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Monster Hunter Collab REM Review and Analysis – March 2021

Introduction

The Monster Hunter Collab returns to North America once again and features numerous buffs for existing cards along with new Weapons for all 6-star cards.

This greatly bolsters their overall value along with all the 6/7* cards receiving significant upgrades along with a 60% chance of rolling any of these cards.

While this looks appealing, players should be mindful of the fact that the bottom rarity received almost no love this time around along with the 10 Magic Stone price tag. Furthermore, due to this being the 6th run of this Collab, the majority of older players are already oversaturated with 5-star cards.

As such, it may be difficult to justify rolling here for players who have already done so too many times in the past as acquiring your 7th Gammoth will be a sad waste of 10 Magic Stones. On the other hand, players who have never or hardly rolled can still find value with conservative amount as there is plenty of value to be found within the 6 and 7-star rarities.

Video commentary

—video coming Monday—

Overview

Monster Hunter Collab REM Pros & Cons – March 2021
Pros
Cons
  • All cards have 1-2 Weapon Assists
  • Bottom rarity is okay, not horrible
    • Having 1 copy of many of them may helpful due to Weapon
    • Can greatly aid newer boxes due to Resists
  • New Weapons for 6-stars
    • Greatly bolsters their viability
  • 60% chance for 6/7*
  • Old event
    • Many players have too numerous dupes
    • 5-stars are relatively neglected
  • No new monsters added
    • Most players already have most bottom rarity cards
  • 10 Stones per pull
    • Harder to justify if already owning most of the cards
      • 7th Rathian does not feel nice
Monster Hunter Collab REM
7 Star base
(20% total)
 
6 Star base
(40% total)

 
5 Star base
(40% total)
Monster Hunter Collab – March 2021
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Order within each tier is random and not reflective of ranking

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

Continue reading Monster Hunter Collab REM Review and Analysis – March 2021

Alt. Ruler of Hell’s Halls Guide by the Marvelous Melvin

Foreword

Due to various health issues ruining the past few days, I have been unable to do as much as I normally would like. Thankfully, I have Fantastic friends and the Magnificent Melvin has kindly given permission to repost his Alt. Ruler of Hell’s Halls Guide.

Melvin is a real life friend and we used to play Board Games on a regular basis until Covid but thankfully, his zest for PAD has not waivered and he actively plays on NA and JP.

His writing style differs from mine and I have preserved his content with only minimal formatting adjustments.

Introduction

Hey guys! It’s the Marvelous/Magnificent Melvin here! You guys may better known me as the Luscious Leilan though! I made a few appearance on Mantastic’s stream before but due to the Covid pandemic, I was unable to make any more appearances nor play more board games with him. Here’s to hoping that this pandemic ends soon so everything returns to normal but I digress, I had a lot of spare time on my hand during this quarantine thing and thought I create a Alt. Ruler of Hell’s Halls guide for the community! This is probably the only other chance to achieve the Devil title so here’s to hoping that this guide will be of some use to you all! Best of luck to all those attempting for the Devil title! Continue reading Alt. Ruler of Hell’s Halls Guide by the Marvelous Melvin

Monogatari Collab REM Review and Analysis – March 2021

Introduction

The Monogatari Collab REM makes an exciting debut in North America that features wonderfully powerful cards at the 7 and 8-star rarity. In fact, many of these are powerful leaders and acquiring any of them should help advance almost any Monster Box.

Sadly, only the single 8-star card can be Monster Exchanged for which means players will have to roll heavily to acquire any of the 7-stars at 7 Magic Stones per attempt. This is frustrating as the bottom rarity (6*) is okay, not fantastic while also comprising 77.5% of the rolling pool.

With that being said, the 7/8-star cards are wonderfully powerful and are difficult to replicate elsewhere. As such, I feel that this is still a good event to roll in, especially for more developed Boxes as many of the cards featured here are heavily geared towards clearing end game content.

Video commentary

—video coming Monday—

Overview

Monogatari Collab REM Pros & Cons – March 2021
Pros
Cons
  • 7/8-star cards are tremendously powerful
    • All have 2 forms + Weapons
  • Bottom rarity is okay, not horrible
    • Having 1 copy of many of them is still helpful
  • Cannot Monster Exchange for 7-star cards
    • Have to roll
      • 7 Stones per roll
  • 6-stars comprise 77.5% of the rolls
Monogatari Collab REM
8 Star base
(2% total)
7 Star base
(20.5% total)
6 Star base
(77.5% total)
Monogatari Collab REM – March 2021
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Order within each tier is random and not reflective of ranking

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

Continue reading Monogatari Collab REM Review and Analysis – March 2021

Choosing your Free Weekly 6-star Godfest Exclusive

Introduction

Today marks the start of a tremendously exciting event as each week players will receive one (two with PAD Pass) 6* Fest Exchangeable Medal to be used on any 6-star Godfest Exclusive (GFE).

