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Hera-Is Ranking Tournament Strategies and Planning

Introduction

Ranking Tournaments are finally returning to North America and gives players an opportunity to complete their various quests along with earning the highly coveted crowns. This time around, Hera-Is will come with a no Inherits restrictions which will force players to choose very specific subs and can compromise some team building strategies.

The goal of these tournaments is to “test” our skill by imposing a scoring system to determine your percentile ranking.

In these ranking dungeons, we are scored based on 3 criteria:

  1. Average combos made: 5,000 points per combo
  2. Time Remaining: 500 points per second remaining
  3. Maximum damage: up to 10,000 points if you hit 40 million.

However, due to the fact that there has been an exceptionally long content gap between this dungeon’s JP release and NA debut, brand new strategies and compositions will need to be used. I guess you can view a long content gap as a brand new dungeon as tactics of old have become less meta.

Video Commentary

–video coming soon—

My own clears will be published once the event goes live

Dungeon overview

 Floor  Monster HP Comments
 1
Dragon Killer Balance killer
173,700
342,756
1,340,228
Darken 3 random orbs for 5 turns
Lock all fire orbs
 2
God Killer 37
1,391,806 -99% preemptive gravity
 3
Balance killer
1,877,083 -1s orb movement for 3 turns
 4
Dragon Killer Healer Killer
3,027,031 Absorbs 5 or less combos
50% reduction vs Light
 5
God Killer Balance killer
1,739,028 +10% Jammer skyfall
 6
God Killer Devil killer
3,798,827 Preemptive skill bind

The dungeon is quite straight forward and outside of the first floor, no real mechanics to deal with.

Dungeon summary

  • All floors have a significant amount of health (cannot button)
  • God God Killer Killer has significant value
  • Light and Dark are disadvantaged for hitting damage cap
  • No Predras Fire PreDRA
  • 5 turn actives can be used more than once
  • First floor will spawn 3 fire orbs and lock them which can ruin various board changers
  • 3 orbs are darkened at random (can still be matched away)

Continue reading Hera-Is Ranking Tournament Strategies and Planning

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Efficient Cosmic Trinity Farming with Mantastic and Fantastic

Introduction

Cosmic Trinity is one of the hardest dungeons in the game as it features 6 floors of randomly spawned Descend Bosses that gain increasingly higher stats. Furthermore, if you are able to survive the randomness of each floor, you will be greeted by one of three incredibly challenging bosses on floor 7.

It is both the randomness, massive damage output, and health of the each floor that makes Cosmic Trinity challenging. However, if you have well invested teams with the appropriate Killers and inherits, you will be able to overcome the majority of floors and even cheese your way through the final floor.

However, even the most prepared teams can face certain death if the wrong spawns do appear so it can be challenging to have a perfect clear rate.

With all that being said, I have devised an efficient set up for my two account that enables me to easily bypass all 3 final boss encounters with Cthulhu  and Nyarlathotep  being killed in one or two turns.

Video commentary/gameplay

–videos coming soon—

Fine print

This is not the only efficient set up that can be created but is the best I can put together given my two Monster Boxes. I still require some stalling on the first floor, but given Dark Metatron’s durability, it is rarely a problem and is even easier when I play with just myself. Continue reading Efficient Cosmic Trinity Farming with Mantastic and Fantastic

New Split Evolutions Review/Era of Follow Up Attack – August 16, 2017

Introduction

The Norns comprise three older Godfest Exclusives: Urd , Skuld , and Verdandi  who all possess powerful board changers but have slowly fallen out of favour due to the inability to successfully use on current meta teams. However, with the release of their new split evolutions, they gain dramatic improvements to their capabilities as a sub due to the addition of 7 Combo 45 and Follow Up Attack  awakenings.

These two awakenings are some of the most powerful ones currently available as it can dramatically shift your playstyle and strategies when playing through challenging content. Furthermore, both 7 Combo and Follow Up Attack help comprise what I like to call the “Holy Trinity” of powerful awakenings with Guard Break  being the third.

In addition, all the Sonias  received their own split evolutions along with Denebola  and Zuoh .

This article will examine the Norns new found viability as well as providing advice on how to maximize their potential. In addition, I will touch upon the other new split evolutions to better aid you in your decision making of which one to pursue.

Video commentary

—video coming soon—

The Holy Trinity

The Holy Trinity of awakenings (45  ) are the three most powerful traits a monster can have. However, due to their relatively young age, they are not commonly seen across many cards. Thus, cards that do possess at least one will gain significant value while we wait for cards/evolutions to trickle in from JP. Continue reading New Split Evolutions Review/Era of Follow Up Attack – August 16, 2017

Monster Point Card Flowchart and Buying Advice – August 13, 2017

Introduction

GungHo has been amazingly generous with the free daily Monster Points and many players are now able to make their very first purchase. However, Powercreep has shifted the landscape of what constitutes a formidable leader and you may actually be better off saving your Monster Points for new cards to be released if none of the current (or soon to be released) ones bring significant value to your box.

This article will be mostly focused around the flowchart I have prepared. The content is based on recommendations that hold true today and things may change if new cards/awakenings/meta shifts occur.

Video commentary

—video coming soon—

The flowchart

The following flowchart is designed to take into consideration all the current content released in JP. However, like tier lists, these recommendations should be taken with a grain of salt as your individual situation may dictate a different outcome.

Clicking the following image will enlarge it and open a new tab.

