Maxed 4* Compared to 3rd tier 5*

So I understand that it is important to have maxed four star heroes, so as to complete rare quests and events and such. I have found it extremely hard to get 4* ascension material; the only ones I have are ones that I have purchased.

What I am getting at is after you have a good team of four stars to progress without too much strife, is it very beneficial to have a 3rd tier 5*. For example say I have enough mats to do 2 dark 4* heroes. I could do Sabina, Proteus,merlin or my lovely Khiona. Knowing that it will be a significant amount of time before I could get her on final ascension would it be worth it to use them on her. Would she be still somewhat equally powerful to a maxed 4* tile wise. On another hand I chose to go ahead with alby after getting Caedmon maxed; as I saw he was an exception. All for just an example. I have very good 5* heroes that could be on third tier, would I fall behind if I begin to put some focus on them?

Do Proteus immediately without question.

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5* 2.60 and 3.70

5* 2.60 is generally weaker than 4* 3.60 .
5* 3.70 is generally weaker than 4* 4.70 .

The Devs have said this is by design.

5* 3.70 Exceptions

There are several exceptions- Alberich, Joon, Natalya and several others- are all very powerful at 5* 2.60 and 5* 3.70.

These are usually heroes with specials that do not do damage ( revive, heal over time, mana over time ) have a very powerful secondary effect ( 6 turn blind, non dispellable DOT, non dispellable debuff, zero initial damage with 100% DOT to bypass reflect damage and high defense stat ) or have powerful secondary effect not found in 4* Heroes ( Crush of Hel until Scar of the Depths was added ).

5* 3.70 follow the rule

There are many heroes that 5* 3.70 are worse than a similar 4* 4.70 hero- Lianna, Horghall, Sartana, Quintus, Marjana, Azlar, and many others.

5* 3.70 Marjana is weaker than 4* 4.70 Kelile.

These are usually heroes with specials that are pure damage, partial damage and partial DOT, or a slow mana speed version of a 4* heroes fast mana speed, or average mana speed, special ability.

4* Purple Heroes

Normally I would say “It depends on your roster”.

But apparently 4* purple heroes are in people’s thoughts lately.

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