Category Archives: Collab REM Reviews

New Year REM Review and Analysis – February 2018

Introduction

The New Year’s REM returns just in time for the Lunar New Year and features three new cards while also removing three silver cards. However, there will still be two silvers available along with this Collab being average at best.

With the REM Renewal and disclosed rolling rates, Collabs and Seasonal events have gained increased value due to GungHo not wishing to showcase abysmal rates. Thus, it should be easier to roll the top prizes, but you must also be prepared for the bottom rarity fodder.

As such, the decision of whether to roll or pass should be done based upon your individual box needs, desire to roll the cute artwork, and whether or not the lower rarity cards have merit for you.

As a whole, most of the NY Event is outdated as most of the older cards did not receive any buffs and were already mediocre last year.

Video commentary

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Overview

Cards appear in no particular order within each tier.

New Year REM – February 10, 2018
 8 Star base  2533 2534 
 7 Star base  2537 2536 
 6 Star base  3417 
 5 Star base 3419 2574 LD Hanzo
 4 Star base 3420 2540
New Year REM Rankings – February 10, 2018
S
A  
B 2540 2536  3419 2537
C  2533 2534  3417 LD Hanzo
D 3420 2574
Regardless of card’s ranking, you should always keep it if it is your very first time acquiring them

Continue reading New Year REM Review and Analysis – February 2018

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Monster Hunter Collab – Which Hunters to Make – January 2018

Introduction

The Monster Hunter Collab is in full swing and many players have been happily farming the materials to evolve their new Male and Female Hunters.

Each Hunter has 5 distinct evolutions that attempt to provide diversity for your Monster Box. However, there are a few options that are far superior and should be pursued the vast majority of the time.

This article will outline the strengths, weaknesses, and applications for each Hunter to help you make a more informed decision.

This article will sometimes refer to each Hunter by their primary colour. For example, the Male Hunter with the Blue primary attribute () will often be called Blue (Male) Hunter.

Video commentary

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Where to get Hunters

If you were fortunate enough to have been playing when the first inception of the Monster Hunter Collab came around, you would have already acquired one of each Hunter for free. Thankfully, new players are able to acquire their Hunters in the same fashion and older players will be able to acquire another one for free as well.

One Male Hunter will be given out to all players if they log in at any time during the event. On the other hand, one Female Hunter will be rewarded for clearing the 4-or-less challenge (you can still receive another one if you played during the first event). Thus, new players will have 1 of each and older players will have 2 of each Hunter.

Additional Hunters may also be purchased for 200,000 MP each but that may or may not be the best use of your Monster Points.

Evolutions are reversible

All Hunter Evolutions are reversible and it may be advantageous to acquire the materials for a variety of colours and switch over if your current choice feels lackluster. Continue reading Monster Hunter Collab – Which Hunters to Make – January 2018

Monster Hunter Collab Review and Analysis – January 2018

**All pulls will cost 10 Magic Stones**
Review of the Hunters will be done separately

Introduction

The Monster Hunter Collab is one of the most highly anticipated Collaberations to come back to North America as the cards push the envelope of Powercreep along with having stellar artwork.

However, Monster Hunter Collab comes with a higher price tag of 10 Magic Stones per roll along but has surprisingly reasonable rates for the top prizes.

Prior to the release of official rolling rates, players have guesstimated rolling rates based on large sample sizes as shown below.

Taken from Padx for the previous event which was based on 1276 players and 4770 rolls. http://bit.ly/2sLUi8O

With that being said, the strongest leader from the Monster Hunter Collab is best when paired with other cards so you don’t technically need to roll him.

Generally speaking, you can measure the overall strength of a Collab by the value the lowest-tier prizes as they will be the most common cards you will acquire when playing as Non/light IAP. As such, you should examine the 5-star rolls as that is most likely what you will be blessed with.

All of the cards in the Monster Hunter Collab have exceptionally high base stats for their rarity and that is taken into consideration as they have some sort of offset to keep them balanced compared to other REM cards. Finally, all the 5-star cards will sell for 15,000 Monster Points and is tied for the most efficient Magic Stone to MP ratio alongside the Heroine and Dragonbound & Dragon Caller events.

Finally, the vast majority of the featured cards now have a new Assist Evolution which adds more value and versatility.

Video commentary

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Overview

None of the new cards will link to Padx as their pages have not been created yet.

Monster Hunter REM
 7 Star base   
 6 Star base      
 5 Star base   
Monster Hunter Collab Rankings – January 20, 2017
S
A    
B       
C      
D

Order shown is not reflective of ranking and you should only look at the tiers

Regardless of card’s ranking, you should always keep it if it is your very first time acquiring them

Continue reading Monster Hunter Collab Review and Analysis – January 2018

King of Fighters Collab is Coming to NA/EU

Introduction

In a surprise turn of events, GungHo is releasing King of Fighters Collab across all regions at the same time. This goes against the norm of 2-3 month delay and in theory positions these cards well against Powercreep for NA/EU.

This is because we are used to receiving cards 2-3 months after JP and by having them now, it helps “future-proof” them for a longer time. As a result, these cards are quite powerful along with opening up new opportunities for Monster Box compositions.

Video commentary

At this point in time, puzzledragonx does not have the cards on their database which makes it challenging for me to make a review as I rely on their information and icons to do so.

As a result, I made a psuedo-First Impressions video based on GHNA’s Facebook announcement. The information within and the comments section should help give a relative idea of what to expect.

