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I am Mantastic and Fantastic. I often play with myself, write guides, and make bad puns. Happy Puzzling!

Thoughts on Upcoming Springtime Sonnets Event & 4x Technical Dungeon EXP

Introduction

The Springtime Sonnets event comes this Friday and is dramatically different than previous events as there are no Skill Up bonus rates and instead, we are given new bonuses that have never been seen before in NA/EU.

There are quite a few places you can spend your stamina and I wish to highlight the areas where I feel are most important while providing insight on how to best manage the 4x EXP in Technical Dungeons.

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Titania Descended

Titania  is going to be the second farmable monster that can be successfully inherited. This has great applications from both a pseudo SDR protection (28 turn CD when unskilled) along with granting all players access to a Gemstone-style active skill.

Titania is able to provide 1.15x ATK for every Enhanced Wood Orb & +light orb on your team. Thus, her multiplier formula becomes 1 + (0.15*n) where n = the number of those respective awakenings. Thus, 8 orb enhance awakenings will yield a 1 + (0.15*8) = 2.2x multiplier for 1 turn. Continue reading Thoughts on Upcoming Springtime Sonnets Event & 4x Technical Dungeon EXP

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Ganesha + Goemon Button Farming Kanetsugu Descended

Introduction

Kanetsugu still remains one of the best dungeons to play for plus eggs outside of Star Den. While the All-Attribute restriction was frustrating in the past, it has become significantly more manageable due to Skill Inheritance and we can now button through quite efficiently. While buttoning is wonderful, buttoning with a Ganesha 3071 leader will dramatically improve your experience gains to help shorten the wait times between rank ups.

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Team composition & Strategy

Many of the following cards can be easily interchanged with someone else and you can use Skill Inheritance to fill the gaps. The main requirements are naturally your leaders (Beach Goemon for water coverage), a bind immune defense break on team 1 and Dragon Killer Tsubaki 3260 on team 2. Other than that, you can use different subs that fulfill the same purpose.

This event has Kanetsugu with a No Dupes restriction instead and can make team building significantly easier; however, I will showcase an All-Attributes team for future reference.

Goemon/Ganesha Kanetsugu Descended – 18 Skill Boost
Inherit 3241


Card
B Goemon rodin 3392 3273 Thuban
Red Sonia Set Goemon 3260 3071
Inherit Awoken Archdemon Lucifer
Goemon/Ganesha Kanetsugu Steps
Floor 1 Button rodin
Floor 2 Button 3392
Floor 3 Button 3273
Floor 4 Shiva 3241, Goemon B Goemon
Floor 5 Swipe
Floor 6 Blue Spawn: Laser Awoken Archdemon Lucifer

Wood Spawn: Sonia Red Sonia + Set Set
Floor 7 PASS if wood spawn

Goemon Goemon + Ganesha 3071 (Set Set)

Conclusion

Being able to acquire 5-7 plus eggs per run while collaterally benefiting from 42,785 rank experience is quite wonderful. While Rogue Descends still remain a more lucrative dungeon, Kanetsugu is closing the gap with Ganesha while being much easier to clear.

Happy Puzzling!

Sphinx Tournament Strategy and Guide

Introduction

The Sphinx Ranking Tournament uses the loved/dreaded preset teams. With a preset team, it helps even the playing field as no one can gain an advantage via specific cards or combos. However, it does dramatically cut down on creativity and also results in more “luck” when trying to min-max your score as skyfalls/bad boards will play a massive role in determining how well you place. With this post, I will try my best to help give my readers a slight competitive edge based on my own experience running the dungeon.

In these ranking dungeons, we are scored based on 3 criteria:

  1. Average combos made: 5,000 points per combo
  2. Time Remaining: 500 points per second remaining
  3. Maximum damage: up to 10,000 points if you hit 40 million.

Sample Clear

138,000 score

I improved my score off stream to 0.2% as it is actually a lot easier to simply tunnel and not narrate.

Mantastic commentary

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Your team

Everyone will be using the same team (max skill, max awoken, and +297) and it is important to understand how your leader skill functions along with any combo synergy you may have.

