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Nyx Level Tournament Strategies

Introduction

The Nyx Level Ranking Tournament not only has a pretty sweet name but is also positioned well as a 5% Crown event that also features Fixed Leaders.

Fixed Leaders are one of the more restrictive types of Tournaments due to the fact that it greatly hinders your sub options. Thankfully, this Ranking Dungeon has various metrics boosted so there are several ways to augment your score.

This article will explain my approach to this Ranking Tournament for obtaining a Crown.

209,104 Score


Score breakdown

In Ranking Dungeons, players are scored based on the following:

  • Final Average Combo is worth 5,000 points
  • Each second remaining is worth 500 750 points
  • Hitting 40 Million damage is 10,000 points
  • Each active used to kill a floor (no combo made) is -5,000 points
  • TPA TPA = 400 points
  •  = 800 points
  • Guard Break = 400 points

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JP 8th Anniversary Stream (Feb 20) Predictions/Hopes

Introduction

PAD is an incredibly old game from a mobile standard and it is somewhat amazing that we are still playing after thousands of days.

As such, new content has to be continuously released in order to keep players excited/happy and anniversary streams tend to have a higher degree of hype. This is a common practice across all games (Fire Emblem Heroes is the other I play) and even though we are stuck 1-2 months behind JP in regards to content, it is still exciting to see what new big things are coming to PAD.

This post will mostly be a conversational piece that talks about features/content I would like to see in the future as well as being a place for my readers to voice their thoughts and concerns.

The PAD 8th year anniversary stream will take place on Feb. 20.

Video commentary

–video coming soon–

Quality of life improvements

The landscape of PAD has greatly changed over the years as we have had several major UI overhauls along with changes to improve our overall experience outside of dungeons. Continue reading JP 8th Anniversary Stream (Feb 20) Predictions/Hopes

Valentine’s REM Review and Analysis Feb 2020

Introduction

The Valentine’s Rare Egg Machine will be making a return to North America this coming Monday and with it comes two new cards along with a brand new evolution for Sonia.

Sadly, this event feels like it is aging worse and worse due to the bottom rarity cards being neglected/receiving meaningless buffs. With that being said, it is the best opportunity to acquire a Gemstone Princess should you be lacking burst actives that scale with specific awakenings. While this type of active has merits, it is somewhat on the decline due to higher and higher multipliers often being sufficient for most content.

With that being said, this is a skip-able event unless one enjoys the artwork or strongly desires a Gemstone Princess due to the lackluster 5-star cards who will heavily dominate your rolls.

Video commentary

—video coming soon—

Overview

Valentine’s REM – Feb 7, 2020
Pros
Cons
  • High chance for a Gemstone
  • Cute/festive cards
  • Poor 5* cards
    • No Weapon Assist
    • Not much value
  • Little love for bottom rarity cards
Valentine’s REM – Feb 7, 2020
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Valentine’s REM Rankings – Feb 7, 2020
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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.

Continue reading Valentine’s REM Review and Analysis Feb 2020

Question Time with Mantastic – February 2020

Introduction

The general gist of Question Time posts are for players to ask various PAD-related questions that do not have a simple/Google-able answer or related article on my website. I do play other games and have often found myself having specific/unique questions about it but have no where to go and can imagine this may hold true for some of my readers.

With that being said, there will be some restrictions on the types of questions I will be answering.

If planning on commenting on a regular basis, it is advantageous to create a WordPress account to both receive notifications as well as giving me a point of reference as to who I am responding to.

Do’s and Don’t

download For the most part, almost any question will be answered, even some non-invasive Off-Topic ones; however, it is best to ask questions that require explanation/why/my personal opinion. The following examples are Fantastic types of questions to ask:

  • Of these options, what is the best Yusuke team I can make for Arena 3?
  • What direction do you think GungHo will take with the 4x HP leads?
  • Can Heart Cross teams be revived and if so, how?

x The following types of questions will not be answered by me either because it has a simple Google-able answer or shows a lack of effort on the reader’s part:

  • Anything that Google/Padx can answer
  • A link to your entire Monster Box and saying “make me a team”

Conclusion

I hope my readers use this opportunity to ask questions that will hopefully improve their overall game play and progression.

Happy Puzzling!

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Yu-Gi-Oh Duel Monsters Collab Review and Analysis – Jan 2020

Introduction

The highly anticipated Yu-Gi-Oh Collab will be making a debut in North America on Friday, January 31st and alongside a healthy dose of nostalgia, it features tremendously powerful cards.

