Game8 drops another bomb; this time it’s the promotion of Yomi Dragon to SS. I won’t pretend to understand why this change was made. After all, I didn’t truly understand how amazing Ra Dragon was until I used it. It’s easy to look at things on paper and think “wow, that’s strong”, but you don’t get a true feel for it until you actually play with it. I’m running under the assumption that they now feel Yomi Dragon has a comparable Arena clear rate to Ra Dragon rather than anything that may have changed for the team (not much lately). I have a hard time believing any team can clear the Arena as consistently as Ra Dragon, but I’ll withhold judgment until I get a chance to play with it; hopefully in a few days. I was going to be happy just buying another quality farming lead, but if it’s comparable to Ra Dragon that’s a huge bonus.
Sure seems like Okuninushi should make the sub list now.
Edit: Thinking about it a bit more, this change makes a fair bit of sense. Assuming a team of Yomi Dragon / Yomi Dragon / Haku / Okuninushi / Zeus Stratios / Yomi Dragon, the team has all the tools to clear the Arena’s hurdles (at least what I consider hurdles from the perspective of my Ra Dragon team) and plays much easier than Ra Dragon. The earlier floors are much more consistent since they require less orbs. The RCV is essentially the same and the team has three heartmakers as opposed to two. Sopdet can be cleared with TPAs and the chance for surprise skyfall activations are minimal compared to Ra Dragon. Zhou Yu, Parvati and Kagutsuchi can be handled gracefully with Okuni’s delay. Extreme King and Meimei can be pierced with Okuni’s damage enhance. DQ Hera can be tanked with near full dark resist latents. Haku takes care of Beelzebub. Zeus takes care of the Kalis. Seems pretty solid. The only real question is if the damage is consistent enough over a long dungeon; it seems like a yes, but I’d still like to run the team in person before passing final judgement. I was going to buy two for farming anyways, so it’s all upside if it’s a consistent Arena team.
Also, I know many like to dismiss the value of tier lists and I agree the information they present can be dubious, but if it wasn’t for this I wouldn’t have investigated Yomi Dragon further and continued to be content with Ra Dragon. I think using these lists as a starting place for investigation and discussion is a fine use.