The Modern Magus Magazine
Happy New Year, one and all!
I hope you’re all comfy and enjoy yourselves to the fullest, since we have another ¾ of a year before any other real Holiday. Putting that aside, we’ve been showered with countless blessings for this New Year - enhanced penis-piercing lasers, a free grail, and, my personal favourite, tonnes of exp in the Mana Prism shop so I don’t have to farm it. Got my priorities straight, for sure.
...Now when can I buy QP with real money? I’ll accept 1M QP to the Dollar. I’m that desperate.
Ah yes, as almost seems to be tradition, we’ve got another SSR Foreigner to welcome the new year. Something about having cute girls possessed by Elder Gods entrap the world in a fire cage made by their eyes just fills you with hope for the New Year. Cthugha f’tagn.
...also since it’s somewhat relevant, RIP Miyu Matsuki. Cthuko now lives on in FGO, and hopefully Hisui too when the Tsukihime remake comes out...it is coming out, right?
|Base Atk||1,907||Base HP||1,960|
|Max Atk||12,342||Max HP||13,365|
|Grail Atk||15,510||Grail HP||16,642|
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With Yang’s addition to the Foreigner lineup, making base stat total comparisons doesn’t really feel arbitrary any more. Two’s company, three’s a crowd, you know the drill. With that in mind, Yang’s base stats are just, well, good.
Possessing both higher HP and Atk than Hokusai, and a slightly more offensive spread compared to Abbie, she’s pushing the Foreigner class’s fairly good base stats in the right direction.
Her setback, however, is in her comparative lack of ridiculous passives compared to her fellow Foreigners. While her Entity of the Outer Realm passive is great as usual, it only comes paired with B-rank Divinity, meaning she lacks the primary card type boosters that her fellow Foreigners tend to have. The passive 2 stars per turn and slight damage boost from Divinity is still handy, but it still puts her at a relative disadvantage.
So how is Yang Guifei on the whole? On one hand, she’s super hot (in more ways than one):
However, she isn’t without her cold spots:
Yang Guifei is honestly in a strange spot, since she’s kind of like...Hokusai Alter? Instead of gaining momentum from hitting the right cards, she gets momentum from being hit, and similarly only deals significant damage with her NP’s effective damage in play. Unlike Hokusai, her ST NP’s nature better lends itself to the strengths of the Foreigner class, not playing ball with Berserkers’ silly class advantage on everything for challenging content, meaning she feels more satisfying to me.
Hey, I might have an inherent bias against DoTs, but even I can like them when it makes your NP smack harder than most people’s waifus. Yang is definitely niche regardless, but even outside of focusing on Berserkers, she makes for a decent class-neutral Arts damage dealer, having the damage output and general durability to back it up, unlike some of her competitors.
Rath™ Seal of Approval.
So, against my expectation, LB5 Part 2, Electric Boogaloo wasn’t landing on Christmas Day. Maybe Part 1’s ending got me a little bit too excited for an over-the-top December. Instead, we can take it easy in an event rerun this month, while awaiting the conclusion to LB5 in Spring.
This might sound like an odd complaint, but could we get some of the New Years servants in main story chapters? Musashi is a given, but even with Hokusai and Benienma appearing in events, it feels like they’ve been a little underused. Let’s hope Yang doesn’t follow the same path.
Until next time!