How Good is Devana? Empires and Puzzles July 21 HotM Review

Screenshot of Devana's Card with Special Skills from the mobile game, Empires and Puzzles

I just pulled Devana, Empires and Puzzles July hero of the month, and she looks like a game-changer. Let me explain…

The current crop of top Defences is dominated by 4 types of heroes:

  • Tanks with heavy buffs like counterattack
  • Heroes that protect (Taunt) from targeting
  • Minion gods, who summon minions for the entire squad
  • & Monster attackers who seek to destroy all raiders

But, Devana looks like the answer to a lot of these problems.

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Devana’s Element, Class, Special Skills, Passives & Talents

Let’s take a look at her key stats & facts.

Element: Holy (Yellow)

Class: Ranger

Mana Speed: Average

Special Skills: 1) Deals 255% damage to the target and nearby enemies. 2) Summons a Lynx Minion with 35% HP and 35% attack inherited from the caster. Before the Lynx Minion hits the target, it destroys all Minions from the target. 3) Dispels buffs from the target and nearby enemies. 4) [Element Link] gives all Holy allies a small amount of mana at the end of the turn for 4 turns. This effect can’t be dispelled.

Passive: 1. RESIST MINION EFFECTS ~ This hero has innate resistance against incoming negative effects and damage from Minions. 2. RESIST DISPELS ~ This hero has innate resistance against Dispels of buffs.

Talent: PIERCE ~ +25% chance to bypass defensive buffs when attacking. This includes counterattacks.

Legends 2021 Family Bonus: 1/2/3 Heroes: +10%/+15%/+20% critical chance. Bonus for 2+ Heroes: Element Link affects all allies.

How to use Devana in Raids & Defence

Devana has the potential to be a critical figure on the battlefield.

Take a look at this Empires and Puzzles Defence team (currently #6 in the world):

Screenshot of a top Empires and Puzzles defence team consisting of: Toxizandra, Krampus, Sif, Bera, and Elizabeth
Example of a top team in Empires and Puzzles

This is the sort of team I routinely face. As alluded to earlier, you have:

  • Sif as Tank who, with the new formation option, casts: counterattack, reduced damage by -50%, and increased mana generation, for all for 4 turns. But how does Devana help? She removes all buffs. And, a fully levelled Devana also has a +25% chance of bypassing buffs like counterattack when hitting.
  • Next, you have Krampus, who casts ‘Taunt’, preventing enemies from targeting allies with Special Skills. He also casts other buffs (including +50% attack for all allies) and summons a Minion for all allies. Again, Devana will remove buffs from Krampus (although not from nearby enemies due to Krampus’ protecting Taunt), & will also deal with 1 of those minions for you.
  • Then you have Bera, who will summon a Minion for each ally, which hit and poisons the enemy. Devana can help here too. First note, she has passive resistance against Minion effects and damage. And then comes the Lynx Minion, which she summons for herself…
  • Devana’s Lynx Minion inherits 35% HP and 35% attack from the caster, so it has staying power. Before it hits a target, it destroys all Minions from that target. So turn after turn, the Lynx will slowly wipe away opposing Minions.
  • On top of that, Devana hits 3 enemies (or 5 on a new-style formation) for 255%.
  • All for an Average mana charge.

Related: My most disappointing 5-Star heroes

July 2021 ~ Devana Empires and Puzzles Hero Of The Month

On a personal note, I look forward to playing Devana on my own raid team, where she’ll replace Lady Woolerton. Taking her place besides:

Rigard | Freya | Bai Yeong | Malosi

And, Bai Yeong and Malosi stand to benefit from Devana’s element link; increasing mana generation for them both.

UPDATE 21/07/21 [20 days later]:-

I levelled Devana, put her on my defence squad, and in my Raiding team:

Screenshot of my current Raid team, consisting of: Rigard, Freya, Devana, Bai Yeong and Malosi
My current Raid team

I’m happy to report… she lives up to all the hype.

Her Minions are beefy, and her strike is especially cool because it removes enemy buffs.