I wrote an older article that encompasses some of the more ideal/required subs for Ra Dragon and Dark Athena which can be found HERE. Below is a copy/paste of what comprises a more core team for these two leaders and holds relatively true today: Continue reading Monster Point Card Flowchart and Buying Advice – August 13, 2017

June Bride Collab Overview – August 2017

Introduction

I spent the past (BC long) weekend with my family and did not have access to a desktop to write a review for the June July August Collab. As such, this will mostly be a quick summary of the cards and what to expect when rolling.

This post will be significantly more brief compared to other reviews due to time constraints.

Last year, the main focus of these cards was to help bolster your Myr Miru teams. However, Myr has been steadily falling out of favour, but thankfully, Yog-Sothoth  is the new premier light leader who can benefit from many of the featured Monsters.

Video commentary

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Pancaaake’s rolling adventure

I also deliver one of the best puns of 2017

Rolls at a glance

June Bride REM
 8 Star base  W Gadius 
 7 Star base W Satsilo 
 6 Star base W Ra W Bastet
 5 Star base W Akechi W Ruka W Kano F
 4 Star base W Echidna W Cinderella W Sopdet W Iza W Lilith
June Bride REM Rankings
 S  
A W Akechi 
B W Satsilo W Iza
C W Ra W Gadius
D W Bastet W Echidna W Cinderella W Sopdet W Lilith W Ruka W Kano F

Waifu/Husbando factor

Because looks matter and I chuckle every time I see the Innocent Newlywed as part of the card’s name. Should not be a motivating factor in rolling

June Bride REM Artwork Rankings
 S   
A W Akechi W Echidna W Satsilo
B W Sopdet
C  W Bastet W Ruka
D   W Cinderella W Gadius W Lilith W Kano F W Ra W Iza

S = Need a new box of tissues
A = Makes an acceptable wallpaper
B = 5/7
C = Has a porpoise and will get asked out on dates
D = Why are you in this Collab?! Continue reading June Bride Collab Overview – August 2017

New Evolutions August 3, 2017 Review

Introduction

Last night, GungHo NA/EU did a surprise release of numerous new evolutions for existing cards that now present players who own the cards to make some tough decisions as to which path they pursue.

For the most part, these new evolutions follow a different path compared to the existing ones and you must choose either option A or B. For the most part, most of these paths are relatively balanced and it is up to you to decide whether or nor the new form is worth pursuing.

This article will examine the pros and cons of the new forms compared to the existing evolutions to better help you decide which route to pursue.

Video commentary

—video coming soon—

Foreword on evolutions

Puzzle and Dragons possesses one of the more complex evolution trees for video games as some monsters have convoluted paths.

Generally speaking, a Reincarnated evolution will be the strongest form a card can assume, but it must go through an Awoken evolution beforehand. Reincarnated and Awoken forms have different base skills compared to their starting evolution and is often stronger by comparison but may also have no natural skill up available. However, the Reincarnated form gains 1,000 weighted stats, a significantly more powerful leader skill, and triple typing. Continue reading New Evolutions August 3, 2017 Review

Flight of the Dragon Lords Godfest Review and Analysis

Godfest basics

When making the decision to roll or save your magic stones, you need to determine if the featured pantheons can benefit or complement your teams. Chasing for one specific monster is unwise as you will most likely be disappointed and should ideally have Godfests that overlap with many target cards. Remember all monsters that come out of the REM will qualify for Skill Inheritance so do not be too hasty when selling dupes. For a more detailed team building help, please refer to my Popular Leader’s and their Full Sub List Post which is in the process of being updated. Lastly, to find more information about a specific pantheon or monster, refer to my Master List to better refine your search. If you are considering to purchase any of the Monster Point cards, please refer to my updated Tier List for help and advice.

I also encourage you to visit my discord Discord server as it is full of knowledgeable and friendly people.

Introduction

The Flight of the Dragon Lords Godfest features the first ever 6x GFE rates for NA/EU along with +50 to a random stat to all rolls. While 6x is a new milestone, it comes with no featured pantheons along with a questionable 2x rates carnival.

However, GungHo will also be tempting players with two brand new Godfest Exclusives: Cthugha  and the all mighty Yog-Sothoth .

While Cthugha offers an interesting kit, the real prize and focus will be on Yog-Sothoth who is capable of leading one of the strongest teams in the game that has a low skill cap, modest orb requirements, and outrageous damage potential combined with a defensive multiplier.

Video commentary

–video coming soon–

Rolls at a glance

Flight of the Dragon Lords Godfest
No true Pantheon


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Day 1
 
 
2x rates

  3390 3391 3392   Kali Dark Kali
Sherias Roots Sherias Fenrir Viz Fenrir 3372 3371 Gremory Ronove 2991 2993
2997  3268 3414 3416   
6x Rates



Day 2
 
 
2x rates

Gadius Cross Typhon Ryune Saria Sylvie Ult Zuoh 3236 3414 3416 
Eschamali Scheat Australis Ult Tsubaki Ult Sumire Ult Kaede 3233  3371 3372
     Sherias Roots Sherias
6x Rates

Ranking the cards – Pantheons & GFE

These rankings I assign cards are my own and take into consideration the card’s value as a leader, sub, inherit, and possibly any niche role they fulfill. In order to rank in the highest tier, the card has to excel in their respective role and cannot feasibly be replaced by anyone else. This can also be thought of as a Best in Slot card and tends to have applications on the top tier teams.

Despite my best to remain neutral, there is always the potential for bias and you need to be able to examine a card and determine if it can benefit your unique Monster Box and situation. Continue reading Flight of the Dragon Lords Godfest Review and Analysis