Empires and Puzzles September 2023 Soul Exchange is in effect, so it’s time to take a run at the Heroes on offer in hope of unearthing the No. 1 pick.
As per usual, I’ll do my best to identify the strongest Heroes in each Tier, with #1 being my pick for the best Hero!
However, at a certain point, the Soul Exchange is really about what you need.
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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 September Soul Exchange
When I first saw the Heroes listed for this Soul Exchange I was impressed and annoyed at the same time.
Impressed because I think the lower and mid-tier Heroes are much stronger than last time.
And annoyed because it’s gonna be harder for me to differentiate between the better Heroes in those categories.
Overall, there isn’t a “must-have” monster in this group, although a few do come close. There are, however, some really handy, really strong Heroes to own, especially for somebody without a top-tier roster.
The good thing about this Soul Exchange is that we received some early notice about what Heroes would become available via E&P’s Social Media.
That afforded me the time to do a little more research, like looking at Power Stats, my old Hero reviews, and the current Meta (the litany of new Heroes we face today vs. the Heroes many of these guys would’ve fought in their prime).
Anyway, good stuff. Let’s get started.
Soul Exchange 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.
That said, sometimes it’s best to pick the absolute best Hero you can. Because their strengths may outweigh any concerns about their Element.
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 September 2023
OK, here we go. All of the Heroes currently up for grabs in the September 2023 Soul Exchange:
Tier One (10 Heroes) – Soul Exchange, Empires and Puzzles September 2023
The 5 Heroes on offer in exchange for 10 Legendary Heroes:
Tier One Heroes in the SE [Empires and Puzzles]
Last time out I was moaning about all the old Heroes on offer:
Marie-Therese, Musashi, Kingston, Ares, and Misandra occupied this Tier.
The nostalgia was nice, but they were all over the hill.
Now, -if you’ve read my blog before, you might be expecting me to segway into some chatter about the nature of time, the essence of the human spirit, and the gravity of ageing…
But I won’t! We’ve got better things to do! Ain’t no time for that!
Let’s check out these 10 Soulers…
#1. Peridot (September Soul Exchange)
Peridot was released back in February 2022, which is when I originally reviewed her.
That means she’s one of the older Ninjas. Significantly, she’s a “pre-2023” Ninja, meaning she did not benefit from the Big Balance Update, like Amethyst did.
Atk: 815 Def: 739 HP: 1435 -Peridot
Atk: 869 Def: 807 HP: 1518 -Amethyst
Peridot’s Power Stats look okay. We all know about the Power Creep, so there’s nothing unexpected here. That said, she does possess 815 Atk, which is very decent considering her speciality.
Peridot also operates like an old Ninja, with her targeting system widening as she advances through her mana charges.
-Her first charge only targets 1 enemy, her second targets 3, and her third targets All.
Looking at the Special Skills, her first charge is the weakest, though provides an early option in battle.
The second and third are still very credible, all this time later.
280% to 3 or 320% to All, issued at 10 or 15 tiles respectively, is awesome.
And the excellent -40% or -54% accuracy Ailment on top makes for a significant payload.
I think Peridot represents really good value for money at 10 Souls.
Due to the lacklustre first Charge, she’ll need some management, but the higher payloads are fantastic, -assuming you can get all of it onto the targets.
This is a Raiding/Stages Hero for me. -And a Stacker for Titans.
Worth 10 Souls? Yes.
#2. Kravekrush (September Soul Exchange)
I said this was a stronger group! I could’ve made an argument for 3rd place to be here, but Kravekrush is so unique, that he had to take precedence.
Now here we are, nearly a year and a half later, with him being offered for 10 Souls…. Interesting.
Looking at the hit (430% to the target and minor damage to nearby), it’s okay. Very similar to base Master Lepus, although Master Lepus is Fast, while Kravekrush is Average.
Stopping Revive is a powerful skill, but in a game with so many problems to solve, it really does make him a specialist.
