Bennu just popped out of the Empires and Puzzles Season 5 portal and left some of us scratching our heads.
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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.
Bennu’s Stats and Special Skills
Key Facts: Ice (Blue), Average, Druid, 🌞
Family Bonus (for 1/2 heroes) – Sun 1. 50%/75% chance to cast -35% accuracy for 2 turns and 196 Burn damage over 2 turns on an enemy who deals Special damage to this hero. 2. If enemy’s Special defeats this hero, chance increases to 75%/100%.
Special Skills (Divine Reflection): 1. The caster and nearby allies counterattack with 100% of the damage received for 5 turns. The damage of the counterattack increases by +5% with each counterattack (max 130%). 2. The caster and nearby allies reduce all received damage by -50% for 5 turns.
Passive: 60% chance to 1. Boost all allies’ health by 10% (can exceed max HP) and 2. cleanse the latest cleansable status ailment from all allies.
Talent: COMPANION ~ +15% chance to summon a Thorn Minion after receiving any damage. The effect is applied at the end of the turn.
How Good is Bennu? (Empires and Puzzles)
My first thought on seeing Bennu was that this is a 5-Star version of Azmia but without the healing.
They probably held back on the healing because he’d be too dominant.
So, where does that leave him?
As a decent Counterattacker. -Nothing special, but not a total waste either.
In the right team, he could easily contribute.
What’s also interesting here is:
Not only does he not heal, but he also doesn’t buff mana. -Which must have been a real consideration when building him.
Bennu Vs. Azmia Vs. Sif Vs. Ferant
|Hero||Mana Speed||Counterattack||Secondary||Dynamic Passives||Class|
|Bennu||Average (10 tiles)||Caster and NB get 100% Counterattack for 5 turns. Increases by +5% with each Counterattack, maxing at 130%.||Caster and NB enjoy -50% reduced damage for 5 turns.||60% chance to 1. Boost allies’ health by 10% and 2. cleanse the latest cleansable ailment||Druid (Thorn)|
|Azmia||Average (10 tiles)||Caster and NB get 100% Counterattack for 4 turns. Increases by +5% with each Counterattack, maxing at 130%.||All allies get 15% health.||60% chance to 1. Boost allies’ health by 10% and 2. cleanse the latest cleansable ailment||Monk (Resist)|
|Sif||Average (10 tiles)||Caster and NB get 100% Counterattack for 4 turns.||Caster and NB enjoy -50% reduced damage and +24% mana gen for 4 turns.||N/a||Rogue (Dodge)|
|Ferant||Average (10 tiles)||Caster and NB get 115% Counterattack for 5 turns. Counterattack reduces attackers’ mana by -10% per hit.||N/a||N/a||Druid (Thorn)|
This table really illustrates how similar Bennu and Azmia are.
If I had to pick one, it would be Azmia, all day long.
For me, her 15% health for all allies is the key difference-maker. That one simple addition makes her a superstar.
The main argument one could make for Bennu over Azmia is the obvious fact that he’s a Legendary hero, while she’s an Epic!
-We’re frankly talking about Stats. And, here’s the difference (based on un-emblemed heroes):
Bennu: Att/768 Def/834 HP/1497
Azmia: Att/584 Def/745 HP/1326
In the world of Counterattackers, the lower the defense, the harder the reflected hit. And while I personally don’t subscribe to the view, Azmia may be considered even more of a hit.
Moving on and going down the list, I’d take Bennu over both Sif and Ferant. The difference there is his Passive, which can’t be understated.
In battle, these Passives are really felt, and Bennu’s Passive has the potential of genuinely helping out a losing team.
Empires and Puzzles: Bennu’s Major Weaknesses
I was close to calling Bennu an Archangel, but in the current climate with monsters left, right, and centre, I wanted to be more aggressive with my grading.
It’s true that in an elite squad, with true Deities surrounding him, Bennu might look stellar. But in a regular team, with try-hards left and right, he might end up looking a whole lot more average.
I really like the reduced damage, but it doesn’t seem to be enough when compared to what other giants are now bringing to the table.
At his core, Bennu’s a glorified Counterattacker who’s lacking that special something which would bring his life meaning.
In fact, we’d have to argue that his Passive is what makes him better than Sif (with her Mana gen in mind). And for me, a 60% chance of greatness just isn’t enough to build a legacy on.
A chance encounter…
I was lucky enough to find Bennu out in the wild (thank you for levelling him if you’re reading). And of course, when stood in front of this Super Buffer, all I got in my ear was…
“Boss, want me to slap him?”
OC: “Malosi, chill man, we’re just here to test him out”.
“I won’t do too much damage. Just lemme introduce my right set of knuckles to his beak”
OC: “Stand down, Malosi, I need photos. You know the score”.
“But look at him over there, acting like he’s a somebody just coz he’s new. Got all those shiny pixels and good code. F#*k this guy, I’m going in!”
“Hahaha – Take a photo now boss! Hahahaha… Look, look! The dizzy bird is pecking the Gorilla!”
ʕ•́ᴥ•̀ʔっWhy not visit Malosi?
Bennu Review (Empires and Puzzles)
My final thoughts:
Fact is, it’s one thing to let big hitters escape with crippling OP stats, but it’s quite another to let a skilled technician out the door that same way.
-The world isn’t controlled by the physically strong, it’s controlled by those who outwitted the rest.
And so I imagine, that’s why Bennu didn’t get that cherry on top.
Sadly for him, what’s left isn’t awe-inspiring at all.
New/F2P/C2P: As Counterattacks go, Bennu actually brings a lot to the party. He’s just not elite. He does so much more than Boril, Cyprian, and Mack. And he’s a 5-Star hero. He’s clearly not a superstar, but I suspect loads of players would welcome him aboard!
Hero Grade for Bennu (Empires and Puzzles)
So for my grading, the question is:
Is this hero’s Special capable of/likely to change the outcome of a battle? No.
If not, do they still bring enough to the party to help defeat the deities? No.
Old Cynic’s Hero Grade: Warrior
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