Kaede at a glance

Kaede
Ult Kaede

Dragon / Attacker
Skill Lock Resist Time Extend Skill Boost Time Extend TPA TPA TPA Enhanced Wood Orb Enhanced Wood Orb
6 star base
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Question Orb Arrow Green
Question Orb Arrow Heart
1 turn haste
7 turn CD
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3.5x ATK for 2 wood combos. 4x ATK for 3 wood combos. 2x ATK & 50% damage reduction for a heart cross
64x ATK / 75% damage reduction

Kaede’s Scaling Leader Skill
# wood combos 1 2 3
Multiplier No 12.25x 16x
With Heart Cross No 49x 64x

As you can see, there is a modest multiplier when you do not make a heart cross, but in order to deal lethal damage, you must be able to fully maximize the board in terms of the number of combos made as well as squeezing in as many TPA TPA as possible.

Cards and relevant damage awakenings

Continue reading Sphinx Tournament Strategy and Guide

Saint Patrick’s Festival Godfest Review and Analysis with GFE Tier List

Godfest basics

When making the decision to roll or save your magic stones, you need to determine if the featured pantheons can benefit or complement your teams. Chasing for one specific monster is unwise as you will most likely be disappointed and should ideally have Godfests that overlap with many target cards. Remember all monsters that come out of the REM will qualify for Skill Inheritance so do not be too hasty when selling dupes. For a more detailed team building help, please refer to my Popular Leader’s and their Full Sub List Post which is in the process of being updated. Lastly, to find more information about a specific pantheon or monster, refer to my Master List to better refine your search. If you are considering to purchase any of the Monster Point cards, please refer to my updated Tier List for help and advice.


Introduction

The Saint Patrick’s Festival Godfest marks the debut of the new Three Kingdoms 2 pantheon along with two new GFE, Fujin 3414 and Raijin 3416. All of these cards feature new and unique active skills that add a great deal of dimension and diversity to your Monster Box. All featured pantheon cards will roll out at their standard boosted 3x rates while the GFE will be available at 4x rates. In addition, all rolls will come out with +50 to a random stat and at level 50.

Following the trend of my previous Godfest reviews, I will include a tier list of both the pantheons, GFE, and a list that combines both for each day.

If you wish to read a more thorough analysis of the Three Kingdoms 2 pantheon, please refer to my previous post HERE. A full review of Fujin and Raijin can be found HERE.

One thing you need to be aware of is the lower than perceived rates for the Three Kingdoms 2 pantheon. All the 3K2 cards are 6-star rarity and will slightly harder to acquire than a regular card.

2916 Gala of Flame Silk
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Day 1
Three Kingdoms 2 Angel 1
     Uriel Gabriel Michael Raphael Lucifer
GFE
Red Sonia Blue Sonia Green Sonia Ult Zuoh 3235 Eschamali Scheat Australis
Fenrir Viz Fenrir Ult Tsubaki Ult Sumire Ult Kaede 3233 Baby Satsuki 3268
3372 3370 Sherias Roots Sherias Ronove 2991 2993 2997
Gremory 3414 3416




Day 2
Three Kingdoms 2 Mechanical 1
     3054 3056 3058 3060 3062 
GFE
Kali Dark Kali Sherias Roots Sherias 3370 3372 Ronove 2991
2993 2997 Gremory rodin Blodin Green Odin 3268 Metatron
dtron Urd Skuld ult evo Verd Gadius Typhon Ryune Saria
Sylvie 3414 3416

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Ranking the cards – Pantheons & GFE

As part of my new format for Godfest posts, I will try my best to tier the featured pantheon cards along with GFE and then combine the two to showcase how strong of a day it is to roll. These opinions are my own and take into consideration the card’s value as a leader, sub, inherit, and possibly any niche role they fulfill. In order to rank in the highest tier, the card has to excel in their respective role and cannot feasibly be replaced by anyone else. This can also be thought of as a Best in Slot card and tends to have applications on the top tier teams.

