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NA Stream Recap +100 Free Stones and Where to Spend them

Introduction

Yesterday’s GungHo North American Stream was jam-packed with variuos goodies and surprises and i want to take this time to address all of the upcoming content.

Firstly, all North American players will be receiving 100 Magic Stones for just logging in. This is wonderful and will give players more flexibility in rolling and improving their Monster Box. With that being said, there are more “optimal” ways to spend your Magic Stones and I will be providing my perspective and where I plan to spend them.

In addition to this, numerous new evolutions were released along with buffs to existing cards as well as announcements for future Collabs. Furthermore, North America will enjoy various resets including Best Friends so try to use them before the next update (date is to be announced).

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100 Magic Stones

In the past, we have received 200 Magic Stones spread across 2 months but there will still be players who are new to the game and this may be the most they have ever had at any given time.

With this in mind, I want to stress that one does not have to spend them all at once and these can be held for an ideal event as there is no cap on Magic Stone count. Continue reading NA Stream Recap +100 Free Stones and Where to Spend them

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Yu Yu Hakusho Collab REM Review and Analysis – March 2019

Introduction

This coming Monday marks the return of the Yu Yu Hakusho (YYH) Collab along with various buffs, new evolutions, and 5 additional cards to roll for.

Upon the initial debut, the YYH Collab featured a relatively lackluster roster but was the first event to feature the Monster Exchange system. This system revolutionized how players approached Collab/Seasonal REMs as it enabled us to trade in various cards for one of our choosing. This meant we could avoid rolling in events with poor value at the bottom rarity and acquire the top prize with no additional Magic Stones spent.

As such, many players acquired Yusuke who was game changing upon his debut. Sadly, GungHo has little love for beloved hero and only gave him Limit Break + Super Awakenings.

This may be a let down for many players who were hoping he would gain an improved Leader Skill but while he is no longer considered the best, Yusuke is still a powerful card to own.

This article will highlight the strengths and weaknesses of all the featured cards to give players a better understanding of whether or not Magic Stones should be spent. Finally, one thing to keep in mind is that Monster Hunter will be returning to North America soon and offers significantly more value overall.

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Overview

YYH Pros & Cons – March 28, 2019
Pros
Cons
  • Split evolutions for 6*-cards bring new value
  • All cards have Limit Break/SA
  • Few meaningful buffs to older/lower rarity cards
  • Yusuke was not greatly buffed
  • Most cards are replaceable and few are “must haves”
  • Monster Hunter is coming soon
Yu Yu Hakusho Collab REM
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Yu Yu Hakusho Collab REM Rankings – March 28, 2019
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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 Yu Yu Hakusho Collab REM Review and Analysis – March 2019

Score Challenge – Aim for the S Rank! Strategies + Monster Experience

Introduction

Today marks the first day of the Score Challenge – Aim for the S Rank! dungeon in which players will strive to achieve an S-Rank score to unlock lucrative rewards including a free Dragonbound & Dragon Caller REM roll. Furthermore, players are able to repeatedly clear the dungeon to acquire a lil’ Snow Globe, Monster Experience, and possible chance of a Killer latent Tamadra.

Score Challenge follows the same formula for the current S-Rank system and is quite forgiving as it only requires 140,000 to secure the top rewards. This can be achieved through various means and there are countless different team compositions for success.

In addition to securing an S-Rank, this dungeon can offer an alternative to Training Arena for leveling up monsters.

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Ways to improve your score

S-Ranking dungeons is significantly different compared to Ranking Dungeon as the formula for score calculation is more forgiving. We are scored based on Average Combos, Total Turns taken, and Average Rarity. Continue reading Score Challenge – Aim for the S Rank! Strategies + Monster Experience

Chuan is not Worth the Effort

Introduction

The Dragonbound & Dragon Caller event is in full swing and alongside the exciting REM (full review can be found HERE) is a limiting time Monster Exchange card that is acquired by repeatedly farming the DBDC dungeon.

In essence, players have to continuously play the event dungeon over and over again for the Event Tickets which can drop in Bronze, Silver, and Gold variants. Sadly, GungHo has increased the cost to acquire these cards as they now require 5 Rainbow (worth 5 Gold) Tickets instead of the original 3 when these types of exchanges first came out.

This means players will have to spend 60% more time farming and results in a massive stamina sink. While Eugeo and Saber Assassin were must-have cards (also only requiring 3 Rainbow Tickets) the most recent events have had lackluster options that take longer to farm.

As the title implies, it is not worth farming for Chuan as it is both a massive stamina sink combined with her low usability and possessing no natural Skill Ups.

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You may already have Chuan

Chuan was available in the past from a previous One Shot Challenge so there is a possibility you may already own one. Furthermore, she has no real merit in dupes so the desire to actually farm second one is quite low.

Limit usability

I own Chuan on both of my accounts and have only used her a single time last December during the Courage Ranking Tournament (video can be found HERE). In essence she functioned as an alternative to Zeus Verse as she can quickly sweep floors. This is helped by 4s movement time and No Skyfalls but also requires players to make several combos to deal damage. Furthermore, Chuan does not have to be full health to function so she gains an edge in that sense.

