Empires and Puzzles February 2023 Soul Exchange is finally here, and it looks like we’ve got a strong field of competitors this time around. Let’s go ahead and check em all out.
In this post, I’m gonna do my best to identify the best Heroes in each Tier; with #1 being my pick for Best!
That said, this Soul Exchange, more than any other, is really about what you need; what areas in your roster need strengthening.
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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.
Empires & Puzzles February Soul Exchange
Let’s quickly cover some House Keeping:
Giving up 10, 15, or 20 Heroes in exchange for 1 is always gonna be a big decision, so please get other opinions, too!
There’s a lot to consider, including your current roster.
For example, you might not have a great 5-Star Ice Hero but might already have a solid 5-Star Holy Hero. So, it could make more sense for you to exchange for the Element you’re weak in, rather than doubling your already strong Holy range.
There’s also the real danger of overstretching for that top-tier Hero, and completely depleting your reserves.
Please note, I’m not judging your picks, we’re just talking here. There’s no wrong or right, so please don’t walk away feeling like you’ve picked the wrong Hero.
Finally, I don’t mind folk disagreeing with me. That’s the whole point, to get opinions from all sides.
All Heroes: Soul Exchange, Empires and Puzzles February 2023
OK, here we go. All of the Heroes currently up for grabs in the February 2023 Soul Exchange:
Tier One (10 Heroes) – Soul Exchange, Empires and Puzzles February 2023
The 5 Heroes on offer in exchange for 10 Legendary Heroes:
Alright, Tier One.
It’s definitely stronger than what we’ve seen before for this tier. They (the Developers) seemed to have worked out that decent ex-HotMs are the way to go here. -At least, this time ’round.
My view remains the same regarding this Tier; it’s almost always better to forgo it and simply wait for the next Soul Exchange so you can pick up a Game-Changer type of Hero, instead of a mid-tier type of Hero.
Nonetheless, as mentioned, all of these guys are solid and useable…
#1. Grace (Soul Exchange Heroes)
Her potency isn’t really based on her Taunt Control, it’s actually her strong hit and Defense Ailment.
Add to that, her Element Link protects against Fiends.
That said, I chalked her up as an Archangel, as are Arfanias and Tahir (these two are hard to separate, but Arfanias’ 75% dodge is fantastic). And that’s where I would also probably rank Guinevere if I were reviewing her today.
That leaves Alexandrine, who I’ve never really been that impressed with, but who might fit into the right roster.
So for me, it would be Grace, followed by either Arfanias or Tahir, followed by Guinevere (20% Mana reduction is great and in 1953, folks woulda wet themselves, but that’s half a turn for Jove today). And lastly, Alexandrine.
Anyway, a very respectable opener for 10 Souls, this time out.
Tier Two (15 Heroes) – Empires and Puzzles Soul Exchange February 2023
The 5 Heroes on offer in exchange for 15 Legendary Heroes:
- Dark Lord
- The Hatter
- Queen of Hearts
It’s more of a mid-tier-mixed-bag. They’re all reputable, just not one shining, game-winning, superstar, if you know what I mean?
I really struggled with who was #1 in this tier. I have Malosi who comes with me on every Raid and is able to catch most things The Hatter would feed off before we even got there (besides Furdinand, which is why I rated him so highly).
Also, The Hatter is Average Speed, so you really need to get the timing right when using him. That said, his Skills are enduring and won’t be eroded by time (like his Stats will).
#1. The Hatter (Empires and Puzzles)
I recently tested Lord Loki Mark 2 (Costume) in Beta and it was ridiculous fun.
There’s something about stealing a Special Skill… It’s like skipping breakfast and lunch coz you’re going to a party where you intend to eat enough to hold you over for at least 3 days.
Like you’re being especially smart and sneaky, yet not necessarily immoral.
The Hatter is similar with his Stealing of Buffs that have already been Cast. He will deliver a reasonable slap to the target and minor damage to nearby enemies, -at least for when he was first released (c.1973), and steal all Buffs from all Enemies and randomly distribute them to his allies.
However, as I learned from Lord Loki M2; when there’s nothing crazy to steal, the Hero loses some of their value. And I can see that with The Hatter.
Don’t get me wrong, against some Heroes, The Hatter is gonna be the bee’s knees, but against others, he won’t register much at all.
Of course, there are some monsters in the game already who The Hatter looks crazy against, and there’s even more to come. Just check out these 2 YouTube videos:
Playstyle is relevant as with anything; in my case, I try to form one elite Raiding Squad that can beat all comers, rather than having to switch out Heroes according to the team I’m facing.
And that’s my big reservation with The Hatter (alongside his Stats).
If you’re happy to switch out Heroes then The Hatter is an awesome piece to have in the locker room.
It’s worth noting that The Hatter is a timeless Hero who will improve with every new monster Buffer they create.
#2. Dark Lord (Soul Exchange Heroes)
Dark Lord is a premium sniper who was Buffed a couple of times, if memory serves me, to get him here.
Now, I know I’ve never sung the praises of a Sniper before, but Dark Lord hits so hard, he could knock somebody right off their perch. Just check out the HotMs in Tier One; they all need the stars to align to meet what Dark Lord is doing on the regs.
Plus, he has Mana Control, as well as some Poisoning over 4 turns, for good measure.
However, this isn’t like Ludwig last time, at least not in my view.
Meaning, I would still strive to obtain a Tier Three Hero if I could. -Unless you’ve already got the synergy worked out and one of these (Hatter/Dark Lord) represents the missing link.
