How Good is Director Zuri? Empires and Puzzles Starfall Review

Screenshot of Director Zuri's Hero Card from Empires and Puzzles

Director Zuri is a Monster healer from the Empires and Puzzles Starfall Circus Event. She’s fresh out the box following a substantial Buffing, and I won’t delay in telling you, she’s my pick for best Average healer in the game.

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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.

Director Zuri’s Element, Class, Special Skills, & Talents

Here’s her info:

Element: Holy (Yellow)

Class: Sorcerer

Mana Speed: Average

Special Skills (Director’s Blessing) 1. Recovers 65% Health for the Ally with the lowest remaining HP. All other allies recover 42% Health. 2. Summons a Clown Minion for each ally with 15% HP and 22% attack, inherited from the caster. 3. Cleanses status ailments from all allies.

Family Bonus: 1/2/3 Starfall heroes on the same team benefit from a 50%/75%/100% chance to cleanse the Hero’s most recent dispellable status ailment at the end of each turn.

Talent: DELAY ~ +15% chance to drop the mana generation of the enemy by -50% for 2 turns after dealing damage. The effect is applied at the end of the turn.

Director Zuri’s Re-balancing

Earlier this month, on 21st September 2021, Director Zuri received a serious Buffing (& then again in Feb 2022!). Hopefully, everyone’s aware of this significant change, because she’s now a top contender for best Average healer in Empires and Puzzles. Here’s what they changed:

  1. HP recovered for the ally with the lowest health increased from 45% to 65%
  2. HP recovered by all other allies increased from 30% to 42%
  3. Minions: From 13% HP and 20% attack, to 15% HP and 22% attack
Director Zuri – Empires and Puzzles

Is Director Zuri worth Levelling? (Empires and Puzzles)

Yes. She’s a fantastic healer. What more could you want? Let’s compare her with the competition:

HeroMana SpeedHealingSecondary
Director ZuriAverage Recovers 42% health for all alliesRecovers 65% Health for the Ally with the lowest remaining HP, Summons a Clown Minion for each ally (15% HP and 22% attack), & Cleanses status ailments from all allies
XnolphodAverageRecovers 32% health for all alliesIncreases the mana of all allies by 20% & decent tile shifting for mana
DelilahAverageRecovers 33% for all alliesSummons a Minion for each ally (13% HP and 16% attack)
ZulagAverageThe caster and nearby regenerate 612 HP over 4 turnsThe caster and nearby get +46% defense for 4 turns, caster and nearby get +74% defense against Special Skills for 4 turns. Element Link: Summons a Dark Minion
AeronsAverageAll allies regenerate 459 HP over 3 turnsThe caster and nearby are immune to new status ailments for 3 turns & Dispels status ailments from nearby. Element Link: + 5% attack and + 5% defense for 6 turns
Garnet _Mid NinjaAverageBoosts health of all allies by 400. If health exceeds max HP, it is added on topAll allies are immune to new status ailments for 3 turns
ArielAverageRecovers 40% health for all alliesAll allies get +24% mana generation for 4 turns & Dispels status ailments from all allies
RatatoskrAverageRecovers 42% health for all alliesEnhances (+64%), or reduces (-57%), tiles on board
OldCynic.com – Director Zuri compared with similar heroes

Note: While reviewing these heroes, it’s important to know what order their Special skills occur. To learn more about Hero Cards, see this post.

We already know how strong some of these healers are, and we all have our personal favourites. Xnolphod and Ariel are two of mine. But Director Zuri beats Xnolphod as a pure healer -I’m not saying she’s a better overall hero, but she’s definitely a better healer.

And it’s expected because Director Zuri specialises in healing.

The Director’s Blessing…

First, she focuses on the most downtrodden member of your group and seeks to lift their spirits. She will heal that sorry fellow for 65% HP. Then she’ll heal the rest of your mob for 42% -a very respectable figure.

Ariel, also a fantastic Average healer, heals for 40%. And in my mind, that 40% is the bar.

Our good Director Zuri, comes in at 42% (following her Buffing).

So, already we have a substantial healer on our hands. But there’s more…

Next, she’ll Summons a Minion for each ally. Not a weak Minion at that, but something with more meat on its bones than Motega’s own Minions. In fact, Director Zuri’s Minions also hit harder.

Both Freya and Bera, who are Fast mana heroes, Summon Minions with 20% HP and 20% Attack. This again reflects well on Zuri’s showing at 15% HP and 22% Attack.

Finally, Director Zuri does what all good healers should do; She Cleanses. While it’s not ideal, coming after the healing, it’s still perfectly adequate most of the time.

Overall, Director Zuri is a well-thought-out hero who does her job particularly well.

Related: The Top 10 Defense Heroes!

Director Zuri – Empires and Puzzles Starfall Circus

My final thoughts:

If you weren’t a fan of Director Zuri before her Buffing, you’ve gotta be a fan now. She’s an Average healer who really focuses on healing.

She’s great support for Attack Path heroes who keep dying early and is otherwise a great defensive powerhouse.

Director Zuri does a lot for her Average mana spin, so much in fact, that she has the potential of changing the outcome of any Battle. And that makes her special.

Old Cynic’s Hero Grade: Deity ⭐⭐

This hero was subsequently Buffed or Nerfed by the developers. Details have been updated to reflect the changes.

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7 Comments

  1. Hi,
    I would like to know your views on Russula, how good she is, where & how would she be best utilised, etc.
    I was fortunate/unfortunate to pull 2. Do you suggest leveling both the copies?
    Thanks in advance!

    1. Hi Satish -Thanks for subscribing! I haven’t run into Russula much, but took a look at her for you.

      I’m not overly impressed, but her value to you must be based on your roster. In isolation I’d say, she looks interesting but I hate heroes who hide. Her first strike is weak, and the second slap isn’t crazy strong either (reminds me of Gullinbursti’s backhand: 171-315 to all). The disappearing act might be useful, but it’s only for 2 turns (assuming the forum is accurate), and that’s not long. But we have to remember, this is all on a Very Fast mana speed.

      If I’m honest, I’d want to try her out at 3/70 to get a feel for her before committing. But looking at her from a distance, if I were a top 100 chaser, I wouldn’t. If I were F2P, yep- all day long.

      Well, those are my initial thoughts. What do you think? Have you played her? Let me know!

      1. I have her maxed out & emblemed but seriously don’t find her all that great. Now, I rue that I wasted all those resources.
        Also, I suggest that there be a separate query section in the site. This will enable us to seek your opinion on issues unrelated to the current post.
        I seek your advice on another issue. Which building do I convert into HA? I don’t really wish to sacrifice a farm & at the same time would like to have 1 forge available at all times.
        Await your advice. Thanks in advance!

  2. Hi OC, Like your reviews, found all info I ve looked 4 so far ! Still, Myztero, wasnt able 2 find your comment on him/her ( keep the mistery) !Looking forward 2 your reply !! Grazie, Bob !!

    1. Hey Bob! Sorry I can’t review them all, that would be insane. Myztero is a fun character but he’s so rare to see. I love the idea of pairing him with a couple of strong healers in hope of making the most of his Special. How have you found him?

  3. I just pulled zuri, the only circus hero I was missing. I agree with your analysis. HOWEVER the mana boost of Xnolphod and Ariel make a HUGE difference. Just like Ludwig does among the taunters. I’ve never lost a fight against Zuri. Just bring a hero like Kullervo or proteus. About Russula, she is in the worst 10 five stars that I have, which is presently 187 different ones.

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