Sun Quan has popped his head out of the Empires and Puzzles War Of The Three Kingdoms Portal, and on first inspection, there don’t seem to be anything nefarious about him. But, I’m telling you, him and his chummies are up to something. And I’m gonna blow the whistle on the lot of them!
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Caveat: This post contains gameplay speculation and personal opinion. It may also contain adult comedy and sarcasm. It is not advice and is solely for entertainment and informational purposes.
Sun Quan’s Stats and Special Skills (Command to Advance)
[This hero was buffed after this review. Details have been updated, however, the review remains the same]
Key Facts: Fire (Red), Average, Ranger, WotTK
Family Bonus (for 1/2/3 Kingdom Heroes): 1.
2/4/6% 3/6/10% 2/4/6% mana each time a minion is summoned for the Hero. 2. 2/3/4% 4/6/8% 3/5/7% heal each time a minion is summoned for the Hero.
Special Skills (Command to Advance): 1. Deals 340% damage to the target and nearby enemies. 2. Summons a Wu Soldier Minion for each ally with 10% HP and 18% attack inherited from the caster. 3. Each hit from a Wu Soldier Minion gives the target the following status ailments: The target receives 255 Burn damage over 3 turns.
Talent: PIERCE ~ +25% chance to bypass defensive buffs when attacking. This includes counterattacks.
Is Sun Quan worth Levelling? (Empires and Puzzles)
Yes, very much so.
If you’re anything like me, you might evaluate the Special Skills of a new hero, mutter something under your breath, and consider the matter resolved.
But these War of the Three Kingdom heroes ain’t behaving normally.
If Sun Quan were to get all uppity right now, you might well reasonably think you’re gonna just slap him back into place.
But I’m telling you, it’s not that easy.
Before you know it, all his mates are gonna be making noise, summoning Minions, patting your pockets, and encircling you.
By the time you realise what’s up, Sun Quan’s gonna be smirking, now with a whole flock of Minions protecting him.
But what happened?
The Family Bonus probably had something to do with it… that little buff these guys got back in June changed everything, and Sun Quan is now a primary benefactor.
War of the Three Kingdoms Family Bonus (Old Cynic Review)
Let’s be honest, the Three Kingdoms heroes should be done for insider trading or something.
Now, this has nothing to do with the reports I lodged against Diaochan, back in March.
Fact is, this entire Family is acting like a cartel: You pay a premium for Mana and Health while they siphon off all the cream from the top.
But I caught them in the act!
Here’s Liu Bei, Diaochan, and Zhang Fei, just going about their business, acting all coy and nonchalant.
This photo was taken at the very beginning of the battle:
And, this is just before Diaochan fired off:
Now, I must admit, as soon as Diaochan gets to rustling up her Minions, I get to checking my pockets.
But that’s what they want you to do! I was busy looking down and they were busy with their fingers all deep in that pie!
But not me.
I took another photo after they were done so I could expose them:
Boom! Ev-i-den-ce… Do not pass go! Do not collect $200!
I’ve even layered these two images to catch the infrared:
Next thing I knew, Lie Bei was fixing to fire off, then Zhang Fei in kind.
Then it dawned on me; these mischievous f#*kers are having away with more Mana than Lord f*#king X-O-Pod himself!
He only gives you a 20% Mana Boost, meanwhile, this little syndicate of rascals are quietly costing the Internal Revenue up to 30%!
How has this all happened outside of the public’s gaze?
Minions. It’s all being smuggled in by the Minions.
I got the videotapes. If you slow it down, you can see it happening yourself.
And once they get going, it’s easy to come over all baffled and confused. What with all the feathers floating about in the air.
Sun Quan Vs a Select Few
|Sun Quan||Average (10 tiles)||Deals 340% damage to the target & NB||Summons a Minion that inflicts burn for 255 over 3 turns|
|Guan Yu||Average (10 tiles)||Deals 390% damage to the target & NB||Target and nearby get between -25% and -70% defense based on minions.|
|Liu Bei||Average (10 tiles)||Deals 340% damage to the target & NB||Summons a Minion that gives counterattack for 65% of damage received|
|Topaz||Ninja-2 (10 tiles)||Deals 350% damage to the target & NB||Destroys all Minions from the target and nearby enemies. All allies get a small amount of mana for each destroyed Minion.|
|Quenell||Fast (8 tiles)||Deals 320% damage to the target & NB||Gains a +40% power boost for her next Special, with a possible top-end hit of 520% damage to 3 targets (1,560% total)|
|Faline||Fast (8 tiles)||Deals 330% damage to the target & NB||-64% Mana Gen for one sad hero|
|Klaern||Slow (12 tiles)||Deals 240% damage to all enemies||Ice Bucket Challenge|
Sun Quan Review (Empires and Puzzles)
My final thoughts:
I’ve used this post as an opportunity to highlight the Three Kingdoms Family Bonus because I do think it’s pretty powerful stuff.
In isolation, Sun Quan is a great hero, but not stellar.
To no one’s surprise, he’s not the most effective of the Three Kingdoms heroes.
By himself, he stands to gain 3% Mana and 4% Health every time a Minion is Summoned for him (as per his Family Bonus).
But with two other Family Members present, those numbers increase to 10% and 8%. And with all three firing (if they were all Summoners), it would amount to 30% Mana and 24% Health.
Also, any Summoner can trigger this Family Bonus, so there are lots of options on the table.
Sun Quan’s weakness is the limited health of his Minions, at only 10% HP. But as long as they appear, the deed is done and the Family Bonus is his.
His speed (Average) is also a concern when compared to the game’s elite hitters.
As we can only measure him against the game’s absolute monsters, he falls short. But for most F2P/C2P players, he’s a fantastic catch. (Or, if you have some other WotTK heroes).
At the end of the day, Sun Quan is part of a new wave of heroes who offer synergy in bundles, and when all the cogs align, will appear to be much greater than the sum of his parts.
Hero Grade for Sun Quan (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? Not quite.
If not, do they still bring enough to the party to help defeat the deities? Yes.
Old Cynic’s Hero Grade: Archangel
There is more commentary on Sun Quan here.
What are your thoughts? Did I get it wrong or miss something? Let me know in the comments below.
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