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Early Harvest Godfest: Chinese Celestials, Japanese 2, Indian 2, and Mechanical 1 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 compliment 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 full list Popular Leader’s and their Full Sub List Post. 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 a Four Gentlemen card, please read my Review and Comparison HERE.


Introduction

The Early Harvest Godfest comes hard on the heels of the 10-Stone GFE REM . While Godfest Exclusives are tremendously powerful, you still need regular REM card support to excel and GungHo is presenting us with some of the stronger pantheons. In addition, many of these cards have received new ultimate evolutions in the past month that grant them even more viability.

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Day 1
Chinese Celestials Japanese 2
Awoken Leilan Awoken Karin MeiMei Sakuya Haku 2981 2982 2983 Awoken Izanagi 2985
GFE
rodin Blodin Green Odin Urd Skuld ult evo Verd Kali Dark Kali
Metatron dtron Fenrir Viz Fenrir Gremory Ronove 2991 Ryune
Saria Sylvie 2993 2997 Sherias Roots Sherias Balboa Baldin
Gadius Typhon




Day 2
Indian 2 Mechanical 1
3068 3069 3070 3071 3072 3054 3056 3058 3060 3062
GFE
Kali Dark Kali Ult Tsubaki Ult Sumire Ult Kaede Ryune Saria Sylvie
Kanna Baby Satsuki Ult Zuoh Ilm Sherias Roots Sherias Baldin Balboa
Sherias Roots Sherias Red Sonia Blue Sonia Green Sonia Eschamali Scheat Australis
Gadius Typhon

Video commentary

Day 1:

The Chinese Celestials are one of the oldest pantheons in Puzzle an Dragons and have begun to fall behind in the current meta. This is mostly due to the dominance of heart cross leaders require board changers that produce heart orbs. This leaves them in a somewhat awkward place as their board change will rarely be as strong as someone who produces 3 elements with one being hearts. However, if other leaders begin to follow similar patterns as Krishnia 3068, they may begin to see more viability. One thing to keep in mind is their ability to be inherited onto other mono-colour teams who may be better able to combo with their actives.

On the other hand, the Japanese 2 pantheon is relatively new and is home to five new and powerful awoken cards. None of them follow any sense of pattern and instead provide unique playstyles as leaders while harbouring interesting active skills. Due to their relative unique-ness, they are fun leaders to play and are capable of clearing some endgame content.

Day 1 is reasonably strong is you are looking to play non-heart cross leaders as they offer some of the stronger mono-colour subs along with unique leaders.

Continue reading Early Harvest Godfest: Chinese Celestials, Japanese 2, Indian 2, and Mechanical 1 Review and Analysis

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Spice of Life Godfest: Eygptian 1, Mechanical 1, Arch Demons, and Sengoku 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 compliment 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 full list Popular Leader’s and their Full Sub List Post. 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 a Four Gentlemen card, please read my Review and Comparison HERE.


Introduction

The Spice of Life Godfest promises to warm your heart with a dash of Nutmeg and Six-Star Godfest Exclusives. The weather outside may be frightful, but our rolls will be delightful. Day 1 features the iconic Egyptian 1 and the newer Mechanical 1 series while Day 2 offers the Arch Demons and new ultimately evolved Sengoku series. In addition, each day features a varying array of Godfest Exclusives.

