Master Lepus Vs. Costumed ML (Empires and Puzzles) Review

Costumed Master Lepus Empires and Puzzles Hero Card

Master Lepus is an Empires and Puzzles powerhouse who just got hold of his own costume, possibly making him the best hitter in the game.

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Master Lepus’ Old Cynic Review

There’s no getting around it, I’ve been dissing Master Lepus for a while now, and I’m starting to feel guilty about it.

I mean, he’s just doing his best, like we all are.

It’s time to make amends.

Let’s stop the bickering and instead come together to celebrate the takeover of Costumed Master Lepus, -who is surely now the best Pound-4-Pound hitter in Empires and Puzzles?

This is a visual representation of what Costumed Master Lepus just did to the rest of the field, -lights please:

A GIF of a 100 metre race

Master Lepus Vs Costumed Master Lepus (Empires and Puzzles)

Let’s face ’em off: Master Lepus Vs. his Ego

HeroMana SpeedStrikeAilmentClass
Master Lepus
Fast (8 tiles)Deals 410% damage to the target and minor damage to nearby enemiesCaster gets -20% defense for 3 turnsDruid
Costumed Master LepusFast (8 tiles)Deals 280% damage to all enemiesCaster gets -24% mana generation for 4 turnsBarbarian
OldCynic.com – Master Lepus Vs. Costumed Master Lepus

For me, Costumed Master Lepus is the clear winner here.

280% damage to all, for a Fast charge, sets a new precedent, which I hope to illustrate a little later on.

As for his Class, Druid gives you a chance to summon a Thorn Minion, while Barbarian gives you a chance to apply bleeding from any attack.

Let’s move on and compare their ailments.

Master Lepus Empires and Puzzles Hero Card

Lifelong Ailments (Master Lepus Vs. Costume)

We’re going to have to touch on… Mmmm… No, Talk about, their ailments at some point, so may as well be now.

-20% defense for 3 turns is a serious hazard for the original Master Lepus, who was already suffering from extremely low health.

In my opinion, it’s just too much of a burden for him to bear.

But -24% mana for 4 turns (his Costume), that I can work with. Don’t get me wrong, it’s far from ideal… but “beggars and choosers are two different things”, as the old-timers used to say.

Optimistically, I’d suggest there are also a few things we can do to mitigate it, stuff like:

  • Troops
  • Mana or Status Effect protections from other heroes (Poseidon, Emilio, Garnet, Vanda, and many more)
  • Mana Boosting (Ludwig and Xnolphod are the big names)
  • Pep talks

While I haven’t tested these methods, they should work. And over on the E&P forum, the contributors there have it all figured out. In fact, I highly recommend perusing this post.

The Springvale family have a long history of being plagued by misfortune, but in this case (with Costumed ML), there’s a good chance, and good reason, to work around the inconvenience.

Top half of the Costumed Master Lepus Hero Card
Purple Punching Machine

Costumed Master Lepus Vs. ALL COMERS!

Ladies and Gentlemen,

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Fighting! Out of the Blue Corner! Weighing in at 90KB, he stands at 13cm tall…

Known as The baddest MF to hop these mean streets, he is the flashiest bunny this side of Disney, he is the little Egg Cracker himself….

Costumedddd MASTER LEPUSSSS… UUSSSSSS!

Coming to the ring is the Champion… Weighing in at a mighty 200MB, developed by Small Giant games -now owned by Zynga Inc…

Made up of all the colours under the Sun, Inspired by all the cultures across the globe, They are the dreamers of the Pixel Dream….

The entire roster of Empires and PUZZLESSSS… EESSSSS!

Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you The Table:

HeroMana SpeedDamageAdditional
Master LepusFast (8 tiles)Deals 410% damage to the target and minor damage to nearby enemiesCaster gets -20% defense for 3 turns
Costumed Master LepusFast (8 tiles)Deals 280% damage to all enemiesCaster gets -24% mana generation for 4 turns
OdinFast (8 tiles)Deals 100% damage to all enemiesDeals extra damage per Holy shield on the board, -Up to 244% (plus increases allies mana generation)
FriggFast (8 tiles)Deals 100% damage to all enemiesDeals extra damage per Nature shield on the board, -Up to 244% (plus reduces enemy defense)
MorelFast (8 tiles)Deals 180% damage to all enemiesAll enemies get -34% defense
Mr. PengiFast (8 tiles)Deals 450% damage to the targetWill potentially hit another 15 times -up to 1,498% damage
QuenellFast (8 tiles)Deals 320% damage to the target & NBGains a +40% power boost for her next Special, with a possible top-end hit of 520% damage to 3 targets (1,560% total)
FalineFast (8 tiles)Deals 330% damage to the target & NB-64% mana generation to the quickest of the heroes hit (all 3 if the same)
Captain NemoFast (8 tiles)Deals 300% damage to the targetDeals 600% if the caster has a status ailment
Calm PenoliteAverage (10 tiles)Deals 245% damage to all non-SummonersAll enemies get -50% decrease healing
Irritated PenoliteAverage (10 tiles)Deals 490% damage to all SummonersAll enemies get -50% decrease healing
KillhareAverage (10 tiles)Deals 300% damage to all enemiesAll allies get -20% defense
Costumed KillhareAverage (10 tiles)Deals 330% damage to all enemiesAll allies get -20% attack
OctrosAverage (10 tiles)Deals 180% damage to all enemiesDeals extra damage per Fire shield on the board, -Up to 340%
WolfgangAverage (10 tiles)Deals 250% damage to all enemieshealth on the back end
CongalachSlow (12 tiles)Deals 310% damage to 5 random enemiesStacks -9% attack on target
CristobalMagic 2 (12.3 tiles)Deals 215% damage to all enemiesDeals 430% damage to all enemies IF they have more than 50% HP
MilenaMagic 2 (12.3 tiles)Deals 420% damage to all enemiesDispels buffs from all enemies
RubyNinja-3 (15 tiles)Deals 370% damage to all enemiesIf you don’t know, you must read the review
Cobalt
Ninja-3
Ninja-3 (15 tiles)Deals 360% damage to all enemiesWill bypass defensive buffs
OldCynic.com – Costumed Master Lepus comparisons Table

