Santa’s Challenge: Empires and Puzzles Guide & Reviews

Santa’s Challenge is the Empires and Puzzles Christmas Event (linked with the Winter Family), and for 2022, we have a bunch of new Heroes to check out.

In this post, I’ll provide a guide for the Challenge itself and cover all the new and old Heroes!

There’s a lot to cover, so let’s get started. If you haven’t already, please consider subscribing to this blog. It would really help me grow.

Note: This post is currently being updated for 2022.

MENU (Empires and Puzzles Santa’s Challenge)
1. Santa’s Challenge Guide
2. Santa’s Challenge End Bosses
3. The Summoning Portal
4. Santa’s Family Bonus
5. All 5 Star Santa’s Challenge Heroes
Mr. Pengi
Mother North + Costume
Krampus + Costume
Santa + Costume
Augustus (New)
Peppermint (New)
Tinsel (New)
6. All 4 Star Santa’s Challenge Heroes
Buddy
Carol
Holly (New)
7. All 3 Star Santa’s Challenge Heroes
Frosty
Rudolph
Buster (New)

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.

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Santa’s Challenge 2022 Guide | Empires and Puzzles

Santa’s Challenge is an annual Christmas Event that starts on the 1st of Dec and ends on the 1st of Jan.

The Challenge consists of 24 Stages in Easy, Normal, and Advanced (72 Stages in total), and prizes improve as the level of difficulty increases.

There are no hero restrictions in this event, no Elemental Barrier, and you can’t replay Stages once complete.

As for gameplay, there’s only one feature; Frosted Tiles (or Frosted Shields).

Frosted Tiles / Frosted Shields (Santa’s Challenge)

At the start of the battle, and as Tiles are used up, some Tiles will be randomly covered with Frost.

Although you can still move these Tiles, they won’t fire off any damage when matched. Instead, they’ll lose their Frost when matched and can then be used on the subsequent turns.

Finally, matching a Diamond or a Dragon by swiping a Frosted tile won’t result in a Diamond or Dragon.

All the Bosses, for All the Stages, in Santa’s Challenge

This Monsters and End Boss list is based on 2021 data. I’ll be confirming the information as soon as Santa’s Challenge 2022 is released!

STAGEMONSTERSEND BOSS
1Ice and FireFrosty (Ice)
2Ice and FireBuddy (Nature)
3Holy and FireCarol (Fire)
4Ice and FireSanta (Fire)
5Holy and FireRudolph (Fire)
6IceFrosty (Ice) and Carol (Fire)
7Ice and NatureKrampus (Ice)
8Ice and FireMother North (Nature)
9IceFrosty (Ice)
10Holy and FireBuddy (Nature)
11Fire and NatureCarol (Fire)
12IceBuddy (Nature) and Santa (Fire)
13Holy and NatureKrampus (Ice)
14Fire and DarkBuddy (Nature)
15IceFrosty (Ice)
16Holy and NatureSanta (Fire)
17Dark and NatureCarol (Fire)
18Holy and FireRudolph (Fire) and Krampus (Ice)
19Ice and NatureBuddy (Nature)
20IceCarol (Fire)
21Ice and FireSanta (Fire)
22Dark and NatureMother North (Nature)
23Ice and DarkKrampus (Ice)
24IceMother North + Krampus + Santa
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Santa’s Challenge Summoning Portal (Empires and Puzzles)

One of the most significant things about Seasonal Events (including Santa’s Challenge), is that you can use Golden Epic Hero Tokens at the Summoning Portal.

You’ll also have a chance to pick up the December Hero Of The Month, -Balur!

At the Santa’s Challenge Portal, you’ll find all the Classic Christmas Heroes, their Costumes from last year, and this bunch of new superstars:

  • Augustus (5-Star)
  • Peppermint (5-Star)
  • Tinsel (5-Star)
  • Sugarplum (4-Star)
  • Buster (3-Star)

Well, that’s it for the Challenge itself. Now let’s take a look at the Heroes, starting with the Christmas Family Bonus…

Santa’s Challenge Family Bonus (Winter Family)

All of the Christmas Heroes are part of the same Family, the Winter Family. Here’s the Family Bonus:

For 2/3 Heroes: 1. +2%/+3% health for minions inherited from their summoner. 2. +5%/+10% attack for minions inherited from their summoner.

Now it’s time to check out the Heroes.

