REM Review – Fist of the North Star Collab 4

3409 - Creator of the New Century, KaiohFist of the North Star represents a significant letdown after what was an exciting collab run with Final Fantasy and Bleach. Part of this is due to just getting it a few months ago in October, but is escalated by the fact that the buffs and new additions are underwhelming. There’s not much exciting in this REM and I fully expect players to save their stones until it gets the buffs it deserves.
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Collab REM Review – Fist of the North Star 3

Trash REM is trash.

In the process of writing this review, I found myself focusing on the negative. After all, a collab that was poor during its initial JP release is pretty much worthless after a two month delay. So instead of writing “Sucks.” for everything, I’m going to try to focus on the positives, assuming any exist. Just imagine that “This card is crap, but…” is prefaced for every review.

It should go without saying that almost everyone should skip this collab REM. While I usually qualify that statement with “unless you really like the original IP”, I don’t think I can make that exception in this case, things are just that bad. There are a few niche cards like Thouzer and Juza that hardcore farmers might want, but the average player has very little to gain. Hopefully the next time around this collab will get the buffs it deserves and things will be better!

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JP Aggregate Leader List: Week 16

JP Aggregate Leader List

Changes from last time: Sherias Roots added to 2, GKali added to ❀
Legend: Popular on Pad-Plus, ❀: Honorable Mention Tier
1
2756 - 紅蘭の君子, Xiang Mei
2259 - Sun God, Ra Dragon
2
2679 - Asst Capt of 13th Squad, Rukia Kuchiki
2758 - 蒼竹の君子・You Yu
2943 - 滅翼の龍帝王・Sherias Roots
2507 - Awoken Archdemon Lucifer
2765 - One-Winged Angel, Sephiroth
3
2255 - Sea Deity, Neptune Dragon
2505 - Awoken Astaroth
2441 - Judging-Claw Orange Dragonbound, Saria
2395 - Awoken Thor
2766 - Unwavering Summoner, Yuna
2904 - Awoken Da Qiao & Xiao Qiao
2528 - Awoken Machine Zeus
2013 - Awoken Anubis
2662 - Awoken Pandora
2261 - God of the Night, Tsukuyomi Dragon
2253 - Destroyer God, Shiva Dragon
2443 - Returning-Claw Blue Dragonbound, Ryune
2393 - Awoken Idunn&Idunna
2566 - Ancestral Blue Dragon Caller, Sonia
2814 - 図書室の管理神, Kali
2389 - Awoken Sakuya
2750 - Awoken Apollo
2751 - Awoken Persephone
2526 - Awoken Machine Hera

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

Card Notes
2943 - 滅翼の龍帝王・Sherias Roots
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.

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2760 - 黄菊の君子・Xiu Min
Ranked Sites: Game8 (A), AppMedia (S), PadPlus (3)

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?

2929 - 月下の愛猫神のBastet Ace
Ranked Sites: Game8 (A)

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.


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JP Aggregate Leader List: Week 15

JP Aggregate Leader List

Changes from last time: Pandora 2➞3, Xin Hua removed from ❀
Legend: Popular on Pad-Plus, ❀: Honorable Mention Tier
1
2756 - 紅蘭の君子, Xiang Mei
2259 - Sun God, Ra Dragon
2
2679 - Asst Capt of 13th Squad, Rukia Kuchiki
2758 - 蒼竹の君子・You Yu
2507 - Awoken Archdemon Lucifer
2765 - One-Winged Angel, Sephiroth
3
2255 - Sea Deity, Neptune Dragon
2505 - Awoken Astaroth
2441 - Judging-Claw Orange Dragonbound, Saria
2395 - Awoken Thor
2766 - Unwavering Summoner, Yuna
2904 - Awoken Da Qiao & Xiao Qiao
2528 - Awoken Machine Zeus
2013 - Awoken Anubis
2662 - Awoken Pandora
2261 - God of the Night, Tsukuyomi Dragon
2253 - Destroyer God, Shiva Dragon
2443 - Returning-Claw Blue Dragonbound, Ryune
2393 - Awoken Idunn&Idunna
2566 - Ancestral Blue Dragon Caller, Sonia
2389 - Awoken Sakuya
2750 - Awoken Apollo
2751 - Awoken Persephone
2526 - Awoken Machine Hera

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.


