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General Games / Re: Fire Emblem Heroes
« on: September 19, 2017, 07:23:59 AM »
I gotta say it's pretty shitty of them to make all the +40% units 5*-locked ones. On top of that there's no Askr unit in there for any newer players. Is that their way of making up for the fact this Tempest is giving out such a ridiculously powerful unit?

I guess I should consider myself lucky since I pulled that Ike with godawful IVs a bit back. Guess I'll be running him alongside 4* Titania and Soren for the HM grind this time.

Tried to see if I'd get extra lucky and get an Ike with a better IV, but my free pulls got me a 4* Gordin and a 4* Marth.

For Arena Assault, this week I dropped below rank 5000 for the first time despite getting my perfect clear (~5200). I guess people really whaled into CYL and have massive merged BIkes or something. In light of that plus having a bunch of feathers lying around (I have stuff I'd want to promote, but I have to actually draw them first), I decided to 5* one of my extra Effies to +1 her. I don't know if that'll affect much though. Might have to merge even more Effies to see a real effect. Not too bad since Effie's a decent unit to invest in, but I wish I wouldn't have to invest specifically into an Armor to get better Arena scores.

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General Games / Re: Fire Emblem Heroes
« on: September 15, 2017, 06:28:12 AM »
I burned quite a few stamina potions and I ended up rank ~4500. As usual people were hammering it pretty hard towards the end. If I didn't live in Asia timezone I definitely wouldn't bother with it.

We know Black Knight's stats now, and this image seems to sum it up pretty well.



But seriously Black Knight completely craps all over Draug and makes everyone regret 5*-ing Zephiel. At least the latter still has a niche because he's a lot tankier than Burger King still, but Steady Stance 3 closes that gap significantly and he doesn't have inbuilt distant counter.

I'm half expecting BK to come from the Tempest despite a GHB making a lot more sense, because these 4 units were the only ones added by the patch today. They might be doing that deliberately to surprise us though I suppose.

Also Elincia has an absurdly good offensive spread so prepare to have fun getting quaded by a sword flier in addition to both Cordelias while Tana teleports them around. I pulled a 4* Eirika on my free pull. -SPD once again, but hey, Hone Speed is nice.

At least they had the sense to restrict wrath to only non mage/archer infantry and armored units. I don't think we needed bladetomes or Reinhardt running around with wrath.

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General Games / Re: Fire Emblem Heroes
« on: September 14, 2017, 08:55:46 AM »
Not yet, but she'll be in like...tomorrow?

I've also heard rumors that Arvis from FE4 will be added soon. Think that's a sign? 🤔

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Single-Player RPGs / Re: Pokemon Sun & Moon (11/18/2016)
« on: September 14, 2017, 07:20:55 AM »
Gumshoos wasn't enough, now a giant brick wall too?

Okay, obvious joke out of the way. I'm intrigued, but not sold. I do expect them to drop some big news next month since that'll probably be their last chance before the game launches. More UBs can be fun, but the quest to get them in SM felt really tacked on and an underuse of the UB concept (it was pretty much just "go revisit this area and catch this" repeated a few times), so some indication they'll actually put some effort into that this time would be cool. Really even the Nihilego realm you got to visit was just a hallway really, visual uniqueness aside.

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General Games / Re: Fire Emblem Heroes
« on: September 14, 2017, 07:09:44 AM »
I'd argue that daggers were pretty bad from day 1 purely because of their role. They're designed to be low-damage debuffers in a game that favors a massive amount of OHKOing. Kagero is only good because she has the kit to fill the latter role against infantry, which of course fell off due to the pony and flying pony meta. Then recently they give one of the best debuff skills to an archer most players got a free copy of (on top of her just being a strong unit anyway).

Also taking a second look at Nephenee...she's almost worth pulling just for her skills, because every single one is great (slaying lance has obvious uses, atk/spd if you dont like fury recoil and wrath works on everyone). The problem is that you just know Oscar will pity break you over and over if you try to pull for her.

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Like with most things I've kept myself mostly in the dark on STD (okay yeah the proper abbreviation will likely be DIS or something, but did they really expect that level of maturity from the Internets when they came up with that title), so all I know of it is from a couple trailers I've seen, the basic premise, and that parts of the story are influenced by current events.

