Cinisia is Empires and Puzzles’ July 2023 Hero of the Month (HotM) and I wanna know if this one’s worth the infinite stream of feeders required to level it.
Caveat: This post contains gameplay speculation and personal opinion. It may also contain adult comedy, sarcasm, and Human error. It is not advice and is solely for entertainment and informational purposes.
Cinisia’s Stats and Special Skills (Hero Of The Month)
Key Facts: Nature (Green), Average, Wizard, Legends 2023 (Not activated yet)
Special Skills (Fury of Ash): 1. Deals 240% damage to all enemies. 2. All enemies get -60% decrease for any healing received for 3 turns. 3. All enemies receive 300 Bleed damage over 2 turns. Against Ice characters, this Status Effect becomes uncleansable and lasts 2 turns longer. 4. [Element Link] Gives +10% Mana generation to all Nature allies for 4 turns (can not be dispelled).
Passive: 1. INCREASED ATTACK PER NON-NATURE ENEMY ~ At the start of the battle, this character’s Attack is increased by 5% for every enemy that is not of Nature element. In battles with multiple waves, this effect is refreshed at the beginning of each wave. 2. RESIST ATTACK AILMENTS ~ This character has an innate resistance against Status Ailments that affect Attack.
Talent: JINX ~ +25% chance to deal +15% extra damage per each active buff the enemies have. The extra damage applies to both normal attacks and Special Skills.
Aether Power: ATTACK UP ~ +20% Attack for 6 turns.
Is Cinisia Worth It? (Empires and Puzzles)
As expected, the Devs gave Cinisia a little buff outta the gates since Beta, increasing her attack to 240% (from 235%), her Bleed damage to 300 (from 252), and her +10% Element Link (from +4%).
Also, the Cinisia I tested was from before the Big Balance Update, and her Power Stats stood at 815, amounting to:
Atk: 873 Def: 718 HP: 1312
As opposed to the 825 we have now, which amounts to:
Atk: 883 Def: 729 HP: 1341
So what we have is a slight buff on Cinisia’s Special and a Stat buff to go along with it.
And the Stat buff highlights an important point:
That most new HotMs are gonna be more usable (and maybe more valuable), than the older Heroes who were left out in the cold following the Big Balance Update, as their Stats continue to improve while older Heroes become stagnant.
Cinisia Vs. The Average Hitter in Empires & Puzzles
Let’s compare Cinisia to a few of her contemporaries:
|Hero||Mana Speed||Damage||ATK Stat||Total Hit Score|
|Cinisia||Average (10 tiles)||Deals 240% damage to all enemies||883||*10,596|
|Cx2 Elkanen||Fast (8 tiles)||Deals 230% damage to all enemies||805||9,257|
|Queen Guowang||Average (10 tiles)||Deals 330% damage to all enemies||797||13,150|
|C. Killhare||Average (10 tiles)||Deals 330% damage to all enemies||757||12,490|
|C. Guardian Kong||Average (10 tiles)||Deals 300% damage to all enemies||848||12,720|
|Sobek||Average (10 tiles)||Deals 290% damage to all enemies||859||12,455|
|Hachiko||Average (10 tiles)||Deals 270% damage to all enemies||877||11,839|
|Nyx||Styx 2 (9 tiles)||Deals 360% damage to all enemies||819||14,742|
|Klaern||Slow (12 tiles)||Deals 240% damage to all enemies||766||9,192|
|Bertila||Slow (12 tiles)||Deals 290% damage to all enemies||718||10,411|
|Quintus||Slow (12 tiles)||Deals 270% damage to all enemies||747||10,084|
(Total Hit Score = Atk Stat x Damage % x Number of targets)
Hit-All Heroes are quite rare to get as Heroes of the Month which makes Cinisia all the more interesting.
According to my records, Klaern was the last, and that Joker was released all of 12 months ago.
And if you use him as a benchmark, well, Cinisia is gold dust.
However, when measuring her up against the elite, the difference is stark.
“Hey OC, that table didn’t look soo bad!”, you might argue.
But even when compared to Average Hitters, she falls behind. And the fact is, Average Speed Hitters are largely defunct due to all those Fast Monsters running around.
And pound for pound (tile for tile), Cinisia simply can’t compete at the highest level. But there’s life in her yet!
Cinisia and Decreased Healing (Empires and Puzzles)
The most influential Average Hitters have a great Secondary power.
And this is my main gripe with Cinisia;
-That they should have buffed the length of the Decreased Healing. Because 3-turns doesn’t feel long enough to be reliable.
Here are some other Heroes with a version of Decreased Healing:
- Your friend and mine: Phantom of the Opera (-40% for 4 turns at Average)
- The Beast that is Jove (-65% for 3 turns at Fast)
- My new comrade in arms, Kai (-50% for 3 turns at V.Fast)
- I have nothing funny to say about, Malin! (-75% for 4 turns at Slow)
- The highlighted, Cx2 Elkanen (-50% for 3 turns at Fast)
- I know there’s another one I’m missing but arrgggg… well, we have enough
My point is, Jove makes it absolutely essential that you heal after he’s let out his rage. His 550% to 1 and minor damage to the rest at 842 Atk (at Fast), sorta makes it pivotal.
Whereas Cinisia’s not gonna create that same level of urgency.
I just think this Secondary is a little too short and too situational to be considered of substantial value. Especially as we tend to go through periods of not fielding any Healers at all!
Still, my 1 turn grievance aside, Cinisia has lots of positives to consider before coming to our final conclusion.
Cinisia Empires and Puzzles – Hero of the Month July 23
A list of the Positives:
- The Hit is very decent Vs. Cinisia’s Speed/Atk Stat
- Bleed Damage is something to work with (300 over 2 turns, uncleansable and longer against Ice)
- Decreased Healing can be used as a strategy to win (in some cases)
- She has a nice Resist against Attack Ailments
- A nice 5% Atk increase for every enemy that is not Nature (I imagine it will be 4 Heroes most of the time in my favourite activity, Raiding)… Wait, What? So plus 20% Atk in most Raids? Very Nice (that would bring her Total Hit Score up to… 12,708*! est.).
- Synergy opportunities with other Hitters
- Solid Stacker
- Good Defense Hero
- Element Link gives +10% Mana generation (likely for all when the Family Bonus goes live (with 1 other HotM))
On reflection, Cinisia looks solid.
If you don’t already have a Superstar Hitter, or you’re lacking in the Nature department, she is well worth levelling.
At the end of the day, Cinisia has decent Stats, a decent Hit, and a Secondary that if well-timed, could have a significant impact.
I think Cinisia is as good as it gets for an Average Speed, Hit-All, HotM and should be very useful in today’s game.
She’s just not gonna wow anybody.
Cinisia is not a HotM who offers some awesome piece of magic that will defeat any Team. However, she is a reasonable Hitter who should Stack neatly and could lend a hand in the epic war against the forces of evil.
Have a great month everybody and thanks for stopping by!
Please feel free to have your say on Cinisia in the comments below.
Hero Grade for Cinisia (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? Yes.
Old Cynic’s Hero Grade: Archangel
[Please always check in-game Hero Cards to confirm details and never chase Heroes]
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