Interesting challenge. I was just about to ask after items, but see you’ve posted about that. Here are my first reaction thoughts:
Your team will likely be underpowered, regardless. Though I do note you’ve often succeeded in similar situations in Rare Quests. Beating this level is binary (unlike, say a raid, where you may still put a few heroes into a chest, or a war, where any damage you do helps others), so I’d advocate a strategy that embraces variance. When the attempt goes badly, you lose, and it doesn’t matter if you lose by a ton. But if you get some positive variance, you win, which is all that matters.
Things that increase variance
- Color stacking more
- Skills that improve damage some percentage of the time
You have two heroes that fit the description of the latter: Melia and Wu Kong. If you get a few lucky hits with crit, that could be some serious damage.
You have to bring the best yellow stack you can, so I’d bring Wu Kong (if you can get him to an appreciable level where he can survive, Melia, for the aforementioned variance increasing reason, Bane (your best yellow striker), and I’m leaning Kailani for increased survivability (I don’t think Gan Ju’s mana cut is enough to justify him).
The last hero is difficult. I’m kind of thinking Scarlett, as she’s your strongest striker, but feel this decision needs to be made in conjunction with items.
For example, I could see an argument for Valen for the defense down skill, and then using bombs / axes to compensate for not having Scarlett’s debuff. And, if we leave out Hawkmoon / Kiril, then healing has to be in at least one spot, maybe two.
Ultimately, I think my first attempt would be Wu, Melia, Bane, Kailani, and Valen, while packing healing, mana, bombs, and axes.