Changes from last time: Ronove added to 1, Gremory added to 2, Oda Nobunaga 2➞3, Cao Cao 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.
Wood is now the best element in the game; never would’ve guessed that only a month ago. It has the best endgame leads in Kaede and Ronove and a strong co-op farming presence with Liu Bei and Zeus-Dios. While Machine Athena hasn’t exactly impressed anyone, she’ll be another valuable tool in the arsenal. Speaking of which, this might finally be Ragnarok Dragon’s time to shine, fitting well on both Ronove and Machine Athena.
JP Aggregate Leader List Changes of Note
Change: Added to 1
A 5-star being one of the best leaders in the game is only exciting until you find out his best subs are an MP Dragon and a couple 6-star GFEs. Miru is still the best poverty lead option.
Change: Added to 2
I overrated Gremory and underrated Ronove, but I feel that without Kaede as a sub they’re closer than the tier lists might lead on. I should have factored in the active-reliant leader skill being much worse than it appears, though, and Ronove’s rainbow activation is easier than it seems when you consider his best team has movement time on the same level as Ra Dragon.
New Card Holding Tank
New cards will be held here temporarily in an attempt to isolate the aggregate list from knee-jerk ratings.
I’m a bit surprised Kenshin didn’t rate on any of the lists outside AppMedia. Even with only two crosses, the damage is pretty good and considering those are the only two matches you have to make, he can be used effectively by the average player.
Saito’s damage isn’t as ridiculous as Kenshin’s, but he more than holds his own and the difference isn’t that great when you consider you’ll only be making one or two crosses in most situations. It’s unfortunate that he has an active-reliant leader skill; as we’ve seen with cards like Ichigo, that isn’t a great place to be.
*This list isn’t factored into the aggregate result. Original source Changes from last time: Goemon SS➞S, Liu Bei SS➞S, Machine Zeus SS➞S, Machine Hera SS➞S, Cao Cao S➞A, ROdin S➞A, Yamato Takeru S➞A, Shiva Dragon S➞A, Neptune Dragon removed from S, Hitsugaya removed from S, Gon removed from A, Urahara removed from A, Cloud removed from A, Superman removed from A Legend: Popular on Pad-Plus
*This list isn’t factored into the aggregate result. Original source Changes from last time: Kenshin added to 1, Gremory 1➞13, Saito added to 2, Ronove 2➞5, Miru 5➞3, Sarasvati 3➞7, Liu Bei 8➞4, Sherias Roots 4➞12, Cao Cao 9➞6, Kaede 6➞9, Bastet Ace 7➞8, Sumire 11➞10, AD Lucifer 10➞11, Oda Nobunaga removed from 14, Ra Dragon added to 15, Anubis removed from 15
For details on the aggregation method or each Japanese site used, refer to this page (link someday).