Phantom of the Opera and Odette are both fronting Empires and Puzzles’ Solstice Summon Portal, and today I’m asking, is Phantom of the Opera really worthy of the prestige?
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I’m just back from holiday, which went a lot like last time. And this morning, I had been planning on writing a post about the Nine-Headed Beast.
But lesson #1 in life is to learn to Go with the flow, to Roll with the punches, and to Be like Water.
In that spirit, I will leap into the legend, that is, Phantom of the Opera.
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.
Phantom of the Opera – Empires and Puzzles
Key Facts: Dark (Purple), Average, Fighter,
Opera Family for 1/2 Heroes: +5%/+10% Attack, +5%/+10% Defense, and +5%/+10% HP.
Special Skills (Ballard of Obsession): 1. Deals 405% damage to the target and nearby enemies. 2. The target and nearby enemies dance to Ballard of Obsession for 4 turns. All existing Status Effects will be removed when this effect is added.
Ballard of Obsession:
- -40% Mana generation.
- -40% decrease for any healing received.
- Gives immunity to new Status Effects.
- This effect cannot be dispelled. The effect is removed when the caster dies.
Passive Skill: HEAL WHEN STATUS AILMENT EXPIRES OR IS CLEARED ~ This character receives 10% health each time a Status Ailment expires or is cleansed, removed or reallocated from them. This effect can only activate once per turn.
Talent: Revive ~ +30% chance to revive with 1 HP after a fatal attack. The revive is applied at the end of the turn.
Aether Power: ATTACK UP ~ +20% Attack for 6 turns.
Is Phantom of the Opera Worth Levelling? (Empires and Puzzles)
There are loads of high-grade Heroes appearing at a seriously rapid rate. And that was to be expected following the Big Balance Update.
If you go back to E&P’s original statement on the forum, you’ll find the following snippets:
The gist of our new direction is that Heroes’ power will now be allocated a bit more to raw stats, and a bit less to Special Skills. In addition, specific hard-cap values and rules have been set for many different types of Special Skills (e.g., “damage-to-all attacks should not go above N%”). As a result, Special Skills do a bit less damage whereas normal attacks (=Troop damage) do a bit more damage.Empires and Puzzles Staff
We believe that placing a reasonable upper limit on the power of Special Skills in this manner will make the game feel more FUN and FAIR, as less battles will be straight-up decided by the very first volley of Special Skills.Empires and Puzzles Staff
This is relevant to Phantom of the Opera (PotO) because it explains the almighty wack he’s gonna conk you with.
PotO has Power Stats of 942. That’s:
Atk: 933! Def: 920 HP: 1670
Now compare that with a certified monster, the recent Hurricane:
In fact, we need a table. “Les, get the table out!”:
|Phantom of the Opera||933||920||1670||942|
As far as Power Stats go, Phantom of the Opera makes Aramis look like a Cub Scout.
Phantom of the Opera and his Stats Leap (Empires and Puzzles)
Atk: 855 Def: 898 HP: 1605 Power: 921
…which doesn’t even beat the BASE-CARD version of Phantom of the Opera!
So, when we say Aramis hits 3 for 375%, we must acknowledge that that isn’t the same as Phantom of the Opera hitting 3 for 405%. -The Power Creep is evident even when measured against new Heroes.
And this sharp progression leaves me with little choice but to rate these Heroes highly.
How could I not? When they’re walking outta the Portal looking more jacked than your once skinny mate who’s recently started TRT?
Thankfully, there’s more to PotO than just raw strength…
Phantom of the Opera Breakdown, Empires & Puzzles
Phantom of the Opera follows up his massive hit with an uncleansable ailment, the Ballad of Obsession, for 4 turns.
All Status Effects are removed when the Ballard of Obsession is added, and they also get the following:
- -40% Mana generation
- -40% decreased healing
- Immunity to new Status Effects, and
- As mentioned above, this lot can’t be cleansed.
Breaking it down, the -40% Mana gen is huge, allowing you to plummet tiles or, on the other side, making it really difficult to charge a Hero.
The decreased healing will be more impactful here because PotO just bloodied everybody with his super uppercut.
The immunity to new Status Effects means there’s no hope of any hope.
And the fact that none of this can be bounced means that you’re now officially f~*ked. -Tying this complete menace of a Special into a neat little bow.
When I think about stopping this nonsense, Malosi again comes to mind, at least for the Status Effect, which I presume the Ballad of Obsession is.
Or a Miss Hero like Bai Yeong.
Or a Hero quite similar to PotO and his partner in crime, Odette; Guardian Gazelle.
But overall, as far as I can see, Phantom of the Opera is a superpower.
Dare I say it; he might even be considered a little overpowered. But you tell me what you think in the comments below.
Phantom of the Opera (Empires and Puzzles)
My final thoughts:
There’s no doubt that due to his 3-hit mechanism, PotO will be more reliable on Offense than Defense. But that goes for all 3-hitters.
With this much power to hand, Phantom of the Opera’s gonna be great across the game. And he’s capable of playing the most significant part in any raid.
As for Passives, we have +5% Buff across the range for 1 Opera Family Hero and +10% for 2. Increasing his Stats yet further.
And he also heals when a Status Ailment expires or is cleared. So he’s gonna be sporadically healing himself throughout the battle.
Here, we have a Hero who hits at the very top end, who also has the capacity to shut down three Heroes in the opposing team. And on Offence, those three are likely to be the Tank and nearby enemies.
Although they can still fire off while under the influence of the Ballard of Obsession, they won’t be able to cast Status Effects or heal effectively. So that leaves Minions/Fiends or Hitting (-what a reduction in options).
Taking a quick look at the Top 10 Global Defense Teams, the following Heroes will all complain about the Phantom’s musky cologne:
Phantom of the Opera is a fantastic Hero who’ll be punching a hole through a Defense near you soon.
Hero Grade for Phantom of the Opera (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? Yes.
If not, do they still bring enough to the party to help defeat the deities? N/a.
Old Cynic’s Hero Grade: Deity ⭐⭐⭐
[Please always check in-game Hero Cards to confirm details and never chase Heroes]
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