Viselus is Empires and Puzzles’ February 2023 Hero Of The Month (HotM), and if Xiaotu and Laohu haven’t done enough to nudge this stubborn meta, then maybe Viselus sneaking up behind with baseball bat in hand, might finally get these feisty little Minion Summoners moving along.
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Alright, enough jabber; let’s talk Viselus!
Does he have enough passion in his heart, enough grit in his soul, and enough drive behind his intentions to change his world?
Only time, and a bucketload of words, will tell.
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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.
Viselus’ Stats and Special Skills (Hero Of The Month)
Key Facts: Nature (Green), Average, Druid, Legends 2023 (Not activated yet)
Special Skills (Withering Seasons): 1. Destroys all Minions from the target and nearby enemies. 2. Deals 260% damage to the target and nearby enemies. 3. The target and nearby enemies receive 480 Poison damage over 4 turns. 4. [Element Link] All Nature allies get +5% chance to dodge Status Ailments for 4 turns (can not be dispelled).
Passive: 1. HEALTH BOOST ON POISON ~ Boosts health of this character and nearby allies by 2% for each enemy inflicted with Poison at the end of each turn (can exceed max HP). 2. RESIST POISON ~ This character has innate resistance against Poison.
Talent: COMPANION ~ +15% chance to summon a Thorn Minion after receiving any damage. The effect is applied at the end of the turn.
How Good is Viselus? (Empires and Puzzles)
I’ve gotta tell you a story, and I hope the Developers won’t mind. Anyway, in Beta, Viselus was properly weak.
Initially, Viselus hit 3 enemies for 155% damage.
When I first saw him, I was like, “cool, cool; he destroys minions from the target and nearby. Nice”.
But then I saw it; only 155% damage!
I headed straight over to the Beta Lounge, expecting everyone to be sipping on their complimentary Piña Coladas and trying to redeem that free lunch voucher, but no. They had already negotiated a Buff for this guy.
And the Developers Buffed him right there and then!
So Viselus went from 155% damage to 3, to 260% damage to 3.
I was like, “Damn, feels like the 90s again, man. This is awesome”.
- Viselus still hits like a Teletubby
- The Poison damage was reduced slightly (from 560 to 480)
- And there are no Piña Coladas or free lunch vouchers in Beta!
This is all relevant though, because I believe it shows what Viselus was originally meant to be:
- A budgeted but commonly available anti-Minion Hero
He’s not supposed to be the Best anti-Minion Hero; he’s simply meant to offer a decent chance of competing against the current meta.
Viselus: Impact on Empires and Puzzles
Viselus has a strong anti-Minion Special, and the order of his Special is ideal:
First, he destroys all Minions protecting the target and nearby enemies. Great. Get ’em outta the way.
Next, he lays the smackdown. All 260% of it.
And finally, we have the 480 Poison over 4 turns.
I’m not going to mention that silly Element Link beyond this point. Please refer to my Roughian and Nurgib review for more. But that EL is going to be as invisible in my commentary going forward as it is in the game.
The main problem with Viselus is that his hit is weak, and he’s Average Speed.
-So while all the other elite anti-Minion Heroes are freaking out like my dog on peanut butter, buzzing around like kids on pure cane sugar, Viselus is slower than me getting up off the couch.
And add to that, his Special is Re-active rather than, Pro-active.
With how the meta is, you really need to catch these f#*kers before birth… Not after they’re already out, all festering and touching stuff.
Still, all in all, his Special makes sense and will help with the Cause.
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Viselus Bringing the Pain! (Empires and Puzzles)
Alucard is a great comparison Hero; a good example of elite Vs. not so:
Viselus looks like a poor-mans Alucard, a really poor-mans Alucard.