With that being said, Zeus Verse has significantly more universal usability as he has more team building options while also acting as a farming leader and niche cheese gravity option.

Outside of the occasional Ranking Dungeon uses, Chuan does not fulfill any meaningful role as she requires too much effort for farming (cannot swipe boards) and is a very high skill Glass Cannon leader otherwise.

No natural skill ups

Chuan requires 30 Skill Ups and has no natural way to do so. Thus, players would have to spend 30 Pys (15 Rainbowpys) which is a massive investment for little return. Those same Badpys could have been spent on Eir (which I did on both accounts) who has significant value with the 4x HP meta.

Perform the one time Rainbowpy/Super Snow Globe trade

During the DBDC event, players will be able to perform a one-time trade for both a Rainbowpy and Super Snow Globe for 1 Gold Event Ticket each. It is possible to acquire these by naturally clearing the dungeons for a Magic Stone and are worth replaying a bit after to complete these trades.

Go farm Pluses instead

Occurring alongside the DBDC event is the +99 dungeon for 99 stamina. This is one of the most time and stamina efficient ways to farm plus eggs in solo mode and will give you significantly more value compared to farming for Chuan.

If you ever find yourself with excess stamina, dump it here.

Conclusion

Chuan is available through the Monster Exchange system but has limit value/usability while also requiring 5 Rainbow Event Tickets to acquire. This translates into a massive stamina sink for a card that will most likely become a Box Cheerleader.

Let me know what you think about Chuan in the comments below along with your plans for farming or not farming for her.

Happy Puzzling!

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Dracoblader Godfest + New GFE (Sericha & Kio) Review

Introduction

This coming Friday marks the debut of two new Godfest Exclusives (GFE), Sericha and Kio , along with a regular 5-Magic Stone Godfest. For the most part, this Godfest should be skipped as it will feature lackluster rates due to the non-Super status and mostly exists to bait players into trying to roll the two new cards.

As a whole, the two new Godfest Exclusives are wonderfully powerful and unique but will have significantly less applications for the average player. Their main strength comes from their Weapon Assist forms as they are able to transfer awakenings that were never available before.

This article will be focusing on the strengths of the two new Godfest Exclusives, Sericha and Kio.

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Do not roll in the Godfest

Low rates combined with the eventual return of Monster Hunter and YYH Collab means players should be saving their Magic Stones.

New Godfest Exclusives

The two new Godfest Exclusives may seem strange at first due to the mediocre value of their evolved forms and some players being unaware of how powerful the Weapon Assists are. Continue reading Dracoblader Godfest + New GFE (Sericha & Kio) Review

PAD Special Event Tournament 3 Strategies

Introduction

The PAD Special Event Tournament is in full swing and gives players the chance at acquiring a Crown for the top 7%. For the most part, this is a generous range to acquire the primary cosmetic feature in Puzzle and Dragons. Unfortunately, the heavily weighted Matching Bonuses combined with certain teams being vastly superior may feel frustrating for the average player.

This article will explain my though process and team building for scoring well in the PAD Special Event Tournament.

184,506 run

My best recorded run but has room for improvement

Rows are king

The PAD Special Event Tournament features Matching Bonus (additional points for matching specific patterns) with all Rows boosted to 10x their regular value. As a result, any Row matched will yield +2,000 Points and makes it the only real viable strategy. Continue reading PAD Special Event Tournament 3 Strategies

Video Clears – March Level 8, 9, & 10

Introduction

A new month is here along with a new set of Monthly Quests to undertake. This time around, Level 10 featured a painful No Awakenings clause while 9 forced players to rely on 4 seconds of orb movement time. Finally, Level 8 was another Fixed Team with a subtle twist at the end. Regardless, I decided to upload all three of my clears to help provide inspiration as well as hopefully saving some stamina for my fellow players.

Level 10

The key to my Cheese strategy is to use Hades 3270 for massive Dark Damage Reduction paired with an auto healer like Odin Dragon 3264. This combination greatly lowers the chance of accidentally pushing the first floor below 50% (which transforms the spawn to Water and thus losing Damage Reduction) along with making stalling both faster and easier. Other keys are having bicolours with Dark orbs along with the first one used having Orb Unlock.

Level 9

Level 9 only gives players 4 seconds of orb movement time but is also only 1 floor long. Furthermore, it is Gaia Dragon which is easily one shot via VDP which can be easily done via a full board changer + double row maker. This combination yields a 7 Combo board that is easy to manipulate into position.

Level 8

Level 8 if a Fixed Team dungeon that requires players to match 6 or more connected Light or Dark orbs to deal damage. The main hurdles are a single leader bind on Floor 3 and a Light or Dark Absorb on Floor 4.

The leader bind is solved via a row of Heart orbs and the 6-match of Dark/Light while the Absorbs are countered via No Skyfalls fromTokugawa Ieyasu and appropriate orb changers.

Conclusion

This month’s Monthly Quests provide a new twist on current content as it presents players with an interesting set of challenges. For the most part, all dungeons can be cleared with proper planning and it becomes an issue finding what works for your own Monster Box and matching skills.

Let me know how you tackled these dungeons in the comments below.

Happy Puzzling!

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