Yeah, thanks for this reminder that I still don’t have Boldtusk. He’s at the top of my most wanted list.
My team this time:
- Grimm 4^70
- Gato 3^50
- Poseidon 2^55
This differs from last time only in the talents for Gormek and Valen, and I switched out Namahage for Poseidon for a little color variety, which was good, since I got terrible boards with lots of green and purple tiles and very few opportunities to clear them with diamonds. If yellows had also been misses, I probably wouldn’t have completed.
I really thought I finished this trial last time, but after just squeaking through the final stage this time, I know I didn’t. There is a lot to like about this team - multiple defense downs, lots of fast mana heroes, and a triple stack of blues against red bosses. The thing that is not to like is that three-star heroes just aren’t durable enough to play in this rarefied air.
I was out of small healing potions early in the fourth wave, and Grimm was dead before I even made it to the bosses. Accordingly, I unloaded my full arsenal of bombs and axes, and I tried to let my first dragon attack burn through. I also managed to fire the specials of all my living heroes at the beginning of the battle, choosing to focus on Elena; with all snipers and splashers and no dispellers, I couldn’t afford to let her fire that counterattack special. My item assault wiped her out, and left me in decent shape with Azlar and Nashgar. Even had a couple of blue matches right below them. Got worried when Azlar fired; it was curtains for Gato at that point, but Gormek (beefy emblem build) and Poseidon (with ~700 HP) both survived, and Zombie Valen rose from the dead with his revive talent. That was enough to finish the job with blue tiles and claim the emblems. Also don’ t remember seeing the Nashgar dialogue at the end before, so I know I didn’t finish this last time.
I took Gormek to +7 using emblems from an earlier stage, so the 8 from the final stage went into storage for talent number 8. I did bring Valen up two talents, though. He’s holding the emblems for any four-star fighter (I mentioned I’m waiting on Boldtusk, right?) or, if it comes to it, I’ll strip them off and give them to the Big Dog Daddy Poseidon if I get the mats to max him. Trainer hero went to my current red project, Kelile. Finally had to give her the blades since I didn’t have another four-star red (like Boldtusk).
Starting to feel like I’m making progress, as I’ve now finished the trials of strength, mysticism, survival, and shadows. Rogues, barbarians, and sorcerers, ftw!