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Creature Quest June Updates

Introduction

Creatures Quest has a major update in-store for the month of June that will feature various balances/buffs to existing Creatures, Guild enhancements, new Events(!), plus more hidden gems.

There is no specified date for this update, but it will come out soon

Video Commentary

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Creature changes

The developers at VCME are continuously fine-tuning the various Creatures available to ensure all of them have a place in the current meta. This update mostly consists of various buffs/balance reworks to various Legendary Creatures. Continue reading Creature Quest June Updates

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Have a MOMtastic Mother’s Day!

Introduction

Mother’s Day is upon us and hopefully you have not forgot and are last minute scrambling to find an appropriate gift/gesture on this Fantastic occasion.

For many of my long term readers, you may already know that my mom is an avid Puzzle and Dragoner who is nearing 1,300 days and is rank 573. This was done on her own with only minor assistance provided to help her clear the occasional Ch10 or Arena 3.

MOMtastic’s history

Despite the fact that video games were never a part of her life, she has taken a shining to PAD and loves the idea of puzzling her way to victory. She was initially drawn to the sophisticated orb manipulations as it offered a new dimension of thinking and strategy to master. For this reason, it felt less like a video game and more of a mental exercise not unlike a crossword or Sudoku puzzle.

She is against heart crosses and has no real interest in speed coop-button farming and has been quite content with her Shiva team for several years. However, she has diversified her PAD portfolio through Meridionalis, Yomi Dragon, and now Dark Athena.

Amazingly enough, we have wonderful overlap in viable leaders across both my accounts and our bonding time is often done through coop. I feel that is can be challenging for a parent to connect with a child in their mid 20’s, but Puzzle and Dragons has proven to be the perfect medium. Our text messages are often sprinkled with PAD talk and it helps open the doors for communication as it is a wonderful icebreaker.

Puzzle and Dragons has helped bring my mother and I closer together over the years that would not have been possible otherwise. I probably never thank her enough for all that she does for me and I am truly blessed to have her make the effort to play Puzzle and Dragons all those years ago. She made the effort to bond with her son through an activity that is somewhat foreign to her and it has had a resounding impact on our own relationship.

Essentially what I am trying to say is thank you Mom for all that you do for me and I hope that you have a MOMtastic Mother’s Day!

MOMtastic videos

My mom occasionally joins my stream or offline recording and here is a sample of her various clears and rolling videos:

Conclusion

Have a MOMtastic Mother’s Day and go play some coop with your own mother!

If you wish to try and add MOMtastic, here is her ID, but beware, she deletes people after only 1 day of inactivity (best friends she is nicer).

Happy Puzzling!

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– Azazel Descended – Dios Leader Farming Guide

Introduction:

Coming up on Friday, April 21, 2017, a new Descend Dungeon will come to NA. Azazel Descended will feature Azazel , who is another farmable card whose active is inheritable. His active will boost your ATK for 1 turn by 70% for every Resistance-Dark Blind ResistAwakening (better known as Blind Resist) on the team. In other words, your ATK will be enhanced by 1+(0.7*n) where “n” is the number of Blind Resist awakenings you have on your team. Some of you may find a use for Azazel, others may be looking to farm for the additional dungeon drops, but regardless, here’s a Dios-lead guide for farming this dungeon! Continue reading – Azazel Descended – Dios Leader Farming Guide

Linthia Descended – Dios Leader Farming Guide

Foreword:

Hello! I am Rawrzcookie AND (I don’t have an alt account) and today, I would like to introduce myself to all of you! If you do not know who I am, then no worries! I am a mod for Mantastic’s Twitch Stream, as well as an admin for Mantastic’s Discord! In terms of my PAD-life, I have been playing for 1200+ days and I am 100% NIAP. If you have any questions regarding my guides, don’t hesitate to shoot me a PM over in Discord and I will answer you ASAP!

Introduction:

Many people want to be able to obtain MP easily because let’s be honest; who DOESN’T want easy MP? However, the idea behind “MP Farming” is something most people feel they are unable to accomplish because they simply lack the leader capable of doing so.
This mainly revolves around Awoken Liu Bei, who can easily clear and farm many Rogue Descends. On the downside though, many people may not have been lucky enough to roll an Awoken Liu Bei, or any other farming leaders, and thus feel like they are missing a huge component of MP farming. Thus, I have come up with this idea behind Dios-Lead farming teams for those who are unlucky to never be able to roll a Liu Bei. I start with Linthia Descended as her dungeon is relatively straight-forward, and can be easily made with a fully farmable team (aside from one player owning and leading with Liu Bei). Continue reading Linthia Descended – Dios Leader Farming Guide

Best Friend Resets and Raffling off my Tokens

Introduction

This coming Wednesday will bring the return of the Rank 150/250 REM rolls along with Present and Best Friend Resets. This means you must use these benefits before Wednesday (April 5) evening.