We don’t know what the future holds, and a monster Reviver could be introduced at any point, and that’s when we’ll all wish we had picked him up.
I personally won’t take up this offer but can understand why others might.
We all play at different levels with different demands, and Kravekrush could be the right wrench to have sitting in your toolbox.
Worth 10 Souls? Yes, as long as you understand what you’re getting; a specialist.
#3. Iris (September Soul Exchange)
I’ve reviewed all of the Heroes in this lower-tier grouping, so you can refer to each one individually if you’d like to have more to consider.
Iris is the quickest of the last three (Viscaro/Gilligan) and her Special Skills are the most usable in the current game (imo).
She offers a looping Dispell and a decent hit at Fast.
Iris is a simple but effective Hero and if you’re in need of this skill set, she’s worth considering.
These lower-tiered Heroes are definitely better than last time out.
Worth 10 Souls? Yes, for those looking for a quick Dispeller. -Although, you’ll need to wait till the end of the Turn!
#4. Viscaro (September Soul Exchange)
Viscaro is a Slow Fiend Summoner who has one of the best Passives in the game…
Whenever a Summoner summons a Minion via Special Skill, Viscaro tags them with a big fat Fiend.
…And he’s buried many a Summoner under the weight of his chunky Fiends.
I like Viscaro for anything Rush and as an option off the bench.
Still, with Souls so hard to come by, personally, I’d wait for something better, assuming you don’t need #1 or #2 or #3 above.
Worth 10 Souls? I wouldn’t but can understand why others would. A great, fun Hero.
#5. Gilligan (September Soul Exchange)
Gilligan is a HotM from 2023!
Wow, that was quick.
I spent an inordinate amount of time explaining how this one worked so please refer to the review.
I do like Gilligan and think he’d be great in Rush, or even against specific teams, but not enough to pay 10 Souls for him.
If he came free, say, like a HotM, then maybe…
Worth 10 Souls? No. His usage is limited by circumstances and also requires Player planning and strategization. -Although, you may be willing to put in the effort to get the most out of him.
Tier Two (15 Heroes) – Empires and Puzzles Soul Exchange September 2023
The 5 Heroes on offer in exchange for 15 Legendary Heroes:
Tier Two Heroes in the SE [Empires and Puzzles]
Three of the Heroes in this category are what I’d consider strong, offering an array of options to strengthen your squad.
Starting at the top…
#1. Congalach (Empires and Puzzles)
Congalach just got finished handing my ass to me as Tank in the Rush Tourney.
Of course, I countered with Lord Loki, but that just seemed to p*ss him off more.
I like Congalach and Wolfgang, but both are old, which is reflected in their Power Stats.
It’s Congalach’s unique abilities that edged it for me.
I like the attack mechanism that targets 5 random enemies and the stacking-reduced Attack Ailment that goes along with it.
However, his pitfall is the same as ever; speed.
When Congalach first arrived, he was formidable. But you just have to look at Areax’s Special and Stats (current HotM) to see that time is quickly catching up with him.
Still, for dynamism and immediacy of effectiveness, I’m giving Congalach the nod as the best here.
Worth 15 Souls? Yes.
#2. Wolfgang (Soul Exchange Heroes)
Wolfgang is cool in so many ways; his card looks badass, his Special Skill has a dual dimension to it, and he’s Holy, therefore opposes the most powerful element in Empires and Puzzles (the Darkness).
And I think it’s his Holy Element, along with his skill set, that makes him especially appealing to me.
Clash of Knights was executed exceedingly well. From the aesthetics, to the Heroes (3 and 4-Star included).
When the Clash of Knights was first introduced, a bunch of its Heroes took hold of Empires and Puzzles and caused real problems for the old guard, who frankly, didn’t quite know how to deal with Ludwig, Quenell, Rayne, Quintin, Lewena, Ferant, Franz, and Bertulf.
