Iris is the February 2022 Empires and Puzzles Hero Of The Month (HotM). She’s a lively hitter with lots of good stuff going on, and I think she’ll prove popular among F2P/CP2 players. -Here’s why…
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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.
Iris’s Stats and Special Skills (Erase Strength)
Element: Ice (Blue)
Mana Speed: Fast
Family Bonus: Legends 2022 (Not activated yet)
Special Skills (Erase Strength): 1. Deals 325% damage to target and minor damage to NB enemies 2. Dispels buffs from the target and NB at the end of each turn for 3 turns. 3. Deals extra damage to Fire. 4. [Element Link] All Ice allies get +10% attack for 4 turns. This effect can’t be dispelled.
Passive: 1. Mana on buff Dispell ~ Receives 10% mana each time a buff is dispelled from her. 2. Resist Burn ~ This hero has an innate resistance against burn.
Talent: JINX ~ +25% chance to deal +15% extra damage per each active buff the enemies have. The extra damage applies to both normal attacks and Special Skills.
Is Iris worth Levelling? (Empires and Puzzles)
Yes, -I’m not saying she’s Ruby or anything, but not every hero is. Iris will do a lot for the average player and dispense a reasonably weighty roundhouse onto her victim’s head.
So how strong is she?
During my research (yes -research… What? You think I just rattle off any old tat that comes to mind? Please…)
As I was saying, during my research I came across a budding starlet called, Evelyn.
Evelyn’s a Fast Hero Of The Month from way back in December 2018, and is very similar to Iris. Here’s what she does:
- Deals 210% damage to target and NB
- Target and NB get -54% against nature for 4 turns
- Dispels buffs from the Target and NB
Looking back, Evelyn was an awesome hero for her time.
Moving forward to today and Iris, and it’s a little disappointing to see only “minor damage” to the nearby enemies (Minor damage is half the damage).
Let’s go ahead and rank the damage in the traditional way, and see if we can get a bunch of similar heroes in the same line-up:
How Good is Iris?
|Iris||Fast (8 tiles)||325% to Target and Minor Damage to NB||Dispels buffs from the target and NB at the end of each turn for 3 turns. Deals extra damage to Fire.|
|Evelyn||Fast (8 tiles)||210% to Target and NB||Target and NB get -54% defense against Nature and Dispels buffs from them.|
|C. Kageburado||V.Fast (6.5)||320% to Target||Dispels buffs from the target. Target is immune to new buffs for 2 turns, and target gets -34% defense for 2 turns.|
|Francine||Fast (8 tiles)||225% to Target and NB||Cleanses status aliments from all allies at the end of each turn for 3 turns.|
|Zekena||Fast (8 tiles)||300% to Target and 450% to a random bystander||Second target gets -56% defense for 3 turns.|
|Devana||Ave (10 tiles)||255% to Target & nearby||Loads… absolutely loads.|
|C. Sabina (4-Star)||Ave (10 tiles)||Nil||All allies Regen 609 HP over 3 turns. All enemies are immune to new buffs for 3 turns. Dispels buffs from all enemies.|
|Franz (4-Star)||V.Slow (Forever)||215% to All||All enemies get +50% damage and are immune to new buffs for 6 turns|
|Richard||Ave (10 tiles)||415% to Target and minor to NB||Target and NB get -34% attack for 6 turns|
No sooner was I bad-mouthing Costumed Sabina (in the comments of my recent Best 4-Star heroes post), than did fate offer her as a prime example of excellence.
But I’m old and wise to the nature of the universe, -it can not tricks me any longer.
Costumed Sabina really looks strong here with her Dispel across the board and her ailment which blocks new buffs. To me, she’s much more powerful than Iris in this rigard.
Costumed Kageburado looks fantastic here, with his immunity to new buffs for 2 turns.
Francine is the mirror opposite of Iris, but affects all allies, as opposed to Iris who only targets three.
Returning to the might of the Slaps dolled out here, and we see that Iris is a decent hitter considering her other abilities.
Master Lepus, although not on the list, hits the target for 410%, and nearby enemies for Minor Damage, in a similar way. -And, he’s also Fast.
I think it’s fair to say, Iris will definitely have an impact on the offensive end, and is capable of dispatching an enemy or two.
Iris and her Special Skills
Alongside her hit, Iris dispels buffs from the Target and nearby enemies at the end of each turn for 3 turns.
It’s clear that Taunters will be the main target of this skill. But Front and Center Tanks with Counterattack or other tricky buffs, could also make good targets.
The problem is, Iris doesn’t immediately Dispel the target, like say Devana does. Instead, you’ll have to wait until the end of the turn for it to take effect.
Still, it’s a very useful skill to have, especially for lower-level players.
-I’ve said it before and it’s true: Mana & Special Skills control is a great way to get an edge in this game, especially when you don’t have any real Superstars to play with.
Iris’s Passive Skills
Here’s the rest of the picture that makes up Iris:
First, we have the element link; a small 10% boost in Attack.
Second, we have a Mana boost every time a buff is dispelled from her. -This isn’t going to be too frequent I imagine, but it’s a little something.
Finally, we have an innate resistance to Burn. A reasonable Passive for an Ice hero to have.
Iris – Empires and Puzzles HotM February 2022
My final thoughts (Updated):
Since my initial review, and before her release, Iris was improved.
Now she will dispel buffs from the target and nearby enemies (before, it was only the target).
This makes a lot of difference to her overall value, and while it doesn’t change her grade, it does make me feel a lot more comfortable about it.
Iris isn’t ground shaking in the slightest, but she is a strong, solid, HotM.
She can control certain heroes, and minimise their impact, all the while hitting for a decent amount… All at Fast.
Malosi is always on my Raid squad, and if you don’t have him (or that type), Iris could fill that role.
Albeit, she’s not the same, but she is a Control Hero, with her own strengths and weaknesses.
A Solid Improvement…
I’m certain Iris has what it takes to become a beloved Hero Of The Month.
And now that she targets 3 heroes with her Dispel, she’s also a decent option for Defense.
…Speed, Slaps, and a looping Dispel. Everything a modern E&P’er needs.
Hero Grade for Iris (Empires and Puzzles)
So for my grading, the question is:
Is this hero’s Special capable of/likely to change the outcome of a battle? No.
If not, do they still bring enough to the party to help defeat the deities? Yes.
Old Cynic’s Hero Grade: Archangel
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