I’m frequently asked: Who should I give my Alpha Aethers to (Limit Break 2)? And it’s a complex question that’s not as simple as X, Y, or Z. So in this post, I want to share my own personal process for choosing the right Hero to Level and Limit Break.
If you’re looking for a Limit Break 2/Alpha Aether Guide/Tool, you can find it here.
While this post is written with 5-Star Legendary Heroes in mind, it should also apply to the lesser tiers.
Before we go any further, please note that I don’t claim to be an all-knowing-deity.
I’m a casual player who only plays for my own enjoyment.
On we go!
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.
Level Heroes You Use (Empires and Puzzles)
My general ethos concerning Ascending and Limit Breaking Heroes is to invest in the Heroes that you actively use.
There is no point in LB2 a Hero you’re not using.
And the more you use them, the higher up the food chain they should go.
So, three simple early qualifiers could be:
- DOES THIS HERO FEATURE IN RAIDS/DEFENSE OR TITAN TEAMS?
- HOW IMPORTANT ARE THEY TO MY SUCCESS?
- IS THE AETHER POWER SIGNIFICANT/RELEVANT TO THE HERO OR TEAM?
Once you’ve gone through this process with your roster, you’ll likely have a shortlist of Heroes to choose from.
These Heroes will likely be your favourite Heroes. Your Raid Heroes. Maybe a Raid Hero who also appears on Defense.
And hopefully, in time, you’ll get to Limit Break them all.
But for now, how do you whittle the selection down?
Should I Give Alpha Aethers to Kai? (Empires & Puzzles)
As many of you may know, I was lucky enough to pull Kai and have been slowly levelling him.
I find this topic particularly interesting because when I pull a Hero after I’ve graded them, there’s naturally some hope that my review is a fair reflection of what I have… whether I’ve previously used the Hero in Beta or not.
Kai was graded a Deity: T1, and I’m happy to say, that’s just about right.
But more than a T1, he’s a really useful Sniper who also happens to be E&P Royalty (in one of the most important E&P Families).
That means, when the Big Balance Update happened, he received a nice boost in his Power Stats.
And the difference in his Stats when compared to mere mortals is ridiculously apparent.
In my mind, I had an image of Kai becoming a Super Sniper for me, slaying all the chumps who would dare oppose.
As always, with any Hero who has this potential, I intended to take him to 3/70 to test him out. And he was already looking like a fully grown Hero!
He hit like a truck and his Skills looked useful, too. -So based on that evaluation, I continued to develop him.
Had I been disappointed at this stage, I would have stopped and put him aside.
Next, I fully Ascended him; still testing the teams I could build around him.
Until finally, I decided to give him the first Limit Break and a full set of Emblems.
However, I stopped there.
While he was a monster, I knew he wasn’t a candidate for Alpha Aethers.
Why Kai Didn’t Get Alpha Aethers (Empires & Puzzles)
I didn’t give Kai Alpha Aethers because I couldn’t get him into a team that worked.
By “worked”, I mean a team that was stronger than my main Raiding Squad.
See, at my level of play, with the limited resources available to me, I can not afford to give rare Mats to a Hero that’s likely to warm the Bench 80-90% of the time.
While my main Raiding Squad can bring down elite Teams, nothing I could build around Kai had that same ability.
The main issue was a need to Stack and a lack of top-end Heroes to facilitate it.
There was no Synergy to find that would outperform what I already had.
The next best option was to swap out R&N for Kai. But R&N offers more general Control (although, it’s a close call).
Further, Kai is not an OP Defense Hero, although, with the new Aether Taunt on many Defenses, he could certainly fill a role there. Still, he doesn’t need Alphas for that.
And lastly, Kai doesn’t need a LB2 to hit the Titan or perform any other task within the game.
So in the end, The Process made the decision for me.
Limit Breaking a Hero isn’t always as simple as: WHO’S THE BEST HERO?
It’s about: HOW DO I GAIN THE MOST FROM THESE ALPHAS, AS A TEAM?
In fact, I could make an argument, having seen Kai’s ridiculous Stats, that he shouldn’t get the Alphas at all, even if he had been a key player.
But Kai may represent something different to you.
He might be the superstar on your roster and you might have more Mats than you know what to do with!
Who Do I Pick?! Empires and Puzzles Levelling and Limit Breaking
On the whole, I wouldn’t suggest Snipers are the best place to start with Limit Breaking.
It seems to me, that priority should go to Heroes with a larger sphere of influence.
Also, consider their Special Skills and how they might benefit from the extra Attack, Defense or HP. For example, a Summoner will likely produce fatter Minions when Limit Broken.
Like LotL. Her 14% Minions would gain a little from the boosted Stats.
I would suggest that your stronger, more versatile Heroes (the ones who get you results), are the Heroes that you should LB2.
And no, Season 1 Heroes aren’t good candidates. I also don’t think you should LB2 a Hero in an attempt to make them useable, due to their really poor Stats.
For example, Poseidon looks pretty squashy, but if my only reason for giving him Alphas is to make him useable, I wouldn’t. -Because it most likely won’t be enough and could end up feeling unsatisfactory.
Finally, my Ranking Page may also be of assistance. ~While it’s true that I occasionally get the grades wrong, I like to think I’m in the ballpark most of the time.
And if in doubt, ask around. Ask…
- Your Alliance
- The Reddit Community
- The many Facebook Communities
- At the Forum
- Or even my own small Facebook E&P Group
If you’re still unsure, pause. There’s no pressure to take any action. Take your time.
Since I’ve come this far, I may as well go further…
A Silly Logic Levelling Table By The Old Cynic…
|HERO LEVELLING LOGIC (OldCynic.com)||Check|
|Does this Hero already Feature in my Raid, Defense, or Titan Team? (The more, the better)|
|Is this Hero Important to My Success?|
|Is their Aether Power Relevant or Add Value?|
|Does this Hero Impact 1, 3, or 5 Allies or Enemies? (The more the better, generally but not explicitly)|
|Will increased Stats improve the Hero’s Abilities? (Are they a Summoner, or a Hitter, etc…)|
|Can I Build Effective Teams that Include this Hero?|
|If in doubt ask someone (Alliance, Reddit, Facebook, Forum, OC’s Fb)|
I didn’t have this Logic Table in mind when I started to write this post, but hopefully, somebody will find it useful.
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