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Day 1
Egyptian 1 Mechanical 1
Horus Isis Bastet Ra Awoken Anubis 3054 Alrescha 3058 3060 3062
GFE
Red Sonia Blue Sonia Green Sonia Metatron dtron Eschamali Scheat Australis
Ult Zuoh Ilm Gadius Typhon Ryune Saria Sylvie Sherias Roots
Sherias Fenrir Viz Fenrir Baldin Balboa Gremory Ronove 2991
2993 2997




Day 2
Arch Demons Sengoku
Belial Amon Astaroth Baal Awoken Archdemon Lucifer 3101 3103 3105 3107 d-d-akechi
GFE
rodin Blodin Green Odin Metatron dtron Kali Dark Kali Urd
Skuld ult evo Verd Ult Tsubaki Ult Sumire Ult Kaede Kanna Baby Satsuki Ult Zuoh
Ilm Sherias Roots Sherias Baldin Balboa Gremory Ronove 2991
2993 2997

Video commentary

Day 1:

Day 1 features the old, but iconic Egyptian 1 pantheon who has received several new evolutions through the PAD Cross collaboration. Unfortunately, these evolutions do not bring them back to their former glory days of power and simply offer a more viable alternative than their current Awoken Evolution. You can read more about the PAD Cross review HERE. On the other hand, Awoken Isis Isis is still one of the most desired cards while Awoken Ra Ra remains a push-button staple.

On the other hand, the Mechanical 1 series is relatively new and has also received powerful ultimate evolutions. These new evolutions attempt to categorize them as better subs or leaders, but 95% of the time, the evolution with the God Killer God Killer awakening will be superior unless you need the sub colour for a specific team. Sadly, the Mechanical 1 series are a bunch of heart breakers in heart-cross meta which does diminish their overall value.

The featured Godfest Exclusives may feel lackluster as they do not include Kaede Ult Kaede or Dark Kali Dark Kali who are both somewhat instrumental to some of the top tier teams.
Continue reading Spice of Life Godfest: Eygptian 1, Mechanical 1, Arch Demons, and Sengoku Review and Analysis

+80 Box Space, I mean Version 9.4.2 Update Review

Introduction

Upon waking up today, thousands of Puzzle and Dragoners were greeted with an additional 80 box space and team cost that came with the 9.4.2 update. In this article, I wish to highlight all the noteworthy changes along with how I feel they will impact our PAD life.

You should always refer to the official patch notes as I may gloss over certain updates etc. This can be found HERE.

Video Commentary

New evolutions

9.4.2 comes with new split evolutions for Spica, Mitsunari, and Akechi that better defines them as either leaders or subs.

Spica

3058 3057

Unless you love the art work or in desperate need for the sub colour, the Wood/Water Spica 3058 is the strongest option as she comes with a wonderful God Killer God Killer and dual Skill Boost Skill Boost awakenings. Spica may have new found usage (despite the Heart Cross meta) as a sub for Machine Athena 3074 due to her Machine typing. She is also phenomenally pretty.

Mitsunari

3105 mitsuaria-evo

Mitsunari is an often forgotten card as he struggled to find a team to call home. Even his leader form of Wood/Dark is lackluster due to the active skill clause. Thus, we lose the mask and bring 4 wood row Wood Row awakenings with an active that converts the whole board to wood, dark, and heart orbs along with 2 turns of haste on a 13 turn cooldown. This can be useful as either an inherit for mono wood or dark teams or as a stellar sub on wood teams that are row based.

One interesting option for using Mitsunari is on Awoken Liu Bei A Liu Bei teams if you are struggling to farm up numerous Dios Ult Zeus Dios as a Mitsunari + Liu Bei active results in a full board of wood orbs. However, this does take more time due to pressing an additional button and going through the haste animation. Conversely, you can also use Mitsunari as a means to help overcome combo shields with his tri-colour board active.

Akechi

d-d-akechi 3110

Akechi is regarded as one of the strongest dark cards in the game due to his overwhelming active that forms dark and heart orbs along with enhancing all dark orbs. This combines two mechanics into one and allowed for spectacular burst damage when used in conjunction with Haku Haku. In addition, it also means you can save a sub slot as you combine an enhance and orb change. Unfortunately, Akechi’s own base stats and awakenings were lackluster until his new ultimate evolution!

