Li Xiu by far among those options. I still use Li in my offensive raiding in high diamond in my holy stack. With Guin, you will have 2 all mana reducers which should improve your win percentage by itself.
I’m surprised at all the Li love out there. I have 40 orbs and have maxed all the other yellow 4* but am still waiting on her. She was my first yellow 4* and I just wasn’t that impressed (at 3-60). I will have to ascend her to get rid of my FOMO. But first…Danza #2…
I just know that I’ve had difficulties fighting teams with Li on flank (takes away all of my heroes’ mana right when I’m ready to strike them), and one of my alliance’s strongest war defenders uses Li on flank (he’s not the greatest at scoring points offensively, but I’ve seen his def team hold up against multiple enemy attacks in almost every war).
I like Chao well enough, have him on my def team for now, but I never fear attacking teams with Chao because he’s a single target sniper and I’m okay with losing access to one hero’s special skill as long as I can still use the other 4.
But I agree, I wouldl pick Li over Chao as she has more general utility. I have Li and Chao both, Li gets used on both Raid/War defense and offense; but I only use Chao on offense, and often stacked with Li anyway.
Li is by far the better defender.
On offense, Chao has slight edge (charges faster, and thus better to slow down a particularly nasty enemy hero); but Li is still very useful as she slows down ALL heroes - especially really helpful when I don’t bring Proteus, or when I accidentally trigger a gem cascade that hits everyone…
One more drawback is when riposte is active; I can safely use Chao against one of the enemy heroes not covered by riposte, but Li will end up taking a bit of damage if I use her skill.
This was my thought. I’m champing at the bit to get Chao (one of only three classic four-stars missing from my roster) simply because he is a ranger. I’m totally F2P, and the list of easily obtainable rangers is really short. I have Tiburtus +16 and then… Berden. No joke. So if you need help with ranger trials like I do, maybe consider Chao.
Another strike against Li is that you already have Guin. One of Li’s main roles seems to be as a defensive tank, but Guin does that far better. And, as mentioned before, Chao is better for titans, as he charges faster and does more damage. For war depth, though, Li is probably a better choice. Depends on your priorities.
This is my biggest hesitantion with Li Xiu too. She just feels like a knock off Guinevere. I don’t really need another yellow tank, I might use her in tournaments that ban 5*s but I’m more concerned with titan hits.
Chao probably ought to be the choice, then. Hu Tao and Li are both AoE hitters (which dilutes their damage) and Hu is slow to boot. Ascend Chao, and hold the other four orbs for Wu. No sense sitting on 8 orbs hoping for something better.
Who would be better, anyway? I can tell you from experience, it isn’t Danzaburo. Even though I love Danza, he’s not a Titan killer. Gretel? I don’t think Grimforest is projected again until November, at the earliest. Jackal? He’ll be at least that far out as well, as SGG has already said we’re getting Avalon next week and Pirates in October.