Nope. I would NOT emblem Athena for the reason of her special.
Athena is used mainly for the debuff, so giving her emblems seems like a waste to just boost stats. Lianna is purely for sniping and upping her stats to snipe is the way to go (offense route).
I gave none to Joon while I gave all to Drake. If you do the 1-2 punch with Jackal, Joon does not need the emblems. Drake on the other hand is great for defense and he should be the one getting the emblems.
She is also weak as hell without emblems, her survival stats are below par to offset her extreme special skill.
Her special last 4 turns so ideally you need her to fire at least twice during titan fights, and from experience I found emblems helped her stay alive an extreme amount longer to do that.
Since she doesn’t appear on my raid or war defence, I took her to +7 before switching to Alasie, who does an excellent job on war defence even without emblems.
As for @King_Nothing and defence; Kunchen is an excellent tank, arguably the best there is now. You want your tank to either punish opponents, like Grave or Yunan do, or delay them like Guin, Ariel. No other hero manages to combine the two as well as Kunchen does.
His defence debuff could clash with Athenas, while the combo of 3 AoEs firing after him that are NOT slow is golden.
If you really want to use Athena on defence, do not put her in the corner either. Her defence down doesnt help much when she’s the only one left standing. You need her on the flank to charge as early as possible, if she hits after allies then there is no point in her being there.
If you really want to add Joon to the mix I would put him on a corner on the opposite side to Drake and move Anzogh to a flank; he’s not a great hero but flanking Kunchen he can be pretty formidable. Kunchens debuff before Anzogh attacks can start a cycle of decent damage and lots of healing.
Kunchens only issue is that he stands up to neutral/weak colour compositions worse than he does against a holy stack. Dark roster is swamped with dispellers and cleansers who can sidestep him and wreck two yellow flanks. Having them both on the flanks also increases the chance of them both firing at the same time, meaning your opponent only needs to fire their Rigard/Kunchen/Zim once. I’ll always try and recommend against using double flank colour when using a Dark/Holy mix; your opponent can either stack against the flanks and kill them easily, or they can stack against your tank in which case your flanks are just as disadvantaged as your opponent is.
TLDR: Joon - Anzogh/Athena - Kunchen - Drake - Lianna
Thank you for your detailed input. I appreciate it.
I will probably play around with Anzogh/Athena in the flank as your stated.
I was just really excited I pulled a good blue 5*. I’ve had Isarnia maxed for a while now and Richard at 70. Never could bring myself to finish Richard because he wouldn’t add much in my opinion to what I have.
Now if I can just pull a green 5* outside of Lianna I will have more options to play around with.