Written commentary

I enjoy the process I have for writing articles but with the padx delay and personal health issues (I have been unable to properly walk let alone stand up since last Sunday and sitting is horribly painful), it has made it challenging to create content. Continue reading King of Fighters Collab is Coming to NA/EU

Dragonbound & Dragon Caller Egg Machine Review and Analysis – December 2017

Introduction

The Dragonbound & Dragon Caller Egg Machine is one of the most highly anticipated events to come to NA/EU as it features brand new and powerful monsters who will shift up the end game meta.

There was a great deal of wonder and worry as to whether or not we would be receiving this REM but thankfully, this event somewhat mirrors the Heroine one. This is because both the Heroine and Dragonbound/Caller machines are part of a Collaboration or seasonal event as well as costing 10 Magic Stones per roll.

While 10 stones may seem steep compared to the norm of 5, the Dragonbound and Dragon Caller REM contains incredible cards overall at all rarity values and is worth rolling (heavily) in.

Video commentary

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Cards at a glance

Dragonbound & Dragon Caller REM Rarities
7-Star Base
6-Star Base     
5-Star Base     

The evolved forms of Ney  will also be available during this event. Full Ney article can be found HERE.

Rankings are in no particular order within each tier

Dragonbound & Dragon Caller REM Rankings
S   
A     
B   
C  
D

Artwork Rankings by Pancaaake
S coming soon?
A  still moving
B so probably not
C  but her ideal roll is
D  

Perhaps the most important ranking table in this whole article. This is just for fun and should not be the reason you roll.

Powercreep and timing

Powercreep is the notion that newer cards/evolutions tend to outpace/replace older or existing options. This is an essential aspect of any longstanding game and the key to success is releasing it at a steady rate instead of leaps and bounds.

Thankfully, one unique and wonderful aspect of Puzzle and Dragons is that cards go through cyclic patterns of dominance and inadequacy. Thus, a strong card of the past has a decent chance of becoming relevant again in the future. Continue reading Dragonbound & Dragon Caller Egg Machine Review and Analysis – December 2017

Halloween REM Review and Analysis – October 2017

Introduction

I am not sure which is scarier: Halloween or the fact that we got these new cards and evolutions essentially at the same time as JP. This just goes to show that NA/EU can have content released on par with JP but we continue to remain 2-3 months behind as the norm.

Regardless, the Halloween REM features three new cards, a brand new evolution, and two new and Collab exclusive awakenings. This article will review all the cards found within the REM along with a brief review of the two new awakenings.

Just bear in mind that the Halloween REM is features mostly older cards that have not been updated and have subsequently fallen behind due to Powercreep.

Video commentary

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Halloween Collab at a glance

Halloween REM Rarities
8-Star Base 3222  HKali 
7-Star Base 2406  
6-Star Base 3224 3225 2409 H Vampire Halloween Alraune
5-Star Base 3226 3227
4-Star Base
Halloween Izanami 3230 3228 2412 3229

Rankings are in no particular order within each tier

Halloween REM Rankings
S  
A
B 3222  2406 3226 3227
C 3224 3225 2409 H Vampire Halloween Alraune Halloween Izanami
D
HKali 3230 3228 2412 3229

Costume Rankings by Pancaaake
S coming soon?
A
B
C
D

Perhaps the most important ranking table in this whole article. This is just for fun and should not be the reason you roll.

New awakenings

The Halloween REM will feature two brand new awakenings: Skill Charge  and Super Bonus Attack . Both of these will hopefully pave the way for future cards possessing these new mechanics as they will greatly influence your team building decisions and compositions. Unfortunately, they are only available attached to rare Collab rolls so it may be a prolonged period of time before REM cards begin to acquire them. Continue reading Halloween REM Review and Analysis – October 2017

Beach REM Review – September 2017

Introduction

The Summer Fall REM has finally returned to North America in September. While it may not be beach season for most of the Northern hemisphere, I am certain more tropical destinations are having fun in the sun. Regardless, the Beach REM has been significantly revamped to include 3 new cards along with a brand new evolution to one of our favourite busty girls.

Historically, having strong silvers present was what helped define a powerful Collab REM, but unfortunately, GungHo has been steadily shifting towards unique cards/abilities that cannot be mimicked through the regular REM. This has begun to force players to use their Magic Stones in these seasonal events even if the value is poor at the bottom.

I personally am not a fan of this trend as Magic Stones are already spread thin enough for the average player, but the Beach REM does offer incredible value at the very top. While it contains one of two colour absorb voids, the awakenings that the Beach Fujin carry enable her to be utilized beyond that of an inherit.

Video commentary

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Beach Collab at a glance

Beach REM Rarities
8-Star Base Beach Myr B Claire  
7-Star Base B Meta B Sonia B Pandora  
6-Star Base summer urd B Chester Meimei B Lakshmi
5-Star Base B Kurone B Fuu
4-Star Base B Awilda B Goemon B Navi Armadel

Rankings are in no particular order within each tier

Beach REM Rankings
S   
A B Goemon B Claire
B summer urd B Pandora Beach Myr B Sonia 
C B Navi B Awilda Meimei B Lakshmi B Meta
D B Chester Armadel B Kurone B Fuu

Swimsuit Rankings by Pancaaake
S     B Claire
A B Meta summer urd B Pandora Beach Myr
B B Navi B Kurone B Fuu
C B Awilda Meimei B Lakshmi   B Sonia
D B Chester Armadel B Goemon

Perhaps the most important ranking table in this whole article. This is just for fun and should not be the reason you roll.

8-Star base

Beach Myr Beach Myr – B
Pros download
Cons x
  • Can still clear content as a leader
  • Lowest cooldown to produce 6+ heart orbs
  • Comes ready to use
  • Outdated as a leader
  • Heart Crosses are far less viable
  • Poor active outside niche farming

Beach Myr has suffered heavily from Powercreep and the Continue reading Beach REM Review – September 2017