Wood being my main element, I’m obviously ecstatic about this announcement, but I must say he was the god from Japanese 1 that least needed an upgrade. I guess if they plan on finishing off the pantheon, the order doesn’t matter much. I’m sure many Verdandi users busted a collective nut as he looks to be G/R and he’d help address her biggest weakness: healing.
I’m really curious how they’re going to change his active skill. I think most would agree every awoken uevo up to this point has a better active skill than their predecessors, particularly when usability, synergy and cooldown time are considered. This is generally achieved by adding an additional clause to the original active or improving an existing one while reducing the cooldown. This precedent has me both hopeful and fearful for a change to Susano’s active. On one hand I wouldn’t mind trading some raw power for a lower cooldown, perhaps approaching Dark Izanami, Phoenix Rider or, god forbid, Baggi levels of power. On the other hand, I hope they don’t dilute the defensive power by adding an affect that serves no purpose. An additional affect could also be bad if it means adding a turn or two extra to the cooldown. If they aren’t looking to push Susano’s power level too far — wood doesn’t need much help these days — I hope they treat the active similar to Anubis’s, just making a nominal change, but keeping the active essentially the same (and forcing you to use more Pys… sigh…).
Another thing that has me a bit worried is YamaP’s recent declaration of making rows dominant in the meta again. It’s easy to assume Awoken Susano will have TPAs as his G/L form has one and it’s what wood is all about now, but with the tease of the Sengoku pantheon and each god featuring two rows, there’s a chance they will take this chance to revitalize wood rows (not that they were ever relevant, but you get the point).
I’d say one of the few things wood is missing is an elite damage reducer. I don’t think Kushi counts (if only she had a skill boost) and NA will never get Thief, so I’m really looking forward to what they do with Susano. I’m hoping we get some stats in a month or so.