Once again I’m going to mail this in. MP cards? 6-star GFEs? Yawn.

JP Aggregate Leader List Changes of Note

Card Notes
2662 - Awoken Pandora
Change: 2➞3

As a fan of Pandora, her constant fall through the past few weeks hurts. Like almost all demotions, her overall power hasn’t decreased, but as time passes it’s inevitable that other teams will be more efficient. However, this second set of MP leaders has really skewed things; on top of the MP Dragons, the Four Gentlemen really restrict what can be considered a top-tier leader since they’re so innately powerful. Then the addition of skill inheritance and the emphasis on co-op further muddles the picture.

2762 - 紫梅の君子, Xin Hua
Change: Removed from ❀

I think she’s being underestimated, but it’s certainly hard to get excited for her compared to her siblings.

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2943 - 滅翼の龍帝王・Sherias Roots
Ranked Sites: Game8 (S), GameWith (A), AppMedia (S+), PadPlus (2)

This version of Sherias seems legit, with all three lists giving him a decent ranking. My wallet is thankful that he’s worse than Ra Dragon, or at least not significantly better.

2760 - 黄菊の君子・Xiu Min
Ranked Sites: Game8 (A), AppMedia (S), PadPlus (3)

As a fan of row teams, Xiu Min appeals to me much more than You Yu, but I’ll concede that pairing You Yu’s ridiculous multiplier with skyfall boosting cards like Scheat and Hermes makes him better overall.

2900 - 神討の魔狼・Fenrir Viz
Ranked Sites: AppMedia (S-)

I watched Reco stream this team and I wasn’t impressed. This version is definitely better than the original dark, though. Being able to consistently use his active via hastes really increases the consistency of the team, but being so active hungry limits what can actually be accomplished.


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JP Aggregate Leader List: Week 14

JP Aggregate Leader List

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
1
2756 - 紅蘭の君子, Xiang Mei
2259 - Sun God, Ra Dragon
2
2679 - Asst Capt of 13th Squad, Rukia Kuchiki
2758 - 蒼竹の君子・You Yu
2662 - Awoken Pandora
2507 - Awoken Archdemon Lucifer
2765 - One-Winged Angel, Sephiroth
3
2255 - Sea Deity, Neptune Dragon
2505 - Awoken Astaroth
2441 - Judging-Claw Orange Dragonbound, Saria
2395 - Awoken Thor
2766 - Unwavering Summoner, Yuna
2904 - Awoken Da Qiao & Xiao Qiao
2528 - Awoken Machine Zeus
2013 - Awoken Anubis
2261 - God of the Night, Tsukuyomi Dragon
2253 - Destroyer God, Shiva Dragon
2443 - Returning-Claw Blue Dragonbound, Ryune
2393 - Awoken Idunn&Idunna
2566 - Ancestral Blue Dragon Caller, Sonia
2389 - Awoken Sakuya
2750 - Awoken Apollo
2762 - 紫梅の君子, Xin Hua
2751 - Awoken Persephone
2526 - Awoken Machine Hera

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

Card Notes
2507 - Awoken Archdemon Lucifer
Change: 3➞2

Received a surprising upgrade from GameWith.

2505 - Awoken Astaroth
Change: 2➞3

I was always skeptical of her placement on the GameWith list. This seems more reasonable.

2766 - Unwavering Summoner, Yuna
Change: ❀➞3

Just in time for the FF Collab on NA.

2528 - Awoken Machine Zeus
Change: Added to 3

The official addition of multiplayer to the tier lists signals the beginning of the end for me.

2445 - The Greatest Enemy, Raoh
Change: Removed from ❀

Still one of my favorite teams. RIP.

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2943 - 滅翼の龍帝王・Sherias Roots
Ranked Sites: Game8 (S)

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.


