Christmas is here again and just like that, another year’s up and gone, and all that’s left is the space between now and eternity.
That’s right folks, I’m coming in hot and heavy! Make room, now.
I got Donny Hathaway singing in the background, doing things he’s got no business doing in ’71, and I’m telling you, the world’s beautiful again.
“But Old Cyinc, what in the blue moon has that got to do with Empires and Puzzles?”
Alright, alright. I got loads of E&P stuff! I’ve got Heroes and Jokes and countdowns and even a little E&P history. I’ve got E&P like you’ve never seen. -I’ve got E&P like you got T-Shirts…
Hold up! One Sec… Since it’s Christmas, why not give me the gift of Subscribing? That way, I don’t have to hunt you down… I can simply bug you for life with emails. (Or until you unsub… NO! Booo!)
Alright, enough nonsense, let’s get to it!
AGENDA (Empires and Puzzle at Christmas)
1. Empires and Puzzles most OP Hero of the Year
2. Old Cynic Talking Smack
3. My Favourite Hero of 2022
4. My Top 3 HOTM for 2022
5. Merry Christmas!
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.
Old Cynic’s Christmas Special: Empires and Puzzles in 2023
I was gonna share my predictions (foretellings) for Empires and Puzzles in 2023 (hence the beautiful graphic above (clean, right?)), but things kept taking a more serious tone. So instead, let’s reflect on 2022.
2022 has truly been the year of the OP Hero.
Empires and Puzzles have churned out more monster Heroes than the UK has crowned new Prime Ministers.
But how much can she bear?
If you were to ask Scotty, he might say, “she can‘nae take any more, captain“, but who really knows? -Let’s just hope the developers do!
Before we move into 2023, I thought it would be fun to find the Most Over-Powered Hero of 2022.
To that end, I’ve set up a Poll in my Facebook Group, which you can join and participate in [please agree to the rules to join], or simply comment on your choice below (don’t worry, you don’t need to sign in, you can do it anonymously).
So, what Hero has caused you the most Sorrow in 2022? …the most Rage-Quits? Or made you hit that ‘Skip Button’ repeatedly, until you ran out of Ham?
The Most OP Hero of 2022
- Miriam & Midnight (32%)
- Anne (20%)
- Waterpipe (13%)
- Khufu (12%)
- Costumed Guardian Panther (8%)
- Jove (5%)
- Goseck (2%)
- Ogima (2%)
- Cleopatra (2%)
- Kalo (1%)
- None! The world is in perfect harmony (1%)
- Passive Skills (0%)
- Anyone else? Add them to the comments below!
Last updated: 19th Dec 2022 at 9:00pm – 128 Votes
For now, Miriam “what nerf?” & Midnight, rule the roost.
Old Cynic and Hero Grades/Reviews
I love writing this stuff. -That’s the most important thing to note. But I wanted to point out that a simple Hero review can take about 8 to 10 hours to write, evaluate, add graphics to, edit, and publish.
It’s relevant for 2 reasons:
- This gives you an idea of just how much time I spend thinking about a Hero’s Grade before hitting Publish. And, you can see why my Individual Hero Review Grades are much more reliable than my Event Hero Grades. And,
- With all the new Heroes being pumped out, why I’ll never be able to cover everything. But we do what we can.
That’s it. Like a public service announcement.
Oh, and on that subject.
Over the next couple of months, I’m hoping to reevaluate many of the Heroes I’ve got listed on the Ranking Page, to make sure that they reflect the moving goalpost being set by all these new Monsters we’re seeing (and to clean up any of my mistakes). Also, I hope to add a few more big names that may be missing.
I’ll also look to fill in any review gaps left across the site, which may be empty due to a Hero appearing long after the Event post was first published.
Alright, that’s it.
Peace and thank you for all the support. I always appreciate it.
My Favourite Hero of 2022
Who’s my favourite Hero of 2022? Let’s find out.