As always, I’ll provide a short review for each Hero and where possible, I’ll link to my full review (which I hope to be adding over the coming days!).

All 5 Star Santa’s Challenge Heroes (Empires and Puzzles)

In this section, you’ll find a review for the base Hero and also, a review for their Costumed counterpart (if they have one).

Mr. Pengi Review Empires and Puzzles

Mr. Pengi Empires and Puzzles Hero Card

Special Skills (Herring Blaster): 1. Deals 450% damage to the target. 2. Deals an additional 130% damage to as many random enemies as there are Minions owned by allies. The damage is reduced on each consecutive hits. 3. All hit targets receive 132 Frost damage over 3 turns. 4. Summons an Elf minion for the caster and nearby allies with 7% HP and 10% attack inherited from the caster.

Initial thoughts on Mr. Pengi

That’s a lot of damage for Fast…

5 heroes X 3 Minions = 15 hits

(A big Thank You to my primary school maths teacher -You were right, I got this.)

Yes, the damage decreases with each hit, but that’s still a shedload of damage.

According to my math πŸ˜‰, he dishes out near 1,498%* damage, if you have a team stacked with Minions. And that’s without the Frosted Ailment.

Quenell (also Fast), with her long run-up, will do 1,560% damage (total). But without it, she’ll only hit for 960% (total).

Mr. Pengi has all the traits of a Monster hero. And given he’s the only new hero among this bunch, it’s no surprise.

The Frost damage (132 over 3 turns), looks like more of an afterthought. And with more and more Heroes targeting, or being triggered by, Status Effects, it may prove to be his Achilles’ heel (here’s hoping).

Finally, the Minions mean that Mr. Pengi does just about everything…. Sniper, Mass Monster, Status Caster, and pseudo Healer.

Old Cynic’s Hero Grade: Deity β­β­β˜…

Want more Mr. Pengi? Read his full review here.

Mother North Review Empires and Puzzles

Mother North Empires and Puzzles Hero Card

Special Skills (Super Porridge): 1. Recovers 30% health for all allies. 2. Each fallen ally has a 50% chance to get revived with 10% HP. 3. Summons an Elf Minion for each ally with 7% HP and 10% attack inherited from the caster.

Thoughts on Mother North

Mother North is best known as the Hero who never gives up.

Just when you think the battle’s won, she gets to stirring her tiny pot, with her big ass spoon, and soon enough, you’re surrounded again.

The thing about Mother North is, she actually raises the dead -consistently. I mean, how many times has she personally pissed you off?

Have you ever targeted her just because you’re scared she’ll fire off?

You ever rage-quit over her? I have.

Mother North is a legend, an Icon, and the most notable Reviver in all of Empires and Puzzles.

Oh, and she’s about to get an upgrade.

…more than deserving of the highest honour I can bestow…

Old Cynic’s Hero Grade: Deity ⭐⭐⭐

Initial thoughts on Costumed Mother North

Mother North Empires and Puzzles Hero Card

Special Skills (Hyper Porridge): 1. Each fallen ally has a 55% chance to get revived with 15% HP. 2. Summons an Elf Minion for each ally with 7% HP and 10% attack inherited from the caster. 3. All allies regenerate 612 HP over 4 turns.

Ever since Mother North was created, people have moaned about her imperfections.

And I get it, she should revive allies first.

Well, you have your wish. Mother North has received the Buff of all Buffs and looks even better than before.

Besides the order of her Special, the other significant change is incremental healing, rather than one big wave of it.

Oh, and instead of a 50% chance of reviving with 10% HP, allies now have a 55% chance of being re-born, with 15% HP.

Mother North was already a Deity…

Old Cynic’s Hero Grade: Deity ⭐⭐⭐

Want more Mother North? Read her full review here.

For more on Reading Hero Cards, see this.

Krampus Santa’s Challenge (Empires and Puzzles)

Krampus Empires and Puzzles Hero Card

Special Skills (Scourge of Joy): 1. Summons an Elf Minion for each ally with 7% HP and 10% attack inherited from the caster. 2. The caster gets Taunt which prevents enemies from using Special Skills on the caster’s allies for 3 turns. 3. The caster gets +44% defense, and a further 10% increase every time they are hit during 3 turns. This effect can’t be dispelled. 4. All allies get +50% attack for 3 turns.

