Changes from last time: Sephiroth 2➞3, Lakshmi added to 3, Bastet Ace added to 3, DQXQ 3➞❀, Anubis removed from 3, Parvati added to ❀, Apollo removed from ❀, Persephone 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.
It’s great to see so many wood cards on the list and it should only improve next week when Kaede and Liu Bei’s time in the holding tank expires. For what it’s worth, all elements seem to be represented fairly well now. There’s still a lack of fire leads; while Xiang Mei is certainly one of the most powerful leads, the element really needs more options. Hopefully Awoken Cao Cao can fill that void, or at least be on Liu Bei’s level, but I’ve learned to not get my expectations up when it comes to GungHo.
JP Aggregate Leader List Changes of Note
I’ve actually been using Sephiroth quite a bit lately to solo farm MZeus for SDRs. I’ve learned quite a bit about the team and for the most part my initial assessment was true. He’s ridiculously OP in MZeus, but elsewhere, he just isn’t worth the effort. However, considering how much value there is to be obtained in that dungeon, I understand why the lists initially regarded Seph so high.
Change: Added to 3
I had tired of beating the Lakshmi drum long, long ago and wish I had continued to do so if only to now say “I told you so!”. She continuously received significant buffs and her clear videos remained impressive, but she was constantly ignored by the tier lists. I’m glad to see her back. It’s good to see Parvati also getting love and it’s strange that Shiva might be the weakest awoken from the pantheon now.
Change: Added to 3
Bastet Ace breaths new life into your old Bastet, producing results that are at least on par with Awoken Anubis with a more friendly activation.
Change: Removed from 3
Well, it finally happened. Here’s hoping he gets some buffs in the near future.
Change: Added to ❀
Similar to Lakshmi, Parvati has been receiving continuous buffs, but is still inferior due to the relatively poor sub pool. However, she has received some help with uevo Kaede and Robin Hood (as a better 100% SBR option), although if you have Kaede you’ll likely just be leading with her instead.
Change: Removed from ❀
I was never a huge fan of Persephone and Apollo’s rankings on the Game8 list, but I slowly came around on their abilities; well, Persephone’s, at least. With Game8 retracting their ranking, they now disappear from the aggregate list. Regardless, I’m still looking forward to playing around with Persephone whenever she hits NA.
New Card Holding Tank
New cards will be held here temporarily in an attempt to isolate the aggregate list from knee-jerk ratings.
I think it’s a testament to Vritra’s power that he can be considered a strong leader despite his best leader pair being the outdated RSonia. I’m still not a huge fan of the double-color activation a la the awoken Greeks, but as an old Beelzebub-RSonia user, I’m tempted to try the team out if only because the sub pool is so damned strong now.
Original source Changes from last time: Yuna A+➞A, DQXQ A+➞A, Lakshmi added to A, Vritra added to A, Apollo removed from A, June Eschamali removed from A, Persephone removed from A Legend: Popular on Pad-Plus
Game8 Changes of Note
Change: Removed from A
While not a weak leader, I’m surprised she was on here in the first place. Just Game8 being Game8, I guess.
Original source Changes from last time: Kaede added to SS, Sherias Roots A➞S, Sephiroth S➞A, Sumire added to A, Anubis removed from A, Bastet Ace added to B, Miru added to B Legend: Popular on Pad-Plus
GameWith Changes of Note
Change: Removed from A
One of Anubis’s last claims to fame was the ability to solo MZeus, but with Sephiroth firmly supplanting him there, he’s basically relegated to ranking dungeon duty.
*This list isn’t factored into the aggregate result. Original source Changes from last time: Liu Bei added to SS, Machine Hera S➞SS Legend: Popular on Pad-Plus
GameWith Farming Changes of Note
Change: Added to SS
With co-op farming being the standard now, it’s no surprise that the three best in that field are represented in the top tier. While most of my current goals can be accomplished via solo play, I’m definitely going to have to get with the times and take advantage of co-op. I’m already making preparations by skilling up an MZeus and a few Dioses.
I’m surprised by this promotion since I always thought MZeus was the go-to co-op lead. I won’t pretend to know enough about that game mode to reason why this change was made.
Original source Changes from last time: Kaede S+➞SS, Sherias Roots S+➞SS, Miru S-➞S+, Lakshmi added to S+, Parvati added to S, Sumire added to S, Anubis S➞S-, DQXQ S➞S-, Bastet Ace S➞S- Legend: Popular on Pad-Plus
AppMedia Changes of Note
All of the lists are bullish on Sherias Roots, but I’m not convinced that he’s a Ra Dragon-level leader and find this promotion somewhat questionable.
*This list isn’t factored into the aggregate result. Original source Changes from last time: Liu Bei 14➞1, Bastet Ace 1➞2, Sherias Roots 2➞5, Miru 4➞3, Xiang Mei 3➞6, Kaede 6➞4, You Yu 5➞12, Anubis added to 7, Ra Dragon 7➞8, June Eschamali 8➞10, Sumire added to 9, AD Lucifer 10➞11, Sephiroth 12➞15, Pandora 15➞13, Saria removed from 13, Yomi Dragon added to 14
I was wrong in my prediction of Kaede being #1 this week; the power of farming and accessibility apparently won out.
For details on the aggregation method or each Japanese site used, refer to this page (link someday).