Overall, I think NA did a great job voting. There isn’t a single horrible monster unlike the Lucifers, Green Odins and Neptunes of PCGFs past. There aren’t many snubs, either. Most of the top-tier leaders made it and so did the best subs for Ra and Yomi Dragon. Best of all Kaede made it, something I wasn’t anticipating. Such is the power of waifu, I suppose.
We don’t know the official results yet, but considering there are only 31 monsters in reasonable contention I think it’s safe to go ahead with making superficial opinions on the results. You can use the Reddit PCGF Resources thread to look up who likely made it.
No surprise here; the voters are absolutely correct. DKali is the strongest sub in the game and basically has no weaknesses. Being a required sub for the best team in the game, Ra Dragon, only boosted her desirability.
Runner Up: LKali
Kali’s light aspect isn’t nearly as overpowered, but she’s basically a requirement for light-rainbow teams, particularly Ra and Sakuya. It’s a bit boring that the Kalis are so important to the meta, but as long as rainbow teams have the highest ATK multipliers in the game there’s really no way to avoid it. Hopefully more options like Fat Chocobo and Volsungr become available to reduce the reliance on them.
Winner: Blue Odin
BOdin’s awakenings are nice, but there aren’t any teams that want both rows and TPAs. Separately, Hermes is better for rows and Famiel is better for TPAs if only because their actives are better. This leaves his stats as his best attribute, but PAD currently demands a lot more out of a sub slot; stats can be made up through leader skills and latents where there’s no way to improve a bad active. However, if the worst monster in the godfest is BOdin then there’s really not much to complain about.
Runner Up: Sun Quan
It was a tough choice between him and Kushinadahime, but since Kushi provides an all around better effect I went with Sun Quan. He has long been overshadowed by Awoken Isis on rainbow teams and his damage enhance has very little value in a meta with triple digit multipliers stacked with multiple TPAs. The delay is still great, but this is supposed to be a collection of the best overall monsters, not niche role-players. There may be hope for him, though, if Christmas Sakuya gets a nice buff.
Winner: Red Odin
I guess people still don’t understand that ROdin’s only use is for farming, particularly for push button teams. He doesn’t become usable in that capacity until you get two and at 6-stars the average player has little chance of that. He does have niche utility for his poison, but like with Sun Quan we shouldn’t be voting for role-players. Whales should be quite happy he’s voted in, but for all other players ROdin is basically an MP voucher they can’t cash in due to the dream of getting another one.
Runner Up: Kanna
Kanna definitely belongs in the PCGF, but landing in fourth place is questionable at best. She’s a great sub for lower-end players that are struggling to do damage, but at the game’s highest levels there’s really no place for her since top-tier teams already do more than enough. For these burst teams, utility and orb changes are the highest priority and a damage enhance simply has no place, even if it has triple TPAs.
I’d say Haku is on equal footing with the Kalis (maybe worse than DKali, maybe better than LKali) as a sub so her being within a few votes of not making it is mind boggling. When her awoken form was first released it seemed like she might be the worst of her sisters. Well, after GungHo deemed it a good idea to push dark bias once again — Yomi Dragon, Anubis, Yomi, Zaerog∞ — Haku was once again a core member to all of the best dark teams.
Runner Up: Vishnu
Vishnu is so much better than Liu Bei that it’s not even funny, but the votes don’t reflect that. Where Liu Bei has wasted awakenings in a row and jammer resist, Vishnu has none and the utility his SBR and time extend bring can’t be ignored. His skyfall active is also underrated. I can see why Liu Bei is still popular, but it’s a shame that Bastet’s best sub didn’t get more love.
Winner: Akechi Mitsuhide
The entire Sengoku pantheon is quite strong, but I didn’t think NA would catch on so quickly, especially since their skill up fodder has yet to reach our region. Akechi is the most relevant of the bunch, working well on Typhon, Yomi Dragon and dark devil teams. I just never thought that alone would be enough to push him so high in the voting.
Runner Up: Okuninushi
I had serious doubts Okuni would make it, but NA got it right and gave him the votes he deserved. He’s probably been getting a lot of attention lately as a Yomi Dragon sub, but he’s quite useful on a variety of teams for his solid awakenings and the utility his delay brings.
While Ra and Yomi Dragon’s best subs all received a good amount of votes, Shiva Dragon’s best sub wasn’t even close. I guess everyone is caught up in the Ra and Yomi Dragon hype and Shiva Dragon is basically a distant memory. People may regret not voting Ares and other fire subs like Yamato in once it rotates back into the MP Shop.
Runner Up: Lakshmi
Water is in a terrible place right now so it’s no surprise that the entire element got shafted this PCGF, but Lakshmi only getting about 25 votes is criminal. Andromeda, Hermes, Karin, and Mori also received ridiculously little support. The PCGF must be a sad time for water-mains.