How good is Silvaria? Empires and Puzzles April 2022 Hero Of The Month (HotM). Will her assorted Special, and standout Passive, make her deserving of those ever-precious Mats?
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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.
Silvaria’s Stats and Special Skills (Power of Flora)
Element: Nature (Green)
Mana Speed: Average
Family Bonus: Legends 2022 (Not activated yet)
Special Skills (Power of Flora): 1. Target and nearby enemies get -34% defense for 3 turns. 2. Deals 350% damage to the target. 3. Summons a Forest Familiar minion for all allies worth 9% HP and 13% attack inherited from the caster. 4. [Element Link] All nature allies get 10% attack for 4 turns. This effect can’t be dispelled.
Passive: 1. Resist Minion Removal. 2. Summons on Burn (when hero receives burn status ailment, will summon a Forest minion for themselves worth 35% HP and 35% attack).
Talent: WOUND ~ +30% chance to apply bleeding from any normal attack.
Is Silvaria worth Levelling? (Empires and Puzzles)
It depends on your roster.
Silvaria does a whole bunch of stuff, but nothing to a real elite level.
It’s her passive skill which initially sets her apart, but that might not be as useful as first imagined.
Is she better than Zagrog (last month’s HotM)? To me, absolutely.
In fact, they might even make a somewhat decent Defense Down-Quick-Slap! partnership.
Silvaria’s Special Explained (Empires and Puzzles)
Silvaria shows great form and technique, bringing her victim’s defense down by -34%, before slapping their lights out for 350%.
And it’s that sort of synergy seen throughout her skillset which makes her worth, much more than the sum of her parts.
Even though she only deals damage to the target, both nearby enemies will also receive -34% defense, and we definitely appreciate that, coming from a HotM.
Next, she summons a ‘Forest Familiar’ minion for all allies, worth 9% HP and 13% attack.
Finally, she offers a nice 10% attack buff to heroes of the same element.
How Good is Silvaria’s Special?
It’s not elite, of course.
The fact is,
- the defense-down (34%) really isn’t earth-shattering,
- the hit, well Iris (the Feb 22 HotM) does more damage on a Fast charge
- and the minions? They do look a little lightweight, at 9% HP each.
It’s true, Silvaria’s not a deity, as a direct comparison with Morel will show. However, she is still a solid hero to work with, if you don’t have anything better!
|Silvaria||Average (10 tiles)||350% to 1 target||-34% to target & NB|
|Morel||Fast (8 tiles)||180% to all (900% total damage)||-34% to all enemies|
Since we’ve got the table out, let’s take a quick look at the minion situation:
|Hero||Mana Speed||Minion Health||Minion Attack|
|Silvaria’s Passive||–||35% (494HP)||35%|
|Very Fast||13% (228HP*)||20%|
Silvaria’s minions do offer some protection, and there’s always value in that.
However, this also makes her a ‘summoner’, and therefore liable to get a hefty SmackDown as a result.
How Good Is Silvaria? (April Hero Of The Month)
My main issue with Silvaria is that she’s not a Specialist; she doesn’t do any one thing particularly well.
Still, consider this:
Reuben, who’s generally viewed as a poor hero, will hit all 3 targets for 215% and summons a minion for all allies (with the Family Bonus) worth 5% HP and 10% attack.
All on a Fast charge.
So, what makes Silvaria so much more useful than him?
Because even though she can’t get enough weight behind her punches to make it count (… hear, hear! To making it count 🥂), that doesn’t mean her teammates won’t.
For the right player, Silvaria represents the opportunity to get old school with a solid 5-Star, Average speed, Defense-down, HotM.
I mean, how many Defense-down, Average Speed, 5-Star heroes do you own?
My only 5-Star Defense-down hero is, Season 1’s Isarnia.
So, yes, Silvaria’s not a Specialist.
But she might turn out to be a decent allrounder.
Silvaria’s Passive Minion (Empires and Puzzles)
This is another area where Silvaria shines; with her passive skills.
Her first trick is, Resisting minion removal, and this really contributes to her second passive…
- Summons a minion worth 35% HP and 35% attack on burn damage
Just look at the size of those bouncing meatballs!
But, how often do you get burnt in the current meta?
And, Is it enough to justify fielding a hero who will only protect herself on such an occasion?
This is a great little passive, but it’s too obscure
Unless we’re about to get a boatload of new burn heroes, then I don’t think it’s a common enough problem to be the sole reason to play Silvaria.
Viscaro has a similar passive, but his concerns the summoning of fiends for any enemy who summons as part of their Special… And that’s a pretty wide remit he has there, thus making him super useful.
Silvaria on the other hand is talking about burn damage…
…Anyone know a hero who burns allies?…
…I’d really love a twisted fire starter at this point…
I spent a little time trying to isolate the main burners we commonly face in raids, here’s my list:
I’m sure I’m missing a few, but the key point is, while this is a nice passive, I don’t think it’s a game-changer.
That said, it’s this type of odd skill which actually ends up being really useful for defeating some crazy hard Map Stage or difficult Event (like Clash Of Knights)… mark my words!
Update: Season 5 Family Bonus?
A reader has highlighted the fact that next Season’s heroes will have Burn damage attached to their Family Bonus, and this clearly adds more value to Silvaria’s passive.
For the record, next Season’s heroes are still in beta testing, so they may not actually appear in this form. However, here’s what the Family Bonus currently looks like:
There are 2 Family Bonuses (Sun and Moon). The Sun Family Bonus states:
- For 1/2 heroes: 10% / 20% chance to make a cast of -35% accuracy for 2 turns and 98 (for 5-Star heroes) burn damage over 2 turns to an enemy who deals Special Skill damage to this character.
- If the enemy Special Skill defeats this character, the chance is increased to 75%.
As we can see, Silvaria satisfies the criteria… and happens to have a rather large minion waiting in her pocket.
All that said, as it stands, there are only 4 ‘Sun’ Family 5-Star heroes currently listed for Season 5.
Silvaria – Empires and Puzzles HotM April 2022
My final thoughts:
Everyone likes to hear good things about their newly pulled hero, and I don’t wanna be the bad guy.
The problem is, I have to measure up these heroes against the Best-of-the-Best. Heroes like:
But, could they help you defeat the Deities?
In Silvaria’s case, there’s good reason to believe she could.
Her most potent skill is the Defense-down inflicted on 3 targets. While, the rest of her build has good synergy, which could easily be woven into a 5-hero squad.
If I were a F2P/C2P player who pulled Silvaria, she’d likely get levelled pretty quickly.
Whereas, if I were a P2P player, she might not even get to 3/70, unless I had good reason to believe that burn damage was about to become a much more prevalent problem.
Hero Grade for Silvaria (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? No.
If not, do they still bring enough to the party to help defeat the deities? Yes.
Old Cynic’s Hero Grade: Archangel
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