The main theme of this Collab is Transforming cards with Yugi paving the way for new and powerful cards. At this point in time, Yugi will be the strongest leader available by a significant margin and will probably signal a new era of Powercreep due to the additional step to achieve Transformation.

While having strong prizes at the top rarity is the norm, the Yu-Gi-Oh Collab also features numerous valuable options across all rarities and should encourage players to roll a modest to large amount. This is because many of these cards help facilitate Transformation and it is my belief that this will be the next era of PAD for the foreseeable future.

This article will outline the pros and cons for each card to help players make a more informed decision as to whether or not they should roll.

Video commentary


Overview

Yu-Gi-Oh Duel Monsters Collab – January 28, 2020
Pros
Cons
  • Exceptionally high weighted stats
    • +25% Limit Break growth
  • All cards have Weapon Assists
  • Yugi
    • Can roll many key subs for him here
  • Many cards help prep for future Transformation meta
  • Debut event
  • Nostalgia
  • 10 Magic Stones per pull
    • Steeper Monster Exchange rates
Yu-Gi-Oh Duel Monsters Collab REM
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Yu-Gi-Oh Duel Monsters Collab – January 28, 2020
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Order within each tier is random and not reflective of ranking.

Icons show Base form regardless if it is their most powerful evolution

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

Continue reading Yu-Gi-Oh Duel Monsters Collab Review and Analysis – Jan 2020

January 2020 10 Magic Stone Super Seasonal Godfest

Introduction

The highly anticipated 10 Magic Stone Seasonal Super Godfest (SSG) has been announced for this coming Monday (Jan. 27) and is one of the more exciting events due to the chance in acquiring Godfest Exclusives along with rare Seasonal cards.

Generally speaking, Super Godfests cost 10 Magic Stones along with approximately 33% chance for any Godfest Exclusive (6 or 7-star) and has become the norm/baseline for what we look for in a Godfest. As such, the collateral benefits are what will separate a regular event from a stellar one.

With this in mind, the Seasonal Super Godfest follows this rolling rate archetype but removes some Godfest Exclusives and replaces them with various Seasonal cards. In the case of the upcoming event, the Wedding and Beach top rarity cards will also be available. This is important for players who are interested in these cards because their respective Egg Machines are flooded with poor low value cards.

Of course, most Pantheon cards are still lackluster, but there is a significantly higher chance of rolling something of value in a Seasonal Super Godfest compared to a Seasonal Egg Machine.

This article will take a closer look at the upcoming Seasonal Super Godfest to provide players with a better understanding of how much value this event may or may not hold along with Magic Stone spending recommendations moving forward.

Video commentary

–video coming soon–

History of Super Godfests

A long time ago on a smart phone far far away, Godfests used to only cost 5 Magic Stones along with virtually no Collabs or Seasonal cards along with the vast majority of the strong cards being available in the same Egg Machine. Continue reading January 2020 10 Magic Stone Super Seasonal Godfest

[Meta Snapshots] Transformation Leaders

Introduction

The leadership landscape of Puzzle and Dragons has greatly changed over the years with various playstyles emerging to counter the current hardest content available.

Change is needed for any longstanding game as it would become stale if the same content was continuously reused and having new toys to work with is also exciting.

At this point in time, the current strongest leader skill mechanics to abuse are 7×6 boards and Auto Follow Up Damage. A larger board greatly benefits essentially every team for both combo count, damage output, and activation consistency whereas Auto Follow Up Damage trivializes Resolve spawns. Furthermore, teams that can combine both mechanics will have a further advantage compared to other options.

With that being said, I wish to take a closer look at how Transformation cards (eg. Fagan Rai ) function in Puzzle and Dragons as I feel GungHo is going to start pushing this mechanic in the future. This will force players to run different team compositions (Skill Boost Skill Boost becomes highly prized) which inevitably means players will need to roll more to get on this hype train.

Video commentary

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How Transformation cards work

Transformation cards come in a pre-Transform state and can only be “evolved” within a dungeon after having their active skill charge up. This will unlock a completely new kit with significantly improved awakenings, stats, and leader skill. With that being said, their Base form is often lacking and requires careful team building with a heavy emphasis on Skill Boosts in order to Transform on turn 1.

For example, Fagan Rai requires 22 Skill Boosts to Transform and provides zero in his Base form. This means you must find 22 Skill Boosts between 4 Dragon subs and 6 inherits in order to be truly successful (depending on the dungeon it may be possible to stall a turn or two but you are quite weak).

With this in mind, it can become quite a challenge for solo mode players who do not possess more of the luxurious cards/inherits. As such, many players have taken a coop approach as Skill Boosts are shared. This greatly lessens the Skill Boost burden per card or players will simply opt for Coop Disconnect.

