Last October, I pulled a Vlad from the Halloween event summon. For those of you who do not know who he is and what he does, here is a screenshot of mine:
For a very long time, I thought his special skill was almost useless. I mean, 60 damage over 5 turns? That is like nothing! The battle is probably over before 5 turns. Stealing healing? Well, if the opponents do not heal, then it will mean the special does nothing. So, after I pulled more 4-star heroes, I put Vlad off my main team and nearly forgot about him.
Until the last alliance war a few days ago.
I wish I had recorded the fight. It would explain my point much more easily and clearly. But since I do not have a video, I will do my best to describe what happened.
Basically, in the first fight, the opposing team had just a full-leveled Rigard left (including special skill), and he was at a left wing spot, meaning he was at the left-most of the field. I had no heavy hitter left, just a Boldtusk and Li Xiu. As you recall, the last alliance war had field aid for the defending team. Thus began my nightmare: every time I got Rigard’s life down to half, he either healed himself, or field aid did. That dragged on for countless turns until time ran out and I lost the fight.
I had one flag left and I wanted to make another attempt on Rigard. Unfortunately, all my heavy hitters were already spent. I could not stack yellow because the only yellow hero I had left was a half-leveled Gan Ju. Then I remembered Vlad and put him on. And here is where miracle started. Vlad’s healing stealing ability was a GREAT suppressor for both Rigard’s special and first aid - he could only heal a very small amount. And since Vlad has fast mana generation, it means I could fill his mana bar with just two ghost tiles and kept a constant spell on Rigard. And since Rigard could not heal too much due to this suppressor, I was able to slowly kill him off with just partially leveld Gan Ju, Ulmer, Brienne and Hawkmoon. It still took a while, but I finally did it, and it was all because of Vlad’s healing suppression.
So, moral of the story for me: every hero exists for a reason. No matter how little we might think of a hero, someday he or she will shine and save the day.