There weren’t many changes that were relevant to most NA players, but seeing as they — Shiva Dragon and Kite — may define the direction future leaders take they are worth analyzing. One surprising change was devil Haku being removed from the sub list, a change they apparently didn’t feel was necessary to document.
Shiva Dragon Puts Shiva to Shame?
It isn’t difficult to discern that Shiva Dragon is quite strong. While its sub pool is smaller than Awoken Shiva’s, there are plenty of quality fire god options. The most glaring omissions would be Kagutsuchi and Cao Cao, but Urd, RValk, Ares and YamaTake aren’t embarrassing. Outside the sub pool, Shiva Dragon is vastly superior, sporting a higher ATK multiplier with no combo requirement, a better active and arguably better awakenings.
I was particularly impressed with the following Ultimate Arena clear:
This sets a dangerous precedent for the monster point shop, making it an outlet to purchase the best leaders in the game. I’m not really sure how I feel about it — my initial impression is “it’ll be fine” — but I can see how it could be disheartening for players that struggled to obtain Awoken Shiva or similar leader.
Kite Debuts as an A+ Lead
It’s hard to argue with a 64x lead debuting at A+. The DQXQ portion of his leader skill makes him incredibly easy to activate and makes it simple to incorporate the five-orb match (is there a good term for this yet?) onto your board and hit that 64x. His awakenings are good and board changes are always strong actives. I definitely think the A+ is well deserved, but I’m not sure if he’ll ever reach S rank. For pure damage leads, his main S-rank competitors are Ra, Bastet and Juggler. While I can see him eclipsing Juggler since he isn’t as orb-hungry, I’m not sure about Ra or Bastet. However, like with most new PAD additions, we really need a few weeks context to determine his true worth; he hasn’t even had a chance to run challenge dungeons yet.
Why Did Haku Fall Off the List?
At first, I thought this was a strange omission, especially since it was never noted in their change history. It does make sense, though, as most row-based teams simply don’t cut it nowadays, especially those where Haku is an ideal sub: Pandora, DMeta, Beelzebub, and RSonia. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Pandora, Beelzebub and RSonia to fall off the leader list soon.
I still think Awoken Haku should be an A rank sub, though. She’s great on Awoken Anubis and Infinirog, both who are A+ leads. Maybe I’m just overvaluing the awoken Chinese, but I’ll soon get to see firsthand whether I’m mistaken or correct.
Did I miss something? Please leave a comment and let me know!