Changes from last time: You Yu added to 2, AD Lucifer 3➞2, Sephiroth 3➞2, Astaroth 2➞3, Yuna ❀➞3, Machine Zeus added to 3, BSonia 3➞❀, Machine Hera added to ❀, Raoh removed from ❀ Legend: Popular on Pad-Plus, ❀: Honorable Mention Tier
Disclaimer: The aggregate list is basically a compilation of the leader tier lists from three JP PAD sites: Game8, GameWith and AppMedia. The idea is that while a single tier list can have many points of contention, hopefully an aggregate can kind of smooth things over (it doesn’t, really, but it helps a bit). I try to keep my hands off the results as much as possible; the extent of my involvement is setting the algorithm to aggregate the results. I wish I could be fully hands off, but as none of the lists have 1:1 correlation in their grades, I have to have that much involvement. Don’t take these ratings as fact; I encourage you to simply take them as a starting point for discussion to figure out which leads are actually the best for your specific situation.
Going to keep the comments short this time. The most notable change this time is GameWith updating their list to factor in multiplayer, meaning MZeus and MHera debut on the list proper, but leads like Sephiroth also get a boost.
JP Aggregate Leader List Changes of Note
Received a surprising upgrade from GameWith.
I was always skeptical of her placement on the GameWith list. This seems more reasonable.
Just in time for the FF Collab on NA.
Change: Added to 3
The official addition of multiplayer to the tier lists signals the beginning of the end for me.
Change: Removed from ❀
Still one of my favorite teams. RIP.
New Card Holding Tank
New cards will be held here temporarily in an attempt to isolate the aggregate list from knee-jerk ratings.
110x ATK and 2.25x RCV for dragons sounds pretty strong, especially since DKali and the now seemingly ubiquitous Orochi qualify for the team. In spite of the god killer and superior active, he’s still worse than Ra Dragon due to the lack of bind immunity.
Original source Changes from last time: Machine Zeus added to SS, AD Lucifer B➞S, Sephiroth added to S, Machine Hera added to S, Astaroth S➞A, Pandora S➞A, You Yu added to A, Raoh removed from A, BSonia removed from A, Ryune A➞B, I&I A➞B, Neptune Dragon removed from A, Saria A➞B, Thor A➞B, Yuna added to B Legend: Popular on Pad-Plus
Sigh. With this, the first step towards me discontinuing this post series has been taken. I have almost no interest in multiplayer so there’s no point in putting in the work if the lists become too heavily biased towards it.
GameWith Changes of Note
Change: Added to SS
Machine Zeus is straight broken and him debuting as SS should be no surprise.
Not really sure why Lucifer got such a huge bump. His good points are listed as “good Arena 1 farming” and “benefits greatly from skill inheritance”, but that’s true for plenty of other teams. Pandora aside, since I’m obviously biased towards her, there are plenty of other dark teams that have similar capabilities — like Cecil, Persephone, Nobunaga, and even Yomi Dragon — and they didn’t get anything. Having to play the guessing game with cryptic changes like these is one of the major reasons why taking tier lists as anything more than a starting point for discussion is dangerous. I could speculate all day why he got boosted so much, but in the end we’ll never really know what the author was thinking.
Change: Added to S
Machine Hera isn’t quite as good as MZeus, but is still straight broken.
Change: Removed from A
Change: Removed from A
RIP. At least water got You Yu to ease the suffering while wood never gets anything.
Change: Added to B
While it’s nice to see GameWith as come around on Yuna, the absence of DQXQ seems questionable.
*This list isn’t factored into the aggregate result. Original source Changes from last time: Goemon S➞SS, Machine Zeus S➞SS, Neptune Dragon B➞S, Hitsugaya B➞S, Superman A➞S, Machine Hera added to S, Gon B➞A, Raoh removed from B, Ilm removed from B, Killua removed from B, Batmobile Batman removed from B Legend: Popular on Pad-Plus
*This list isn’t factored into the aggregate result. Original source Changes from last time: Machine Zeus 10➞2, DQXQ 2➞5, AD Lucifer 5➞4, Pandora 4➞6, Sinbad 6➞14, Anubis 13➞8, Saria 8➞10, Persephone 12➞9, Xiang Mei removed from 9, Ra Dragon 14➞12, Yomi added to 13
For details on the aggregation method or each Japanese site used, refer to this page (link someday).