Tahir is the August 2022 Empires and Puzzles Hero Of The Month (HotM), and he’s the opposite of last month’s prize catch, Klaern.
In fact, he’s so good, he might be mistaken for a real, paid-portal, dignitary. Well, nearly.
I’d personally love to get him and I’m sure you’ll really like him too.
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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.
Tahir hasn’t been released yet and is therefore subject to change!
Tahir’s Stats and Special Skills (Hunter’s Mark)
Key Facts: Fire (Red), Fast, Ranger, Legends 2022 (Not activated yet)
Special Skills (Hunter’s Mark): 1. Deals 350% damage to the target. 2. Deals 525% damage if the target has Status Ailments or negative Stacks 3. If the target is still alive, the nearby enemies get 336 Bleed damage over 3 turns. 4. [Element Link] All Fire are immune to new Fiends for 4 turns.
Passive: 1. Resist Bleed damage 2. Recovers 50 HP when he receives a Status Ailment or negative Stack.
Talent: PIERCE ~ +25% chance to bypass defensive buffs when attacking. This includes counterattacks.
How Good is Tahir? (Empires and Puzzles)
I just published an amazing post that contained a bunch of countdowns, listing the hardest-hitting heroes in Empires and Puzzles.
And if published today, Tahir would snatch 10th place from Quenell and nudge her off the Highest Damage to a Single Target list.
The total damage score to his 525% slap, is 4,153.
What’s more, it’s not difficult to meet the conditions necessary to achieve that 525% slap-load of pain.
And even more, Tahir is Fast, and so will be ready to go again within a matter of game-world minutes!
I’m telling you, when I first saw Tahir in Beta Testing I thought he was a premium fighting, First-Class flying, Pinky-extending, son of a gun.
Don’t get me wrong, I was cordial and what-not, but didn’t see much of a future for us.
But when we finally got into battle together, it was awesome. We just clicked, you know? I set him up with a few easy dunks, and he even pointed back at me, shouting, “you the man!”.
I, of course, gestured back, as to tip my hat.
It was cool.
Anyway, after seeing his handy-work I was like, “what Family is this guy in?”. -Maybe, I’ll complete a never-ending Tower to get a spin and maybe, just maybe, I’ll get this guy.
But to my complete and utter surprise, he was a Hero of the Month!
Considering Tahir’s Special Skills (Empires and Puzzles)
While last month’s HotM (Klaern) was a complete let-down, Tahir is actually a zappy little hitter who’s fun to play with.
Tahir has a default hit of 350%.
But if the target has a Status Ailment or a negative Stack, then he hits for 525%.
In my experience, it was easy to catch an enemy with an Ailment or wait a little bit, ’til you get the chance to inflict one.
The barrier to entry on that 525% felt really easy to meet in Raids. In fact, it was fun trying to orchestrate the thing.
That said, your lineup is the key to exploiting Tahir’s abilities. And that goes for Defense too.
Moving on, and Tahir will inflict his own Status Effect, should his initial target manage to stay alive:
- Nearby enemies will Bleed 336 damage over 3 turns (112 per turn)
For reference, Klaern (the current HotM) gives us 205 Water damage over 5 turns on a Slow charge! (41 per turn).
Bera’s minions inflict 180 over 3 turns (60 per turn).
Jean-Francois does 302 over 2 turns (151 per turn).
And my C.Roc does 736 Sand damage over 4 turns (184 per turn).
Finally, we have an Element-Link which may become one of the most coveted, -as it could protect the entire team from Fiends for 4 turns (when the Family Bonus goes live and with one other 2022 HotM).
Even today, it will offer protection to a Mono or Stacked squad.
Tahir is a great package…
I have to highlight:
- I love the fact that he’s a terrific Fire HotM
- He has a decent Attack stat (791)
- He has a fantastic Element Link (immune to new Fiends for 4 turns), ~Not insignificant
- He heals for 50 HP whenever he receives a Status Ailment or negative Stack
- He’s Resistant to Bleed damage, and
- He’s a Ranger and so has a chance to bypass defensive buffs.
Just look at how much he brings to the party.
In these times of austerity, we need heroes who do more, for less. And Tahir’s definitely economically minded.
Tahir Vs. Empires & Puzzles
Tahir whacks for a decent amount:
|Tahir||Fast (8 tiles)||Deals 350% damage to the target and 525% if the target has Status Ailments or Neg Stacks||If the target is still alive, the nearby enemies get 336 Bleed damage over 3 turns.|
|Captain Nemo||Fast (8 tiles)||Deals 300% damage to the target and 600% if the caster has Status Ailments or Neg Stacks||Zero|
|Arfanias||Fast (8 tiles)||Deals 360% damage to the target (up to 550% under the right circumstances)||Caster gets +75% chance to dodge Special Skills that deal damage for 3 turns|
|Fenrir||Fast (8 tiles)||Deals 320% damage to the target (up to 640% under the right circumstances)||Caster gains mana for each enemy and minion killed. Caster heals for 50% of the damage|
|Gaillard||Fast (8 tiles)||Deals 540% damage to the target||All allies are immune to effects/damage from Fiends, and to new Fiends, for 4 turns|
|C. Sartana||Fast (8 tiles)||Deals 532% damage to the target||Niente|
|Mr. Pengi||Fast (8 tiles)||Deals 450% damage to the target||Will potentially hit another 15 times -up to 1,498% damage|
|Lianna||Fast (8 tiles)||Deals 512% damage to target||Nope|
|Joon||Fast (8 tiles)||Deals 468% damage to target||Target gets -40% accuracy|
|Magni||Fast (8 tiles)||Deals 420% damage to target||Caster and NB allies get +63% defense for 4 turns|
Tahir delivers one hell of a punch. Sure, it will take a little setting up, but the payoff is huge.
I’ve always held, you need more than snipers in today’s Empires and Puzzles.
Yet still, Tahir stands in good stead with all his other skills and relations.
Captain Nemo is a nice comparison as his Special is very similar to Tahir’s. The major difference is, Nemo will hit for 600% if he has an Ailment, whereas Tahir will hit for 525% if the target has an Ailment.
And that makes all the difference in the World. All of a sudden, you can manipulate circumstances to meet your needs.
In addition, Tahir offers you Bleed damage, his other Skills, and that synergy-tastic Fiend protection.
He’s not Devana, but he’s at the bottom of that Class. He’s a fun, useful, and capable hero.
A great hero for F2P/C2P players in need of a decent Red (me).
Tahir Empires and Puzzles – Hero of the Month August 2022
My final thoughts:
Tahir is a fresh, dynamic hero who works especially well with others.
When you manage to get that super-slap outa him (which is easy to do), you feel like the smartest person in the room.
Just catch someone with a Defense-Down, then lick ’em with Tahir’s right hook. It’s marvellous.
And Tahir will get them there real quick.
He’s a terrific sniper, and a very useful hero to own.
All that said, Tahir doesn’t do nearly enough to be considered amongst the best in the game, but that’s not the point.
He will help you extinguish the best in the game and that, I do believe, is the point.
Tahir could play a key role in the right squad who, with the right strategy, could bring down the Deities.
What do you think? Please share your thoughts in the comments below.
Hero Grade for Tahir (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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