There’s a whole heap of action coming to Empires and Puzzles over the coming weeks, so I figured it was worth highlighting some of it (especially the Museum) and also taking a moment to reflect on the neutering of Miriam & Midnight.
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AGENDA (Empires and Puzzle Update)
1. Empires and Puzzles Museum
2. The February Balance Update (M&M Nerf)
3. Cupido, the new Valentine’s Love Hero
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.
Some of the information shared in this post is from Beta and is therefore subject to change.
The Empires & Puzzles Museum
Empires and Puzzles is about to have its very own Museum, which will be built into the side of the Stronghold. ~I’m sure you’ve already seen the countdown for it in-game:
In short, the Empires and Puzzles Museum will have two sections: the first is called “HEROES” and the second is called “STORIES”.
The STORIES section is where you’ll be able to access all of the stories for each of the Seasons in Empires and Puzzles.
However, it’s the HEROES section that I want to talk about.
It’s akin to a portrait gallery, where you can see all of your Heroes according to their rarity and element (there’s a spot for every Hero in the game).
For now, its main function is simply to allow you to view your Heroes and collect rewards. But there’s a lot of room for growth here, as was highlighted in Beta.
The most important thing to note is that for every Hero you own and have maxed, you’ll receive free Gems.
I can tell you that in Beta, the reward for a maxed 5-Star Hero was only 5 Gems. But following some wonderful work from the Beta Testers, and a display of generosity from E&P, this has been increased to 10 Gems per maxed 5-Star Hero.
Gems for each tier of Hero in the Empires and Puzzles Museum:
1-Star Heroes and Costumes = 1 Gem
2-Star Heroes and Costumes = 2 Gems
3-Star Heroes and Costumes = 3 Gems
4-Star Heroes and Costumes = 5 Gems
5-Star Heroes and Costumes = 10 Gems
WOOOOOOHoooo!!!! I’m rich!
I’m gonna be jingling in town tonight, buddy!
We’re all gonna be rich!
OK, not that rich. But it’s gonna be a decent Something for Nothing. Of course, the more you have the more you’ll get, but that’s Capitalism for you.
Please feel free to share your thoughts on the new Empires and Puzzles Museum in the comments below.
Question: Based on 10 Gems per 5-Star Hero, how many Gems do you anticipate collecting?
Empires & Puzzles February Update (M&M Nerf)
Good news followed by bad.
Yes, Miriam & Midnight have been booked in for the snip.
Nerfs are always difficult for those who own the Heroes in question, and another big one is about to take place.
Looking at the update, M&M’s Minions will recover more health, from 15% to 22%, and their Attack will increase from 20% to 30%.
However, their HP will be reduced from 40% to 30%, and the Attack Boost will be set at 50%.
Most significantly, the Boosted Health part of the Special will be completely removed.
I still think M&M is gonna be a hassle to deal with if you don’t have a Minion Killer to hand, but we’ll get a real sense of the change when it goes live on the 16th.
I’d love to get your thoughts on this Nerf in the comments below.
The Rest of the Balance Update (Panther and the Musketeers)…
As mentioned above, you can check out all of the changes for yourself here, so I won’t detail everything. However, I’d like to highlight a few things.
First, the alleged Nerfing of Costume G. Panther: Whose damage will increase from 280% to 285%, while her Dark Defense Ailment will reduce from -54% to -34%.
And while that is significant, I mean, she’s still gonna slap me silly, right?
In my view, it’s more impactful in other parts of the game while not necessarily on Defense.
Also, the Brave Musketeers have been Buffed to high heaven.
In fairness, I never did like their “Cover” Family Bonus (where they receive damage in place of a protected ally).
But that’s now been Buffed as the damage they receive has been reduced from 90%/80%/70% to 60%/50%/40%.
And the turns have been reduced from 6 turns to 3 turns.
The major change has been that they’re all gonna get (Aramis aside) an additional effect: Health Regeneration.
So, while they’re in “Cover” mode, they’re gonna heal themselves as well.
Again, we’ll see what it means in-game soon enough, but I imagine these guys are gonna be really stubborn while also being pretty devastating.
Finally, it’s worth noting that they also had their base Stats adjusted and that D’Artagnan got near 200 Burn Damage added to his Special (from 849 to 1023 over 3 turns).
There were a couple of Old Timer Buffs, with Grazul being the most significant; from 15% Healing to 22%.
And Captain of Diamonds got a little more damage on his Special, from 260% to 275% damage.
Cupido – Season of Love
If you didn’t know, there’s a new Mindless Attack Hero en route to Empires and Puzzles, and his name is Cupido (you can now find my full review, here!).
In Beta, this chap hit 3 enemies for 295% and inflicted “Healing Gift”, -which is effectively a Mindless Attack that makes the victim Heal an enemy, rather than causing them to slap an ally.
This is a very cool Hero, and the healing is fun to watch.
When Cupido first arrived in Beta he was Fast… requiring only 8 tiles to charge.
This was later changed to Average.
And that’s how we expect to see him when he finally arrives as part of the Season of Love.
I’ve already explained how I figure grading for Mindless Attack Heroes in my Misandra review, and there’s no doubt that Cupido will be picking up his T-3 grading not long after appearing.
That said, please always check the Hero Card in-game to make sure details have not been altered.
Empires & Puzzles Museum and Update
I’ve got a load of updating to do on the 16th, and we also have lots of new content to check out over the coming weeks, so I’ll do my best to keep up.
Anyway, feel free to have your say on anything covered in the comments below.
And thanks for reading!
[Please always check in-game Hero Cards to confirm details and never chase Heroes]
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