Most players will have already evolved him into his D/D d-d-akechi as he now brings a spectacular 4 dark row Dark row awakenings and 750 base stats. Amusingly, the other Akechi evolution allows him to achieve 64x ATK with a 5o1e and dark+light match. However, this is impractical as your choices of board refreshes are limited and you are almost always better of going with the D/D evolution. Continue reading +80 Box Space, I mean Version 9.4.2 Update Review

PAX West 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 compliment 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 full list Popular Leader’s and their Full Sub List Post. 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 a Four Gentlemen card, please read my Review and Comparison HERE.


Video Commentary

Introduciton

The PAX West Godfest comes jammed backed with +30 rolls and 4x GFE rates to celebrate one of the largest gaming conventions happening in Seattle. As with any of my Godfest reviews, I will try my best to add clarification and insight for the featured pantheons. Due to the rarity of GFE, it can be challenging to roll for them and you should have a strong fallback option with the pantheons that are also featured.

Dark Midnight Gala  Nobunaga Sheen
Day 1 Japanese 2 & Indian 2 GFE
2981 2982 Kush Awoken Izanagi 2985
Krishna 3069 Vishnu Ganesha 3072
rodin Blodin Green Odin Metatron dtron
Red Sonia Blue Sonia Green Sonia Fenrir Viz Fenrir
Urd Skuld ult evo Verd Gremory Ronove
Gadius Typhon Ryune Saria Sylvie
Eschamali Scheat Australis Sherias Roots Sherias
Baldin Balboa
Day 2 Egyptian 1 & Mechanical 1 GFE
Horus Isis Bastet Ra Awoken Anubis
3054 Alrescha 3058 3060 3062
rodin Blodin Green Odin Kali Dark Kali
Ult Tsubaki Ult Sumire Ult Kaede Kanna Baby Satsuki
Urd Skuld ult evo Verd Ult Zuoh Ilm

Question Orb A different Gala Question Orb
Day 3  Greco Roman 1 & Angel 2 GFE
Minerva Neptune Awoken Ceres Venus Awoken Hades
Rozuel 
Famiel Ruel Ariel Lumiel
Metatron dtron Red Sonia Blue Sonia Green Sonia
Urd Skuld ult evo Verd Kali Dark Kali
Gadius Typhon Ryune Saria Sylvie
Ult Zuoh Ilm Eschamali Scheat Australis
Sherias Roots Sherias Baldin Balboa Gremory
Ronove

Day 1:

Day 1 features the newly Awoken Japanese 2 and the nearly Uuevo-ed Indian 2 series. The Japanese 2 used to be one of the most dominating sets of gods to roll for; however, time has not been too kind and their Awoken Evolutions do help round out team rosters, but none become meta changing leaders of their heyday. One thing to note is that most cards lose their God typing through an Awoken Evolution.

Conversely, the Indian 2 pantheon has been one of the weakest and thankfully, GungHo has been giving them some love through Uuevos that created a surprisingly powerful Sarasvati. We are still waiting for Krishna and Vishnu to have theirs announced and hopefully they become just as powerful.

Continue reading PAX West Godfest Review and Analysis

Cosmic Getaway Godfest: Greco-Roman 2, Mechanical 1 & 2, and Hero Gods Review and Analysis

When making the decision to roll or save your magic stones, you need to determine if the featured pantheons can benefit or compliment 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 full list Popular Leader’s and their Full Sub List Post. Lastly, to find more information about a specific pantheon or monster, refer to my Master List to better refine your search.


The Cosmic Getaway Godfest introduces the new Godfest Exclusive cards Sherias Sherias and Baldin Baldin. These two formidable dragons bring both stunning art and new utility for a variety of teams. I will be creating a separate posting detailing their uses so stay tuned/check back over the weekend. Outside of the two new cards, the featured gods and select GFE will appear at a 3x rate. It is a shame GungHo is featuring the newly Awoken Greco-Roman 2 gods with the lacklustre Mechanical 2 series. However, day 2 is more promising as the Mechanical 1 is gaining more viability on mono colour teams and the Hero pantheon are still the heros that their name implies.

