Empires and Puzzles just released Costumed Thor, who can be seen at this very moment flexing all over the Valhalla Portal. But can his Special mechanism ever really pay off? And why didn’t he earth himself before picking up that hammer? -He’s clearly caught in an endless loop of Static feedback, right?
I was caught in one myself last Thursday, so know all about it. It was while trying on a new jumper in a changing room.
I could feel the Static buzzing all over my body as I rushed to change, and then I saw a metal handrail protruding out of the wall. -It was designed to help me keep balance, but my smirk told the universe that I knew better!
“Aahhh!”, I screamed. But I was locked in; electricity zapping in and out of me before I could rationalize a single action.
Thankfully, instinct kicked in and my hand pulled away.
I steadied myself to evaluate the damage. But I was OK. Of course, I immediately left the establishment. They’re lucky I didn’t complain!
-You can’t sell 100% polyester fleeces and stick a f#*king un-earthed metal pole in the damned changing room!
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.
Valhalla Portal with Bera, Lord Loki, and… Norns? (Empires and Puzzles)
Before we get to Costumed Thor, I wanted to share my pull with you today. In a portal featuring Bera, and also including Lord Loki, E&P saw fit to send me…
Don’t get me wrong, Norns is a great catch for someone like me, I just wanted Bera! Anyway, I thought I’d quickly share a couple of her awesome benefits for those who may not know:
- Norns is a star on Stages; speeding up the process by making 2 Elements strong.
- She’s also excellent in Tournaments where an Element is missing; -as Defenses are usually Stacked against the missing Element. Meaning, you can go in with the weaker Element, and Norns, to switch it around.
Of course, I’m gonna try and find some serious synergy for normal Raiding, but at this point, I can’t tell you in good faith that I’ll be able to achieve that.
Anyway, on we go! To Costumed Thor!
ʕ•́ᴥ•̀ʔっRelated: Check out all of my favourite Valhalla Heroes, right here.
Costumed Thor Stats and Special Skills (Empires and Puzzles)
Key Facts: Holy (Yellow), Very Fast, Paladin, Midgard Realm
Special Skills (Energy of Mjolnir): Has a different effect on consecutive uses in the following order 1. 185% damage to all enemies. All enemies get -25% accuracy for 3 turns. 2. 260% damage to all enemies. All enemies get -35% accuracy for 3 turns. 3. 290% damage to all enemies. All enemies get -54% accuracy for 3 turns.
Midgard Realm Family Bonus: 1/2/3 Heroes: +5/+10/+15% attack to all allies for as long as a Midgard ally has low health.
Talent: PROTECT ~ +25% chance to get +25% defense for 2 turns after receiving and damage. The effect is applied at the end of the turn.
Is Costumed Thor Worth Levelling? (Empires and Puzzles)
I would. He’s a snappy Hitter who gets stronger with each charge. He also offers a quick reduction in accuracy, with the second charge being -35%; the optimum for me, between usefulness and obtainability.
That said, the charging mechanism has its limitations, and in the new world filled with super quick destroyers, he isn’t the best option on the market.
I know some people will love Thor, and let’s be honest, the name, the look, the hammer… They’re sometimes part of the appeal. But I’d only really be interested in the Costume.
Thor Vs. Costumed Thor (Empires and Puzzles)
I’m gonna stick them side-by-side, but I don’t propose comparing them on usage. The Costume is a simple, hit-all-enemy, damage inflictor, with a pinch of reduced accuracy:
|Thor||Very Fast (6.5 tiles)||280% damage to the target. Target gets -40% accuracy for 3 turns.||280% damage to target and NB. All 3 get -40% accuracy for 3 turns.||280% damage to all enemies. All enemies get -40% accuracy for 3 turns.|
|Costumed Thor||Very Fast (6.5 tiles)||185% damage to all enemies. All enemies get -25% accuracy for 3 turns.||260% damage to all enemies. All enemies get -35% accuracy for 3 turns.||290% damage to all enemies. All enemies get -54% accuracy for 3 turns.|
As mentioned above, for me, Costumed Thor is the superior athlete of the two.
And for the record, here’s the Costume Bonus:
Thor and the false economy of Very Fast and Fast
I do like Costumed Thor and feel that in an ideal world, there should always be a trade-off between Power and Skill.
A strong Hero should have some limiting factor, -not just be able to destroy everything in 6 tiles. And Thor has this limiting factor built in; his charging system.
