I really should be heading to sleep, but I’ve just got to get my two cents in now. Apologies for any oversights because of it.
- The new Sonia uevos aren’t bad, but they aren’t very exciting, either. Consider this: remove their three “worst” awakenings — OE, off-element row and bind recovery — and you’re basically left with an Ilm with better stats. Ilm is a great card, but after all this time I was expecting more. Once again, this could just be a sign that the power creep has finally plateaued and I’m perfectly fine with that.
- Sonia boards are generally pretty bad for tank teams, the type of teams they’d obviously lead. Creating an average of 15 of each orb type means you’ll get a board with two or less rows more than one with three, making them unreliable for burst turns. This makes them inferior to the awoken Norse as tank leads, even ignoring their type restrictions. A tank team will always needs a damage enhancer, so having that active in your leader slot gives you the freedom to use whatever orb changers you want in the sub slots. However, if a Sonia is your lead, you basically wasted an active slot since there’s no realistic way to improve a Sonia board for rows.
- 2.5x RCV is a very strong leader skill clause, so there’s always the potential for them to be very strong. I had low expectations and was disappointed anyways, but I still have hope because of this. Let’s pray that hope doesn’t take the form of another tailor made 6-star GFE complement. We also don’t know the exact value of their ATK boost kicker.
- I can’t see much changing for her. She’s more legit than GSonia as a leader and sub, but it’s not like people were chomping at the bit for a two-element board. I don’t think we’ll see the return of BSonia whale teams, either. I’m sure people will be more than willing to try so it should be interesting to see if they come up with anything.
- I find her to be an interesting Lakshmi sub option as that team is starved for HP and skill boosts. Adding uuevo Gabe to the picture means you have another way of turning a Sonia board into an activatable one and he also provides RCV to offset BSonia’s zero.
- She has stiff competition in Freyja and Summer GSonia for the roles she’d be competing for.
- Balanced is probably the worst type in the game, if only from a stat distribution perspective. It’s almost always better to excel in one role than be mediocre in all of them. I don’t see much of a future for her.
- Giving her a TPA rather than a row puts her in a strange spot as Summer GSonia already fills that space and has a much, much better active.
- I have three of both, but after this reveal it looks like I’ll be able to safely sell one of each. I’ll definitely be holding on to them as long as possible just to be safe, but come Christmas with no improvements or unexpected uses, I won’t hesitate to cash them in for MP.
- From the perspective of a sub, uuevo Belial makes Awoken Astaroth look silly for these simple reasons:
- No active skill reset – For those that already skilled Belial, you won’t have to reskill (actually a detriment on NA). Poison and jammer conversion is legit, but not a huge advantage for Astaroth.
- Extra awakening – Considering that time extends are one of the best awakenings in the game, this is no small advantage.
- Triple typing – An extra type isn’t strictly better because of things like type-based binds, but in PAD it’s almost always an advantage, especially when it comes to team building.
- Evo mats – Uuevos generally have much more forgiving evo mats.
- Considering almost everything else is the same, here is yet another example of why Awoken Astaroth is disappointing. I was always under the impression that an awoken should be better than a uuevo, but with the recent uuevos that obviously isn’t the case anymore.
- Oh yeah. Belial is pretty good. NA skill up problems be damned. That time extend makes a huge difference for me. Even his leader skill is pretty respectable. Bind immunity on an RCV booster is pretty solid. I’m also liking how the non-Scarlet Raoh team is shaping up.