Thoughts on Krampus

Krampus has been on my Top Defense Heroes List since it started.

He’s a Taunter who summons a Minion for all allies and increases Attack by +50%.

And despite his prominence, he likes to keep his head down and focus on the job at hand.

Why? So the Heroes around him can shine.

I imagine he plays “Wind beneath my Wings” on loop… and rings his little bell at the end of each line.

Yeah, you can safely disregard that constipated look on his face; this guy’s a sweetheart.

Krampus is one of the best defensively-minded Heroes in the game, and I’m sure he’ll be a target for many this Christmas.

Old Cynic’s Hero Grade: Deity β­β­β˜…

(Just for research purposes, did you go back to check his face?)

Initial thoughts on Costumed Krampus

Krampus Empires and Puzzles Hero Card

Special Skills (Merriest Misery): 1. Summons an Elf Minion for each ally with 7% HP and 10% attack inherited from the caster. 2. The Caster gets Taunt which prevents enemies from using Special Skills on the caster’s allies for 3 turns. 3. The caster gets +30% defence for 3 turns. 4. All allies get +45% attack, and a further 20% increase every time they are hit during 3 turns.

Update (11/02/22): Costumed Krampus was recently nerfed: His Taunt was reduced from 4 turns to 3 turns, and his Defense was reduced from +50% to +30%.

In addition, his Class was changed from Rogue to Barbarian.

Overall, this was a significant Nerf which minimised the difference between the two versions.

My personal preference now leans towards the Base version.

Old Cynic’s Hero Grade: Deity β­β˜…β˜…

Santa Claus Review Empires and Puzzles

Santa Claus Empires and Puzzles Hero Card

Special Skills (Ultimate Gift Sack): 1. Deals 150% (Buffed) 200% damage to all enemies. 2. Summons an Elf Minion for each ally with 7% HP and 10% attack inherited from the caster. 3. All enemies get -34% attack for 3 turns. 4. All enemies get -44% defense for 3 turns.

Thoughts on Santa Claus

I find it strange that Santa, the real star of Christmas, is the third fourth-strongest hero out of Santa’s Challenge. -The thing’s named after him!

Back in the day, when I first started playing E&P, he was in quite a few Defenses, -he was a real badass.

But time’s been cruel to the old man.

Nowadays, he just looks dishevelled, and I know I’m not the only one who pretends not to smell the alcohol on his breath…

Despite all of that, Santa thinks he can still deliver, so every once in a while, you’ll face him in a Raid.

(Buddy, hide the sleigh keys.)

Old Cynic’s Hero Grade: Warrior

Initial thoughts on Costumed Santa Claus

Santa Claus Empires and Puzzles Hero Card

Special Skills (Gift of Rock): 1. Deals 150% damage to all enemies. 2. Summons an Elf Minion for each ally with 7% HP and 10% attack inherited from the caster. 3. All enemies get -24% attack for 4 turns. 4. All enemies get -54% defense for 4 turns.

This Costume provides a Power stats improvement, a focus on the Defense-down part of his Special, and when considered alongside the Winter Family Bonus (and synergy), makes him a viable option for all occasions.

Costumed Santa isn’t going to close the show by himself, but he could play a crucial role.

Old Cynic’s Hero Grade: Archangel

Grade Revised

Want more Santa Claus? Read his full review here.

Augustus Review Empires and Puzzles

Augustus Empires and Puzzles Hero Card

Special Skills (Wisdom of the Gnomes): 1. Cleanses Status Ailments from all allies. 2. Boosts health of all allies by 690 HP (can exceed max HP). 3. Boosts health by an additional 30 HP per Nature Shield on the board, up to 930 Boosted health. 4. Summons an Elf Minion for each ally worth 7% HP and 10% attack inherited from the caster. 5. All allies get +34% Defense and a further 6% increase per Nature Shield on the board for 5 turns, up to +82% Defense.

Initial thoughts on Augustus

There’s a lot to like about Augustus, he’s fun, cheery, and useful.

He loses a little credit due to his speed (Slow), but in fairness, his return on tile usage is reasonable. And on top of everything, he has an ever-precious Cleanse at the beginning of his Special.

I did find him slightly frustrating to use in Beta, and this goes for Tinsel, too, in that the board played such a significant role in deciding how much I got out of them.

I would say, all in all, Augustus does just enough to be considered a Deity.

