I finished rare and I am halfway through epic. Usually I don’t go for high scores in my first run, because I never know exactly how much playtime I’ll have, so my main goal is always completion first.
That being said, here are the main points:
Assembling the team: I ran Grevle-Melia-Sudri-Pixie-Bjorn for the whole thing. I rarely used any battle items, because as I said, I didn’t mind the scores at first. Wanted heroes at least average or slower and their specials have to matter when I need them. All of them emblemed to +4. Also, figured I would need heroes that improved my tile damage, since specials are on a limited use here.
Grevle: Overheal is awesome, because the slayers hit hard at higher rages. The attack buff synergizes well with the crit bonus from Melia.
Melia: Purely for tile damage. I always prioritized casting her special, along with grevle’s, when possible.
Sudri: Big slow hitter. Not much to comment.
Pixie: Mana control on strategic moments.
Bjorn: Heavy purple hitter, good for killing yellow bosses. Maybe would trade him for (C.) Tyrum for dispell/cleanse on particular levels, but finished with this guy no problem. Sometimes you just need theo brute force.
Gameplay: My gameplay was purely about managing rage. A lot of the times I would cast a special or use a battle item if rage was at minimum, but if the board was crazy good, and I had crit /attack buffs on, I would just go with the cascades.
Ideally, you want to get to 3/3 (boss stage) with multiple diamonds, dragons and cascades available, every special at ready and every buff up and rage at minimum.
Level difficulty: First 3 levels are easy. You can ignore everything I just said and just autoplay. 4-6 start to get tougher, but the sweet spot for rage is at 1.45x. Still preety manageable. 7-10 you want to play safe at 1.30x, but I did get to 1.45x multiple times at the last level and finished with everyone alive.
Don’t be afraid to max rage to get most of your synergy. It’s just not manageable on long term.
I’m also using the same fundamentals on epic. Running Gullin, Wu, Almur, Wilbur and proteus. Let’s see how this team fairs.