Zengar is the latest Super Elemental Hero to front up at the Empires and Puzzles Portal. And as you can tell from the crazed look in his eyes, he enjoys this stuff a little too much… Well, at least when his foe is Fire.
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.
Zengar‘s Stats and Special Skills (Great Frost Axe)
Element: Ice (Blue) Class: Barbarian Mana Speed: Fast
Super Elemental Family Bonus: For each ally who has the same element as this Hero, a shield with this Hero’s element is replaced with a Power Gem each turn. The Power Gem deals 20 damage to a random enemy each turn until it is matched. Power Gems can only spawn on regular shields and are limited to a maximum of 5 Power Gems on the board at the same time.
Passive Skill: TROOP STRONG DAMAGE MODIFIER ~ This Passive Skill has 2 different functions based on Attack or Defense. While attacking: This character’s Troops deal 100% more additional damage against the weaker element. While defending: This character receives 10% less additional damage from Troops of the stronger element.
Special Skill (Great Frost Axe): 1. Deals 200% damage to the target. 2. If the target is of Fire element, deals 450% damage to nearby enemies. 3. The target receives 417 Frost damage over 3 turns. 4. If the target is of Fire element, nearby enemies receive 540 Frost damage over 3 turns.
Talent: WOUND ~ +30% chance to apply bleeding from any normal attack.
Does Zengar have any real value in today’s Empires and Puzzles?
Of course! Most new Heroes trapped behind the paywall of luck have some inherent value. And there’s definitely something to be said for Zengar.
I was fortunate enough to test this chap in Beta, and it was funny as f#*k chasing around Fire Heroes to slap.
Zengar was calling out their names before even a single tile had been turned…
“Khufu, hey Khufu! I know you see me! Don’t you cut your eye at me! I’m coming to trim your nails you fool! I’m gonna take that tube and stick it where the sun don’t shine!”.
I was telling Zengar to cool his boots; tried to tell him that Khufu was not the one to play with. But Zengar just kept teasing him.
“Here kitty, kitty, kitty. Hey Khufu, I got a ball of yarn at home, -After I’m done domesticating you, we’ll play chase the string!”
Even Malosi tried to temper him. He pulled Zengar aside and explained it: “Yo, Zenga, just chill it man. Even if I manage to tap that one early, there’s not much I can do. Just ease it back a bit. I’ve seen him go and it ain’t pretty”.
I couldn’t believe what happened next. Zengar switched on Malosi, “Get off me, man! I’m in the Zone man! I’m in his head, man! Just let me work, man!”
I will say this though, Zengar seems to have some weird double reverse psychology going on, in that, he seemed to spare Khufu the full wrath of his backhand while tagging his henchmen good and proper.
Either way, when there weren’t any Fire Heroes to p*ss him off, Zengar was a completely different animal. I don’t know how to explain it…
…it was like he was bored.
-No smack talk, no fireworks, just a lacklustre right Cross.
OC talking that Smack? (Empires and Puzzles)
I’ve had a busy day/week, as I know we all have.
So busy that I wouldn’t normally have even attempted to put something together for a new Hero. And it’s not like Zengar’s some crazy OP beast, either.
But I did wanna try and post something a little shorter to see if people still liked it (Let me know in the comments below!).
If I can write something shorter, that would make it more likely that I could get something out.
Zengar is a lot of fun, tho.
And if you do get him, you’ve got a fun Offensive Hero on your hands. And when you manage to catch a Defense with a Fire Hero on it, you can set him to work.
When Zengar hits a Fire Hero, he’s got to be near the top of the game for total damage output at Fast. -That’s a lot of Frost damage on the side there: 417 to the target and 540 to the 2 nearbys over 3 turns.
That said, Zengar isn’t a tap-the-button = win Hero, but he is an entertaining Hero to own. And even though you’d bench him for most of the game, when you do field him (Raids with Fire opposition), he’s gonna be an absolute superstar.
Zengar‘s Special without Fire and Family Bonus (Empires and Puzzles)
Alright, without a Fire Hero to antagonise, Zengar is p*ss poor. So poor in fact, that Balur’s gonna be arguing for a spot over him.
Here is Balur’s “Special” (Average):
- 1. Deals 450% damage to the target. 2. The target receives 252 Bleed damage over 3 turns.
Vs. Zengar (without a Fire Hero):
- 1. Deals 200% damage to the target. 2. The target receives 417 Frost damage over 3 turns.
That’s gotta hurt your pride, right?
However, Zengar will replace Ice tiles with “Power Gems” each turn, while Balur is busy scratching his butt.
And even though that doesn’t have much impact on the game, it does scare the living crap outta some people…
I absolutely hate it when these Elemental Heroes change tiles. I’m like, “What in the f#*k are you doing!? I’m losing, I’m losing!”
Then you hold down the Hero avatar to see how much damage it does, and you’re like, “I was never really bothered at all”.
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Zengar at Old Cynic Blog (Empires and Puzzles)
My final thoughts:
The difference between an Elite “bad” Hero and a Budget “bad” Hero, is that the Elite “bad” Hero is normally a Specialist which, when utilized within their function, makes them highly desirable.
Zengar is such a Specialist. And it’s the Heroes who stand beside a Fire Hero who will have to pay.
If he were to gain prominence, one would try to position Fire Heroes on the Wing when possible, in an attempt to mitigate and minimise this Special.
However, I don’t think he’ll ever be that visible.
As it stands, I’d only expect to see him on the Scoresheet of a team that just spanked you once in a while, and even then, only if you had a Fire Hero in the lineup.
Zengar is really not of much use, at least if vying for the Top spot, anywhere else.
Still, when he shines, he sparkles like the sun. And let’s remember, a Rainbow Defense Team is still the most popular outside of the elite superstar Heroes and players. You’re never gonna struggle to find a Fire Hero to target.
Also, finding and slapping a Fire Hero is extremely amusing and rewarding. ~It’s a great hobby to take up.
But you can not find lost treasure without a metal detector, and you can not play Slap-a-Red properly, without a Zengar.
As for grading, I’m gonna go with a T-1, on the basis of my summary. -It’s always going to be difficult to grade these extreme Specialists, but Archangel seems too low and T-2, too high.
The porridge is just about right, here.
Hero Grade for Zengar (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 ⭐★★
When used away from a Fire Hero, Zengar is Meek
[Please always check in-game Hero Cards to confirm details and never chase Heroes]
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