And I expect this will be the story for all the new Christmas Heroes following last year’s Nerfing round.

Old Cynic’s Hero Grade: Deity β­β˜…β˜…

Peppermint Review Empires and Puzzles

Peppermint Empires and Puzzles Hero Card

Special Skills (Putrid Perfume): 1. Deals 250% damage to all enemies. 2. Summons an Elf Minion for each ally worth 7% HP and 10% attack inherited from the caster. 3. All enemies receive 272 Poison damage and an increase of 16 damage per Dark Shield on the board for 4 turns, up to 400 damage.

Initial thoughts on Peppermint

Peppermint is a cool-looking character, and that goes a long way with me. And the same goes for all the new Christmas Heroes; their Hero Cards look awesome.

Peppermint is a damage dealer and dishes out loads of it.

He looks completely at home standing side-by-side with some of the game’s best Hitters:

Take Ogima for example, just outta the Challenge Festival II, today. He’s Fast and will give you 275% damage to all enemies. And more for each Minion destroyed.

Or Hachiko, from the Pets Family, who’s Average speed, too. He’ll give you 270% to all plus counterattack up to 140%, and all enemies get a +50% Critical Chance for 4 turns.

Or C.Hel, who’s also Average. She deals 300% damage to all enemies and steals Mana!

Wolfgang also, who’s Average and deals 250% to all, while healing all allies on the back end.

As you can see, all of these Heroes are elite.

Peppermint is a fantastic Hero to own. A powerful mass Hitter who should be prized. That said, I don’t expect to see him much on Defense due to his Element (Dark).

Old Cynic’s Hero Grade: Deity β­β­β˜…

Tinsel Review Empires and Puzzles

Tinsel Empires and Puzzles Hero Card

Special Skills (Malevolent Toys): 1. Deals 340% damage to the target and nearby enemies. 2. Summons an Elf Minion for the caster and nearby allies worth 7% HP and 10% attack inherited from the caster. 3. The target and nearby enemies get -14% Defense and a further -5% for every Ice Shield on the board for 4 turns, up to -54% Defense. 4. The target and nearby enemies get -10% accuracy and a further -5% for every Ice Shield on the board for 4 turns, up to -50% accuracy.

Initial thoughts on Tinsel

As I mentioned with Augustus above, these two Heroes can be a little frustrating on Offense.

If Tinsel reaches her full potential, she’s a Deity: Tier-3.

That would be 340% to 3, a Minion to self and nearby, -54% Defense to 3 and -50% accuracy to 3.

As it stands, I think she’s more likely to offer:

340% to 3, a Minion to self and nearby, -29% Defense to 3 and -25% accuracy to 3.

And when on Defense, that could improve (if the opposition hasn’t been keeping up to date with new Heroes and leaves too many Ice Shields on the boards when she fires) or diminish (if they are aware and so play accordingly).

Tinsel is tougher to score as a result. I’ll be positive and mark her down as a Deity: Tier-2, but will accept arguments that she’s a T-1.

Old Cynic’s Hero Grade: Deity β­β­β˜…

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All 4 Star Santa’s Challenge Heroes (Empires & Puzzles)

There’s one new 4-Star Hero (Sugarplum) and also Buddy and Carol.

Buddy Santa’s Challenge Empires and Puzzles

Buddy Empires and Puzzles Hero Card

Special Skills (Gift Sack): 1. Deals 205% damage to the target and nearby enemies. 2. Summons an Elf Minion for each ally with 7% HP and 10% attack inherited from the caster. 3. The target and nearby enemies get -24% attack for 3 turns. 4. The target and nearby enemies get -34% defense for 3 turns.

Thoughts on Buddy

Buddy looks great, very similar to Santa, just quicker and only targets 3.

205% damage to the target and nearby is a solid offering. The Minions add a nice bit of protection, and the Defense-down is a handy bonus.

Buddy’s a fantastic allrounder and I’m really happy to have recently pulled him myself.

Old Cynic’s Hero Grade: Archangel

Carol Review Empires and Puzzles

Carol Empires and Puzzles Hero Card

Special Skills (Perilous Present): 1. Reduces the mana of the target by 25%. 2. The target receives a Gift Bomb. After 3 turns the Gift Bomb explodes and deals 312 damage to the target and nearby enemies. The Gift Bomb also explodes when the target is defeated.

Thoughts on Carol

No no no.

