Christmas has always been an exciting time of year for me and the closer it gets, the more I find myself lost in daydreams of a Christmas Day only seen in the movies.
Still, as a creature of habit, I follow a tried and tested formula for feeling festive:
- Wear a jolly Christmas Jumper -now, this could be a Die Hard V-neck style sweater, or a subtle seasonal number, but never, ever, the blinding neon green/red Elf get-up.
- Eat a large Christmas dinner -I’m on a diet every Christmas because as soon as autumn arrives, I start eating like I’m eating for two… You could have also had, I start eating like… I’m about to go into hibernation. Either way, I eat a lot when I’m cold. I’m also injured, which doesn’t help. But if I want that Spring-bod, I’ve gotta pass on a few desserts. Just not on Christmas Day…
- Watch some Christmas movies -It’s a Wonderful Life, Gremlins, & Die Hard are all good choices. Nothing made after 1999, ’cause that’s when the world lost its cool.
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AGENDA (Empires and Puzzle Magazine)
1. Top 10 E&P Defense Heroes (updated as per)
2. Soul Exchange
3. My Top 3 HotM for 2021
4. Merry Christmas!
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Caveat: This post contains game-play speculation and personal opinion. It may also contain comedy and sarcasm. It is not advice and is solely for entertainment and informational purposes.
Empires and Puzzles Magazine
Current Top 10 Empires & Puzzles Defense Heroes
On the morning of 23rd December 2021, instead of wrapping gifts, I reviewed the top 50 Empires and Puzzles Defense teams. Based on the data, here are the Top 10 E&P Defense heroes:
10. Ludwig ☆
9. Hannah ↓3
8. Octros ↑2
7. Xnolphod ↓2
6. Odin ↓2
5. C.Kadilen ↑2
4. Morel ↓1
3. Frigg ↓2
1. Elizabeth ↑1
1. C.Krampus ☆
Here’s last month’s list:
Empires & Puzzles Top Defenses
For the record, this count treats the Base and Costumed versions as separate entrants, so this is C.Krampus in joint 1st place. His Base version was in at 14th!
The other interesting move concerns Ludwig, who finally broke into the Top 10. We’ve all watched his slow march to the top, and I think he still has more to go. The only limit is, accessibility (how many players actually have him?)
Meanwhile, Elizabeth is still considered one of the best Defense Heroes in Empires and Puzzles, and with the introduction of another Fiend hero (Viscaro), dealing with Fienders continues to be a key concern.
Where are all the Minion Summoners?
Bera and Freya haven’t appeared in the Top 10 for a while and there are a number of reasons for that, but Viscaro, the next HotM, won’t help much.
There was a time when Bera and Freya were the Must-Have heroes.
For the record, they appeared a total of 10 times, between them.
That said, the Christmas heroes (all Minion Summoners) are bucking the trend, although they have significantly more in the arsenal.
What’s your view -Do you find this list useful?
Empires and Puzzles Soul Exchange (E&P Mag)
This month we received first news of the Soul Exchange programme for 5-Star heroes.
The basic premise is that you can exchange a bunch of useless 5-Star heroes (so duplicates, or low-grade heroes), for one hero from a shortlist offered by Empires and Puzzles.
How would it work?
You’ll have 3 levels of heroes to choose from (I expect the heroes to change). The first tier has heroes like:
Sargasso | Rana | Guardian Chamelon | Reuben | Rumpelstilskin
To get one of these heroes, you’ll have to give up 10 5-Star heroes.
The next tier offers heroes like:
Thor | Jean-Francois | Alaise | Ursena | Costumed Horghall
That will cost you 15 5-Star heroes.
And the final tier has heroes like:
Gravemaker | Skadi | Garjammal | Inari | Killhare
Costing you 20 5-Star heroes.
Is the Soul Exchange worth it? (Empires and Puzzles)
The Soul Exchange is an expensive hobby to take up, -because not everybody is gonna have 10 disposable 5-Star heroes sitting in the locker room.
I’ve been playing for a long time, starting out as a F2P player and later becoming a C2P(ish) player, and I only have 23 5-Star heroes in total.
Of those, I consider 7 disposable. In fact, I’m trying to sort out the Hero Academy, Level 10, so I could retrain the lazy bunch of bench warmers. -And, that’s exactly what I’ll do.
