Viscaro is the Empires and Puzzles January 2022 Hero Of The Month (HotM). He’s the first of the new class (2022) so there’s bound to be a lot of pressure on his shoulders.
Let’s see if he can handle it.
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Caveat: This post represents game-play speculation and personal opinion. It is not advice.
Viscaro is currently in Beta, so all this information is subject to change.
Viscaro’s Stats and Special Skills (Cursed Garden)
Element: Dark (Purple)
Mana Speed: Slow
Family Bonus: 2022 – Details yet to be announced
Special Skills (Cursed Garden): 1. Hits all enemies for 190%. 2. This damage will bypass any target Minions. 3. Will summons a Fiend for all enemies which causes 60% damage per turn. 4. The Fiend will disappear once it has absorbed health equal to 45% of its owner’s max health. 5. Attacks from the Fiend will deal extra damage if the target has Minions. 6. [Element Link] All Dark allies get +10% attack for 4 turns. This effect can’t be dispelled.
Passive: 1. Cursed Sapling Summoner ~ Will Summon a Fiend for an enemy if they Summon Minions by Special Skill. 2. Resist Negative Minion Effects ~ This hero has an innate resistance against incoming Minion effects and damage.
Talent: COMPANION ~ +15% chance to summon a Thorn Minion after receiving any damage. The effect is applied at the end of the turn.
Is Viscaro worth Levelling? (Empires and Puzzles)
On the surface, Viscaro isn’t a top-end hero by any stretch of the imagination, but he could worm his way into a few starting line ups.
Sure, back in the day Senan was mightily impressive with his thunderous Haymaker, ugly Fiends, and stylish use of belts, but he’s really slipped since then.
So if Senan’s lost his shine, where does that leave Viscaro?
Viscaro Compared to Senan and some other Fiend Summoners
|Hero||Mana Speed||Damage/Other||Fiend Damage||Healing Absorbed by Fiend|
|Viscaro||Slow (12 tiles)||190% to all enemies||60%||45%|
|Elizabeth||Average (10 tiles)||175% to all enemies +|
Fiend gives -24% mana generation for life of Fiend
|Motega Tier-2||Slow (12 tiles)||0 damage to all enemies +|
Fiend gives -50% accuracy for life of Fiend
|Senan||Slow (12 tiles)||275% to all enemies||45%||30%|
|Hannah||Fast (8 tiles)||215% to Target & nearby +|
Fiend gives -20% attack for life of Fiend
Looking at the table, it’s clear that Viscaro doesn’t carry much weight in his hands. But the real story is here is the 45% of healing required get rid of his Fiends*.
But what if,… and go with me on this… what if, you just let them stay?
They only need feeding twice a day, -One little mouse?
Because, these Fiends won’t impede your ability to function in any way whatsoever, and they’ll only take up a little space on your screen.
Remember, a Fiend isn’t just for Christmas, it’s a serious long-term commitment, -a little like a Tamagotchi.
Anyway, back to the the table and we see Motega hits for nothing. That’s because he spends his days stroking the wings of his little butterflies. But it’s his butterflies which cause all the chaos, inflicting -50% accuracy on their hosts.
Viscaro doesn’t fare too well in this company, but he may still have a surprise or two, up his sleeve…
Viscaro and his awesome Fiend Passive
For me, one of the most interesting things about Viscaro, is his Passive Skill:
- Will Summon a Fiend for an enemy if they Summon Minions by Special Skill.
And the best part? It’s the same Fiend from his Special (all 45% of it).
The * Technicality
Another plus point, is the weight of his Fiends.
At 45% healing absorbed, a top notch healer might not be able to get the Fiend off allied faces. -So, the Fiend will just sit on its host, slapping their heads, presumably with a floppy (and gooey) fin type thingy?
And when teamed with another Fiend Summoner, Fiends might run amok, overwhelming their hosts and causing what is scientifically known as, Saturation of the Mucus Glands.
Anyway, that’s it. It might be difficult to remove these Fiends… lots of meat clinging to faces.
Viscaro – Empires and Puzzles HotM January 2022
My final thoughts (Updated 31/21/21):
I initially rated Viscaro before Christmas (a Warrior), and since then I’ve been pondering on his Passive Skill (Summon a Fiend for an enemy if they Summon Minions by Special Skill).
On the whole, Viscaro’s just too slow to be considered a real threat (for what he does), but that Passive is ridiculous, and it’s automatic.
And yes, it’s situational, but there are quite a few Minion Summoners out there, -with the recent Christmas lot adding to the mix.
The point is, I suspect most players will continue to utilise Minion Summoners, and this hero, Viscaro, is a real problem for them.
Most Minion Summoners charge at V.Fast, Fast, or Average, so it’s conceivable they’ll rack up a bunch of these Fiends, Quick-time.
And these fat Fiends are going to be a real challenge to manage, and for those reasons, I’ve upgraded him.
His actual hit (190% to all) isn’t game changing:
- Ruby will give you 370% on Ninja 3 (15 tiles),
- Milena hands out 390% (12 tiles),
- and Bobo wallops for 320% on the same Slow charge.
But the weight of his Fiends, and his incredible Passive skill, must be respected.
Hero Grade for Viscaro (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
What are your thoughts? Did I get it wrong or miss something? Let me know in the comments below.
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