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JP Aggregate Leader List: Week 13

JP Aggregate Leader List

Changes from last time: DQXQ ❀➞3, Raoh 3➞❀, Ryune 3➞❀, I&I 3➞❀, Yuna 3➞❀, Freyr removed from ❀, Ichigo removed from ❀
Legend: Popular on Pad-Plus, ❀: Honorable Mention Tier
1
2756 - 紅蘭の君子, Xiang Mei
2259 - Sun God, Ra Dragon
2
2679 - Asst Capt of 13th Squad, Rukia Kuchiki
2505 - Awoken Astaroth
2662 - Awoken Pandora
3
2255 - Sea Deity, Neptune Dragon
2566 - Ancestral Blue Dragon Caller, Sonia
2441 - Judging-Claw Orange Dragonbound, Saria
2395 - Awoken Thor
2904 - Awoken Da Qiao & Xiao Qiao
2013 - Awoken Anubis
2261 - God of the Night, Tsukuyomi Dragon
2507 - Awoken Archdemon Lucifer
2765 - 片翼の天使, Sephiroth
2253 - Destroyer God, Shiva Dragon
2445 - The Greatest Enemy, Raoh
2443 - Returning-Claw Blue Dragonbound, Ryune
2393 - Awoken Idunn&Idunna
2389 - Awoken Sakuya
2766 - 覚悟の召喚士, Yuna
2750 - Awoken Apollo
2762 - 紫梅の君子, Xin Hua
2751 - Awoken Persephone

I’m not going to comment on any of the changes due to my break from PAD. I’ll eventually do it again, but for now I want to keep the cycles spent thinking about PAD to a minimum for a while.

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2758 - 蒼竹の君子・You Yu
Ranked Sites: Game8 (A), AppMedia (S+), PadPlus (1)

Yep.


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JP Aggregate Leader List: Trial Week 12

JP Aggregate Leader List β

Changes from last time: DQXQ added to ❀, Xin Hua added to ❀, Persephone added to ❀
Legend: Popular on Pad-Plus, ❀: Honorable Mention Tier
1
2756 - 紅蘭の君子, Xiang Mei
2259 - Sun God, Ra Dragon
2
2679 - Asst Capt of 13th Squad, Rukia Kuchiki
2505 - Awoken Astaroth
2662 - Awoken Pandora
3
2445 - The Greatest Enemy, Raoh
2255 - Sea Deity, Neptune Dragon
2443 - Returning-Claw Blue Dragonbound, Ryune
2393 - Awoken Idunn&Idunna
2566 - Ancestral Blue Dragon Caller, Sonia
2441 - Judging-Claw Orange Dragonbound, Saria
2395 - Awoken Thor
2766 - 覚悟の召喚士, Yuna
2013 - Awoken Anubis
2261 - God of the Night, Tsukuyomi Dragon
2507 - Awoken Archdemon Lucifer
2765 - 片翼の天使, Sephiroth
2392 - Awoken Freyr
2253 - Destroyer God, Shiva Dragon
2389 - Awoken Sakuya
2904 - Awoken Da Qiao & Xiao Qiao
2750 - Awoken Apollo
2762 - 紫梅の君子, Xin Hua
2751 - Awoken Persephone
2677 - Hollow Ichigo Kurosaki

Ah, a week with almost no changes. The break feels good, although I imagine there will be many changes next week as hopefully GameWith catches up with the new cards.

In other news, I think I’ll take the aggregate list out of the beta phase next week. I’m pretty happy with the way things have gone the past few weeks. I’ll still likely need to tweak the tiers from time to time, but as I whole I’m pretty happy with where things are at.

JP Aggregate Leader List β Changes of Note

Card Notes
2904 - Awoken Da Qiao & Xiao Qiao
Change: Added to ❀

I’m really looking forward to using this team — they were my starter roll — but I’m still skeptical about how good they actually are.

2762 - 紫梅の君子, Xin Hua
Change: Added to ❀

Xin Hua might be the first MP card I don’t buy the first time around (wood MP cards? what are those?) since I’ll be dry after almost certainly buying 3x Xiang Mei. Hopefully by the time I have enough MP for her again she’ll have a better sub pool.

2751 - Awoken Persephone
Change: Added to ❀

I’ve started to come around on Persephone and I might even be looking forward to her coming to NA. Time to get some teams ready to record.

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2758 - 蒼竹の君子・You Yu
Ranked Sites: AppMedia (S)

You Yu does a ton of damage, but is that enough? Seeing as he (?) just came out, I haven’t done much research so I don’t really have an opinion on him yet.


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