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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.

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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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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.

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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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Post Lidocaine Procedure Update

Thank you to everyone for your support during this challenging time. I am still combating a modest amount of the normal side effects so it may take some time for appropriate responses or new content to be released. Normal side effects include nausea, fatigue/drowsiness, and disorientation with it being most severe for the first 24 hours.

Overall the procedure went well and I was able to tolerate the entire procedure without any complications. I am currently experiencing a noticeable improvement in baseline pain levels, but I have been very cautious this past 48 hours and did  have one unusual flare up. I am still by no means cured and have a very long road ahead, but hopefully it will be shorter and less painful moving forward.

I will most likely need repeat infusions for Lidocaine (how frequently remains to be unseen), but these would at least be available for only $500-550 per treatment as I would be taking it home with me and having it slowly released into my bloodstream over the course of about 4 days.

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Once again, thank you to everyone for your continued support. You have made this whole week bearable through your encouragement, prayers, and well wishes. I also want to thank everyone who contributed financially for funding my procedure. Within a week’s time, you were able to pay for the procedure in full and this makes a world of a difference moving forward as I still have many hurdles to overcome and my eye cancer follow up next week as well.

It is often easier to update my social media platforms as they are better suited towards quicker posts so feel free to follow along:

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I am still sifting through my Question Time post and should ideally have it finished on the weekend along with finalizing my Patreon page.

Once again, I want to thank each and every one of you for your support and it means the world to me.

Happy Puzzling!

Another Less than Mantastic Health Update

Introduction

I have shared my diverse health problems last year when I was about to undergo surgery to remove what is presumed to be a cancerous lump inside my right eyeball along with sharing my inability to function normally due to a serious back and neck injury that was sustained in July 2014. Needless to say, the surgery did not go well as they were unsuccessful in removing the lump and my back/neck issues are reaching a somewhat critical moment next week along with a follow up with the cancer specialist at the end of February.

If you wish to read about these in my previous posting, feel free to read my previous post HERE.

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Eye problems

During my last regular eye check up in late 2015, my optometrist found an unusual lump on the inside of my right eyeball. I was sent to a specialist who then referred me to a cancer specialist as it was out of his scope. After further probing and examination, we agreed to remove the lump via surgery as it is most likely cancerous and testing cannot be performed without a biopsy and that cannot be done as it is inside my eye and inaccessible.

I went through with the surgery under general anesthesia and was later informed it was unsuccessful as the surgeon had difficulty pin-pointing the exact location as she did not want to make an excessive cut through my eyeball or pierce the lump (it is very small and in an awkward location). As such, I am to be monitored every few months in case it does grow and surgery needs to be reattempted.

While this is not an ideal situation and my last checkup showed no signs of growth (thus lowering the chances of it being malignant), it is only one of many health problems I face.

Back and neck problems

I have been on Long Term Disability (LTD) since July 2014 and Continue reading Another Less than Mantastic Health Update

A Very Meri Day

Introduction

I was fortunate to roll Meridionalis 3276 on Mantastic at the beginning of the Heroine REM event and was able to take her for a spin in a solo Arena 3 attempt. Needless to say, she is  an amazingly fun leader to use and I am overjoyed by the fact that I have another viable end game leader to use.

Solo Arena 3 clear


Fantastic rolls

Due to the success with Meri, I was highly motivated to try and acquire her on my Fantastic account in order to take advantage of coop and a playstyle I enjoy. Thankfully, I have some supportive viewers (0apie) and was able to IAP a pack and test my luck.

Continued success

My gamble paid off and I am excited to begin a new era or PAD gameplay with Meridionalis as the no skyfall clause is incredible for stalling/hoarding orbs and damage control. I did a couple of test coop runs of Arena 3 today and was thrilled to have been able to complete both within 45 minutes with one of the runs taking around 15-16 minutes due to the water skyfalls on floor 1.

Arena 3 Meridionalis
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Inherit Skuld ult evo Indra Awoken Oorochi

Acquiring Meridionalis on both accounts has re-injected a sense of excitement into my PAD life as I now have a new and powerful team to play with. It will also motivate me to try and min-max my team as best as possible to write a comprehensive team building guide for her after they announce her buff/evo in next week’s JP stream.

Conclusion

Now I need to decide if I should start saying MERaculous instead of MYRaculous.

Happy Puzzling!

Mantastic is on Discord!

