What I can leave this thread with is that the Hero Utility will be getting a slight face-lift in that in terms of the DEFENSIVE (LEADERBOARD) rankings it will be broken out to display the TRUE positioning of hero’s on Defense (therefore Left Wing, Left Flank, Tank, Right Flank, Right Wing).
Therefore rankings will be adjusted for each of the 5 possible positions and an OVERALL.
The data that is collected and reported diligently (and has been for some time) has proven great accuracy and clearly maintaining, trending, reporting and showcasing who are the most widely used characters in the game (with it’s focus on LEGENDARY heroes).
From my perspective in regards to Legendary Heroes it is the DE FACTO source for Defensive hero decision support.
and I don't say that because I created it by any means.
Additional enhancements will be revealed with the release of version 4.0, that date is yet TBD.
For purposes of getting potential or current users of the utility to have a better understanding of its data sources and its USEFULNESS (in particular the H.U. Cards for side by sides and Team vs Team compares) I’m including a portion of the documentation available through the utility itself that I’m aware not many refer to! Lol. I get it, I get it.
EXCERPT FROM THE HERO UTILITY ONLINE DOUMENTATION
What is this?
The Hero Utility is a complete set of 6 evaluation/valuation methods, wrapped up into a pleasing and organized visual with it’s primary purpose being to SUPPORT YOU IN HERO DECISIONING . Not just for ascensions, in a multitude of ways that a spreadsheet and/or the game NEVER will.
How to use this Utility
This is a decision support utility not a yes/no answer faq. The makeup of any given team and their specials can affect the value of your hero. Every hero in the game has a purpose. Some are obvious, some are not. Some are wide spread others very niche (certainly we hope for the prior). Do not decide solely on this utility, in particular just 1 of its valuation methods! To be valid, use all methods of valuation available to you. Should ALL methods clearly point to one hero over another, then do listen loudly.
The methods of value/evaluation are:
- Grades (A+, A, B, C, D – courtesy of 7DD)
- GPA’s (grades converted into measurable values for comparing)
- Current Leaderboard (data collected from the game recently, strongly indicating CURRENT HERO USE)
- Cumulative Leaderboard (data stored and summarized from the game over time HISTORICAL HERO USE)
- RaZors Edge 2 (factual card ranks that are reprocessed each hero addition and ‘balancing’)
- Ap/Dh (a correlation algorithm that simulates a more ‘realistic’ card ranking)
This web-based application interfaces with a data warehouse established July 30, 2018 by RaZoR a fellow player of E&P that has no affiliation to the game maker.
Why was this created?
Well, not having actual play experience with the Hero’s owned at future ascension/levels - decisioning was questionable especially making some poor ones previously. Heroes can be great early and not so great later (or the opposite), or simply I misread what their potential was - that was the problem I wanted to avoid being I really had 1 shot with my ‘final’ decision and then I’m stuck for many months or longer to make an adjustment. Finding documented ranks or grades from those ahead of me based in their own hero use experience was what I was hoping to find to aide my decisioning. My gratitude extends to 7DD for assembling and maintaining the 7DD Guide to Hero Grades. As an independent player finding this guide was a relief! Unfortunately for me being from the USA grades have associated numerical ranges that I just couldn’t look past. When I saw a relatively equal B vs B or A vs B I found myself questioning does my A hero = 90% and my B hero = 89% with all else being basically the same? If it is, B saves me XYZ, so I would lean toward B! At the time my thoughts were: Who is 7DD? I’m not filling out an application to talk to them through this discord thing. Understand I was truly playing by myself. I gave answers as the Alliance leader not ask them, I got it done on my own (so it got done), and when I wanted it – I wanted it NOW. The worst thing for a player like that - basically ZERO documentation provided by the game maker. Thus, the journey, supported by my IT background allowed me to bring it to market for my fellow players to consult with before final decisioning. To do it successfully however, I had to change one thing about the way I played and approached the game: everything.
What if you just want to do some hero window shopping for who’s next on your future summoning planner? This blows away the in game method, which provides no value comparisons unless you remember card values as you flip from hero to hero – or special skills between each… It however does provide you the near whole-body view! It wins there.
Again – all methods of value/eval need to be used together… I think many just decide on seeing the overall ‘Grade’ and move on – not a good idea. Some of those grades on older Heroes could use some updating. I know because I have had some of the heroes since release (the grade was valid when released and for their height of use back then, not today). I do not modify 7DD’s grades to meet valuations based on my experience or when I may disagree with assessment, that is not my place. The grades are 7DD’s data. I’m borrowing the grades and in exchange referring you back to the source as requested (their document is a living document, therefore it will always be updated before the H.U.). Many players like the 7DD grades and them being part of the H.U. and I support my users and 7DD in their efforts in maintaining it.
In closing. Some players I’m aware of have made decisions based on the following:
- He looks cool and his Attack is higher than that hero…
- If I didn’t use her in the event, I wouldn’t have gotten that score…
- I’ve been waiting forever for a nature hero so now I can make my rainbow team…
Guys if your decisioning logic is similar to the above than please at least look at the overall GRADE!
@VFROOD, @PeachyKeen, @HarryDeB, @Azor, @Jyzzy, @ahriman512 @yelnats_24 @IvyData, @Leiza, @Kayo
– you all were pulled from the thread - this is just a FYI nudge.