Not this “hold onto a bomb” stuff. Nope. Not interested.

She can keep her gift. Don’t care.

I don’t have 3 turns to wait for this one to do something.

3 turns?

Game’s already over & done by that point.

I’m in a bubble bath, celebrating. Candles lit and all sorts.

Sorry, Carol. But no.

PS. I think you’d really like this guy. You two have a lot in common.

Old Cynic’s Hero Grade: Meek

Holly Review Empires and Puzzles

Holly Empires and Puzzles Hero Card

Special Skills (Hearty Stew): 1. Recovers 20% health for all allies. 2. Recovers an additional 3% health per Holy Shield on the board, up to 44% health. 3. Summons an Elf Minion for each ally worth 7% HP and 10% attack inherited from the caster. 4. All allies get +14% Attack and a further 5% for every Holy Shield on the board for 4 turns, up to +54% Attack.

Initial thoughts on Holly

No, I don’t like Holly.

She’s a mess. Carrots everywhere; she looks embarrassed, and so am I.

20% for all on a Slow Charge?

Why not just play a proper 4-Star Healer, of which there are tons to choose from?

The real Red Herring with all of these Christmas Heroes is the Minion. SG need only turn the dial back up on them and they’ll all look more substantial again.

As for Holly, I’m gonna grade her Meek, because I really can’t see any reason to play her when faster and better 4-Star Healers are readily available… even from Season 1 (with Costume).

Old Cynic’s Hero Grade: Meek

Related: Empires and Puzzles Soul Exchange

All 3 Star Santa’s Challenge Heroes (Empires and Puzzles)

There’s one new 3-Star Hero (Buster) and also Frosty and Rudolph.

Frosty Review Santa’s Challenge

Frosty Empires and Puzzles Hero Card

Special Skills (Joyful Backup): 1. Recovers 32% health for all allies. 2. Summons an Elf Minion for each ally with 7% HP and 10% attack inherited from the caster.

Thoughts on Frosty

Frosty was one of the best 3-Star Heroes in Empires and Puzzles before the Nerf.

Now, he’s just “decent”.

Frosty heals, pseudo-heals, and cries when alone. Caught up in memories of what he used to be.

Old Cynic’s Hero Grade: Archangel

Rudolph Review Empires and Puzzles

Rudolph Empires and Puzzles Hero Card

Special Skills (Antler Attack): 1. Deals 285% damage to the target. 2. Reduces the mana of the target by 20%. 3. Summons an Elf Minion with 7% HP and 10% attack inherited from the caster.

Thoughts on Rudolph

Rudolph’s not too bad at all. He’s Fast, does a decent amount of damage, reduces Mana, and summons a Minion.

I can see how the Mana reduction would help, but it’s not really enough.

In today’s game, 3-Star hitters have to really bang, and Rudolph doesn’t. Those bells don’t help either, cause the target can hear him coming.

That said, the Minion will probably keep him alive longer than most.

If I pulled Rudolph, I’d take a serious look at my other 3-Star red heroes and think it over.

He’s OK, not Great.

Old Cynic’s Hero Grade: Warrior

Buster Review Empires and Puzzles

Buster Empires and Puzzles Hero Card

Special Skills (Frosty Punches): 1. Deals 275% damage to the target and nearby enemies. 2. Summons an Elf Minion for the caster and nearby allies worth 7% HP and 10% attack inherited from the caster. 3. All damage received by the target and nearby enemies is increased by +24% and a further +2% increase per each Fire Shield on the board for 4 turns, up to +40% increased damage.

Initial thoughts on Buster

275% to the target and nearby enemies is a top-end 3-Star hit.

The Minion, sadly, is pretty weak. -As is the case for all of the Winter Family.

We also have between 24% and 40% increased damage for 4 turns. This is Franz’s flex, and he does it at V.Slow, and 50%, for 6 turns.

That’s a reasonable trade-off.

We all know, Buster is only really gonna be relevant in Rush or 3-Star Tourneys. But for both, he looks formidable.

Speed is a factor. In a Rush setting, he’s a Deity: T-2. And in a normal Tourney, he’s a T1.

Tiles make all the difference, as we so often see with Sudri, but all told, I think that’s fair.