Disconnecting from Coop will revert you back to solo mode which will provide Super Awakenings while retaining the Skill Boosts from your former partner. You do lose out on a Solo Mode badge but it is a sacrifice worth making.

This approach works well for players who have an alt account as you can sacrifice their stamina in order to enjoy 50% off for your Main.

Transformation cards must be stronger

Due to the dependency on Skill Boosts, Transformation cards must be stronger compared to cards of a similar rarity otherwise, they would simply be passed over for other options.

While Fagan Rai is powerful, he was the first Transforming card we have access to along with him being “free” (one of two possible Medal redeems) probably resulted in him being on the lower end of the power spectrum.

With that being said, future Transforming cards will most likely be even stronger and if we do get the Yu-Gi-Oh Collab, we will have access to a truly outrageous leader.

Now don’t get me wrong, we need to have Powercreep in Puzzle and Dragons in order to keep it fresh/exciting but I am not a huge fan of the whole Transformational idea.

Why I dislike Transforming

The concept of a card that can Transform within the dungeon is a pretty neat concept, I do not feel it will not provide much value for the overall health of the game.

This is because they will be stronger compared to other options but at least looking at Yu-Gi-Oh, they are not changing how we play the game, only how we team build.

Right now, Transforming cards have restrictions on the types of subs they can bring but at the same time must still meet the high Skill Boost requirements. This combination of a restrictive sub pool who then must have numerous Skill Boosts will drastically lower team building options and variety (assuming no Coop Disconnect).

At this point in time, I already feel we are somewhat restricted in terms of team building with many of my teams recycling the same set of subs and inherits and this problem will only grow worse with Transforming.

From a business point of view, it is a money maker as players will want to have the best possible team available and not only do they need the leader, but they will need the key set of subs and inherits.

As such, my biggest fear will be a repeat of Ra Dragon 3265 in that what was arguably the best team in the game having an unbelievably restrictive team composition. Furthermore, if we do receive several Transforming cards, dungeons will most likely increase in difficulty to compensate. This is a relatively natural cycle for PAD but having the best teams available having incredibly restrictive requirements is not healthy while probably being locked behind 7* GFE/9* Seasonals/Top rarity Collab cards etc.

My fear/concern is not having new cards that are more powerful, but new cards that are highly restrictive in terms of team building. In essence, my main dislike is how restrictive team building may become along with the jump in dungeon powercreep we may see in the future that pseudo requires Transforming to succeed.

Can Transforming be balanced?

I feel the entire concept of Transforming is difficult to balance as they have to be stronger compared to non-Transforming options otherwise players would not go through the hassle of bringing enough Skill Boosts to make it work.

I guess it would come down to how strong the actual card is along with the Skill Boosts required to Transform. With that being said, I feel they should at least offer a new mechanic, not just stronger parameters of what is currently available.

One idea that I have been thinking about is the concept of an “extra life” or Secondary Health Pool that triggers when you die. For example, this Secondary Health Pool could be 50% of your maximum HP and upon taking lethal damage, any overkill is assigned to this new Health Pool and if you survive, that is your new health for the dungeon.

For example if you take 125,000 damage and you have 100,000 HP, The Secondary Health Pool would take effect and you would then be left with 25,000/50,000 HP and this is what you play with for the rest of the dungeon. Yes it would be harder but it would also mean you may squeak out a victory that would have not occurred otherwise. Furthermore, maybe there is a mechanic to fully restore your maximum HP such as healing an exceptionally high number over time (eg. healing 2,000,000 HP from Heart orbs). Once doing that you return to your 100,000 HP pool but will no longer benefit from this revive mechanic. On the other hand, maybe this Secondary Health Pool could unlock new abilities/benefits while managing some sort of drawback.

This type of mechanic would most likely encourage Asymetrical Pairings (using two different leaders) which would also lower the Skill Boost requirements as there is a strong likelihood the second leader does not Transform.

Conclusion

Cards that can transform within a dungeon is one of the newest mechanics to be released within Puzzle and Dragons which will most likely open the door to new and powerful teams.

In essence, Transforming cards must be stronger compared to other options in order to justify the Skill Boost requirements along with possible compromises made to your subs/inherits. As such, my largest fear will be a new era of highly restrictive team building that does not actually introduce new mechanics, just stronger multipliers of existing cards.

With that being said, I am glad new content is being continuously added into the game even if I do not like the direction it could possibly go.

Regardless, let me know what you think about Transforming cards in the comments below and whether or not you can think of a possible solution/remedy to these cards.

Happy Puzzling!

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