Sunday, January 22, 2017

Puzzle & Dragons: My FF Collab (3rd return) rolls

My most wanted cards from this was Lightning and Sephiroth. With that said, I actually rolled mostly on a Cloud's rate increased day as I figured that since it is increased rates, Cloud is the one which works best with dupes... turns out I was being too optimistic! This is also the first time that a Collab Gacha has increase rates for certain cards if I recall correctly. It is also the start of Gungho giving away a free roll for players at Rank 50 and above.

Rank 50 free roll: Zidane (1st copy)

A note about the rank 50 free roll: they are not part of any increased rates and do not get the plusses if it overlaps with Godfest (can't confirm the latter though but I am quite sure it is so because you are "rolling from a mail")

I managed to max skilled the card but have not used him at all; King tans were already introduced to guarantee skill ups but I didn't had to use any; I farmed up enough for the exact skill-up with King tans and feed the excess skill-up cards directly and managed to max skilled that way first.

I remember when he was first introduced, his team had really high HP because of his LS boosting every stat but it is no longer as relevant now due as we have leaders like that but deal even more damage. The only use now is probably for skill inheritance so I went through a lot of inherit usage and found him used just once; I'm guessing to overwrite some orb skyfall. I am quite tempted to sell for MP eventually if I don't find any use.

Sephiroth! (1st copy)

I wanted him as he's great for all those Mech dungeons (Mech Zeus, Hera, etc). I haven't used him there yet but tried him out on various descended-s and his damage is really high due to his killer awakenings doing work even when I don't hit his full LS multiplier. His gameplay is basically Ra's match 5 colors but with a focus on dark TPAs. I use a team of Fenrir(inherit Sherias)/DMeta/Awoken Okuni/Satsuki. I hardly use him again after the initial try-out but will do so again when I start to focus on the Mech dungeons.

Onion Knight (1st copy)

Another card I managed to max skill but never had any use for it. The only team that can use him is my Ilm team but I already have Superman, Saria-s and Melissa (Heroine Dungeon Boss). I kept him for a while after this FF Collab was over but eventually sold for MP. The other team that he can work on is Tsubaki but if I ever roll that card, Ilm's subs can be used too.

Ace (X copy)

Sold for MP. I remember having quite a few of him from previous rolls that I sold for MP too.

Vivi (X copy)

Sold for MP. I also remember having quite a few of him from previous rolls that I sold for MP too.

Terra (1st copy)

I never managed to skill her up and that was one of the reason that lead to me selling her. The other was that she is similar to Onion Knight in terms of sub usage for me.

Aemo (unsure)

Sold for MP. I just don't see any use for her.

Vivi (X copy)

Sold for MP.

Ace (X copy)

Sold for MP.

Went back for 2 more rolls on a Lightning-increased-rate day.

Vaan (1st copy)

I heard he is useful for Zeus-dios board (or basically any full-color board other than light and red) to overcome combo shields. I also saw some videos of a player pairing him with Tifa and it seems to work well as they complement each other with each leader's missing stat boost. I'm keeping him.

Ace (X copy)

Sold for MP.

This collab should have a high gold egg rate but what I have been experiencing is a lot of Vivi-s and Ace-s.

Puzzle & Dragons: My Japan GFE Heroine REM rolls (Update with side-note on Melissa)

Card info:

Free roll: Barbara

It turns out that my best roll was the free roll on hindsight. I kept thinking that I had to use Antares as I mistaken Barbara for being red type like Red Sonia but completely forgotten I actually can use Eschamali and Hamal. Barbara is my first lead of the type that "clear more than 3 connected orbs" and although a little restrictive in subs but seems quite powerful. I haven't used her yet as I wanted to use only when I have all machine subs. (OCD?) There was only 1 up in my existing friends during the GFE Heroine REM period and none now so she isn't "popular" in my list.


She makes an ok sub for Barbara, I seen an Arena run with 4 Kuvia subs, and in red teams but my red teams are not developed other than Xiang Mei. She might be a possible inherit for Xiang Mei subs. I haven't used her once.


A boardchanger is always useful and she also has nice killer awakenings. I could use her in my dark combo leaders but like most of the cards in this set, I have existing subs with more awakenings. I think the upcoming evolutions in February will probably add more awakenings to the cards and make them more useful.

I wanted to roll more because to try to get Meridionalis but didn't because I think when the evolutions are announced in February, the REM should be back. She is a top tier leader and the best card in the set and not Ilumina and Elgenubi that most people focused on before release. (Elgenubi is seen a lot as a sub for Shiva Dragon teams though)

Side-note: Melissa, the dungeon boss and Ilmina skill-up fodder, is one of the few non-REM card that I use frequently; she has a place in my Ilm team: Superman/Saria/Melissa/Awoken Ama, and functions really well as I do not have more Ilms.