For myself, I have not used my Best Friend token on Mantastic and plan to raffle it off through my Twitch Twitch stream and Revlo.

How to participate

To participate, you simply need to have your twitch account watching my stream to passively generate 1 Myracle Stone every 3 minutes (like stamina) and then using 5 Myracle Stones for a raffle ticket.

There is no limit on the number of tickets you can purchase and will have until part way through my Tuesday stream when I plan to draw the winners.

You can enter by typing in Twitch Chat:

!ticket X

Where X = the number of tickets you wish to purchase. This can be done repeatedly and as often as you wish.

“Fine” print

I have 3 planned Twitch streams (Saturday 2pm, Monday 6pm, and Tuesday 4pm PST) so there is plenty of time to participate. You do not even have to be present to generate the Myracle Stones as having my window open will credit you accordingly.

You can also purchase tickets offline via this link HERE if you were unable to type in the Twitch chat.

Three winners

There will be three winners in total: 2 for Mantastic and 1 for Fantastic’s Best Friends token.

The first winner will get to go first in which account they wish to be best friended by. However, at least 1 winner for Mantastic’s account has to be present in the Tuesday Stream as it has to be done before the reset. The other two winners can be best friended any time after the reset.

Conclusion

Make sure you use all your Presents and Best Friend tokens along with 150/250 rolls before this Friday.

Looking forward to see you in my Twitch Stream these next few days.

Happy Puzzling!

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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.

Video Commentary

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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

Mantastic is now on Patreon!

Introduction

After months of deliberation, I have finally decided to implement and launch mydownload Patreon page. Paetron is a medium akin to GoFundMe, but for content creators such as artists, musicians, and pretty much anything you can imagine. However, Patreon differs in that your support is pledged on a monthly basis and has a meaningful impact moving forward as I will continue to have sizable medical expenses for the foreseeable future.

Video commentary

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Why I created a Patreon page

I created my Patreon page to provide my readers with another medium to support me as content creation is a time consuming process. What may take you minutes to read usually takes hours to produce as there is great deal of effort involved with researching, formatting, commenting and writing each article

When I first started Mantastic PAD, my goal was to help other players as this is the game I am most passionate about. I am well aware that Puzzle and Dragons is a relatively small game in North America and Europe and it is somewhat unreasonable to make a living from content creation when compared to larger games like Hearthstone. However, PAD is my favourite game and it is still my goal to help as many people as possible.

My real life situation is less than Mantastic as I have been battling severe health issues since July 2014 along with a strong likelyhood of a cancerous lump in my eye that has involved a failed surgery. I better explain my situation in a previous website posting (Feb 2017 & Sept 2016) should you wish to read more about it. In essence, I spend the majority of my time and money with various doctors and specialists that leaves very little time or resources for normal activities. Unfortunately, I see doctors on average 4-5 times a week and many of the treatments take days-weeks to recover from and has left me unable to work.

My most recent Lidocaine procedure (Feb 21, 2017) has provided a noticeable reduction of base-level pain, but I am far from out of the woods as I will probably require “booster” infusions at a reduced cost ($500-550) at unspecified intervals (most likely monthly?). While this may not feel like a massive sum of money to some individuals, it is massive for me as I already have other doctors/healthcare practitioner expenses that already overstretches my disability benefit.

How you can make a difference

Even something as small as $5/month can make a world of a difference if even 1% of my readership base participates. $5/month translates into about 17 cents a day or can be viewed as about 35-50 cents per article as I usually produce something new every 2-3 days (you could also view $5 as a failed silver egg from the REM!). Regardless of Paetron participation, I will still continue to produce high quality content that will help you advance through your Puzzle and Dragons journey.

I am well aware that this is not something that everyone can do, but what everyone can do to help is simply disable/whitelist AdBlocker for my various platforms. This will have a dramatic impact overall as my website alone is visited around 10,000 times a day for the past several months.

The finer details for Patrons

Reward tiers

In order to further show my gratification to all my Patrons, I have created a fun-rewards tier that will grant you various benefits. These benefits will reset on a monthly basis (where applicable) and some will require coordination on both ends to fulfill.

For those Patrons at or above $5/month will gain special perks in my discord Discord server and you have to go into User Settings to sync your Patron account to your Discord account. This cannot be completed by anyone else, but feel free to ask for help if needed.

You cannot sync your two accounts until after the first of the month as that is when Patron officially recognizes you.

Coordination can be completed via Discord or my FB icon Facebook messaging system.

When will I be charged?

You will be charged on the first of the month and that will also trigger all the reward tiers. If you pledge support part way through a month, you will have to wait until the next month for your rewards.

Conclusion

I do appreciate you taking the time to read and visit my Paetron page and I hope to continue to be a valuable resource moving forward. Support is by no means mandatory and I simply wanted to provide a medium for individuals who want to go the extra mile.

Happy Puzzling!

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