The changelog is short, but there’s a lot to discuss. The upgrades to Gon-san and Killua were apparently good enough to land them spots on the leader list. Osiris was bumped down a tier on the leader list and Verdandi was removed. It’s time to speculate why.
Do Gon-san and Killua Deserve Their Spots?
While it was easy to concede Kite’s A+ due to “lol 64x”, why Gon and Killua deserve their spots isn’t as readily apparent. First, let’s look at Gon’s new leader skill which sadly hasn’t been updated on PDX yet: “Physical and attacker 1.3x to ATK and HP. Wood 4x ATK when HP is full or below 50%”. This gives wood physical/attacker types 5.2x ATK, or 27.04x when paired with another Gon-san. Add this on top of 1.69x HP and Gon’s nice awakenings — wood is starved for skill boosts — and you have a beast of a leader, especially when one of the best subs in the game, Liu Bei, qualifies for the team as an attacker.
In spite of this, I’m wary of Gon as I’m not a fan of HP-reliant leader skills. I think it really limits what the team can do, especially when preemptives become involved. Sure, the team will dominate farming, but the criteria of this leader list doesn’t include farming (or Goemon would certainly be on it). Perhaps I just have bad memories from when I mained GZL, but it’s annoying to have to worry about your HP levels. It gets even worse when you consider that attacker and physical types aren’t the greatest at healing. I think Game8’s A+ rating is validated by what is essentially an unconditional 27x, but I personally would avoid making Gon my endgame leader of choice. He sure hits like a truck though, which is appropriate considering the power of Jajanken.
Killua’s new leader skill reads something like: “Attacker and devil 1.3x to ATK and RCV. Dark 4x ATK when HP is above 80%”. It’s basically Gon’s except the HP threshold is different and he boosts RCV instead of HP. I don’t actually think the HP threshold makes much of a difference as you’re mostly going to be farming at full health with either lead. So the question is whether the rest of the package stacks up to Gon. Game8 rates Killua lower than Gon, but I don’t really see much difference. Killua’s awakenings are a bit worse and Satsuki isn’t quite as good as Liu Bei, but I think the two teams have similar capacities. I don’t fault Game8 for their grades of either, though.
Sigh, playing on NA is suffering.
Osiris Bumped Down to A
I’m a bit confused why this change occurred since nothing really changed for Osiris; he’s still the best tank lead for the best element in the game. I think this change was a simple adjustment as I don’t have any qualms with Osiris being at A instead of A+.
Verdandi Removed From the Leader List!
Here’s the big one for me: Verdandi was removed from the leader list altogether. On top of that, it was a stealth removal as it wasn’t noted in their change history. Unlike Osiris, I can see why this change was made as her place as wood’s premier unconditional ATK bonus lead has been taken over by Gon-san. I still think she’s one of the best leaders in the game and it’s not like we’ll be getting Gon-san on NA anyways.
I’m a bit confused why Skuld is still on the list, though, but I guess that can be attributed to That Damned Cat. Yep, playing on NA sure is suffering.
Put the Sleeping Genius to Bed
Considering Osiris and Verdandi’s demotions on the leader list, GZL should be getting one on the sub list as I can’t imagine he sees much play outside those two teams. I’m skeptical that he should be on the list at all as he’s ranked higher than both Vishnu and Meimei. I mean, I love me a GZL, but really?
ブブソニ Are Now an Official Item
I always assumed that Beelzebub and RSonia were on the list because of their leader pairing, but Game8 has made it official by grouping the two into a single entry on their leader list. I’m surprised they’re still on the list at all. I guess you have to give credit to the most effective traditional tank team in the game.
I guess Game8 isn’t impressed by the Scarlet System. Considering Cloud is there almost solely on the back of his System, I’m surprised Scarlet hasn’t graced the leader list with her presence.
Did I miss something? Please leave a comment and let me know!