Introduction

Discord is Skype meets chatroom/forum for gaming. It is a medium in which you can connect with other players along with finding help with team building and coordinating coop adventures. In order to successfully use Discord,  you will have to download the app/client along with creating a profile and finding beneficial servers. I am in the process of updating my community corner post, but in the mean time, I want to advertise my own Discord server.

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Why use Discord?

Community

Discord is another free resource players can take advantage of as there are many servers that provide a wealth of information. This can range from written guides to one-on-one help from more knowledgeable players along with joining a helpful community.

Within my own Discord, I have a Fantastic Chat section that is always “bumpin” with helpful and friendly users. These people range from beginners to experts who have cleared all the content in the game and are always happy to answer your questions or to simply talk about Puzzle and Waifus. Even if you do not have any burning questions, it is always beneficial to even discuss the latest changes in PAD along with tips and tricks for current and upcoming content.

In addition, my staff/moderation team are also an amazing group of individuals who help keep everything running smoothly and are always willing to help.

Finally, I also try my best to regularly interact with my Discord server through the Fantastic Chat as well as random coops and occasionally playing other game such as Diablo 3, Hearthstone, and League of Legends.

Finding coop partners

It is now widely accepted that farming the guerrilla dungeons (the hourly dungeons) in coop is vastly superior due to the stamina savings as well as ability to button farm. Furthermore, if you are having trouble finding synergistic partners, Discord is a great way to find friends who will gladly coop through your Tan Infestation.

Furthermore, you will also have the opportunity to find like-minded individuals who can help you tackle challenging content as well as providing an additional level of insight/strategies.

Fun emotes and helpful commands

We play Puzzle and Dragons for fun and Discord should be too. Not only do we have a wide array of amazing cute/funny emotes, but helpful commands. Written chat is great, but everyone loves a sprinkling of my face in the strangest shapes as well as Pancaaake drawings. :Yass: :FuckYeah: :ChibiMiru:

Furthermore, we also have helpful commands that range from optimal board set ups to some meme-worthy screenshots of my Twitch Stream:

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Conclusion

Discord is both a fun and helpful way to connect with your fellow Puzzle and Dragoners. I highly recommend you do check out my discord Discord server as well as staying tuned for my soon to be updated community post to help you find other meaningful resources.

Happy Puzzling!

Rank 700 Box Tour and Future PAD Goals

Introduction

I hit rank 600 around July 22nd and it only took me around five and half months to acquire about 121 million more rank experience to unlock my thirteenth team slot. Rank 700 is around 286.5 million lifetime experience and even with the enhanced mediums to rank up, it still take a very long time. In fact, it took me just under 1,200 days to achieve. 

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I have never been a player who solely pursed rank as it does not achieve much outside of some personal satisfaction. In fact, the bulk of my rank experience has come from Arena 3 as I was around rank 612 when I achieved my first clear. This has led to an excessive amount of Pys (and a lower dependency on playing Tan Infestation); however, it has left my Maniac Quest log relatively incomplete as I lack the required pluses or Tamadras for additional badges.

This post will take your through a tour of my beloved Monster Box, highlights of notable moments, and my thoughts and goals moving forward.

Rank 700 Box tour

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How much playing is rank 700?

Rank experience has less prestige than it used to due to Ganesha, Monday Dungeon, and now the experience boost to Arena. However, it is still a massive amount of play time and here are a few ways to visualize my lifetime experience. Rank 700 is about 286.5 million experience which is equivalent to either:

  • 4,659 Monday Dungeons
  • 2,070 Dual Ganesha Monday Dungeons
  • 2,367 Special Descend Rushes
  • 1,701 Super Ultimate Dragon Rushes
  • 191,000 Tower of Giants – Dragons of the Tower

Notable moments

My Puzzle and Dragons life from rank 600-700 has been exciting as it gave me my first taste of Arena 3 along with a few new cards in my Monster Box. Granted my REM luck is usually on the lower end of the normal distribution curve, I still have some functioning teams for our current content.

Arena 3

My first Arena 3 clear was done with a less than ideal Myr team as I was running two heart breakers along with being unsure as to the ideal set up along with how to actually solve heart cross boards. Despite all that, the sheer potency of her leader skill and gentle team building requirements have enabled me to repeatedly farm Arena 3. Continue reading Rank 700 Box Tour and Future PAD Goals