Water Gala of the Tides Water
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Day 1
Greco-Roman 2 Mechanical 2
Awoken Ares A Hermes Awoken Artemis Awoken Apollo Awoken Persephone Denebola Acubens Algedi Alcyone Hamal
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Day 2
Hero Mechanical 1
Bankai Yamato Bankai Andro Bankai Perseus Wukong bankai Awoken Pandora Antares Alrescha Spica Pollux Castor

Day 1:

The Greco-Roman 2 are renown for their double orb changer active that converts two different elements into their primary colour. This is fantastic for teams who wish to flood the board with their desired colour and generally is best on row based teams. With the introduction of their awoken evolutions, players now have a tough decision to make as each evolution offers different benefits.

On the other hand, the Mechanical 2 series are one of the newer pantheons and feature monsters who have a hard time fitting in due to a lack of synergy. Only Hamal Hamal can be effectively used at the moment and it would be best to avoid rolling for this pantheon until more cards are released or the jammer meta is more solidified. Lastly, none of the Mechanical 2 Gods have an ultimate evolution and may not for some time.
Continue reading Cosmic Getaway Godfest: Greco-Roman 2, Mechanical 1 & 2, and Hero Gods Review and Analysis

10MM Ranking Tournament Strategies

Quick! Everyone grab your Shiva Dragons Shiva D for a top 1% ranking and shiny hat. Wait…Awoken Horus Horus, what are you doing here? Welcome to the 10 Million Downloads Ranking Tournament that features a pre-set rainbow team that somewhat evens the playing field as everyone is forced to use the same team. As such, there will be no theory crafting component, but instead I will do a brief run down of the dungeon and my strategies used to achieve a high score. All players should complete this ranking dungeon due to the ease due to the floors not attacking and having a full hypermaxed team. Lastly, you have a chance at acquiring a spirit jewel or an evolved Fagan and a hefty amount of rank experience.

Ranking dungeon scoring criteria

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.

With these in mind, you want to plan/match as quickly as possible to score higher while sweeping every floor. A higher amount of combos will be favourable and needed to burst through several of the floors.

Your team at a glance

Each member of your team is max level, +297 and max skilled.

 Awoken Horus (Leader)
Horus
Enhnaced Fire Orb Enhnaced Fire Orb TPA Time Extend
Enhance fire orbs & +2s orb movement
4 turn CD

16x ATK – 4 colours
20.25x ATK – 5 colours
1.5x ATK using an active
45.56x ATK – 5 colours + active

 Subs
 Antares
Antares
2,418 ATK
 Alreshca
Alrescha
1,948 ATK
 Spica
Spica
1,980 ATK
 Castor
Castor
2,575 ATK
 Heart Arrow Fire
1 turn haste
7 turn CD
 Heart Arrow Water
1 turn haste
7 turn CD
 Heart Arrow Green
1 turn haste
7 turn CD
 Heart Arrow Dark
1 turn haste
7 turn CD

With Awoken Horus as your leader, you must be able to consistently match 4 different colours (ideally 5) to trigger your damage multiplier. Furthermore, using an active grants a significant damage boost and I will go into detail after the dungeon introduction as to where you should be using your actives. Your strongest element is fire because both Horus and Antares sharing the fire element. Dark is your second strongest due to the sub colour from Horus and the high attack on Castor. You can utilize fire and dark TPA for even more damage. Lastly, each of your subs convert the useless heart orbs into a usable colour while providing 1 turn of haste.

Dungeon at a glance

The dungeon consists of 6 floors that will not attack you and simply stare at your while you play.