That list still represents a who’s who of Legends in the game today.
And while they all offered a specialism in one form or another, Wolfgang offered balance.
A very respectable hit for the time, and 600 Boosted Healing. It was a combo made in heaven.
The problem is, over time, the hit has lost some of its sting and the healing felt slower as the game got quicker.
In the past, 4-turns was short enough to be impactful. Nowadays, the battle can be effectively over by that point.
Also, with powerful Status Buffs flooding the game, most players are running dispellers as standard, and Wolfgang is just too old in the tooth to be getting away with his long-ass loading time.
~Someone’s gonna get to that buff, my friend.
That said, Wolf Family Heroes have a 35% or 50% chance to make their buffs undispellable. A nice touch for Wolfgang.
Anyway, I still like him, but he may not be as useful on Defense. Although, that still leaves Raids, Stages, Wars, etc.
Worth 15 Souls? Yes. It’s a decent exchange. But he’s not gonna revamp your roster by himself.
#3. Asterius (September Soul Exchange Heroes)
Alright, I need to speed up!
Asterius is the big Hitter who was offered in the August 2022 Soul Exchange (for 20 Souls!). What did I say about him back then?
“Asterius is a beast. He’s heavy-handed, inflicts Burn, and delivers some Defense-Down.”Old Cynic briefly on Asterius
He’s still heavy-handed but since then, the Devs have created many new Average Hitters who are preferable.
But I wouldn’t count him out.
-Asterius was buffed into the stratosphere back in December 2021 and he can still do a job.
He also has this nice Family Bonus that gives him a chance to receive 15%, 35%, or 70% of his damage back as healing.
Pretty powerful stuff, if you happen to have a couple of Villains Family Heroes to play alongside him.
Worth 15 Souls? Yes.
#4. Costume Seshat (September Soul Exchange)
The struggle is real with Costume Seshat, I really want this Hero!
The card is cool and the skill set would work all-day-long in my setup; with her Dispel and Replicating Minion.
I would stick her out on the other Wing and the testing would start from there.
Especially in the current Meta, Dispelling is crucial.
That said, unless you have a plan for C. Seshat, I can’t suggest that she’s worth the 15 Souls.
Man, Dispel 3 at Fast? … And Dispel First, before the hit?!
This is a great Hero. I wish she was on for 10… I’d have taken her. But for 15?
I don’t know how you place a value on 15 Souls, but if you’re anything like me, you want a Hero who’s gonna shake things up. So for that reason, it’s a tough no for me.
If I’m to be critical, my fear is that in the current Meta, she doesn’t do enough offensively.
I am tempted though.
Worth 15 Souls? It’s close. If you did, I understand.
#5. Glenda (Empires and Puzzles)
Glenda was a big name back in the day.
That’s the thing with ranking these Heroes; at one point or another, they were beloved.
But today, no I wouldn’t select her.
I do like +40% attack for nearby allies and the Cleansing of all allies. Both could come in handy.
But not for 15 Souls.
Worth 15 Souls? Not for me.
Tier Three (20 Heroes) – Soul Exchange, Empires and Puzzles September 2023
The 5 Heroes on offer in exchange for 20 Legendary Heroes:
- Professor Lidenbrock
- Liu Bei
Tier Three Heroes in the SE [Empires and Puzzles]
Not an OP group for sure, but you could still service your roster needs and walk away with a decent signing.
#1. Quintin (Soul Exchange Heroes)
If you know my blog, then you know I’m not the biggest fan of Snipers. But when Quintin arrived, I went ahead and issued him a Diety grade without a second thought.
This is a true Sniper in that he’s likely to cause the victim’s departure from our living realm.
And as the game has evolved over time, where older Snipers have lost their sting, Quintin hasn’t. -Because his Ailment inflates with the egos of the newer Heroes standing beside him.
