|Godfest: Constellations & Norse 12/12, Constellations & Heroes 12/13|
|Day 1||Day 2|
I wasn’t expecting them to push out the Constellations (or “Machine Star Series”) so soon, but considering how GungHo likes to chain major REM releases to efficiently pillage our bank accounts, it makes sense. Luckily, the new pantheon is quite good for one that doesn’t have uevos. Their applications aren’t as readily apparent as the Sengoku pantheon, but their flexibility to be relevant subs on just about any type of team is what makes them valuable. They’re also fairly strong leaders.
After getting their awokens, the Norse pantheon is a strange one. Surprisingly, I have them rated as the #1 overall pantheon. The numbers check out due to the way I set up the rating scale — pantheons that both lead and sub well are rare, meaning the Norse jump up the curve since they’re good at both — but that definitely doesn’t tell the whole story especially since being good at both isn’t all that much of an asset in the endgame. They’re only exceptional as leaders because of the HP boosters they pair with, not simply due to their own raw power. As subs, their value as a method to address the Kalis in the Arena definitely gives them a boost. They’re certainly a great pantheon, but you do have to understand why they are and how they can help your team. All being said, day 1 presents very good value. I’ll personally be rolling this day in hopes of chasing down that elusive Loki and landing the super cute Spica. The Christmas REM basically being a dud also helps my decision to roll this day.
Day 2 is also quite good to roll in and I’d imagine there are way more people that need the Heroes than the Norse. Despite being rather old, the Heroes are still some of the best subs in the game. Sadly, they’re almost obsolete as leaders, especially in light of the recent upgrades to the Valkyries.
The Constellation Pantheon
Following in the footsteps of the Sengoku pantheon, the Constellations are a very strong new pantheon offering despite not having uevos. One advantage the Constellations have over the Sengokus is that they’re better suited to sub for a wider range of teams. All teams can use two skill bind resists, almost all teams can use a heartbreaker with haste and all teams can benefit from orb enhances. Their heart enhances shouldn’t be ignored, either, as they’re basically passive RCV buffs, something that is very useful for teams that struggle with the stat. Finally, the ability to also change jammers, poison and mortal poison is a big deal, especially in the Arena. Their biggest weakness is the lack of skill boosts, but there’s only so much a brand new pantheon can offer.
They’re also surprisingly good leaders, their 25% resists giving them an effective boost to HP and RCV against the four elements that aren’t their main element. While they resist less than the Greco-Romans and Chinese, they resist more elements and also have a bigger ATK boost at 4x when matching-five. Antares, Alrescha and Spica can also take full advantage of the Marionettes, using the element change to change bosses to a resistable element. They also have the capability to clear the Arena, although it’s questionable how consistent they are at doing so.
|Constellation Pantheon Thoughts|
|Antares has an Arena clear. I’m not sure how much a clear legitimizes any leader as the sub pools are so powerful nowadays, but it’s certainly still a merit worth considering. He’s great on just about any fire team. I can see him having use on Awoken Shiva since he allows you to run two triple dongers as the fire ones lack SBRs; 2x Shiva, Antares and Cao Cao/Yamato/Urd/etc will give you 100% SBR.|
|Alrescha also has an Arena clear. She has a bit more synergy within her element than the others since water has OE-based leads like Sarasvati and Nut and her orb change also combines nicely with Ryune and Skuld.|
|There are quite a few Spica Arena clears, but I like this team a lot. Spica gives Perseus a run for his money. He’s still relevant because of his skill boosts and heartmaking, but outside that Spica is almost always better, if only for the haste.|
|I couldn’t find an Arena clear with a Pollux pair, but here’s one with Saria (that horrible audio commentary). She’s (?) at a disadvantage compared to Antrares, Alrescha and Spica since there’s no on-element Marionette synergy to cover the gap in her resistances. She does have the advantage of having access to Raphael, though.|
|I also can’t find an Arena clear with a Castor pair, but there are a couple with Yomi Dragon. Although those teams also have a Yomi Dragon as a sub, so it’s not like you can totally escape the MP cost. Although it’s still a nice consideration if you have the Yomi Dragon subs but don’t have the MP to spare. Castor was originally going to be a key DMeta sub, but now that they gave her a SBR his role is severely diminished. His best fit now is probably on Yomi Dragon. Not resisting dark is likely the biggest liability of all the elements.|
|Day 1, 12/12
|Idunn & Idunna||A-||B+||A-|
I pretty much went over everything I wanted to say about the Norse in the intro since I thought it was important to emphasize that information there. If you’re in the market for a damage enhance or just want a good tank lead, then the Norse are for you.
|Day 2, 12/13|
Day 2 is a great day to roll. There’s really not much to say about the Heroes that hasn’t been said before. The combination of great awakenings and a 2:2 heartmaking orb change ensures they’ll be relevant for a long time. As rows are making a comeback, the Heroes are key subs for those teams. Yamato has Shiva Dragon, Andromeda has Neptune Dragon and Ryune-I&I, Perseus has Sylvie-Freyja, Sun Wukong has Saria-Thor, and Pandora has DMeta and Typhon. Even outside of row teams, they’re still great (like Pandora on Yomi Dragon). The Archangel uuevos are encroaching on their territory, but hopefully their own uuevos come in the near future.
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