Despite my best to remain neural, there is always the potential for bias and you need to be able to examine a card and determine if it can benefit your unique Monster Box. Continue reading Saint Patrick’s Festival Godfest Review and Analysis with GFE Tier List

Three Kingdoms 2 Review and Analysis

Introduction

The Three Kingdoms 2 (3K2) series is coming to North America on Friday, March 17th and will feature the new locked orb removal mechanic. In order to entice players with new cards, GungHo tends to release new/unique abilities which also helps open up new team building/inheritance possibilities. One nice thing about the 3K2 pantheon is that they are a pantheon and should in theory be easier to obtain.

The Three Kingdoms 2 are all able to transform the board to a 7×6 size and promote pairing with different leaders along with featuring the 7 combo 45 awakening. 7 combo awakening provides 2x damage for that card when hitting 7 or more combos and is a tremendous damage boost overall. While this can be problematic with absorption mechanics, we do have access to Fujin 3414 and is somewhat controllable as you can make the conscious effort to match less combos and pray for no skyfalls.

Unfortunately, due to the fact that these are new cards, they do not have an ultimate evolution and suffer from lower base stats and fewer awakenings, but hopefully their newer aspects help justify these weaknesses.

One thing you need to be aware of is their lower than perceived rates. All the 3K2 cards are 6-star rarity and will be slightly harder to acquire than a regular card.

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Ranking the Three Kingdoms 2

Three Kingdoms 2 – March 15/2017
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Xiahou Don


God / Physical
3,735 HP / 1,643 ATK / 140 RCV
749 Total
TPA TPA Time Extend Skill Lock Resist Skill Boost 45 Continue reading Three Kingdoms 2 Review and Analysis

Fujin & Raijin Review and Analysis

Introduction

Two new 6-star Godfest Exclusives are coming to North America and both push Powercreep to a new level. Every game requires a certain element of Powercreep to keep things interesting, but it should advance at a steady march, not by giant leaps and bounds. While Raijin 3416 is unique and powerful in her own right, she is at least not overwhelming in what she does unlike Fujin 3414.

I liken Fujin’s level of Powercreep to that of a Gemstone Princess (far too powerful in their own right) and dearly hope it does not set  a presedence for future dungeon spawns. With that being said, once you own a Fujin, your PAD life will never be the same again.

GFE Tier List – March 15/2017
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** Not in NA yet 3414 3416 **

download download 3390 Eschamali Ryune Saria 3235 Sherias Roots Gremory
Ronove 3391
download Blue Sonia Urd Skuld ult evo Verd 3372 Sylvie Scheat
2997 Ult Sumire 3260 dtron Australis 2991 Baby Satsuki
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3268 2993 Fenrir Viz
x Sherias Kali Metatron Fenrir

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Fujin

Fujin
3414
God / Attacker
3,418 HP / 1,885 ATK / 130 RCV
762 Total
Time Extend Time Extend Time Extend Skill Boost Skill Boost 45 Continue reading Fujin & Raijin Review and Analysis

Why not to Purely Farm/Grind Rank Experience

Introduction

I have been receiving many questions over the past few months about what is the best way to power-level or grind up rank experience. Truth be told, the best avenues are utilizing Ganesha 3071 paired with either another Ganesha or a stronger multiplier leader and mowing through content. However, the most common place this occurs is Monday Dungeon and this is actually a terrible waste overall. For myself, I have never played dungeons with the sole purpose of Rank Experience outside of the stone acquisition or acquiring the last few points of experience for a rank up.

Each subsequent rank up increases the experience required for the next level and by rushing through, you are losing out on numerous opportunities to develop and actually progress within Puzzle and Dragons.

This article will focus on why purely farming rank experience is a poor investment of your stamina along with the justifications to this stance. While there are some exceptions, it is largely a poor avenue of stamina spending for the average player.

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What is rank farming

Rank farming is essentially what it sounds like: repeatedly playing a dungeon that has an exceptionally high rank experience to stamina ratio. Often times, these dungeons are meant to be fast and easy to play and can help players rank up at an unprecedented rate.

Unfortunately, there are actually many drawbacks to ranking up this fast as you often waste stamina, lose out on actual puzzling skills, losing out on the opportunity to develop your monster box, hitting a wall faster, and the inability to chain rank ups from valuable dungeons. Continue reading Why not to Purely Farm/Grind Rank Experience