This awesome post on the forum happens to list all of the Heroes that were released in 2022 (and more):
There are some interesting stats to be found, like the number of Heroes that have been released each year since 2017:
- 2017 – 86 Heroes (58 from the initial release)
- 2018 – 55 Heroes
- 2019 – 35 Heroes
- 2020 – 72 Heroes and 41 Costumes
- 2021 – 103 Heroes and 47 Costumes
- 2022 – 136 Heroes and 40 Costumes (year to date)
Anyway, back to my favourite Hero of 2022.
First, let me say that this isn’t my pick for the ‘Most Powerful Hero of 2022’. -This is my personal pick for the most innovative and cool Hero of the year.
And for me, that honour goes to Rayne.
The wonderful Rayne…
Rayne was introduced as part of Clash Of Knights and was a breath of fresh air.
Her contagious Poison was a fun idea that forced you to field a Cleanser or pay the consequences.
A slow, infectious, murder, is just about as perfect a true-crime as one could hope to commit, and Rayne is a master.
Rayne is a well-balanced, quality, Hero.
Who’s your favourite Hero from 2022?
… [please don’t poison anyone in real life… only in pixel land. Or at least, don’t mention my blog when under Caution. Cheers].
Best HotM 2022 (Empires and Puzzles)
Let’s jump straight in!
3rd Place 🥉 Iris (February)
Let me start by saying that 2022 wasn’t all that bad for the HOTM. -There were three other Heroes who could have ranked in my Top 3, and then a couple more decent snipers on the side.
Anyway, I had to start with Iris from February. I really like her Speed and her rolling Dispel.
It’s true, that she doesn’t hit like one of those new super Monsters, but she does enough damage for her Speed.
I also like her Passives and Element Link (when paired with the later HOTM Link; -Fiend Immunity).
Old Cynic’s Hero Grade: Archangel
2nd Place 🥈 Grace (September)
I think I may have underestimated Grace in my initial review.
Originally, the Archangel Grade was created with Devana in mind, and that’s one hell of a Hero to live up to.
And while many have acquired the Grade, not many have lived up to it. Not like Grace.
The Red Herring with Grace is the Taunt control. -That’s definitely a misnomer when used to sum up her qualities.
Because it’s actually her sheer damage output (285% to 3 targets -more than Francine btw), the Defense-Down Ailment against Special Skills, and her tremendous Fiend Immunity, that makes her a Star.
Add to that, Grace is resistant to Burn damage.
She’s just a great package for Fast. A superb Hero of the Month.
Old Cynic’s Hero Grade: Archangel
1st Place 🥇 Kara (May)
Kara is a giant in the land of HOTMs. She’s sooo powerful that she can legit hold her own when compared with real, proper, nearly top-of-the-line, Heroes.
Just check out the comparison table in my review for her.
I love Kara because she made Taunt available to the masses. And while she doesn’t enjoy a General Defensive Bonus, she does get +74% against Special Skills.
She also Buffs the entire squad for +34% attack. AND she has that Element Link (+10% Defense for 4 turns), adding yet more great stuff to the mix!
And all of this magic happens at an Average Speed and lasts for 4 turns.
Kara will resist Defense Ailments and receive a 10% Mana boost every time a Buff is dispelled from her.
Oh, and she’s Holy. Perfect for going up against the Old Order.
Old Cynic’s Hero Grade: Deity ⭐★★
Sadly, the great Silvaria just missed out on my Top 3.
Who’s your pick? Also, who’s the worst?
Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!
I’ve written more posts for you in 2022 than any journalist in the history of paper. SG, to this day, are convinced that the OC is actually a team of disgruntled players!
They must monitor my account like the FBI; got my entire township over a barrel on threats of deletion. Singing like canaries, they are, spilling all the beans! “He’s online from 10 to 12 Gov, tapped me on the head on Tuesday for the POV boss, that’s all I know!”.
F*#king sellouts, the lot of them. 😁
Look, I don’t know if you’ll be reading my stuff in 2023, but while I got you here, let me offer my gratitude.
Of course, have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New year.
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