It’s also noticeable when her Minions are killing off enemy Minions.

The element link is massive for my already FAST team. Bai Yeong and Malosi seem to fire off their Special skills more frequently.

Also, Devana’s mana boost happens at the end of the round, which is important, because it’s after Bera and Freya reduce your team’s mana, should they die.

In one Raid, Malosi was fully charged when Bera died. At the end of the round, Bera reduced his mana, but then Devana boosted it again and returned him to fully charged.

In another Raid, Devana provided a great option against the Lady of the Lake. The Lady had created 5 Sword Minions (New Formation) as Devana’s Mana became fully charged. The Swords hit Devana, and Devana resisted them, keeping her Charge. She then hit her Special, striking all enemies and creating her own Minion, who would go on to bully our Lady’s Swords.

The only downside I’ve noticed is when my Freya summons her Minions. Because they can replace Devana’s own Minions (if she already has 3). And Devana’s Minions are stronger and more useful than Freya’s. -But that’s a First World problem.

Here’s a video of my Devana in action…

Old Cynic’s Hero Grade: Archangel

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  1. Thank you for your update. I’m looking forward to a raid video with Devana. I have just started to level her up

    1. Thanks Sunny, I’d love to know how you get on with her once you’re done. Her value is definitely dependent on your current squad.

      Re. Yt, if you’re referring to me, yes I’ll be doing videos in the future. Just trying to create some good content here first. Thanks for the comment!

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  2. Thank you so much for this review, I also got her and I am currently levelling her up. Keep these coming!

    1. Hi Dave, it would greatly depend on the strength of your roster.

      I’m a F2P/C2P player who has one Devana and can honestly say, if I had another, I’d use both. I think her Dispel (with a possible PIERCE) is really powerful in this game, and 2X3 of her Tanky Minions on the field would be pretty incredible.

      That said, you also have the Spice of Life problem -would you get bored with two identical heroes, even a hero as good as Devana? And who’s spot would she take?

      I wish I had two, but a big part of me thinks it’s bad advice to level two Devana’s unless you have a plan and roster to make it work.

      Anyway, that’s my reasoning -hope it helps!

  3. Thx… I have had great success in 3 star tournaments using Poppy, Kvasir, Frosty and 2 Agnes. All fully talented and Limit Broke. I also consistently use 2 Caedmon. My top Yellows are Uraeus (Full Talents), Joon (9 talents), Mist (Full Talents), Vivica, and Devana (7 Talents). Are there times when Devana would be better than Joon or Mist?

    1. From my point of view, Mist is more useful than Joon, but judging by your current roster, a second Devana wouldn’t hurt.

      However, nobody can tell you to use your mats, because you could pull a 5-Star over the next month and be really pissed.

      Good luck in your decision!

  4. First off…Dude, thanks! I totally enjoy this site and all those who put their opinions in…the cool part is all the possible team mixes that make trying to figure out a random game and create that team that totally rocks. Sorry btw for not subscribing far earlier…I get sooo much spam. I have Devan and have been so on the fence to take her past 70 (hate to commit is probably why I’m not married lol). Anyway, I wanted you to know that I will be posting on some of the other ratings soon…like Zen, who paired with Jabba is a crushing fun day! Take care Cynic!

    1. Hey Mak, love the comment, especially the not committing! I’m a cynic, but an old married one 😂. Freedom is wonderful, & I’m sure you have a bunch of other heroes you cherish. Comment away, sometimes there’s a delay in publishing as I get round to them each day. Thanks for reading and visiting!

      1. Hey old cynic, I’m happy to find this post because I’m thinking on starting with her now, since I finally have enough emblems. What are your thoughts on her now a year later? Still as useful? I also have motega but no emblems. Keep up the good work with your posts! I really enjoy them!

  5. I am sad that I could never got around to level up my Devana. I happened to pull many yellow legendaries that were more powerful/needed. Still have my hopes though 🙂

  6. OC, you should update this review, taking into account the nerf of the W or M def setup. Devana is good. Not outstanding but still recommended IMHO.

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