The Soul Exchange, in its current format, isn’t really meant for players of my calibre. Still, I actually think it’s a useful resource for the big spenders. And they deserve it.
Some players end up with more duplicates than they can reasonably store, and for all the money they put into the game, they deserve a better way of disposing of extra heroes, -because cooking them is a dreadful outcome for all concerned.
That said, the heroes you get back aren’t overwhelming.
And I imagine, anyone with 10 to 20 free 5-Star heroes sitting around, will either already have the heroes available, or not want/need them.
I’d love to hear your thoughts on this.
How is the Soul Exchange Graded (Empires and Puzzles)
This is all speculation and opinion on my part… none of it is based on fact… reader discretion is advised.
The most interesting thing to come out of the Soul Exchange for me is the idea that someone/group/panel has graded these heroes, -creating TIERS.
This means, they (the company), are basically telling us who the best heroes are.
I love this idea.
Of course, all the heroes are in a Grading book somewhere at SG HQ, but we the players, have never been privy to this information.
Let’s take another look at the 3 tiers we got above:
Tier ONE: Sargasso | Rana | Guardian Chamelon | Reuben | Rumpelstilskin
Are these Meek (according to SG?)
Tier TWO: Thor | Jean-Francois | Alaise | Ursena | Costumed Horghall
Tier THREE: Gravemaker | Skadi | Garjammal | Inari | Killhare
These heroes seem to be grouped by strength, not just some random selection.
Anyway, it doesn’t make much difference, it’s only an interesting thought.
My Top 3 HotM for 2021 (Empires and Puzzles Mag)
I had this idea for a post, nothing shocking, just my pick for Top 5 Heroes Of The Month for 2021.
Well, no sooner was it on my To-Do List, than had somebody posted the same question on the forum, here.
So, instead of writing up a post, I want to squeeze it in here.
For the record, I’m gonna share my picks before checking the forum poll. Here goes:
3rd Place 🥉 Frosth (April)
Picking third spot was the hardest because there are so many who could have conceivably fit in here. Bertila nearly got it, but Frosth brings a whole lot to the party, especially with another Summoner on the team.
He’s Fast, Summons a Minion for all allies (worth 13% HP and 15% Att), and buffs all allied Minions for +30% HP and +30% attack… -And because this happens after he’s Summoned his own Minions, they too get the 30% buff.
I also love the idea of Frosth paired with Mr. Pengi, where his Element Link (a small amount of Mana at the end of each turn), would be an additional bonus.
2nd Place 🥈 Hanitra (December)
Hanitra is the current HotM, and I’m really liking her. It’s true that she has her faults, but she also has a lot of potential.
I pulled Hanitra and she’s a perfect fit for my squad.
If you don’t know, Hanitra is in possession of C.Kadilen’s dodge skill, but instead of creating a Minion for every dodge, she heals for 275 HP (which can Over-heal, too).
The other major difference between the two is, Hanitra doesn’t have an attack like C.Kadilen. She is Nil Pwa on that front.
Hanitra’s not the main healer for me, but her additional support is welcomed.
Overall, Hanitra represents a great opportunity for an average player to get hold of one of the most powerful skills in the game (dodge), and that can’t be understated.
1st Place 🥇 Devana (July)
A fantastic hero for players lacking in the Deity department.
She’s like three heroes in one, -she does everything you’d want from an Archangel:
- Deals 255% to three targets
- Summons a TANK of a Minion worth 35% HP and 35% attack
- The Minion destroys all Minions from the target before it hits
- Back to Devana, she goes on to Dispel buffs from the three targets she hit earlier
- Finally, her Element Link gives a small amount of Mana to like-minded Teammates
- Oh, Oh, and her Passives… An innate resistance against damage/effects from Minions (sorry Lady Of The Lake), and finally, she’s also resistant against buff Dispels!
For me, the Hero Of The Month should help battle against the best heroes in the game, and Devana does just that, -in bucket loads.
Here’s the Top 3 from the forum poll:
🥉 3rd Place goes to Uraeus
🥈 2nd Place goes to Hanitra
🥇 1st Place goes to Devana
Did you have someone else in mind? Let us know in the comments below.
Merry Christmas! and Happy New Year
Before you go, I wanted to wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New year.
I hope you have a good one.
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