The second team is much more aggressive and can rain down insane amounts of damage when everybody fires, but it lacks durability and I found if I couldn’t get the bosses to within axe/arrow range and the board dried up, I was in some serious doo-doo. So switched to the first team for more survivability on the later stages. Could’ve used Frosty too but I like Helo’s cleanse better, since those minions could be a liability on levels featuring E&F.
Attack up, defense down, insane AoE, cleanser w/decent snipe, insane tile damager + more defense down. This team just rips and shreds without mercy.
Ok so I know Frida is very much neutered with the starfall’s element change, but I still found her dispel somewhat useful especially if the board started drying up. Plus I went all attack on her so 829 atk is still very decent tile damage. Also her 290% is flat damage to 3 instead of Grimm’s “minor damage to nearby @ 295%”, so overall she still hits for more damage. Plus Gazelle overwrites Kiril’s buffs so I think I only used the first team for one or two stages before switching to the second one. The nice thing about Gazelle is she supercharges tile damage like crazy, and depending on the board I can sometimes intentionally take advantage of starfall to send the strong color into the bosses and make short work of them.
Actually if I was totally honest, I did legendary first and I messed around with some red and green teams initially, but found none of them worked quite as well as these two blue teams (especially the second one) in terms of damage output, so I stuck with this 4-1 team past legendary stage 5. (should probably go replay those early stages too… )
P.S. Yes yes yes mono (or very close to it). Thing is I actually found mono easier to manage in terms of anticipating starfall and knowing which tile colors I need to match asap or preserve since I only have one color I need to focus on. Plus I like these mono teams for their synergy, so not running out of habit or laziness but genuinely found my blue mono team to work really well.