Anastasia is a new 4-Star hero from the Empires and Puzzles event, Tower Of Magic. And, I love her ability to defend her friends with Minions and torment her enemies with Fiends.
If you’ve read my earlier post about the new Tower Of Magic, you’ll already know that these new heroes enjoy 2 separate Specials. The first is at a near equivalent to VERY FAST mana speed, while the second is close to SLOW.
Both of Anastasia’s Specials are useful. -The best way to think of her, is as a miniature version of Motega. Which is fantastic, because I really wanted Motega. The result is, Anastasia is one of the best 4-Star heroes in the game, and here’s why…
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Caveat: This post contains gameplay speculation and personal opinion. It may also contain comedy and sarcasm. It is not advice and is solely for entertainment and informational purposes.
Anastasia’s Element, Class, Special Skills, Passives & Talents
Anastasia’s core data:
Element: Holy (Yellow)
Mana Speed: Magic
Special Skills Tier-1: Summons Grimoire Minion for all allies with 13% HP and 20% attack inherited from the caster.
Special Skills Tier-2: 1) Deals 235% damage to all enemies. 2) Summons a Grimoire Fiend for all enemies. The Fiend damages the enemy with 43% attack every turn. 3) The Grimoire Fiend absorbs healing and disappears when it has absorbed health equal to 30% of its owner’s max health.
Passive: STATUS EFFECT ON CHARGE ~ On T1 charge Special Skill, this Hero has a 50% chance to give -20% attack for 3 turns to all enemies. On T2 charge, this Hero has a 100% chance to give -20% attack for 3 turns to all enemies.
Talent: DELAY ~ +15% chance to drop the mana generation of the enemy by -50% for 2 turns after dealing damage. The effect is applied at the end of the turn.
Is Anastasia worth Levelling? (Empires and Puzzles)
Yes. As far as 4-Star heroes go, you won’t find much better than Anastasia.
Anastasia’s Tier-1 Special (Very Fast): Cheerful Charm
Anastasia’s so badass, I’m gonna compare her with the same 5-Star, Minion/Fiend specialists, that we compared Motega to (+Buddy).
First, we’ll take a look at the Tier-1 Special, comparing Anastasia with other FAST Minion Summoning heroes. Here’s how she stacks up:
|Hero||Mana Speed||Damage/Other||Minion Health||Minion Attack|
|Very Fast||Target receives +20% increased damage for 2 turns||14%|
|Bera||Fast||Target receives 186 poison damage over 3 turns & can’t receive new Minions||20%||20%|
|Freya||Fast||Allies receive +30% Defense for 4 turns||20%||20%|
|Buddy (4*)||Average||Buddy deals 205% damage to the target and nearby enemies, +Target and NB get -24% attack and -34% defense for 3 turns. (Only creates Minions for NB allies)||7%||10%|
It’s hard to find suitable candidates to compare Anastasia with because there aren’t many 4-Star heroes who do what she does. Buddy, the Christmas hero, is an AVERAGE speed hero, while Anastasia is quicker than VERY FAST.
That said, let’s look at how she stands up to the competition.
It’s clear that her Minions are just as strong as Motega’s which is saying something. Sure, they’ll lose out on the extra stats that come along with being a 5-Star hero, but otherwise, the percentages are the same.
It’s sad that they don’t offer any buff or ailment, but it’s still a nice little barrier, to put in front of your team at the beginning of a battle. And these little Minions could rack up quickly, with Anastasia able to generate them at VERY FAST. Not a bad start.
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Anastasia’s Tier-2 Special (Slow): Cheerful Charm
Now, let’s take a look at her second tier, and compare Anastasia with some of the game’s best Fiend Summoners. I’ve also included Aodhan, who’s a formidable 4-Star hero from the recent Slayers family:
|Hero||Mana Speed||Damage/Other||Fiend Damage||Healing Absorbed by Fiend|
|Slow||-50% accuracy to Owner||43%|
|Senan||Slow||275% damage to ALL||45%||30%|
|Elizabeth||Average||175% damage to ALL|
Fiend gives -24% mana generation for life of Fiend
|Hannah||Fast||215% damage to Target & NB|
Fiend gives -20% attack for life of Fiend
|Aodhan (4*)||Slow||210% damage to ALL||35%||18%|
The big ‘N/A’ is a slight frustration, but what else could the developers do? When they were about to let Anastasia loose on the world with Motega’s dominant Fiends? (allowing for the extra stat points a 5-Star hero would have, of course)
43% damage is awesome, and 30% health is fantastic (remember, these Fiends will absorb health equal to 30% of its owner’s max health -not the Caster’s. So in a Raid, when facing 5-Star heroes, they’ll have the exact same struggle removing Anastasia’s Fiends, as they would Motega’s.
And the Fiends will do reasonable damage as well, they just won’t cause -50% accuracy.
Looking at Aodhan here (who is a beast), Anastasia’s Fiends are definitely better on both fronts. In fact, if Aodhan does have one weakness, it’s that a good healer could destroy his Fiends in double quick time.
Not the case for Anastasia.
Anastasia – Empires and Puzzles Tower Of Magic
My final thoughts:
Look, here’s the truth:
- I thought to myself, “I should review one of the 4-Star heroes from the Tower Of Magic, to see if anyone’s interested in 4-Star heroes“.
- After a little research and consultation, I came to the conclusion that Anastasia was indeed, the best 4-Star Magic hero in all the land.
- I just knew she’d be great in 4-Star Tournaments & Wars, and Heck!, she might even make a Raid team as a ‘poor man’s’ Motega.
- Later that same day, I logged into the game we all know and love, approached the Summoning Gate, and did a single pull…
- …and who should appear?
It was fate. Magical and wonderous fate…
I am that poor man.
Old Cynic’s Hero Grade: Deity ⭐⭐★
This hero was subsequently Buffed or Nerfed by the developers. Details have been updated to reflect the changes.
What are your thoughts? Did I get it wrong or miss something? Let me know in the comments below.
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