These can be found within the Monster Exchange tab and each week the line up of Godfest Exclusives will rotate. Just be aware that you can use these Fest Exchangeable Medals any week and can even do them all in week 4 if that proves to be the ideal for your Monster Box.

As a general blanket statement, the best course of action is to acquire cards you currently do not have as a brand new card may often fill holes in a given Monster Box along with many of the 6-star GFE holding significant value.

With this in mind, I will list the GFE I feel will provide the most value with the presumption that you own absolutely nothing. Remember, a new card will often outpace a duplicate.

Video commentary

–video coming soon–

Weekly line up

The following image shows the weekly rotation for the featured GFE but it should also be noted that a card will not show up again once their week has passed. This means trading right away for the cards you need but also trying to plan out who you actually want to acquire. Continue reading Choosing your Free Weekly 6-star Godfest Exclusive

Valentine’s REM Review and Analysis – February 2021

Introduction

The Valentine’s REM returns to North America and offers several new cards and various buffs in the hopes of enticing players to spend their Magic Stones.

As a whole, Seasonal REMs are underwhelming affairs as their bottom rarity cards are often many years old and severely neglected to the point that they serve no purpose outside of a Box Cheerleader.

Sadly, this is the case here as I do not feel any of the 5-star cards have any meaningful value and the Gemstone alts at the 6-star rarity have dramatically declined in value over the years. As a result, this event will be a lackluster affair to roll in and if you are truly interested in any of the top rarity cards, Monster Exchanging would be a better approach compared to rolling.

Video commentary

—video coming Monday—

Overview

New Year’s REM Pros & Cons – February 2021
Pros
Cons
  • 5 Magic Stones per roll
  • Almost came out on Valentine’s Day
  • No Weapon Assists outside 9-stars
  • Majority of rolls will be disappointing
  • All 5-star cards serve no real purpose
    • Comprise 55% of the rolls
Valentine’s REM
9 Star base
(2% total)
 
8 Star base
(3% total)
 
7 Star base
(13% total)
 
6 Star base
(27% total)
   
5 Star base
(55% total)
    
Valentine’s REM – February 2021
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Order within each tier is random and not reflective of ranking

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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 – February 2021

Qilin & Scheherazade Dragon Gems in Monster Exchange

Introduction

Qilin & Scheherazade Dragon Gems are now available within the Monster Exchange for 3 Rainbow Event Medals :eventmedal: each. As such, this is a fantastic time to acquire these rare gems as the invade rates are pretty horrible and Rainbow Event Medals are almost too abundant.

With this in mind, it would be advantageous for the majority of players to acquire these Gems in order to make powerful Weapon Assists. Of course, if you are a newer player and lack Rainbow Event Medals, this article may be less applicable, but for those players with countless Rainbow Medals sitting in their box, trading is advantageous.

As such, I will take a look at the possible Weapons that can be made to help players make a more informed decision as to which evolution to pursue.

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Save Gems if unsure

Before I go any further, I want to stress that if you do not have a specific use in mind for any evolution, it is best to simply wait and see how your box develops. These Gems do not go bad and I personally only commit resources into a card if I know I will gain value out of them. Continue reading Qilin & Scheherazade Dragon Gems in Monster Exchange

New Year’s REM Review and Analysis – February 2021

Introduction

The New Year’s REM returns to North America with several new cards and buffs to existing monsters in the hopes of enticing players to spend their Magic Stones here.

Historically speaking, Seasonals such as New Year’s or Christmas are notoriously poor quality machines as they often contain cards from many, many years ago. Furthermore, these ancient cards are often the lower rarity who rarely receive meaningful buffs while also comprising the majority of the rolling pool.

All of this holds true today for the current New Year’s event but I feel that the amount of valuable cards has increased, albeit in the higher rarities. This in turn creates a conundrum: risk rolling in hopes of the top prizes as cannot be Monster Exchanged for, or ignore the 7-stars and simply Exchange or IAP Bundle for the cards you desire.

For the most part, I would go with the Monster Exchange route and pray the free rolls yield something meaningful as the bottom rarity is truly disastrous.

