Christmas is back again! Seemingly quicker to return than a yo-yo on a string. And it’s Gifts that people want, things that have been cocooned in colourful paper and stacked under a slightly bemused but provocatively dolled-up, conifer tree.
And on that fateful morning, they discard the wrapping in haste only to inwardly sigh, slightly aggravated by the fact that the expensive item within is not, in fact, Merlin’s enchanted Crystal Ball or an ancient artefact granting 3 wishes.
But instead, it will likely be socks, albeit, colourful ones.
Or books, promising a magical journey to those patient enough to bother.
Or maybe even technology, -ideally a gaming device capable of getting that dopamine-releasing pleasure reward cycle going.
Which leads me neatly onto Empires and Puzzles! 😁 I’m good, right? Not trying to smell my own farts or nothing, but that was top-notch segueing, right?
Alright, alright… You’ve bumped into the Old Cynic’s Christmas Special where I get to show the world just how far I can digress from the point at hand, while still managing to find my way back home.
Here’s the agenda:
AGENDA (Empires and Puzzle at Christmas)
1. Empires and Puzzles 2023 In Review
2. Countdown of the Best HOTM from 2023 (FB poll)
3. The Best Overall Hero in 2023
4. Merry Christmas!
This post may contain speculation, personal opinion, adult comedy, and human error. It is not advice and is solely for entertainment and informational purposes.
Old Cynic’s: Empires and Puzzles 2023 Review
2023 was such a busy year for E&P staff that many are still listed as missing following family reports.
It’s rumoured that E&P Head Quarters have been pumping out sooo many Heroes due to secret plans to launch their very own cryptocurrency based on them.
I imagine E&P put an Energy Drink dispenser on every floor, and that their quarterly seminars end with a Motivational Speaker encouraging staff to “manifest their success”.
And I’ve got it on good authority that when deciding how many pop-up promos a user gets to see on entering the game, the Devs went with, “yes”, which was also their answer for, how large should the promos be.
Just jokes! Peace, man, I come in peace.
Looking back at 2023, it’s fair to say that the power structure at the top of Empires and Puzzles has become more centralized.
Monster Heroes like Sha Wujing, Luna, and Gestalt have paved the way for total dominance, but to be fair, we’ve also had one of the best HotM ever, in Roughian & Nurgib.
And I’m still loving the old stuff, especially Tournaments and Wars.
The game at its core hasn’t changed much, but it’s true that the Heroes at the top are stronger and much more complex than we’ve ever seen before.
Best HotM 2023 (Empires and Puzzles)
Let’s dive straight in!
3rd Place 🥉 Neema (November)
— 19 Votes —
I met Neema for the first time in the recent Rush Tournament and found her to be quite annoying. -She really looked the part.
Especially as I wasn’t paying attention going in and didn’t remove Ludwig or make any accommodations.
Congrats if you got her!
Old Cynic’s Hero Grade: Deity ⭐★★
2nd Place 🥈 Ithar (August)
— 23 Votes —
Wow, this is embarrassing! We definitely see Ithar in different ways. Although admittedly, I could’ve been more charitable in my assessment.
Ithar never worked with my roster but I appreciate she was a better fit for many of you.
And that’s the great thing about a poll; the majority view gets the final say.
Old Cynic’s Hero Grade: Warrior
1st Place 🥇 Roughian & Nurgib (January)
— 76 Votes —
Roughian & Nurgib won this poll by a wide margin. In fact, when I first launched the poll I worded it as:
“Who was the best HotM in 2023”
…and everybody just voted for R&N and no one else.
Roughian & Nurgib is a class act, universally accepted as by far the best HotM in 2023.
There’s even some merit to suggest that her appeal extends beyond the “consolation prize” domain and into the “must have” sector.
Old Cynic’s Hero Grade: Deity ⭐★★
Here’s the rest of the poll:
The Best Hero of 2023 (Empires and Puzzles)
I asked the Think Tank who they thought was the Best Overall Hero of 2023 and I got a few suggestions…
One member suggested Sha Wujing and Hurricane, both outstanding Heroes:
Another suggested Brimstone, the HP melting machine:
Another offered Luna and Sha Wujing on Defense (in that order), with Ghealach and Brimstone as considerations for the other top spots, with a nod to the ridiculous power of Hurricane.
For me? I thought Luna was exceedingly annoying to face (her slow tedious animation was part of it), and Xiamara was a monster to test in Beta.
But after a lot of consideration, I’d actually have to go all the way back to January and pick Guardian Hippo.
She might not be the best Hero of 2023 but her mechanism is probably my favourite.
Hippo is such an easy yet rewarding Hero to build around.
Well, what do you think? Who was The Best Hero of 2023?
Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!
Well, there you have it, another year in the books.
I hope you enjoyed the read and the year that was.
I’ll hopefully be bringing you another post just before 2024 but until then…
And if I miss you, Happy New Year!
[Please always check in-game Hero Cards to confirm details and never chase Heroes]
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