#3. Queen Of Hearts (Empires and Puzzles)
Queen of Hearts has a large fan base, and I can see why, but for me, there are better options on this list.
I’ve never had a problem dealing with Queen of Hearts when on Defense, and that’s without any proper Minion Control.
The issue with her, and all the new Minion Summoners now, is that a bunch of anti-Minion Heroes were injected into the game to deal with M&M (pre-Nerf) and Waterpipe, and they will run havoc all over Heroes like QoH.
Also, her Minion is pretty weak, at 16% HP.
I still think she has a place, especially on Attack where you can layer her Minion, but overall, the other two Heroes above excite me more.
PS. She beats out Akkorog coz Taunt is still Taunt and she does hit, too.
15 Souls? -If you’ve got a plan. I wouldn’t get her simply on a Wing and a Prayer.
#4. Akkorog (Empires and Puzzles)
I’ve always liked Akkorog on paper; he’s unique and might actually be the cheeky outside bet here.
What am I talking about?
Well, there was a time when top Defenses were set up in such a way that their position and order were relevant to their strength.
If Akkorog could’ve brought Mother North to the fore, or simply got her away from Ludwig, he could have significantly impacted the battle.
However, the game’s not like that anymore. The current Meta, in my view, consists of the Tank of the Moment (or 2 of them), surrounded by quick Hitters, all made possible because some new elite Heroes simply do so much.
And that’s not to mention the new Ninjas.
Still, Akkorog hits hard and may confuse the opposition into submission, but I still wouldn’t pay 15 Souls for him.
#5. Alice (Empires and Puzzles)
Alice isn’t bad at all and could be part of a great Ice Stack.
But the others are more interesting and game-changing.
We can see what she does but I can’t see any reason to burn 15 Souls on her.
Tier Three (20 Heroes) – Soul Exchange, Empires and Puzzles February 2023
The 5 Heroes on offer in exchange for 20 Legendary Heroes:
Finally, the big boys and girls! This Soul Exchange has been interesting, -I mean, Kara, a HotM in the big leagues?
I’ve always suspected that there’s a large dusty book, the type your teacher used to read from in Primary School, sitting on a desk at SG HQ. And in that book is a list detailing the power and value of every Hero in the game.
-If you look at the way this top tier is laid out, I feel they’re basically telling us who’s the most valuable.
Of course, we’re gonna change the order a little, but only for one Hero:
#1. Milena (Soul Exchange Heroes)
I had a lot of fun writing my Milena review back in… wow, back in Aug 21. How time flies.
Nothing has really changed besides the fact that she’s now well-established as one of the best Heroes in the game.
We all know of her limitations on Defense, -but she’s always well-behaved when I see her.
That said, if you’ve got 20 Souls to exchange, there’s a good chance you’ve already got some of these Heroes on retainer, but for my purposes, considering them in isolation, she’s the one for me.
#2. Arco (Empires and Puzzles)
However, it’s all the anti-Minion Heroes that I mentioned earlier, that concern me most with Arco (even tho his Minions don’t do the Overhealing themselves).
Of course, I’m not dogging on Arco, he’s a real top-drawer Hero. I’m simply justifying my reasoning for having Milena above him on my list.
That said, there are so many areas of this game where Arco will shine; in Raids, Defense, Tournaments, and Stages, he’s a powerhouse for sure.
And, I don’t feel he’s had a real chance to shine yet, as so many new Heroes appear so frequently that it’s more of a game of Catch-Up than of squad building.
Not that it takes a lot to find Synergy with Arco (Summon Minions!), and surely the Fiends are coming to bust up E&P any day now?
Again, this choice comes down to what you need; your roster, your strategy, your plans, etc. -This is simply how I see the Heroes from my point of view.
#3. Lewena (Empires and Puzzles)
Lewena is a monster hitter; powerful and fast.
Add to that, she blocks Talent activation, and you have an elite top-of-the-line hitter on your hands.
There’s really not much to say except, if you need a great Fire hitter, she’s calling.
#4. Kara (Soul Exchange Empires and Puzzles)
Kara has done quite well for herself, eking out a superb reputation as a solid Taunter.
Taunt at Average Speed is the holy grail, well, Oniwakamaru aside. And Kara does a very decent job of delivering a near-premium service from her budgeted HotM lineage.
Still, it’s a hard call to give up 20 Souls for an ex-HotM unless you have a clear strategy for using her as part of your current roster.
I do think this is expensive and would have liked to have seen her in the Mid-tier range. But Taunt is a game-changing Skill, and maybe the boss was like, “nope, -get 20 Souls”.
#5. Quartz (Soul Exchange Empires and Puzzles)
Quartz is the last Hero on our list and in my view the worst. Especially when you consider Milena is going for 20 Souls, too.
I hope they don’t decide to Buff him after this SE, but either way, for me he’s the weakest member of this group.
He’s basically C. Regard, flexing as a Ninja, with 5-Star Stats. But nothing he does is overkill or crazy, -just pretty standard stuff.
He will have a use on Offense with that quick Attack Buff and early Cleanse, but when standing next to the others on this list, it’s hard to get excited about him.
Empires & Puzzles Soul Exchange (February 23)
Please feel free to share your views or your own listing in the comments below. I’m sure it will help other players stopping by.
Oh, and tell me who you picked!
Anyway, that’s a load of writing from me, which I hope you found useful in some way. I never claim to be right, I only share my opinion, which is as failable as any other.
If you picked up a Hero today, congrats! 🎉🎊🥳 I hope they prove to be everything you require!
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