It’s no surprise that Pandora made the leader list, especially since she appears to be similar to Lucifer at first glance, but the real question is why is she ranked lower than him?
It also appears that they aren’t going to make any drastic changes regarding Arena 2. Which is fine, but considering they used to stress the endgame so much it seems a bit strange. It should be interesting to see how skill transfer affects their list.
|Thanks to the infinite wisdom of the JP player base, we’ve been blessed with a rather unexciting Awoken Pandora. Yes, she’s obviously good, but her design just seems lazy. Slapping on HP and RCV multipliers to a decent ATK bonus would be a bit more acceptable if Awoken Lucifer wasn’t just released. Sure, Lucifer plays tankier and Pandora’s consecutive burst is impressive, but from a high level they’re too similar for my tastes.
So why did Pandora rank lower than Lucifer? According to Game8’s own blurb — which are rather uninformative, sadly — it looks like being limited to devils is the main drawback. While Pandora misses out on some god-type subs — Yomi Dragon, Okuninushi and Eschamali come to mind — I don’t know if that actually matters as I foresee most players just stacking rows like traditional Hero teams (and there are plenty of good devil row subs). If you really need the utility subs, you can still use them despite not getting the full leader bonus. I don’t know, I don’t see a good reason for the discrepancy. Maybe Lucifer gets the nod for being more flexible and probably more consistent, mainly due to being better against binds.
As far as judging Pandora on her own merits, all I can do is rely on videos out of JP. Black Mist made an Arena 2 video which made the team look pretty good. Perhaps what impressed me the most was when he burst down the PreDras, although a really bad Haku board usually means game over. Her scaling multiplier made it easy to control damage and take down Sopdet and Vishnu. The RCV multiplier is huge, allowing the team to conserve and stall for actives which was a huge weakness for the Heroes. The team has more than enough HP for DQ Hera and more than enough damage for the Kalis. Considering Black Mist’s initial teams usually aren’t fully optimized, it should be interesting to see how the Pandora team develops.
|Pandora was added to A+. I don’t think I missed it in their original post so they must’ve added it later. Unlike the other tiers, I believe their A+ tier is a dynamically generated table made of all cards with sub scores of 9.0. This would also explain why Cao Cao doesn’t show up in their A+ tier since they still have him at 9.5.|
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