I still see Gravemaker being very popular and still being used from many players from both offense and defense perspective, But I hardly see people use Clarissa, although her special skill is almost identical with him. What is the reason for this?
Her DOT is a bit lower, but she has better stats and better element link. So why people are not using her and she is not being hyped like Gravemaker?
Her DoT is not just a bit lower, it is 25% lower. True that she has better stat but it is merely 0.7% better. She does have better elemental link but only slightly. Those are not enough to make up the difference in DoT.
People love and hate GM because he is a beast against nature hero due to the bonus damage and devatsating DoT. They reduce the devastating DoT aspect from Clarissa.
Timing of appearance is also matter. She appear in GTV era when she is not needed to complement GTV in defense so she doesn’t get chance to shine in defense. After GTV end, power creep start to escalate so the like of her and GM got outdated in defense by newer heroes
Tbh, I thought I heard a few people initially say she was a dark Gravemaker, but I guess it’s now a mixed bag of that still and “she coulda been more,” which in fairness, she definitely coulda been more, especially since she’s a paladin.
She is disappointing compared to Gravemaker as far as damage output goes. I stripped mine a couple weeks ago and put the emblems on Heimdall instead. I may emblem her again, but found that I just wasn’t using her much anymore.
I like her. Of course I don’t have Gravemaker. The main problem is that her poison damage overlaps with Proteus so I don’t use her on double formations. But against regular yellow tanks, she’ll be one of the heroes I pick.
Edit: I should mention that she’s on my raid defense.
Usually I only bring in one purple against that type of formation as it’s usually Sif in the back. If Sif is in the front, I could consider bringing both like that. Usually it’s Proteus and Domitia in that case. You’d think that once you fire Proteus it’s a win, but many times I’ll fire him early, but can’t get any tiles to charge my other heroes and then his mana stop wears off. Or worse, you have a monk or cleric resist.
I do find that in the current meta there are more opportunities for a slow hero to shine (rush wars, rush tourneys) and there are increasing ways to speed up a slow hero. So whereas Clarissa is good damage level for a v fast, she pales by comparison to a slow hero that has been sped up with troops and adjacent hero buffs.