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8 Magic Stone Super Witches Godfest Review

Introduction

Today marks the debut a special Super Godfest that features all 9 Great Witches that have been released thus far along with a discounted Magic Stone cost. This leads to an interesting situation as each roll will only cost 8 Magic Stones along with the featured roster containing many useful and powerful Godfest Exclusives along with the entire Samurai 3 Pantheon.

The Samurai 3 Pantheon are one of the newer cards to be released who have received Weapon Assist evolutions in JP which should becoming to North America now/soon. These Weapon Assists are unique and powerful as they are able to provide 80% Resistance against a certain mechanic (Jammer Resist Poison resist Blind Resist) along with a single Skill Boost Skill Boost.

With this in mind, the Samurai 3 Pantheon is highly desirable and I will add their 7.5% total chance into the “good” stuff to roll category for this Super Godfest.

The official GungHo post can be found HERE.

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Samurai 3 Weapon Assists

Puzzle and Dragons is an incredibly deep game that requires an exceptional amount of in-game knowledge to efficiently build a team with Weapon Assists playing a vital role in this process. This makes sense as you have 2 leaders, 4 subs, and 6 inherits/Weapons along with a potentially long checklist of mechanics to cover/counter. Continue reading 8 Magic Stone Super Witches Godfest Review

Draconic Orchestra REM Review and Analysis – July 2020

Introduction

The Draconic Orchestra returns to North America along with their host of musically-themed characters. Sadly, this event as a whole does not strike a high note as the cards featured lack any truly outstanding monsters along with the bottom rarity not receiving any love which in turn has further subjected them to Powercreep.

On the bright side, this event will return on a regular basis which means most of these cards should be regularly buffed. As such, it should be relatively easy to skip rolling in this current iteration and wait for more meaningful buffs before committing Magic Stones.

Either way, this article will outline the pros and cons for each card within the Draconic Orchestra event to give players a better understanding of what each monster can do.

Video commentary

—video coming Monday—

Overview

Draconic Orchestra Pros & Cons – July 22, 2020
Pros
Cons
  • Event will return on a regular basis
    • Time rolls when they are buffed more
  • Easy event to pass/not roll in
  • Music-themed cards
  • Small bottom rarity pool
    • 4 different card
    • Comprises 37.5% of the rolls
  • Low value in rolling dupes
  • No exceptional card
  • Low motivation to roll
Draconic Orchestra REM
7 Star base
(14% total)
6 Star base
(48.5% total)
 
5 Star base
(37.5% total)
Draconic Orchestra REM Rankings – July 22, 2020
S
A
B    
C
D

Order within each tier is random and not reflective of ranking

Icon shows Base form regardless if it is their strongest evolution

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

The bottom rarity should be the main motivation to roll in an event and here is a brief summary showcasing their awakenings and/or Weapon Assists if applicable. Awakenings in (brackets) are Super Awakenings.

  • Skill Boost Skill Lock Resist 45  45 Dragon Killer 37 (45 ) – C
    Skill Boost Skill Lock Resist +heart +heart +heart Bind Immune Bind Immune
    (45 )
  • Skill Boost Skill Boost Skill Boost  Skill Boost Skill Boost (  ) – B
    Skill Boost Skill Lock Resist 45 Jammer Resist Poison resist Blind Resist (  )
  • Skill Lock Resist God Killer Machine Killer Healer Killer physical killer ( 45 ) – D
    Skill Boost Skill Boost Time Extend Time Extend 45 Skill Lock Resist Skill Boost ( 45 )
  • Skill Boost Skill Boost Healer Killer Healer Killer Machine Killer Machine Killer ( 45) – B
    Skill Boost Skill Boost Skill Boost 45 Time Extend Skill Lock Resist ( 45)

Continue reading Draconic Orchestra REM Review and Analysis – July 2020

New Monster Upgrades – July 16, 2020

Introduction

One of the nicest things about Puzzle and Dragons is the fact that older cards are often buffed after their release. This helps keep older cards relevant for longer periods of time and while none of these are new evolutions, the buffs can sometimes be meaningful.

As such, this article will take a look at all of the buffs received during this latest update.

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Upgrades

3371 Baldin

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New 7* GFE: Norza & Aljae Review + Super Godfest Debut

Introduction

The current Super Godfest that has gone live today features the standard 33% GFE rolling rates along with the release of two new 7-star Godfest Exclusives: Norza and Aljae .

Both of these cards are tremendously powerful as they Transform and are new. This may sound a little silly but new cards tend to be stronger compared to older ones and they are often at their peak power upon release.

This is due to how future buffs have the chance to be underwhelming and in order to generate hype/excitement, a newly released card has to be strong.

With this in mind, I wish to take a look at both of these cards in more detail to determine why they are so powerful and to give players a better understanding of they can expect if they do roll in this Super Godfest.

Video commentary

–video coming soon–

Rolling 14x


New Godfest Exclusives

Norza

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New Evolutions Overview – Lu Bu, Nephthys, & More

Introduction

GungHo continues the wonderful trend of providing new evolutions for existing cards. This is important as it can help recycle a card back into relevancy as the landscape of PAD can change so quickly as new cards are continuously released.

In fact, having thousands of different cards is problematic as it makes it incredibly difficult to be chosen as a leader/sub/inherit as there are just so many options and many simply take up Box space.

Regardless, this article will take a look at all of the new evolutions that were released late last night.

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New cards

Lu Bu

Pros
Cons
  • High personal damage when below 50% HP
  • Huge ATK multiplier from LS
    • Amazing farming potential
  • Active provides Burst + HP cut
  • Active does not generate Dark orbs
  • Modestly long cooldown

Reincarnated Lu Bu becomes a terrifyingly powerful farming leader due to his outstanding 24x ATK with a single leader (576x with two) for all Attackers and Devils when below 50% HP. Furthermore, he can also abuse Rows Dark row to improve the team’s damage output. Continue reading New Evolutions Overview – Lu Bu, Nephthys, & More

GungHo Collab REM Review and Analysis – June 2020

Introduction

The GungHo Collab makes a return to North America and features 6 new cards to an already massive rolling pool. As a result, many cards will undergo a “rotation” in which several will be absent from any given GungHo Collab event.

This is probably to help alleviate the stress of having so many different characters and it is important to check the roster before rolling to ensure your key chase cards are present.

With that being said, this is a separate 6-stone that features a lacking bottom rarity which will comprise over 50% of the rolls which is saddening to say the least. As a result, it makes it much harder to justify rolling as duplicates are probably unwanted for the bottom rarity cards along with only one having modest value.

Regardless, this article will outline the pros and cons for each card within the GungHo Collab Egg Machine event to give players a better understanding of what each monster can do.

Video commentary

—video coming Monday—

Overview

GungHo Collab REM Pros & Cons – June 5, 2020
Pros
Cons
  • 20.7% chance for 7-star card
    • Higher compared to most Seasonal/Event REMs
  • Collab will return on a regular basis
    • Cards should periodically receive buffs
    • No urgency to roll right now if nothing is appealing
  • 51.3% for 5-star card
    • Only 1 is reasonable
    • Duplicates are unwanted
  • Middling value for most 6-star cards
  • Some powerful 7-star cards are absent
GungHo Collab REM
7 Star base
(20.7% total)
  
 
6 Star base
(28% total)
5 Star base
(51.3% total)
GungHo Collab REM Rankings – June 5, 2020
S
A
B
C
D

Order within each tier is random and not reflective of ranking

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

The bottom rarity should be the main motivation to roll in an event and here is a brief summary showcasing their awakenings and/or Weapon Assists if applicable. Awakenings in (brackets) are Super Awakenings.

  • Skill Boost Skill Boost Time Extend Wood resist Wood resist Wood resist Wood resist (  ) – D
  • Bind Immune Bind Immune Bind Clear awakening Bind Clear awakening Skill Boost Skill Lock Resist (  45) – D
  • Time Extend Skill Lock Resist Skill Lock Resist Blind Resist 45 45 Time Extend ( ) – D
  • Skill Lock Resist Skill Lock Resist Skill Boost Time Extend 45 Balance killer(Balance killer ) – B
    Water Row Water Row Water Row blue + orb blue + orb Imp HP
  • Skill Boost TPA TPA TPA Multiplayer Bonus Multiplayer Bonus Skill Boost ( ) – C
    Time Extend Multiplayer Bonus Imp HP
  • Skill Boost Skill Boost Skill Lock Resist Time Extend Healer Killer Healer Killer Machine Killer (  ) – C
    Jammer Resist Jammer Resist Jammer Resist Imp HP

Continue reading GungHo Collab REM Review and Analysis – June 2020

Latent Tamadra Guide – June 2020

Introduction

Latent Tamadras have been available for a prolong period of time now and is a way to add a certain level of customization to an individual card. By default, all cards come with 6 available slots and Reincarnated monsters can be bumped up to 8.

With that being said, there are now numerous different Latents available and it can become overwhelming when deciding how to best use them at this point in time.

As such, this article will examine the 6 distinct categories Latents can fall into: Skill Delay Resists, new AA4 latents, Killers, stat modifiers, Damage Reduction, and Extra Slot Tamadras to give players a better understanding of how to best use this resource in this day and age.

Video commentary

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Skill Delay Resists Skill delay resist – 1 slot

Skill Delay Resists (SDR) will always make for a solid default choice when unsure of what to put on a monster. This is because each SDR will prevent a single turn of skill delay which helps ensure your actives remain intact when pushing through challenging content.

As such, it is not uncommon to stack these on most cards for your team as having access to your base or inherited active is is always helpful. It is also rare that you would never want to use either of these actives and is the reason why SDRs are the best choice if unsure.

With that being said, you should not just throw them on to cards willy-nilly as there are many other powerful options available but cards who tend to make the most out of these Latents are those who lack personal damage along with those carrying a key active such as Damage Absorption Void or something that counters Poison Skyfalls. Continue reading Latent Tamadra Guide – June 2020

Farming Training Arena 2 with Double Shivnia

Introduction

Training Arena 2 has been available within the Normal Dungeon tab for some time now and is an efficient medium to quickly level up your monsters. This is because it is only 11 floors long, has no mechanics (only huge HP/DEF), drops a random Latent, along with providing 12 million Monster Experience evenly split between all non-max level cards.

This is a hefty amount of Monster Experience and while there are countless teams that can clear the dungeon, being able to do so in a fast and brainless manner can be meaningful.

With this in mind, I would like to share the current build I am using which was created by my friend Miso and slightly adjusted to my own Monster Box.

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Team used

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Heroine REM Review and Analysis – May 2020

Introduction

The Heroine Rare Egg Machine returns to North America this coming Friday and with it, three new cards along with several Weapon Assists at the top rarity.

As a whole, this event has become weaker over time due to its age and rate in which GungHo releases new characters who tend to be stronger. This is the nature of Powercreep and for players who have rolled in here numerous times already, there will be little merits in throwing more Magic Stones at this machine.

With that being said, if this would be the first time or nearly your first time in rolling here, there is some value across all rarities and they may help fill roles/niches you currently have.

On the other hand, this event will return on a regular basis so there is no “rush” to pull right now.

Regardless, this article will outline the pros and cons for each card within the Heroine Egg Machine event to give players a better understanding of what each monster can do.

Video commentary

—video coming soon—

Overview

Heroine REM Pros & Cons – May 20, 2020
Pros
Cons
  • Value at all rarity levels
  • Weapon Assists provide more value for 6/7*
  • Higher Weighted Stats overall
  • Will return on a regular basis
    • No “rush” to roll
    • Higher rarity cards tend to be buffed
  • Old event
  • Becoming more top-heavy
  • 5-star cards lack Weapon Assists
    • Low value in Dupes
  • 5-star cards are becoming less unique/powerful
Heroine REM
7 Star base
(2% each, 12% total)
3274
6 Star base
(41.4% total)
     
 
5 Star base
(46.56% total)
     
Heroine REM Rankings – May 20, 2020
S
A  
B 3274    
 
C
D

Order within each tier is random and not reflective of ranking

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

The bottom rarity should be the main motivation to roll in an event and here is a brief summary showcasing their awakenings and/or Weapon Assists if applicable. Awakenings in (brackets) are Super Awakenings.

  • TPA TPA TPA TPA Skill Boost Skill Boost Time Extend Balance killer God Killer ( TPA) – D
  • +heart +heart +heart +heart +heart +heart TPA  Skill Lock Resist (  TPA) – B
  • Bind Immune Bind Immune Skill Boost Skill Boost Bind Clear awakening  Devil killer Devil killer ( ) – C
  • Time Extend Time Extend Time Extend Time Extend TPA TPA TPA Skill Boost ( 45 TPA) – D
  • Dark row Dark row Skill Boost Skill Boost Skill Lock Resist 45 physical killer Machine Killer Devil killer ( 45) – C
  • Enhanced Wood Orb Enhanced Wood Orb Enhanced Wood Orb Enhanced Wood Orb Skill Lock Resist 45 (45 ) – B

Continue reading Heroine REM Review and Analysis – May 2020

Grigory x Grigory Versus Alt. Arena 3

Introduction

Alt. Arena 3 remains one of the best dungeons to farm on a regular basis due to the Rank EXP, Pys, Killers, and the satisfaction of clearing a challenging dungeon.

Despite being in the game for a modest period of time, AA3 can still be unforgiving to an unprepared player as failing to bring a key Resist or flubbing a kill board could result in an unfortunate ending.

With this in mind, I wish to share my double Grigory team as he tries to revive the TPA TPA meta through his massive multipliers, immunity to Poison damage, and Auto Follow Up Attack.

Despite having many things going in his favour, I found my Grigory team had several issues compared to other higher tier leaders and I believe the issue lies in the fact that I am running double Grigory.

This is because the two strongest mechanics for Leader Skills are 7×6 and Auto Follow Up Attack which will result in asymmetrical pairings. As such, my 6×5 Grigory team had issues with Combo shields along with some problems with damage due to a lack of offensive sub options.

With these points in mind, I wish to explore how I built my own team along with addressing the major hurdles that can be found in Alt. Arena 3.

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Notable Alt. Arena 3 mechanics

Alt. Arena 3 is currently one of the hardest dungeon available in North America and may push many teams to their limits. As such, it is important to understand the key mechanics that must be addressed.

Continue reading Grigory x Grigory Versus Alt. Arena 3