Below is a survey of 30 randomly selected defense teams from top guilds on the Global, Asia and Korean servers. Each row represents a different opponent, while the columns each contain their first and second defensive formations.
Above is one of the most common teams, consisting of Arbiter Vildred, Seaside Bellona and Fallen Cecilia. Tanky bruiser comps are the mainstay of defense, but this one in particular creates a targeting dilemma with three opponents who are notoriously hard to kill. What's worse, SSB (who often runs an Immunity set) and A.Vildred put out tons of AoE damage, so they have to be countered by a similarly survivable team or stripped and cleaved.
Counterattackers also run rampant. Seaside Bellona is the most used by a landslide, but the above composition also works to lure foes into triggering counters. Assassin Coli usually is Stealthed after her opening attack, leaving a choice between Martial Artist Ken and Violet. Player #25 in the above table also sets up a counter gauntlet by supplementing ML Zerato, Charles and Krau.
Seaside Bellona and Fallen Cecilia dominate in Guild Wars Defense, with Arbiter Vildred, ML Ken, Charles, Ruele, Lilias and Dizzy as runner-ups. The subsequent charts show breakdowns by Class and Element-- note that Fallen Cecilia, along with other abundant Dark and Knight Heroes, push those categories into first.
JaganX does account reviews showing off the gear used by three top players: Anamnesis, JulianZ and and Treeskhie. Many pieces have been rolled very highly into one targeted stat, with other stats being minimum values or single rolls. More balanced pieces end up being used by bruisers who want health, defense and damage. Since they are whales, they also have full Epic/Heroic rarity sets and maxed Artifacts.
JulianZ Account Review
Julian is a big fan of strategy over gear or over heroes. To him, I mean-- you can whale as hard as you want, but if you really don't understand the game, or don't understand the strategy, you really aren't going to be winning much.
....When we take a look at Julian's gear, what made him a successful player-- is not just the fact that he had really good rolls and Heroes or whatnot-- but also strategy.
- ML Ken- 107,439 CP with Crit/Crit/Immunity, Sigurd Scythe
- Fallen Cecilia- 87,370 CP with Speed/Immunity, Aurius
- Dizzy- 87,289 CP with Speed/Defense, Abyssal Crown
- Lilias- 90,482 CP with Speed/Crit, Elbris Ritual Sword
- Yuna- 121,527 CP with Speed/Crit, Midnight Bloom
- Charles- 96,594 CP with Counter/Immunity, Elbris Ritual Sword
- Ruele- 75,852 CP with Speed/Resist, Water's Origin
- Seaside Bellona- 116,003 with Speed/Immunity, Reingar's Special Drink
TKGallant (member of guild Infantry) shows matches against other guilds: HellGate, Fallens, PowerLevel, 20IQ, LGSlayers, TeaHut, Rogue, Puddin, Deviants, Vennivecci and Paragon.
NoX vs REBORN
Free-to-play user Astranox plays against Reborn on the EU Server.