Wow. That’s a lot of changes. I’m not going to attempt to cover everything so I’ll mostly try to address things from a high level, then pick out a few changes that stand out to me.
The Addition of the SS Leader Tier
Well, we all saw this happening a mile away ever since Game8 introduced it’s “insurmountable wall” that fractured the S rank leads. I somewhat agree with Ra Dragon being the first member since he’s so consistent at clearing the Kaliseum. The question is why fellow wallmate Anubis is not SS too, but I’ll just assume that the author was once again reminded that very few people can use him properly or consistently.
I think the SS tier should just be a temporary thing. As more powerful leaders are released and the endgame content gets harder, there’s no real reason to keep the old A’s around and you can just shift everything back down a grade. While it’s nice to be inclusive, there’s no point in potentially misleading by keeping outdated leads on the list.
Tiers Now Ordered By Element
This is an interesting, but necessary change. In the past, each tier had minor changes in order from update to update and I was led to believe that the order had some significance. Now we know for sure that it doesn’t.
Massive Sub Changes
I still think a sub list is rather futile to maintain, but at least my two biggest snubs from last week, Satsuki and Haku, have gotten a bit more respect. Other notable inclusions are Infinirog (who was fourth on my snub list) and the rest of the awoken Chinese. Notable changes are both Vishnu and Kanna making S rank. Sadly, Susano was not added to the list.
Unlike the leader list, I think it’s better to be more inclusive and I’m glad Game8 seems to be going this direction. While it’s near impossible to find a substitute for the capabilities of a certain leader, there are so many top tier sub choices that you’re doing a disservice to newer players by being exclusive. I mean, most veteran players would be able to recognize that Leilan and Karin were good, but for the less informed they may have gotten the idea that they weren’t based off this list.
The Ascension of Kanna
I did think it was strange she didn’t make the leader list until now, but I guess my pride got in the way of bringing it up. Light dragons are indeed a thing and running Kanna with three or so Apocalypses is quite good.
Now, as a sub I have more of an issue. Most of the elite leads in the game (read: Awoken Ra and Ra Dragon) already overkill by a lot. The only real exception being the Kaliseum. However, it appears to be more consistent to use Indra and a few assorted latents to tank the Kali nuke rather than trying to burst her down to avoid it. Using Indra, you avoid the case where your board just isn’t good enough to do the requisite damage. I still see Kanna being very useful and powerful, but she’s just not a S rank sub in my mind; her applications are just too narrow.
Vishnu now S Tier Sub
I’m not sure what the impetus was to make him S tier from A, but I’m not opposed to the fact that he was. With NA being close to getting him, I’m contemplating having him replace Liu Bei on my Bastet team. His awakenings are far superior with a skill bind resist and a time extend. While I’ll miss Liu Bei’s active for burst turns, I won’t miss flooding out on wood orbs on many boards. I’m still undecided on Vishnu’s skyfall active until I use it some more, but it seems like a reasonable replacement. Also, Liu Bei is ugly.
I think the only real advantage Liu Bei has is his row and meager heal for hybrid Gon-son teams and his fire sub-attribute for Verdandi teams. Although, depending on how Verdandi’s uevo turns out that distinction could put Liu Bei clearly on top again.
Goemon Added to A Leads
I’m only somewhat aware of Goemon prowess as a lead as I really only use him for farming. I know he’s pretty good outside that role, but I don’t think anything changed to warrant his re-addition to this list after all this time. Can anyone enlighten me?
A Tale of Two Pandas
Summer Pandora was booted from the leader list while the pantheon version remains at A. I’d argue both should be removed, but even with Summer Pandora’s more flexible activation it appears that the extra row and skill boost are better as a leader.
Pantheon Pandora was booted from the A+ sub tier to A while Summer Pandora remained in A+. I’m guessing that the deciding factors were that TPAs are more relevant for Yomi and Infinirog and that they go well with Satsuki’s triple prongs. As both Yomi and Infinirog are on my to-do list, I’m glad I got that Summer Pandora. I’m also glad I’ll finally be able to hypermax her this event.
Awoken Amaterasu Added to the Sub List
Just look at her awakenings. Then her active. How was she ever left off the list? I generally think bind clearers are too niche to be considered great, but both Awoken Amaterasu (heal, haste) and Isis (damage shield, short cooldown) bring enough to the table otherwise to be excellent overall subs.
Did I miss something? Please leave a comment and let me know!