Video commentary

—video coming Monday—

Overview

New Year’s REM Pros & Cons – February 2021
Pros
Cons
  • Some highly valuable cards
    • Hard to replicate what they do
    • 8 & 9* can be Monster Exchanged
  • All strong cards locked behind higher rarities
  • Terribly lackluster bottom rarities
    • Why do 4-stars still exist?
  • No Weapon Assists outside 9-stars
  • Majority of rolls will be disappointing
New Year REM – February 1, 2021
 9 Star base
 8 Star base 2534  
 7 Star base 2537 2536  
 6 Star base 2535 
 5 Star base 3419 2574 LD Hanzo
 4 Star base 3420 2540
New Year’s REM – February 2021
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D LD Hanzo 3420

Order within each tier is random and not reflective of ranking

Icons show Base form

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

Continue reading New Year’s REM Review and Analysis – February 2021

Current Super Godfest is Nothing Special (Jan 31 – Feb 2, 2021)

Introduction

Super Godfests are special 10-Stone events where players will have at least a 1/3 or 33% chance of acquiring any Godfest Exclusive. For the sake of value, I will always lump in the Samurai 3 series into the pool of “good” (aka GFE) pool as their Weapon Assists are some of the best.

As such, the current Super Godfest running from January 31 – February 2 is entirely average and is nearly 10% lower chances for acquiring a GFE or Samurai 3 card compared to the recent Player’s Choice Godfest.

With this in mind, I would be most inclined to skip this event as it is nothing special and we will have essentially a similar event featuring a tiny bit above 1/3 GFE rates on a regular basis.

On a different note, I miss the days of when GHNA named their Super Godfests.

Video commentary


Rolling pool

A Super Godfest will always feature at least 1/3 chance for any Godfest Exclusive for 10 Magic Stones per roll and this should be used as a baseline to determine the value of a given event. Continue reading Current Super Godfest is Nothing Special (Jan 31 – Feb 2, 2021)

Kamen Rider Collab REM Review and Analysis – January 2021

Introduction

The Kamen Rider Collab returns to North America along with various buffs to existing monsters as well as several new cards.

As a whole, I feel this event is underwhelming from a rolling point of view due to the lower potency of the bottom rarity cards who comprise 77.3% of the rolling pool. While each card does have a Weapon Assist , the bottom rarity ones are often easily replaced by other options which in turn grants them lower usability.

With this in mind, I would be most inclined to do the free rolls and utilize the Monster Exchange system or IAP bundles if truly interested in the higher value cards.

Due to various health issues, this article will be lacking a modest amount of text as typing is incredibly painful and voice-text was not working for me along with having to change my work flow/process within a short period of time.

I have still included pros & cons for each card but the larger text summaries may be missing. With that being said, the corresponding video will be unchanged and will provide further elaboration if the pros & cons are insufficient.

Video commentary

—video coming Monday—

Overview

Kamen Rider Collab REM Pros & Cons – January 2021
Pros
Cons
  • All cards have Weapon Assists
    • Grants more value for dupes
  • 6 Magic Stones per roll
  • Monster Exchange uses five 6* GFE
  • Big rolling pool
    • Should be harder to get Dupes
  • 3 Funky orb skins
  • Big rolling pool
    • Harder to get what you want
  • May just be a Monster Exchange, no Roll event
    • More efficient
  • Bottom rarity cards have middling value overall
    • Many are easily replaced
    • Comprise 77.3% of rolls
Kamen Rider Collab REM
6 Star base
(22.7% total)
       
 
5 Star base
(77.3% total)
 
Kamen Rider Collab – January 2021
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Order within each tier is random and not reflective of ranking

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

Continue reading Kamen Rider Collab REM Review and Analysis – January 2021

Ruler of Hell’s Halls Strategies & Planning for Seina

Introduction

My wrists have been hurting for the past few weeks which makes typing painful and nearly impossible. Thankfully, I made most of this already for myself and made it prettier for the purposes of publishing.

I am trying to minimize how much I type so large parts of this will be done via video but should hopefully give you insight into how I approach World of Carnage 2 / Ruler of Hell’s Hall with my Seina team.

Video commentary

Includes PADX walkthrough & breakdown of my strategies

Devil Title clear


General Strategies

  • Stalling F1-8 must have 2 spawns to prevent their ATK buff
  • Use Seina active post-Transform for easy stalling
    • Match 1 Water, 1 Fire, 1 Heart combo
  • Always use Seina last when using board/orb changers
  • VDP pretty much kills any early spawn
  • Super Resolve means you have to kill a spawn twice
    • Row Fire Row can kill most and is less orb hungry compared to VDP

Continue reading Ruler of Hell’s Halls Strategies & Planning for Seina