Not much to say on that last point since that's just like...kind of what I expect from Trek, but I was unimpressed with the trailers I saw. I know it's a tired point and probably unrealistic to want what Trek used to be, but Discovery doesn't really "feel" like Trek going just off the trailers. I really don't understand why they went with the whole prequel angle if they wanted to reintroduce the franchise to a new audience- it'd make a lot more sense to do another jump several decades into the future like TNG did, it would let them dodge cries of bad continuity from super nerds not only in regards to more appropriate tech reflective of the modern day, you also don't have to deal with the clusterfuck of events taking place before TNG (and you get to distance yourself from Enterprise, which is always a positive). Plus newer Trek fans probably have seen the Abrams movies so they at least know about Romulus getting blown to bits by magic black holes.

I guess I'd still still give it a chance since pretty much every Trek series had a lousy start. Plus ultimately the "spirit" of Trek is the exploration of humanity and all that and any nitpicking I do with continuity would just be that. I've heard some weird conflicting things on this, but if I'm not mistaken Nicholas Meyer is still on board the show, so that does inspire some faith from me.

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General Games / Re: Fire Emblem Heroes
« on: September 14, 2017, 05:02:37 AM »
They've generally increased the number of feathers we get from their events which is probably why you have a lot more than you thought you would. It's welcome since you can never can have enough free 5*s. I don't think Kagero's a good investment right now personally, I barely use the one I have. But I guess there's a lot of people running BIke now so she could help with fighting him. I don't have too much trouble beating him with just about any random Red though, assuming you play smart and don't feed him a ton of special charge off his Steady Breath.

Also FE9 banner coming up with Nephenee, Oscar, and Elincia. Bad news for people who wanted Nephenee to be a free unit from the upcoming Tempest I suppose, but in exchange she has her skill from her native game and they made sure Wrath is ridiculously good. The HP threshold is actually more lenient than it was in the original game and it gives the Wo Dao +10 damage effect too. Gonna suck when people inherit it onto Sonya or something. The OHKO meta continues. Oscar is the frontrunner for downgrade to 4* after the banner ends, and a non-GHB unit with Lancebreaker 3 at 4* would be nice. Elincia is likely our first really good Red Flier with an 11MT Brave Sword that only does -2 SPD, inbuilt Death Blow and a short-distance teleportation skill. Unless she ends up with a terrible stat spread she'll be really annoying.

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General Games / Re: Fire Emblem Heroes
« on: September 13, 2017, 07:16:13 AM »
I wouldn't be too surprised if Elincia at least made it in, some of their choices are kind of head scratching but for the most part they include the popular/important characters. It's why we have Sophia and Fir instead of like, Marcus, Alan or Lance. Elincia and Micaiah are probably top of the list for Tellius characters, at least over the supporting characters of the Greil Mercenaries, barring Mia since she seems to be a fan favorite.

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General Games / Re: Fire Emblem Heroes
« on: September 13, 2017, 06:16:14 AM »
A stamina potion today and using the multipliers tomorrow should get me up to the next bracket.

Wouldn't be so sure on that (or at least staying there), people love to burn stamina potions the last few hours of the Tempest if the last few times are anything to go by.

Last pull on the FE7 banner for me, let's see if I get lucky.

And I get no green orbs of course.

3* Shanna: I'm actually running low on Shannas to give out desperation so I'll take it.
5* Nowi: Well, I got a blue dragon, but it's not the right one. At least she had the decency to show up as -HP +SPD. I guess I should be happy I got a 5* at all on the 3.5%, but for me Nowi's kind of an underwhelming random to roll since she doesn't get some huge upgrade compared to her 4* version.
4* Chrom: Wish he learned Aether at 4*, at least then I could inflate my arena scores.
3* Tiki: Can't I at least get a Hinata?
4* Tiki: Lots of dragons this time, just not the one I want.

Still going strong on not rolling the characters I want. I guess I should count my blessings that I got a decent haul on the CYL banner though. Plus Free Lyn!

Speaking of Lyn, Arena Assault has become really awful this week. She's all over the place and she's almost always paired with a QP Moonbow Reinhardt (plus probably someone with WoM just to screw you further). Nino, Summer Elise and Soren all get ORKO'd by the latter despite their advantage so you can't even really bait him effectively unless you have a bunch of Triangle Adepts ready to inherit. Lyn has paper thin armor so she's not too hard to kill, but them being in a tag team makes it really hard to outmaneuver, especially if you get stuck on some shitty map like the one with the bridges.

