Changes from last time: Sherias Roots added to 2, GKali added to ❀ 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.
The new uevos revealed in yesterday’s JP stream release today so they aren’t included. Although I’m not entirely sure any of them will have a huge impact on the leader lists.
JP Aggregate Leader List Changes of Note
Change: Added to 2
I finally decided to do a bit of research on Sherias Roots and now I’m fairly confident his current place is well deserved. Perhaps what stood out the most is his effectiveness at 5/6 color matches; Ra Dragon gives a paltry 20.25x, but Sherias gives a usable 45.56x. This allows him to sweep trash floors even in Arena 2 and when combined with his god killer, he can one-shot beefier bosses, too. Not having to rely on DKali board changes as much is a big advantage. For more sensitive damage control, he can scale down to 9x, but I’m not sure how he fares against things like Sopdet and Parvati. He has many other strong points — like being able to effectively use Awoken Orochi without skill inheritance — but I think think Ra Dragon still wins out if only for the bind immunity.
New Card Holding Tank
New cards will be held here temporarily in an attempt to isolate the aggregate list from knee-jerk ratings.
GameWith is the only site that hasn’t added Xiu Min so far and it’s hard to predict if they will. If he doesn’t catch on stronger, it wouldn’t surprise me to see him get buffs like Xin Hua just did, but, to be honest, I think he’s strong enough as-is. Although I also thought that about Xin Hua despite her pitiful sub base, so what do I know?
I think a good point of reference for Bastet Ace is You Yu. Bastet Ace tops out at 144x while You Yu is at 156.25x. However, it’s more realistic for Bastet Ace to top out at 81x for eight combos or maybe 110.25x for nine as getting 10 combos isn’t always possible. Comparatively, it’s not always possible for You Yu to have a match-five and three other water matches on top of it, but given the correct orb changers it’s probably easier to consistently activate You Yu, especially when considering the average player’s skill. Bastet Ace is down an awakening and missing quite a few stats, but is still quite respectable when compared to a 300k MP card. It’s also been a while since wood received some good TPA subs while water seems to have gotten plenty in the recent months, although uevo Kaede could possibly help. Considering all his deficiencies compared to You Yu and the competitiveness of the current tier lists, I think Game8’s A rating is fair. I’ll be interesting to see where the other lists put him, if they do at all.
In addition to co-op, I also believe GameWith is heavily weighing high-level farming into their rankings. Which is why I believe Lucifer and Yomi Dragon and their ability to efficiently clear Arena 1 — in both solo and co-op — have gotten boosts in the past couple weeks.
Change: Added to B
Seeing as DQXQ is quite similar — basically bind immunity vs. ease of use — and isn’t included, I’m a little surprised to see this addition at this point in time.
*This list isn’t factored into the aggregate result. Original source Changes from last time: Xiang Mei added to 1, You Yu 1➞2, Sherias Roots 2➞5, AD Lucifer 5➞6, Sephiroth 6➞7, Saria 7➞11, Pandora 11➞8, Anubis 8➞9, Yomi Dragon 9➞10, DQXQ 10➞12, Shiva Dragon 12➞13, Astaroth 13➞14, Ra Dragon removed from 14, Yomi added to 15, Fenrir removed from 15
For details on the aggregation method or each Japanese site used, refer to this page (link someday).