Old Cynic’s Hero Grade: Deity β­β˜…β˜…

Santa’s Challenge – Empires and Puzzles Guide & Review

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24 Comments

  1. Really good post, thank you for it. I have had Krampus for a year now, never leave home with out him.
    While I HATE Mother Christmas and refuse to fight a team with her in it, I would LOVE to have her in my line up.
    I fed Carol to another hero, I had levelled her up and it was a total waste of time. She is nothing but food for better hero’s.
    I was interested in your views on Frosty as I pulled him recently and he is in the queue to be levelled up, I will now move him up the queue.

    Thanks again, I think yours are the best reviews of hero’s out there, keep it up please.

    1. Thank you Steve, it’s really nice to hear you enjoyed it.

      This Christmas, I will be having a little go for Mother North, Krampus, and Mr Pengi. But I already know, the Universe will hand be a big fat Santa for the way I spoke about him.

      Thanks for visiting and reading!

      1. I had saved my tokens and spent some money this morning so I ended pulling 16 of the Seasonal Hero’s.
        I now have 2 Buddy’s, 3 Rudolph’s and 5 Frosty’s plus a Carol.
        No sign of Mother North or Mr Pengi.
        Not very happy with the result.

      2. Hey there, just pulled hanitra(very few 5stars I have, and I wanted mother north). So should I upgrade her? She doesn’t do any damage in her special. As I’m new and almost f2p(just the vip pass n mini purchases) so I don’t have resources for final ascension so I need to use them wisely. Please help!!!!

        1. Hi Dunk, Hanitra is a fantastic hero, you should read my review here. Also, check out my Christmas Post, which has a countdown of the best HotM for 2021 (Hanitra features).

          In answer to your question, all the normal caveats aside (your choice, not advice, no guarantees, etc.), I would upgrade her. Especially if I didn’t have many other 5-Star heroes.

          I’ve been playing awhile and after pulling her recently, I’m really impressed. She’s already in my Raid squad, before final ascension. She’s awesome. I play her with Rigard (2nd healer) and it works a treat.

          She’s improved my win rate by a long way. She is a modern hero, designed to deal with these modern monsters.

          Thanks for stopping by!

  2. Really enjoyed the review. I have MN (maxed and broken maxed) and getting her costume would be amazing. Frosty is great, but I prefer Helo since he removes status effects too.

  3. Woot!!!
    34 pulls for Christmas with token, Krampus and hotm. Christmas came early.!!!

    Great review and always a joy to read it.

    1. Hi Eric, where is the 1960%? It is completely possible it is an error (this was just published).

      As for the 960%, it’s the sum of all her damage: 320% to 3 targets. Again, it is getting late here, so please correct me if it’s wrong. Otherwise, it’s just a fun way to attribute damage from a single hero.

      Thanks for reading and commenting!

      Edit – I thought this was on Mr. Pengi’s review -which I did just publish. Thanks again!

  4. Costume Krampus’s defense buff appears to be dispellable. Despite the extra taunt turn, I feel this really gimps him as any attacker who sees him will simply add a dispeller to their team. Based o that do you still regard C. Krampus > Krampus?

    1. I don’t know. I prefer the non-Costumed version, but still think that extra turn would produce better results. -There’s no way to prove it, just my opinion. I use a dispeller and timing is important, as is the depth and strength of the opposition squad.

      Anyway, it’s a close call for me. As a defensively minded player, I prefer the +defense, so it’s hard to let go of that for the extra turn, however I really wouldn’t argue over it. Fantastic hero -just what works for you/ your team (for example, you might get +attack elsewhere and not care too much about losing it here).

      Thanks for stopping by!

  5. Hello! I really like your posts! I got Mr.Pengi and costumed Santa with 40 pulls that I was saving for a long time, I agree that Santa is the weakest hero among the Christmas 5 stars because he is so slow. HOWEVER, the +1% costume bonus lets him charge with 10 tiles, making him an average hero (15% lvl.29 mana troop + 4% emblem bonus + 1% costume bonus = 20% mana regeneration). That wasn’t possible with regular Santa before because the essential 1% was missing. Sadly I am far from having a lvl.29 red mana troop, but I believe that this mana combo adresses the low speed problem of this hero.

    1. Hey Johnny, you make a very good point. It’s something I need to look at again and will do, taking what you and others have said into account. Thank you for sharing and explaining your viewpoint. It’s appreciated.

      1. The same deal with the +1% mana goes for costumed Lady of the Lake, but that one was already one of your favourites!

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