Quintin also has the Raven Family Bonus in his arsenal, meaning his Ailment could be uncleansable.
I took Quintin first because he’s dynamic and powerful. He has the potential to remove Heroes directly from the field of play… quickly.
His impact in-game is greater than all the others on this list.
Worth 20 Souls? Yes.
#2. Hohenwerf (Empires and Puzzles)
If you don’t want Quintin, you do have another great option in Hohenwerf.
Even though Hohenwerf was never officially reviewed, he did receive a grading when the new Tier system was introduced (a T1).
I like the quick control Hohenwerf offers (Mindless Attack), but what I don’t like is the fact it’s attached to a Fiend. And that when the Fiend explodes, it only causes 150 damage.
The problem with Mindless Attack being attached to a Fiend is that it offers another avenue of resolution; healing/fiend control.
That said, offensively is where Hohenwerf should be judged, and once his Mindless Attack hits, you’ll be free to plough as many tiles into the target as you can find.
Hohenwerf is a great near-modern Hero with solid Power Stats, a strong Slap, and that Stoneskin Gargoyle super skill.
Truth is, Mindless Attack at this speed, in a Sniper with this build, is all very respectable and would represent a significant addition to many rosters.
In the past, the Soul Exchange has been dominated by blanket operators, but this time we have some spirited Snipers.
And they’re elite.
Worth 20 Souls? Yes.
#3. Liu Bei (Empires and Puzzles)
I can see the home straight, I’m almost there! Mama, I’m doing it!
Liu Bei offers a very solid hit for Average and then duly pumps out counterattacking Minions across the board.
The Minions look a little malnourished to me so maybe layer them with Minions from another Summoner, thereby allowing Liu Bei to gain Mana and health via his Family Bonus (2/4/6% for each Minion summoned for him).
There are other newer big 3-Hitters out there, but then if you had them you might not be considering Liu Bei.
Not as exciting as he once was, but that’s probably due to the passing of time. Still a great Hero.
Worth 20 Souls? Yes.
#4. Professor Lidenbrock (Soul Exchange Empires and Puzzles)
We all know what Prof. Lidenbrock brings to the table at this stage. Question is, is she still worth it?
I like the Professor because I can see how you could create a never-ending wave of healing on Offense. However, that’s no longer the case in Defense (imo).
Prof. Lidenbrock is a proven Top Healer, but I have to nitpick.
I’m still a fan, just wouldn’t want to pay 20 Souls for her. I’d rather she were in the 15-tier category.
Worth 20 Souls? No. Still a great Hero, just a little overpriced at this point.
#5. Khonshu (Soul Exchange Empires and Puzzles)
BOOM! We made it.
Ah yes, Khonshu.
A strong Very Fast Sniper, nice Passive (but at 40% less likely than his comrades), with near-modern Stats.
His main drawback is if he doesn’t manage to Off his target, he’ll sulk and won’t do anything else.
In theory, he’d be great on Offense where you could micro-manage him, but why bother when you could have #1 or #2?
Worth 20 Souls? No.
Empires & Puzzles Soul Exchange (September 23)
I must admit, the final Tier seemed a bit expensive based on prior Soul Exchanges, but we all kinda expected that.
And, there’s no saying it will be any better next time around.
Still, there are some very good Heroes on offer here.
I conducted a small poll in my Facebook Group and here are the highlights:
20 Souls = Hohenwerf wins at 27 votes with Quintin at 23
15 Souls = Congalach wins at 16 votes with Wolfgang at 7
10 Souls = Peridot wins at 17 votes with Kravekrush at 4
Congalach and Peridot both secured clear victories over their competition. It was closer between the two very good Snipers.
Anyway, I’d love to know what you make of it. Who did you pick? Also, who’s flying under the radar here?
As for me? I’m thinking hard about who to take. Maybe 10 or 15 Souls. I need to reflect on my roster and make a final decision.
Enjoy the Soul Exchange, everybody!
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