Floor Hp/defence Active to use
 1 Awoken Leilan 1,225,486 / 376 Horus
2  Awoken Karin 1,225,486 / 376 Spica
 3 MeiMei 188,889/*977,778*  Antares
 4 Haku 1,225,486 / 376  Horus
 5 Sakuya 4,031,042 / 376  Alrescha
 6 Fagan 4,968,040 / 653  Castor Horus

With the exception of Meimei on floor 3, all floors simply have a specific amount of health you need to nuke down. Meimei has nearly 1 million defence, and you must use Antares to generate more fire orbs (they will be enhanced due to the countless +heart awakenings on the team) and you simply need to match your 5 colours and fire TPA to pierce through. The rest of the floors are require an active of some sort to proc your additional damage, but try to use Spica on floor 2 to generate enough wood orbs to deal with the water based Karin. Horus used on floor 1 will be ready again for the boss.

Do note that the actives listed per floor are simply a guideline, you may have to deviate if things do not go according to plan, but it helps to have a template to autopilot off of.

Strategy

The strategy is quite straightforward due to a lack of dungeon mechanics and is mostly a test of your rainbow matching skills. If you can follow the active usage chart above, you should be able to sweep every floor without too much difficulty. The key to scoring high is being able to plan and execute your matches quickly. You only have access to 2 time extend Time Extend awakenings which may feel frustrating and requires you to be precise in your matching.

Video

My top 1.8% ranking play through that has some room for improvement but should at least give some inspiration for achieving a high score. There is no voice-over as there is not much to say and mostly consists of me rambling to myself or swearing. Upon reflection, I should have dropped the orb sooner on the first few floors to save a few extra seconds.

Conclusion

Maybe I will get a hat this time, but it is going to require a modest amount of RNG to score higher as the max damage is where a large portion of your points can come from. Perhaps if I can save Antares for a later floor, I may be able to burst higher, but will still require more runs to do so.

Ranking 10M

Happy Puzzling!

10 Million Downloads Godfest Analysis and Review (Norse, Mechanical 1 & 2, and Chinese Celestials)

The 10 Million Downloads Godfest comes on the eve before the Final Fantasy Collab and gives players a tough decision on where to spend their stones. To complicate matters further, a Player’s Choice Godfest should be in the near future and will most likely feature the most coveted monsters. However, the 10M Downloads Godfest features some powerful monsters that will come out with +10 to each stat and coincides with the highly favoured Midnight Gala.

When making the decision to roll or save your magic stones, you need to determine if the featured pantheons can benefit or compliment 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 full list Popular Leader’s and their Full Sub List Post. Lastly, to find more information about a specific pantheon or monster, refer to my Master List to better refine your search.

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Day 1
Norse Mechanical 1
Freyr I&I Awoken Freyja Thor Awoken Loki Antares Alrescha Spica Pollux Castor
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Day 2
Chinese Celestials Mechanical 2
Awoken Leilan Awoken Karin MeiMei Sakuya Haku Denebola Acubens Algedi Alcyone Hamal

Day 1:

Day one features the highly sought after Norse Gods along with the modestly powerful Mechanical 1 series. The Norse Gods all have their awoken forms and grant 2x damage for their primary and sub elements along with forming powerful tank teams. They are mostly used on their respective mono-colour teams, but can sometimes play a role in rainbow teams due to enhancing two colours and providing double skill lock resist Skill Lock Resist awakenings. Lastly, by boosting damage for two turns, you can use on the floor prior to the boss to ensure you sweep it while conserving your other actives.

The Mechanical 1 Pantheon is relatively new and features Machine / God type monsters. They have an interesting set of awakenings and provide 2 skill bind resist Skill Lock Resist along with a powerful active that removes jammer and poison orbs. They can also form 16x leads with 51% damage reduction from 4 different elements. However, their main downfall is a lack of an ultimate evolution and will only be a matter of time before they gain strong potential.

If you are looking to bolster your skill bind resistance, Day 1 is a fantastic time to roll. Continue reading 10 Million Downloads Godfest Analysis and Review (Norse, Mechanical 1 & 2, and Chinese Celestials)