My team this time:
- Gormek + 9
- Grimm 4^70
- Poseidon 4^49
- Valen +19
- Namahage 3^50
Compared to last time, Gormek has +2 talents, Valen has +4 talents, Poseidon has grown up A LOT (from 2^55), and I switched out Gato 3^50 for Namahage (a mistake; I was thinking that Namahage hits harder, but I forgot about the red mobs/bosses.) I’m stoked about finally collecting 6 darts and making Poseidon my first-ever five-star to reach final ascension. I have been anxious to see what kind of difference he would make on this trial, since Gormek and Grimm are staples in my lineup, but it’s been a pretty signficant drop off from there. I finished last time, but just barely, and with carpet bombing.
First two stages were barely a speed bump. Final stage, I just handed out some healing potions to keep folks kicking, and had the excellent fortune to enter the boss wave with all specials charged and two diamonds on the board. Started with a dragon attack (to start the DoT) and a bomb (to effect attack down), then fired all specials on Elena. Don’t want that counterattack to fire, and hitting the middle target gets def down on all enemies. The cascade from the diamonds did some nice damage and recharged Valen and Grimm, so I was able to finish off Elena before her special fired, but Nashgar did fire, thankfully into the Giant Bag of Meat that is Gormek, who can take it. I thought a second shot from Poseidon’s trident would get Azlar before he fired, but it didn’t, and all of a sudden we were in trouble. Everyone critical and burning, but the enemy also in bad shape. I didn’t want to use any more items, so I kept firing tiles, killing Azlar but losing Grimm, Valen, and Namahage to DoT. Had Nashgar on the brink when he killed Poseidon, but I recharged Meat Boy with health potions and finished the job with tiles. If I had left Gato in the lineup, I think this would have been a much easier win. Have to remember that for next time.
Sadly, Gormek and Valen are both on talent nodes that require tons of emblems, so no immediate progress there. (And Valen may as well get used to the idea of going back to being a boring, regular 3-star, because Poseidon has a reset emblem with his name on it.) Also, no red project at all on my roster right now, so the trainer hero joins three other trainer heroes and a Jahangir, waiting to jump start one who is worthy. Main takeaway here is that I was able to manage this trial with very low item use, a notable improvement. I’m happy.