Well, whatever the case I can at least try to rebuild my Orb stock back up now. Tellius is coming up and I've not actually played them so I probably won't feel a strong urge to splurge on them. Though I suppose now is as good a time as any for me to try out the Tellius games (once I get over that ridiculous pricetag on PoR). There's also a Halloween Robin M and Tharja but I probably won't go for those either. Of course if they randomly plug a Sigurd/Dierdre banner in there I'm screwed.

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General Games / Re: Fire Emblem Heroes
« on: September 12, 2017, 06:54:19 AM »
Hurray for 10 free orbs. Two separate summoning sessions got me a 4* Nowi, 3* Odin, 4* Barst and 3* Bartre. Only 2 days left on the Mini Tempest and the banners so I'll probably get one more shot at it. Hector and Ninian both continue to evade me but at least I got some okay skill fodder I guess.

Also I'm at around 48k in the Tempest which puts me at rank ~15000. Feels like people are burning a lot more stamina potions this time around. Dunno if I should do that myself considering some of the score screenshots I've seen floating around. I'm actually kinda stuck on what I should spend my feathers on right now. I 5*'d my Nino a few days ago so I think I have a pretty good balance of the colors now. I guess my biggest gap is flier emblem but I don't really have any good candidates for promotion. Every Cherche and Palla I pull have the wrong stats.

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General Games / Re: Fire Emblem Heroes
« on: September 11, 2017, 07:19:02 PM »
Meanwhile I got a 4* Catria and Merric. Decided to merge my 3 4* Merrics since its not like he has any skills to give. I'm constantly needing to clean out my barracks after every summoning session... think I'll start saving orbs and maybe get some extra space when this event ends. Dunno if they'll successfully bait me with whatever is coming up though.

Also apparently the rank 1 score in Tempest right now is close to 200k. No idea why people go so ridiculously overboard with the Tempest. I guess you burn like 100 stamina potions and let the game play itself to get to that point, but it still seems annoying though.

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I saw Dunkirk a few weeks back. I thought it was good, but at times a bit disorienting.

Also saw the new It a few days ago. Some really good performances from the young actors (I haven't watched Stranger Things so I'm not familiar with any of them), but the movie was just kinda "meh" overall for me. The discussion I've seen generated as a result of is a nice reminder of how fucking weird Stephen King's writing is, though.

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General Games / Re: Fire Emblem Heroes
« on: September 11, 2017, 08:06:27 AM »
On the bright side, you didn't get -ATK, which is the worst thing that could happen to the Heavy Blade effect.

Also I really don't know anything about Cipher other than that apparently it introduced two original Askr characters of its own. Do those tend to stay there, or does FEH have some hope of having an actual setting/story at some point?

I'm not even sure what I'm supposed to do with all these Camillas. Maybe my Clarisse wants to learn Savage Blow? That might be a good set-up for weird GHBs...

Staffbots can learn Savage Blow if you don't use them for Hone whatever like most people do. Might be a decent way for them to contribute when they're not healing on all those endurance test modes we keep getting.

I also pulled and got a 4* Cherche, 4* Clair, and 4* Camilla. Cherche had the right bane but not the right boon (+SPD -RES), and Clair's a decent enough pull since she can give Hit and Run to other fliers. Camilla's always annoying because she's like Robin and uses her cutscene to trick me into thinking I got something decent.

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General Games / Re: Fire Emblem Heroes
« on: September 10, 2017, 04:22:14 AM »
I'm actually playing the game myself since it's not too bad to run through 5 stages especially if you run a bunch of bonus units and get inflated stats for yourself. I got Lyn up to level 30 in the Training Tower then got the rest of it in the Tempest. I also realized that my Lyn is actually +DEF rather than +SPD. Dunno how I made that mistake. That might be better or worse since I decided to give Lyn Brash Assault, so her being able to take a hit is nice. Funny that Lyn is one of the only units to actually get some use out of Brash Assault even though it was probably designed with tanky characters like Bartre or Chrom in mind.

Also I pulled from the FE7 banner and got myself a 4* Sheena and 3* Beruka. Wish I'd at least get more Barsts or a Cherche with a decent boon.

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General Games / Re: Fire Emblem Heroes
« on: September 08, 2017, 07:28:23 AM »
If I recall right, last Tempest gave us 42 orbs total, which is the same amount as the current one gives, so we're good as far as that goes at least (and let's be honest, the orbs are the only important prize :P).

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