Costumed Master Lepus is the main focus of this table, but the original is included for reference.

In my research, I couldn’t find another hero who comes anywhere close to hitting all enemies for as much (at Fast). Can you?

Let me know in the comments below!

Master Lepus’ Hero Grade (Empires and Puzzles)

My final thoughts:

I happen to think Costumed Master Lepus is an incredible hero… a real top-of-the-line damage dealer.

His original version hit for 410% damage to the target and minor damage to nearby enemies, and that was top drawer stuff.

However, his ailment (reduced Defense) really made him feel squashy.

Costumed Master Lepus has no such ailment, and his health/defense looks perfectly reasonable.

And let’s not forget about that Costume Bonus:

  • Attack +3%
  • Defense +3%
  • Health +6%
  • Mana +1%

Even if you can’t mitigate his mana ailment at all, he’s still a ridiculously good hero to own.

So for my grading, the question is:

Is this hero’s Special capable of/likely to change the outcome of a battle?

Yes.

If not, do they still bring enough to the party to help defeat the deities?

N/a.

Old Cynic’s Hero Grade: Deity

I’ve graded the original version of Master Lepus, a Warrior, -which might seem a bit harsh. But, it’s really about how you get the most out of him. He can definitely make a strong case to be considered an Archangel.

What are your thoughts? Did I get it wrong, or miss something? Let me know in the comments below.

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14 Comments

  1. Awesome and entertaining read as always. Just edit Odin from nature shields to holy shields. I’m so stoked about getting ML costume. I wanted regular ML for so long so now I get both!!! Thanks cynic for the read. I always look forward to them!

  2. With Master Lepus costume being so awesome and yet easily accessible due to the long duration of pulls. I bet a lot of people will have him and he would be very dangerous in defence. It this gonna be like krampus costume 2.0?

    1. Hey MIB! Personally I can’t see it. I can’t imagine SG just went through the Krampus situation to then go on to nerf Master Lepus.

      Also, they don’t tend to nerf hitters, as time will take care of that.

      imv, if they’re gonna nerf anyone, it’s likely to be Mr. Pengi, -due to all the new minion gods appearing.

      Anyway, just my view, might be wrong but if I am, it means real problems for the game as ML was clearly designed to make this portal look attractive.

      If you’re reading this some time in the future, after Master Lepus was nerfed, please reply to this comment with, “Whatzzz Up!”

      1. Hahaha. Sure do. Im just too traumatized by what happened to Krampus costume. Got him +20 and lb just for it to be destroyed later by SG and i have to spent more resources to re-emblem him as the path were all wrong when they changed his class.

        Im planning on doing major pulls for kilhare and ML costume but also afraid as some YouTubers said they have voiced out their concern of ML costume being too OP at beta but SG wouldn’t listen and they said its kinda like similar situation with Krampus costume before.

        1. Hey MIB, well you know I can’t offer guarantees, it’s just my opinion. And I could be wrong.

          I won’t talk about your planned pulls (because that’s your business-but good luck!), but in general, if we’re worried about nerfs with every new portal, what’s the point?

          That’s a problem for E&P if it continues.

          Anyway, I don’t expect a nerf here, nor any big nerfs any time soon. We may get slight rebalances, but not much imv.

          But we shall see!

  3. Hulda replaces costume ML -24 mana with undispellable +24 and Killhare’s -20 def down with +54 def. Don’t think it’s a coincidence they’re available at the same time. Congrats to those who got him!

  4. Btw I tested Hulda (aka Peppa Pig) with Killhare and regular ML. Don’t have the costumes. Ailments replaced with +54 def. Obviously it would have to be done evey time they fire their special but as strong as they are once might be enough.

  5. Lewena now deals 260% to all at fast mana speed, without drawbacks! Plus the talent blocking, plus ranger’s pierce!

    1. 😁 … That didn’t take long, -they’re already after his crown.

      And yes, without the drawbacks and a nice little Status Effect… oh, and plus the ranger…

      I knew I shouldn’t have tried to make a means with ML… He was always gonna let me down 😄

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