The Player’s Choice Godfest (PCGF) will return to North America with voting already underway. Historically, this event was one of the most exciting times for Puzzles and Dragons due to the lower frequency/potency of Collab/Seasonal Rare Egg Machines. As such, players were able to have a line up that featured their favourite cards who represented the majority of strong monsters at the time.
Sadly, the landscape of PAD has dramatically shifted due to the almost mandatory inclusion of Collab/Seasonal cards and this makes rolling that much harder as all your favourite stuff is never in the same machine (possible exception are some Seasonal Godfests).
With that being said, there are still numerous strong cards that can be acquired through a Player’s Choice Godfest along with the voting not requiring Facebook as it now done in-game along with players voting three times in different categories.
This article will share the process for which we can vote along with my predictions/cards I feel are relevant at this point in time.
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In the past, Player’s Choice Godfests had all possible cards lumped into a single pool and players would naturally select the cards they did not own. In this case it was often 6/7* GFE which would inevitably have worse rolling rates to compensate for their power.
As such, older PCGF could result in as a “trapfest” as the rolling rates while never disclosed were poorly skewed towards Pantheons.
During December 2018’s PCGF, we had 25 GFE and 25 Pantheon cards featured that rotated between two line ups due for a Part 1 & 2 style event.
This time, players can directly vote within the game instead of using Facebook along with the votes being split into three distinct categories: 7* GFE, 6* GFE, and Pantheon/God series. These will then be totaled up to create a roster of the top 25 Godfest Exclusives and 40 Pantheon cards.
This should result in a similarly pleasant distribution of rolling a GFE vs rolling a Pantheon (around 1/3 chance), but having 40 Pantheon cards being represented is far less ideal. This is because so few Pantheon cards are actually valuable and it will be that much harder to actually roll the few that are truly wanted.
Who do vote for?
This is an incredibly loaded question and there is no correct answer as everyone has different Monster Boxes, goals, and desires which makes it impossible to create a blanket statement that will make everyone happy.
With this in mind, voting for who you want the most is technically never a wrong answer as that is who you will be happiest with.
On a different note, the concept of strategic voting may be valuable as it will have you voting for cards that are powerful who are less likely to make it in. This is because the truly popular cards are much more likely to be voted in any way which may make your vote “go to waste.”
With that being said, I want to explore cards who are stronger at this point in time who would make fine additions to most Monster Boxes.
God series / Pantheon cards
The 2019 PCGF will feature 40 cards from the God series / Pantheon cards and is a step back overall. This is because last year only featured 25 and even then, I do not foresee 25 cards in this category being truly desired with 40 “winners” clogging up the machine. This will inevitably lead to lower rolling rates among the Pantheon cards and will make it much harder to actually snipe the few you actually want. The following cards may not be an exhaustive list and if I have overlooked anyone, please let me know in the comments down below.
At this point in time, Diaochan is arguably the best Pantheon card to own due to her Super Blind , 2-4 SB , valuable active, and ability to be used on a wide variety of top tier teams. On the other hand, Sun Quan will become significantly more desirable when Draconic Orchestra returns and Minaka becomes available. This is because Sun Quan can also provide Super Blind along with Tape via Super Awakenings. As a result, players can save significant resources for team building as he naturally addresses two types of mechanics on his own.
Moving beyond these two, the rest of the Three Kingdoms 2 Pantheon (same one as Diaochan) has their cards feature either Super Blind , Poison , or Jammer Resist but all feature numerous TPA which are less ideal at this point in time along with a tri elemental board changer. With that being said, being able to fully Resist a dangerous mechanic can be valuable as it is equivalent to 5 awakenings.
If mono Water teams are important to you, I&I can be a valuable asset for Burst and as a way to overwrite RCV debuffs. On the other hand, Mori Motonari can be used for his bicolour 2 Haste active which has may have applications for future Ranking Dungeons.
Gilgamesh is a Fujin-style active that also produces a column of Fire orbs which can be invaluable for mono Fire teams. On the other hand, Horus is a popular Ranking Dungeon solution due to their low cooldown, 3 Skill Boosts and Guard Break . Furthermore, Brigid functions as a strong Machine Killing option. Another card to consider is Amaterasu who in her lower evolved forms provides a 100% heal which can be valuable for Ranking Dungeons with Zeus Verse .
The entire Samurai Series 3 features much newer cards who lack additional evolutions which means they also have the potential to become significantly stronger down the road. With this in mind, it would actually be quite beneficial to have all 5 voted in simply because they are newer and also much less likely players already own them.
Finally, cards with Super Reincarnated evolutions are high investment options but are reasonably strong. For instance, Bastet is a potent Wood leader, Haku can deal meaningful TPA damage, and Orochi can function as a Delay option and HP stick.
This above options are some of the more valuable Pantheon cards I can think of and it is possible that other exist. With that being said, I only listed 22 cards and a total of 40 will be included which is saddening to say the least. On the bright side, there is a chance Hino will not be included as he was the default vote in previous years.
The 6-star GFE category has gone down in value over time simply because 7-stars were introduced. As a result, many have lost their edge but with that being said, they can still meaningfully contribute to your Monster Box. Based on the fact that 25 GFE will be included, 12 or 13 from each category should be included.
At this point in time, Fenrir Viz has the most value due to how his 1-turn Skyfall active can overwrite Poison Skyfall debuffs while also providing Cloud Resist . This saves an inherit slot and his short cooldown means he can also inherit something of your choice that you actually want to use.
While she has been outclassed by other leaders, Dark Metatron is still capable of clearing the majority of content. On the other hand, Baldin , Blue Odin , and Red Odin are potent VDP monsters whereas Dark Kali provides 4 Skill Boosts and triple 7 Combo .
The 7-star Godfest Exclusive category will be where the majority of prize cards can be found which is not surprising due to their rarity. Furthermore, these cards are significantly newer relatively speaking which also lowers the chances of players already owning them.
Presently speaking, Ina is the strongest leader available from this category due to her build in Follow Up Damage and several leader pairings. With that being said, players technically do not need to own one as they can pair with her but at the same time, she will most likely have the most staying power moving forward.
After Ina, Shelling Ford will also be a desirable prize as he has the ability to Void Damage Voids which ignores this mechanic which greatly aids Rainbow teams along with being a newer card fewer players own. On the other hand, Zela is still a strong mono Wood option along with Veroah being a powerful option. With Veroah you can augment your Event Medal farming along with having flexibility as a sub on mono Dark teams.
In essence, I feel there are very few “bad” 7* GFE players can choose from and for myself, just acquiring one I have never got in the past would be a blessing.
The upcoming Player’s Choice Godfest has improved upon the voting process and by separating cards by category helps provide a more fair representation of the most desirable cards.
Unfortunately, including 40 total Pantheon/God cards is distressing as players would be better served with half that number being present as it will be that much harder to actually get a Pantheon card you want.
With that being said, let me know who you voted for along with the rationale behind your decisions.
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