They’re starting to rearrange the leader list, something that was long overdue.
Bastet was my first real endgame lead and I thought she was going to fulfill that role for a long time. Then the MP Dragons came and ruined that. Despite the demotion, I feel she’s still one of the strongest non-MP leaders in the game. I think her flexibility in both puzzling and team making is being underrated in favor of larger raw multipliers. I’ll stop myself here, though, as no matter what I write just feels overly biased. I don’t think this demotion will affect players’ opinions of her much and I still expect her to see a lot of play; at least until the next round of power creep.
The Culling of S-Rank Leaders
I’ve already gone over Bastet and Kite isn’t in NA, but after playing firsthand with both Yomi and Zaerog∞ I felt that they weren’t quite on the same level as Ra or Sakuya. Yomi is extremely strong, but suffers from being incredibly difficult to play. The match-five requirement makes maneuvering on the board difficult and space issues become futher complicated when your sixth or seventh dark orbs are just additional dead space. However, I doubt difficulty of play figured into Game8’s downgrade. If it did then Anubis also would’ve fallen as he not only requires skill, but luck as well.
Zaerog∞ is another incredibly strong lead, but I didn’t enjoy the feeling of being at the mercy of skyfall. DIza is a huge reason why his team is so strong, but she’s also a burden since she isn’t an orb changer on one of the most orb-hungry leads in the game. Sure, you can mitigate too little skyfall with orb changers like Satsuki or stalling via DIza, but a big part of the endgame now is about damage control which is incredibly difficult to perform with Zaerog. I wouldn’t look forward to facing Sopdet, Parvati or Kagutsuchi with his team. I think this downgrade is more justified than Yomi.
My reasoning aside, I think these moves were made to make the S-tier more exclusive and paving the way for eventually bringing the SS tier back to S (who knows when that will be, though). What I’d really like to see, though, is another huge move in downgrading more A+’s to A (looking at you, LKali) and removing some A’s altogether. Then again, the musical chairs nature of the current A-tier is so nonsensical I doubt any changes short of removing the tier altogether would be satisfying.
Goemon Removed, Again
I don’t feel incredibly strong about anything on the leader list and picking on the sub list again just feels like beating a dead horse so I’m going to leave this section vacant this time around. Maybe I’ll feel in a more critical mood once the Thanksgiving holiday passes.
Did I miss something? Please leave a comment and let me know!