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Should You Summon? Cecilia

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Today we’re covering Cecilia, available for ONE week (thanks /u/Ireyon34) as part of a non-limited banner. There is NO featured artifact on this banner.

The normal banner mechanics apply:

  • No other 5* Heroes can be pulled on her banner

  • 121 pulls guarantees you a Cecilia, regardless of the rates

  • Your actual chance to pull him before you reach the pity summon timer of 121 pulls is ABOUT 61.9% (this is no guarantee, just the odds of getting there in 120 summons or fewer)

That being said, let’s examine the pros and cons in this scenario.

Breakdown

The Queen of Wintenberg, Cecilia, receives a rate-up during this time period.

She has top-notch HP and a very good base Speed of 110 (for a Knight, tied at 2nd place with Tywin and fellow ruler Lilias). In addition, all of her skills scale with her mHP, allowing her to be built as a very tanky bruiser with surprising amounts of damage.

Her claim to fame is her S3, Ruinous Retribution, which has 12% mHP scaling and a 100% chance to provoke the entire enemy team, and additionally provides a large shield.

Less useful is her S2, Steel Cloudburst, which has a 35-50% chance to inflict ATK break on enemies, increased by 50% when Cecilia is below 50% HP. This skill is unfortunately rather unreliable, as you ideally don’t want to be below 50% HP in the first place.

Finally, her S1 is a standard 50% DEF break for 2 turns whose damage also scales with her mHP.

Comparisons

It's hard not to compare her to Lilias, who has the exact same stats/class, and some of the same benefits. We showed some of them below:

Pros:

  • No need for a high-ATK teammate
  • AoE Provoke
  • DEF Break S1
  • Uses Elbris Ritual Sword better for surprise DEF break KO's

Cons:

  • More selfish due to not having teamwide cleanse
  • Lower damage cap
  • Lower scaling on S1 + no Assist
  • Slower due to no self CR boost
  • Provoke can be resisted

Similarities:

  • Excellent Artifact selection - Aurius, Elbris Ritual Sword, Sword of Ezera, etc. are all top-notch artifacts
  • Speedy tanks who scale with HP
  • Enemy team disruption
  • Self-shields

Both suffer from missing on Ice targets, though Lilias has the edge in that scenario due to S2 not having a miss chance, and S1 calling non-Fire teammates to assist.

Due to Cecilia's absolute need to land Provoke on the enemy team, her two AoE’s and the prevalence of Seaside Bellona in PvP (where she is most useful), and her poorer Speed/Scaling, Cecilia is not a great pick to pull on at the moment.

We may also be getting a limited re-run soon, but we have our fingers crossed on that one. At least wait to see what next week’s banner is before you go all-in!

TL;DR

If you need a good PvP provoke and don't have Lilias to fill the role of Fire Knight, this could be a good banner... if you weren't worried about saving for the POSSIBLY upcoming limited banner.

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