Well, it looks like Beelzebub and RSonia were finally removed. I couldn’t pass on the opportunity to talk about it.
This change has been long overdue. The Beelzebub-RSonia team has been irrelevant for ages and was their presence on the list was a disingenuous reflection of the team’s actual capabilities. Where most of the other A-rankers have improved over time through better sub selection, the Beelzebub team has barely received anything since uevo Pandora. A myriad of marginal improvements to the devil sub pool — Zuoh, Hanzo devil typing, Akechi, Summer Pandora, Summer Claire — just don’t address the team’s biggest problem: healing.
There’s still a glimmer of hope for the team, though. Awoken Loki, assuming devil type, may replace RSonia and Beelzebub’s leader pair, but the long cooldown the awoken Norse have received thus far isn’t encouraging — you want your longest cooldown to be your three-color board change so you can burst whenever it’s ready. Uevo Nephthys, also assuming devil type, could be an intriguing damage enhance option if she gets rows. A special REM version of RSonia with a 14-turn cooldown, two-turn haste and dark main attribute would be amazing. Perhaps the biggest improvement to the team would be a devil-healer with a Norn board change, ideally creating dark, hearts and wood, allowing it to combo with Pandora. Something that increased heart skyfalls, resisted orb changes or a damage shield would also be nice.
With GungHo reviving pure tank teams with the awoken Norse and the newest dragonbound GFEs, there’s hope that dark will also get some love. I’m curious how things will turn out.
A-Rank Leader Reshuffling
With the string of DMeta upgrades — the 1.35x HP boost and now her cooldown being reduced to five turns and her ATK multiplier scaling with HP — it’s no surprise that she replaced the outdated Pandora as the top dark-row lead. Her biggest weakness is not having a skill bind resist. The only dark subs with two or more SBRs are Chester and Alraune, neither of which are great options for an orb-hungry DMeta team.
The removal of Goemon was as strange to me as his addition was a month or so ago. As this list doesn’t take his farming prowess into consideration, I didn’t really see why he was added back on the list. Now I don’t really see why he was taken off. It’s probably just a reflection of the author not really knowing what to do with the A+ and A tiers.
Parvati took his place, but I also don’t see why she was removed or re-added in the first place. I think the release of Awoken Susano addresses her biggest weakness in HP, but he was released ages ago on JP. Also, if he was even part of the equation then he should be added to the sub list. Her other weakness, SBR, still isn’t easily addressed in wood. Perseus is the most obvious answer, but not an ideal fit on a TPA-based team.
Should Be Added
As there’s probably going to be some movement on the lists due to the expected balance changes, I’ll play it safe this time and pick the low hanging fruit. The Scarlet System is in many ways more capable than the Cloud System and might be even easier to play, so I’m not really sure why she isn’t on the list as a leader. I’d at least put her at the same rank as Cloud. GameWith appears to agree.
Did I miss something? Please leave a comment and let me know!