Let’s compare Viselus against Alucard and a couple of other Minion destroyers:
|Viselus||Ave (10 tiles)||Deals 260% damage to target & NB||Destroys all Minions from target & NB, and inflicts 480 Poison damage to target & NB (EL is MIA)|
|Alucard||Very Fast (6.5 tiles)||Deals 250% damage to target & NB||Destroys all Minions from target & NB, and all allies get 10% health + 3% Mana for each Minion destroyed|
|Costumed Gefjon||Fast (8 tiles)||Deals 335% damage to target & NB||Destroys all Minions from the target and NB|
|Eloise||Ave (10 tiles)||Deals 270% damage to all enemies||Destroys all Minions from all enemies, and if they had some, stops them from getting more for 4 turns|
|Grimble||Ave (10 tiles)||Deals 235% damage to all enemies||Destroys all Minions from all enemies, and all allies get a small amount of mana for each Minion destroyed|
Viselus Vs. the Other Minion Killers
Costumed Gefjon’s a monster.
But the problem for all of these Heroes is that prevention is always better than cure.
With all that said, where does it leave Viselus?
Viselus DOT and Passive Skills (HotM 2023)
Before I wrap this up, I wanted to cover the Damage Over Time and Passive Skills.
Costumed Roc made me a huge fan of Damage Over Time. Mine does 764 damage over 4 turns, and in-game, it really can contribute to the destruction of the opposing team.
Without emblems, C. Roc inflicts 660 Sand damage over 4 turns.
All of that makes me think that Viselus’ 480 Poison damage over 4 turns is actually pretty decent. And with emblems, that should improve nicely.
As for his Passive Skills? HEALTH BOOST ON POISON ~ Boosts health of this character and nearby allies by 2% for each enemy inflicted with Poison at the end of each turn (can exceed max HP). 2. RESIST POISON ~ This character has innate resistance against Poison.
It’s great. A little something extra to benefit from while he’s poisoning the opposition.
Of course, this is the part of his skillset that screams for synergy:
Do you have another Poison Hero who you could Stack with Viselus?
(Bera would make a great partner to utilize his Passive, but of course, if you had Bera you wouldn’t need Viselus!)
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Viselus Empires and Puzzles – Hero of the Month February 23
My final thoughts:
What do I make of Viselus?
I think he’s a jumped-up C. Gormek!
I’m grateful to the testers who got him a little Buff from Beta, but it’s still not enough to make him what he could’ve been.
If it weren’t for the current Minion situation, he’d be a dud! And once all these Summoners have been put in their place, Viselus is gonna be lost to history.
~Point is, without a Summoner in front of you, he’s a Warrior!
However, as it stands, he’s likely the best new HotM you could hope for.
He’s Green and ideally placed to Stack against two of the most troublesome Minion Summoners in the game (M&M/Waterpipe (Blue)).
It’s easy to downplay the benefits of having a solid anti-Minion Hero when you’ve got one. But today’s Minions will heal, set up Counterattack, and steal your Mana/Buffs…
Sometimes you’ve got zero chance of winning a battle without a proper, grass-fed, 5-Star Hero to counter.
And Viselus is that.
With any Hero of the Month, I want to highlight the key skills that could help you turn over an elite squad, and he could.
Is he ideal? No.
But could his Special change the outcome of a battle? Deffo.
And it’s all predicated on that Minion disposal.
If you’re getting stuck with the Summoners, I wouldn’t ignore Viselus.
Sure, he doesn’t guarantee an easy win against an elite Summoner, but he will give you something to work with.
Now, you’ll know if you’ve got a better option on payroll, in which case, you’ll know that Viselus isn’t important to you.
But you’ll at least agree that he’s a decent piece to have on the battlefield, representing a chance to counter the endless waves of Minions that are currently stifling a large portion of players.
…And that Passive has loads of potential.
Anyway, this is just my opinion, and I welcome you to share your own in the comments below.
Have a great week!
Hero Grade for Viselus (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? Yes.
If not, do they still bring enough to the party to help defeat the deities? N/a.
Old Cynic’s Hero Grade: Deity ⭐★★
[Please always check in-game Hero Cards to confirm details and never chase Heroes]
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