The Modern Magus Magazine
Ah, summer. The time of sweltering heat waves and soothing vacations. Or if you’re from the UK, a bipolar on-off switch of rainstorms and droughts that leaves you wearing a coat as the sun melts you, and becoming an icicle as your electric fan blows a boreal wind straight into your hinies.
It’s for all those reasons that I’m very glad this year’s event is a very safe, summer camp vacation, instead of the chaotic risk that is involved with a beach, desert race, island resort, or god forbid, Nevada in the summer.
And with both Kiara and Abigail Williams as the SSR’s in our gachas, practically NOTHING can go wrong in this event.
...Ah. Well...yep. We’re boned.
Sessyoin Kiara (Moon Cancer)
When I thought she couldn’t get lewder, she had to go and put on near-full body tights and that goddamn cap. That’s more or less a critical hit to my- I mean, many people’s fetishes. Yes. Many, many people. And she also seems to be repeating the same mistake of being an AOE Arts Extra class servant. Let’s hope she doesn’t bear the same pitfalls as her vanilla addition.
|Base Atk||1,719||Base HP||2,249|
|Max Atk||11,128||Max HP||15,336|
|Grail Atk||12,181||Grail HP||16,801|
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While the pool of Mooncancers, then again SSR, is still very limited, Kiara at least has a scale to rate herself on, unlike Jinako or BB Summer did. With that in mind, Kiara has high stats for a Mooncancer. While her attack is a modicum lower than BB Summer’s (letting BB assert her dominance as best CCC girl), Kiara has a healthy HP lead in exchange. Nowhere near as much HP as Jinako, but unlike Jinako, he has an attack stat to work with.
Kiara’s passives do a lot for her, too. Both Territory Creation and Foreign World provide a notable boost to her offence, Independent Manifestation provides her a small spread miscellaneous buffs, and Logos Eater, same as her Alter Ego version, makes her more durable than she appears versus a very broad range of foes, including most Servants. So on the whole, more powerful both offensively and defensively than she appears on the surface.
So with all this meandering about the bizarre mechanics of Kiara’s kit, how good does that make her in practice? On one hand:
However, she’s still burdened with some flaws:
While doing my best to ignore the non-gameplay aspects of Kiara that are...attractive, she’s still a pretty good class-neutral AOE servant. Her natural durability makes her solid as a rock in difficult content, and her debuff-oriented kit also lends itself better to CQ scenarios. But outside of that, she’s still a strong Arts farmer, packing some of the highest Wave 3 NP damage in the game, if held back a little by her sub-par earlier NP damage. If you’re looking for a shiny new universal farmer to pair with your Casturia, and you never had the fortune of getting Space Ishtar or Musashi Berserker, she makes a good pick. Rath™ Seal of Approval.
Illyasviel von Einzbern (Archer)
Now I could make tasteless loli jokes here, but instead I’m just going to talk about something more interesting. This alt makes Ilya the first alt of a ‘collab’ Servant in the truest term - you might count BB, Melt, and Kiara, but they were already kind of Servants, and both written by Nasu and in a Type-Moon installment. Prisma Ilya version Ilya, however, is neither of those things.
...so, Summer Shiki anyone?
|Base Atk||1,683||Base HP||1,746|
|Max Atk||10,098||Max HP||10,914|
|Grail Atk||12,226||Grail HP||13,233|
As almost seems to be tradition for Pseudo-servants, Ilya has a fairly specialized stat spread, but one hindered by a low base stat total. With the 3rd highest attack stat of any 4* Archer, she also possesses the 2nd lowest HP. This may not seem too out-of-place, but she’s also tied in HP with Kuro, and Tomoe’s abnormally low HP for her attack kind of skews the statistics.
Point being, she’s solid offensively, but frail.
Ilya’s passives don’t do much to compensate for that, but they’re not too bad, either. She has a high-ranking Magic Resistance for an Archer, on top of the standard Independent Action and her own sort of ‘Personal Passive’, Infinite Magical Energy. The former two are neat bonuses, but getting 3% free NP gauge per turn is really handy, needless to say. Normal Ilya kind of got it in exchange for mediocre regular NP gain, but maybe Summer Ilya will have it differently?
So does Ilya’s Summer form meet the mark? First, we’ll have to dowse out her strong points:
However, she also has an issue to hose down:
Summer Ilya on the whole may be fairly good, but she doesn’t strike me as too exciting, probably because she has a lot of similarities to Sei Shonagon. Thankfully, her superior refund compared to Sei and much, much better single target crit damage means she’s largely a better servant, but at the same time, her kit doesn’t exactly bring anything new and exciting in a meaningful way. She’s just a Quick Archer that can loop and also has good CQ applications. Nothing wrong with that, and frankly, she’ll serve you well if you can get her to NP2 or NP3 to patch up her mediocre baseline NP damage. Rath™ Seal of Approval.
Frankly, I’m shocked that DW even had the balls to release a swimsuit alt of a Servant then go the complete opposite direction of most alts, making Bryn...very clearly more interested in Sigurd than she’d ever be for her Master. And who ever said Summer events are all just waifu pandering?
...unless this spawns a bunch of NTR doujins. Then this community is truly cursed.
|Base Atk||1,699||Base HP||1,603|
|Max Atk||10,197||Max HP||10,023|
|Grail Atk||12,346||Grail HP||12,153|
In terms of her base statistics, Bryn is on the offensive end for a Berserker, while sadly not inheriting the very high base stat total of her vanilla form. Possessing the tied 2nd worst HP of any SR Berserker in exchange for the 6th highest attack, it’s clear she’s not in the best possible position for base stats as a Berserker.
But hey, when your class already gimps you defensively, might as well go glass cannon. She’s at least going to hit hard.
Glancing over her passives, Summer Bryn sadly isn’t blessed with anything outstanding. Her Madness Enhancement is tiny compared to most Berserkers, and the 100 damage up from her Divinity is hardly enough to compensate. So frankly, she’s not starting from the best position to be a great offensive force.
So is Bryn our blushing bride or wedding day disaster? On one hand, the stars are lined up for her:
However, she’s also set for tragedy:
Now then. With the emergence of Casturia I had to promise myself I wouldn’t start penalizing Buster servants just for not being focused on one of the meta card types, but Summer Bryn’s issues don’t really lie just there. She doesn’t play to the strong points of her card type - immense critical damage, raw card damage, and just general stability. When you get down to it, there’s not much reason to favour her over Chacha, who has similar NP damage from her NP5, the same stargen / NP gain perks, but doesn’t require a foray into the gacha to obtain. That said, I do think Summer Bryn is better than Chacha, but that’s not a particularly high bar. She’s just...out of fashion? I feel bad putting a lady down in her wedding dress, but it’s the facts.
Following my usual tradition for summer events, I intend to throw the work of the Welfare servant on future Rath as he tackles the second gacha. Lord save that poor fool, the sucker. But for those who may want to know whether to invest in Summer Yu during the event in the meantime, I’ll give a 1-sentence summary: She’s a solid ST Crit-focused Quick Lancer with some niche tools; nothing overwhelmingly great, but not to be passed over, either.
So with that said, if you all survive the completely safe nighttime in our cabin retreat, I’ll see you for the second edition of the MMM for this summer!