I’ve decided to revive my “E&P MAG” format to cover a number of Empires and Puzzles topics all in one tidy swoop. There haven’t been any new Heroes in the past week, but there’s still loads to talk about.
Let’s get to the Agenda!
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AGENDA (Empires and Puzzle Magazine)
1. Old Cynic seeking Wisdom
2. Three Superstar 3-Star Summoners
3. Empires and Puzzles’ 2 Tiers of Raiding?
4. War of the Three Kingdoms Etiquette
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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.
Wisdom Tooth Extraction Story: Pain, Suffering, and a Swollen Face
It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything and that’s partly due to E&P taking a break and partly due to the build-up to my Wisdom Tooth surgical removal.
That was yesterday and now my cheek has blown up like I’ve taken the beating of my life. Feels like I let someone take free swings until they exhausted themselves… I’m sat here looking like Theodore (51sec).
“…and Theodore! -Tott, tott, tott-tott-tott” 😄
It’s all f#*ked up to be totally honest with you. My jaw feels like it’s been kerbed and I’m on more drugs than an unruly baboon at the zoo.
Funny thing is, this tooth’s never really caused me any direct pain; it’s just been hiding under my gum. But at this stage, there’s no point assigning blame.
When I got there the Waiting Room was eerily empty.
I could hear the sounds of a woman inside telling someone that they had done “sooo well” and that they should expect swelling. But I tried not to listen, coz why live through it twice, right?
Then the door opened and a man in his 40s walked out.
I tried to catch his eye; hoping to get a look of reassurance that the procedure wasn’t that bad. He must’ve felt my gaze but simply ignored it and marched on, no doubt stuck in the memory of what had just occurred.
I took no solace. ~Just wished I was him; leaving rather than arriving.
Then I went in and after a few questions and answers, it all started. There was cutting and drilling and pulling and cracking and soon one of my torturers was saying, “you did sooo well”.
I told them directly, “You’re hardcore. I could never do that”. Then I left.
Sitting in the waiting room was a lady, a little younger than me.
I could feel her stare as my darting glance caught the anxiety shadowing her face.
I offered no comfort and instead hurried to the exit as if fleeing a hostage situation.
Thank goddess, I thought, that I’m leaving rather than arriving.
Three Superstar 3-Star Summoners
I wanted to highlight three 3-Star Minion Summoners who’ve helped me remain competitive in both 3-Star and 4-Star Tournaments.
You’ll know them, but some newer players might not appreciate their true value (no offence meant (no offence taken (bish-bash-bosh (touché)))).
The first is Dawn:
Dawn’s been lighting up Empires and Puzzles with her Lady of the Lake styley Mini-Me Mana Minions.
And just like LotL, Dawn’s Minions are a little floppy at 10% HP, however, that’s not a problem if you can play her with one of the other two Summoners on this list (or another strong Summoner).
Unlike LotL, Dawn isn’t a Healer. Instead, she will Summon a Minion, Buff nearby allies with +54% Defense against Special Skills for 3 turns, and throw out a Cleanse for good measure.
A great Hero to prioritize if she’s sitting on your bench.
The Second & Third are Kvasir and Costumed Kvasir:
Kvasir, without his Costume, is one of the Best 3-Star Heroes in Empires and Puzzles, by far.
Often, for me, he’s the difference between a win and a loss.
If I can stop the opposition from Summoning Minions in a Bloody Tournament, I’m halfway home.
The biggest problem with Kvasir is that he’s just so powerful, and should he fire off before you while on Defense, he can have the same impact!
As for his Costumed Counterpart, if you haven’t levelled him yet, you may be missing out.
The more I use him, the more I appreciate him.
His Minions are heavier and will stop Status Effects (Buffs)… priceless.
I try to field all three of these Heroes when Raiding, with only one thing that will give me pause…
Seeing plain old Kvasir on the other side!
Thanks to Dharion, whose recent comment inspired this section.
ʕ•́ᴥ•̀ʔっDo you like Christmas? Then you’ll love Costumed Heimdall’s review.
Empires and Puzzles’ 2 Tiers of Raiding?
Does E&P now have 2 Tiers of Raiding?
What I mean is, in the past, I could comfortably get into the Top 100 but now I’m facing some seriously outlandish teams which are pretty insurmountable (without a good deal of luck).
I don’t have a problem with this new reality, but I do like to Fact Check. Are others seeing this too? Is it now a matter of fact?
Miriam & Midnight are clearly OP, well, unless you happen to have a solid way to dispose of Summoners and their pesky Minions.
There’s no doubt that she should be viewed as a T-3 Deity, and the only reason I haven’t changed it is because I like the way the review reads, as I allude to the fact that her Minions are the tipping point.
I’m not a big spender at all, but I have definitely noticed a shift and would love to get your views and opinions as well.
I should add…
In my view, new OP Monsters aren’t necessarily a massive problem.
Some of the pain comes when they can dismiss your Status Ailments like M&M does.
If I can’t reduce Defense, or Malosi’s Status Control doesn’t stick, or etc etc, then half the battle’s already lost.
And if instead of blocking it, you send it back to me, along with your own concoction of Ailments, well. It’s lights out.
It’s a layer of protection never seen before.
So, it’s not exclusively a matter of statistics; with Skills like that, some of these new Heroes are simply existing on a completely different plane.
War of the Three Kingdoms Etiquette
Alright, last topic: War of the Three Kingdoms Etiquette.
Look, we’re all Players here. We know how it works… maybe some don’t. Let me explain:
In the massive Three Kingdoms War, you get WAYYYY more points for finishing a Team than you get for, say, defeating the Tank.
So, if Player A goes in and fails to defeat a Defence Team with one Flag, but then someone else jumps in before he/she does, then that Player stands to earn the bulk of the points.
Even though the hard work was done by Player A.
The way I see it is, if you fail to defeat the Team it should be left for you to re-engage before someone else jumps in.
In fairness, this is not an enormous problem, but I’ve had crumbs swept from under my chin before I’ve had a chance, -so I thought I’d offer it up here for consideration.
But what are your views? Is there a Three Kingdoms Etiquette? Or is the War more akin to life; Let the Winner take it all?
That’s it Folks! (Empires and Puzzles Mag)
I hope you enjoyed the Mag.
There’s about to be a lot of E&P activity with new Heroes and Events. And that will include new Christmas Heroes.
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