I remember how unimpressed I was, when I first met Reuben. He looked like he hadn’t slept in years, took everything so seriously, and there was this cabbage stench which lingered, long after he left.
Still, he was a new hero, so I gave him time to settle in.
It wasn’t long after his arrival, in an admittedly overzealous move, that I fully ascended him. Hell, I planned the after-party myself.
But before I knew it, reality was slapping me in the face like a… soggy piece of cabbage.
See, my Cup points were evaporating into thin air, and when I searched for the cause, it was clear; it was Reuben.
It was time to pull him aside, to have a word -to accept that I had been foolish, and to let him know that I’d be releasing him from his contract.
Well, I couldn’t do it.
Yes, Reuben was a dud, a complete failure, an utter waste of space… but he had tried sooo hard.
On top of that, he was a loner.
Nobody on the team really spoke to him, and I felt bad for the guy.
Anyway, I dropped him from Raid/Defense and we agreed he could see out his contract. Then maybe, down the line, he could move over into a coaching role or something.
And that’s where we left things. Then, about a month ago, everything changed.
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Caveat: This post represents game-play speculation and personal opinion. It is not advice.
Reuben’s Redemption (Empires and Puzzles)
One day out of the blue, Reuben requested a meeting which of course, I obliged.
He explained that he had been practicing his skills mid-week when something extraordinary happened: When summoning a Minion, everybody present got one, not just himself and Boldtusk (drill instructor), as expected.
Well, as you can imagine, this changed everything.
The first thing I did was to run a few tests back myself, just to verify his claims. And sure enough, it was true.
It was Malosi! Somehow, his presence was triggering the extra minions.
I knew then and there, Reuben was reborn. I told him to stop cleaning the other hero’s trainers after practice, and instead, to focus on getting himself back into Raiding shape.
I don’t think you’ll find anyone happier than I was. Reuben’s a great guy, he’s just had a bad run of things.
Since then, he’s been coming out on Raids -heck, he’s even got a full set of Emblems on him now!
Couldn’t have happened to a nicer bloke. And just before Christmas, too.
Reuben‘s Special Skills with the HotM Family Bonus
Since the introduction of the HotM Family Bonus, a few of my heroes have notably improved. But none more so than Reuben.
Here’s his core info ~Note the Element Link:
Element: Fire (Red) Class: Cleric Mana Speed: Fast
Family Bonus: 2020 (1/2/3 Heroes get +10%/20+/+30% healing. *Elemental link will now affect all allies if there are two 2020 HotM on the same team)
Special Skills (Occult Redemption): 1. Deals 215% damage to the target and nearby enemies. 2. All allies get -50% reduction to damage from status effects. 3. [Element Link] Summons a Minion for all Fire allies worth 5% HP and 10% attack.
So now Reuben will summons a respectable Minion for the entire team worth 5% HP (which is 78 HP) and 10% attack.
And Stacked, three are worth an extra 234 HP. -Not earth shaking, but still enough to absorb a few solid hits.
Let’s take a quick look at Minions:
|Hero||Mana Speed||Minion Health||Minion Attack|
|Very Fast||8% (137HP)||17%|
I must admit, Reuben’s minions do look sickly in person, but they contribute to a meat barrier which protects the team, so it’s all good.
On top of that, let’s not forget he hits 3 targets for 215% (Devana hits three for 255% on Average) and he also reduces damage from status effects by 50%.
And he does all of that on a Fast charge…
Reuben – Empires and Puzzles HotM
My final thoughts:
And it’s Malosi, who plays alongside Reuben, also contributing his Elemental bonus to the entire team: A 10% chance of Critical damage for 6 turns.
All that said, Reuben isn’t a superstar, he’s a poor 5-Star hero who was made better, by a twist of fate.
And the point of this post?
To get you to check your roster for any hidden gems you might find. Because, every Reuben deserves another chance.
Since we’re here, why not grade him? For me, he’s a top end…
Old Cynic’s Hero Grade: Warrior
Side note: I didn’t know Reuben’s Special was called ‘Occult Redemption’, when I named this post, ‘Reuben’s Redemption’. Spooky stuff (or suggestive programming).
What are your thoughts? Did I get it wrong, or did I miss something? Let me know in the comments below.
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