.
In addition to this, all colours have TPA and can trigger Guard Break to help add additional points.
The inherited no animation bicolours can be whatever you have available while the Bind inherit simply add consistency as it helps dodge Floor 1’s Bind.
Regardless of how close you can replicate this team, the most important thing is Light Rows with everything else being a secondary priority.
What I plan to use
PAD Special Event Tournament – Bind Immune Badge
I only have a Reincarnated Apollo so the Avalon Drake with a Weld inherit covers Wood and TPA in the rare case I actually trigger Guard Break.
I am running two Hastes in order to use the Bind Immune Badge to help mitigate luck on Floor 1.
I lack a Bind Immune inherit so I chose to inherit a Physical Killer inherit on Apollo to help damage cap as there is nothing better to use.
The PAD Special Event Tournament comes with a 7% Crown and 20% Rainbow Event Medal. The emphasis on Light Rows will present players with an interesting play style as it will be more difficult to Crown otherwise.
Let me know what you plan on using for this Ranking Tournament in the comments below along with your score/percentage.
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