It means that he has to charge his Mana for the first hit (185% to all with -25% accuracy), then again for the second (260% to all with -35% accuracy), and then again for the third (290% to all with -54% accuracy).
But this is at a cost of tiles. Let me create a neat little table:
|Hero||Damage||Total Damage||Total Tiles||Damage % Per Tile||ATK||T. Damage Score||Damage score Per Tile|
|C.Thor C1||185% to all||–||6.5||28.46%||731||6,762||1,040|
|C.Thor C2||260% to all||445% to all||13||34.23%||731||16,265||1,251|
|C.Thor C3||290% to all||735% to all||19.5||37.69%||731||26,864||1,378|
|Anne||From 550% to 55%||Avg. 297% to all*||8||37.13%||819||12,162||1,520|
|CGP||280% to all||–||8||35%||804||11,256||1,407|
|Khufu||450% to all*||–||12||37.5%||795||17,888||1,491|
|Malosi||300% to 1||–||6.5||46.16% to 1||743||2,229||343|
And there’s more to the story.
To get 445% out of Costumed Thor, and the higher damage per tile usage rate, you’ll need 13 tiles. Whereas Khufu at Slow offers you a higher usage rate for 12 tiles.
Even more insane is Anne’s damage and tile usage rate, which comes into effect at 8 tiles. (While you’d need to collect 19.5 tiles to even come close with C. Thor).
Getting those 13 or 19.5 tiles isn’t always easy either, and by the very nature of his charging mechanism, you may end up using more than the 6.5/7 tiles required to charge his Special before firing and will then have to start all over again.
And then you’ll need another 6.5 tiles for the next part of his Special. -All the while, those tiles will be disappearing quickly.
The point is, he’s inefficient.
This isn’t the same as a Ninja, this is Thor!
And here comes my false economy logic…
This also applies to normal V.Fast/Fast Heroes, where they look impressive, but pound for pound they may actually be much weaker.
Because once the Very Fast/Fast Hero fires off, they have to start over again, and unless the Special is really powerful like we’ve been seeing of late, then in my view, they’re not worth the spot.
In many cases, benching a Fast Hero for an Average Hero provides better value for money. -Especially when the Hero is primarily there to inflict damage (modern OP monsters aside).
That brings me to Malosi. Why is he on the table?
Because his Special isn’t solely based on damage. He does something extraordinarily useful that you want to charge and loop, -for its function.
There’s no false economy with him because he’s not selling you Damage. He’s selling you Hope 😁.
Anyway, I’m not telling you I’m right. I’m simply sharing my worldview.
Back to Costumed Thor (Empires and Puzzles)
I tested C.Thor in Beta and I wasn’t blown away.
But that’s probably because with so many Abominations passing through, I was a little shook up.
Nonetheless, for me, it’s all about the first and second charges, as both are more easily obtained.
Imagine this tho, Alucard, who is Very Fast, has a chance to dole out 70% damage to all enemies on a Passive! That’s also 6.5 tiles. And that’s his Passive!
What I’m trying to say is, Costumed Thor is a solid Hero who could decimate an entire Squad. But could is the operative word there.
He’s a Hero I would love to have. But as I always try to do, I’ve set the benchmark based on all the other recent contestants we’ve seen boogieing through that gate.
And under those Disco lights, Costumed Thor doesn’t come close to stealing the show.
C.Thor of the Valhalla Summoning Portal (Empires and Puzzles)
My final thoughts:
I must admit, judging Hitters in Empires and Puzzles is definitely the most challenging. Of course, Anne, Jove, and C.G. Panther, are straightforward, because they properly trigger the “Oh, F#*k Off!” valve.
But Thor, with his charging mechanism, creates room for lots of variables. And variables are a bad thing… unless you’re a games developer running a Gacha Game 😄.
In closing, I’ll point out that without much by way of a Passive or crazy Family Bonus (although the +attack at low health is noted), I’m going to grade him low.
Costumed Thor has the potential of inflicting a lot of damage while also helping to limit what damage your team takes. -He’s just not very efficient at it.
Thanks for reading! Please feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below.
Hero Grade for Costumed Thor
So for my grading, the question is:
Is this hero’s Special capable of/likely to change the outcome of a battle? Yes.
If not, do they still bring enough to the party to help defeat the deities? N/a.
Old Cynic’s Hero Grade: Deity ⭐★★
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