Puzzle & Dragons: My Japan Godfest (11/18~11/20) rolls

The rates were 5x and it's one of the best rates IMO. You don't quite see such rates in recent times anymore after they adjusted and went back to 4x or lower.

Day 1: Sumire (2nd copy)

I could start leading with Sumire with this second copy as sub but never found the need to because I already have Blue Miru. This second copy worked really well on Blue Miru though, even when unskilled as I normally do short dungeons so I use this copy's skill last and it works out fine. My Blue Miru team used most of the time: Sumire/Sumire/Beach Urd/Sitri.

Day 2: Gremory (1st copy)

It's always exciting to get a 6* GFE and I'm happy with this pull. However, this was before her buff in a later stream and I find myself not having enough optimal subs. I set out to use her anyway and field a team of Hanzo/Yomi Dragon/Awoken Pandora/Juggler. I thought Hanzo's low CD skill can help with her activation but I actually failed a normal descend with that team. I can't remember clear but it was either due to running out of active or no hearts for heart cross. I stop using Gremory after that but things change later and I will come back to Gremory again in a future post. I could buy Xin Hua who is a great Gremory sub but I don't like spending all that MP for just a sub; I'm not interested in leading with Xin Hua.

Puzzle & Dragons: My Rank 150/250 Memorial Rolls (reset on around 07/12/2016)

Izanagi (1st copy)

I never got around to skilling up Light Miru and Awoken Izanagi was a great replacement that I use occasionally even up to recently. With King Tans being able to help speed skilling up light Miru, I will most probably use less of Awoken Izanagi once I have her ready. I hardly use him as a sub as well so hopefully his future reincarnate evolution form improves him.

Lumiel (1st copy)

I hardly use Lumiel at all since I rolled her until recently when i figure she can be the 5th nuke for my Red Odin team.  On hindsight with Dark Athena being available in the MP shop, she does see use on her teams but mostly as an inherit onto a board changer like Awoken Haku.

Puzzle & Dragons: My Japan PCGF (9/30~10/2) rolls (with update #2 on Yamantaka and Paimon)

It's been a long time since I posted anything as I planned to play PAD a lot less and was busy with work, Monster Hunter and Pokemon Go. (I'm going to post my tips on those 2 latter games soon since I have some research notes done on them while playing) In the end, I did reduce my playtime on PAD; I now no longer try to maximise my usage of stamina and can let it sit at full without playing. The reason that got me back to playing was Blue Miru during the Summer REM which I bought. I intend to change my posts to focus more on the rolls I get during REM events and to catchup back on the past rolls in future posts.

This PCGF have a lot of relevant cards, it is full of top leaders and subs and is definitely worth rolling IMO. I hope to get one of the two top Green leaders in Kaede and Ronove (I already have Liu Bei) although I am also short of most of the best green subs. Green is currently my weakest color and getting one of those two will be nice with Kaede also being a great green sub. GameWith has a good writeup on this PCGF: https://パズドラ The first list highlights some of the top leaders while the second list does it for some of the top subs.

I voted for Andromeda for my Blue Miru but she didn't got in. Here are my rolls:

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Puzzle & Dragons: Japan Godfest (11/1~11/2) no rolls

Skipped this one as GFE Heroine REM was announced at 10 magic stones a roll. I also never expect another Godfest announced again in just a short amount of time. (Don't think this has ever happen) This one actually had 5x rates and make me regret rolling more the previous Godfest!

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Clash Royale: Tips and Links (Updated with 2 reddit links)

I'm really late to this game but finally started it a few days ago. It is quite an interesting game that I am considering a tower defense game, especially the "stamina" system. You can keep playing at the expense of forgoing new chests for cards because of the fixed 4 chest slots. It is probably still a good idea to keep playing to 10 crowns to at least get the Crown Chest for the day before stopping.

There doesn't seem to be any easy way to "reroll" your account if you don't like your first Epic rarity card after tutorial; it seems like you will need to do it on a new device: I got the Skeleton Army for my first Epic and it is not a good card because of numerous easy counters to it but have continued with the account so far. I'm a little tempted to spend some money to get 500 gems to exchange for 10,000 coins and buy the other better Epics from the shop but have managed to resist so far!

The early game so far seems to be just about playing your tanks and supporting it with firepower behind it. Hopefully, things change soon enough when I get to the higher arena levels before I get bored of the gameplay.

Here's are some useful links I researched: