The Monster Exchange Survey has come to a close and Cotton has been crowned the winner for North America. For the most part, these types of surveys are problematic because only a single winner can be chosen and it would not surprise me if Cotton had 15% of the total votes as there were 39 different cards to choose from.
The Monster Exchange Survey is different compared to the previous event where the selected card was available for 1,000,000 Monster Points as Rainbow Event Medals will be the primary currency used.
This article will summarize Cotton’s value along with my thoughts on why she was voted for the second time in a row.
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Monster Survey format
Due to the fact that the Monster Survey can only have one winner and the voting pool consists of 39 different cards, it would not be surprising if Cotton had the majority of a minority.
With this in mind, no single card can please everyone and simply opens up the door to mass disappointment. As such, internet bashing those who wanted Cotton is quite juvenile and our voting process did align with the Korean server who has a similar lack of Collabs as we do.
Comparing the top tier meta of North America to Japan is misleading due to the fact that Japan has significantly more cards to work with along with numerous Collab-exclusive leads. As such, their choice of Zela makes more sense as she has more places to be used on.
How to acquire Cotton
Cotton will be available from the Monster Exchange for 4 Black Event Medals until May 19th. These Black Event Medals are also acquired via the Monster Exchange and cost 5 Rainbow Event Medals to acquire, thus her total cost is 20 Rainbow Event Medals. One can use other 6-star GFE as replacement for a Black Event Medal but this is a bad idea overall.
Why did Cotton win?
Despite the fact that Cotton was the winner of a previous survey, this occurred over a year ago and it is my guess that the average North American player is not exceptionally progressed. In fact, if we follow a similar trend to the JP player base, our the most common rank of a given player is in the 100-400 bracket (information based on JP 7th year anniversary stats) and accounts for over half the player base
A rank 400 player has a strong likelihood of being under 1.5 years old which means they were either not playing during the previous event or could not afford 1 million Monster Points. Furthermore, there is also a strong possibility that the average player has an underdeveloped box and less options to play around with.
With this in mind, voting for Cotton makes sense for them as she is one of the most flexible cards in the game due to her 6 distinct forms, powerful awakenings, and low base cooldown. While she may not e the single best choice for any given team, she still functions as one of the better FUA cards available.
In essence, a combination of 39 possible candidates, what I prsume to be the average player being lower rank/less developed box, and universal flexibility most likely resulted in Cotton winning.
Uses for Cotton
Cotton is one of the most flexible cards in the game due to the fact that she has 6 distinct forms and comes with all the possible colours being represented. Thus, there is a strong likelihood she can be used on several of your teams.
For the most part, Cotton will be a stellar sub due to her awakenings, low base cooldown, and reasonably high weighted stats. As such, it comes down to finding where to best use her. With that being said, if you do find yourself not needing your Cotton any more due to acquiring a stronger card for that colour, you can reverse her evolution and choose a new path.
I have no use for Cotton, what do I do?
More developed Boxes may not have a need to use Cotton due to owning viable replacements for their respective teams. While this may feel frustrating as you may not be able to take full advantage of this event, having another 6-star GFE for “free” is always a good thing.
With the conclusion of the REMDra Ranking Dungeons, top scoring players received 14 Rainbow Event Medals which is 70% of Cotton’s cost. Furthermore, there is a strong likelihood that more Rainbow Event Medals have been earned in the past with no ideal place to use them.
If you read my Rainbow Event Medal article, I concluded that we do not have any truly amazing places to spend them outside of Odysseus who only cost 4 to acquire. As such, the cost of 20 may not be too outrageous. Furthermore, Cotton is only available for a limited time, Odysseus will always be there. Thus, if you are sitting on 20 Rainbow Event Medals, trading for Cotton would still be a good idea as you will earn more over time.
At the very worst, we have a “free” 6-star GFE to use as Trade Fodder for 5/6-stone Collab events.
Cotton will be available from the Monster Exchange until May 19th and it would be wise to acquire her even if one has no current use for her. Her ability to be used on most teams due to her 6 distinct forms gives her tremendous flexibility and is probably the main reason why she was the North American and Korean winner.
Even if you do not foresee yourself using Cotton now, it is still best to acquire her as she can at least be used as Trade Fodder in 5/6-stone Collabs.
Let me know what you think about Cotton winning and what you plan to do with her.
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