The Modern Magus Magazine
Greetings, one and all, from the outermost reaches of the Universe! You Core World folks may not know what life on the Outer Rim is like, but boy can I promise you this - It’s far more than Bantha farming and scrap scavenging. Once in a while, we get one of ‘em fancy gachas in our humble game of FGO, and, once in a blue moon, even a welfare servant.
Ma’ says last time we got a welfare, Hokusai was a master swordsman and a little girl! Sounds outlandish, though I have no idea what the heck a Hokusai is.
At any rate, the most rootin’ tootin’, point ‘n shootin’ gunslingers in this part ‘o the Outer Rim are ready to bustle on into yer Chaldea - just got one thing to ask ‘bout ‘em, though…
Why aren’t they the Gunner class?
Being honest, the trend of a gag servant suddenly becoming an eldritch god is so overused by now I actually saw this coming. So instead she’s not only Ishtar, but also Astarte (Combined form of Fertility Goddesses) and Astaroth (One of the highest ranked demons from the Ars Goetia, and also by association a Demon Pillar). I like it when Nasuverse actually implements linguistic history into their servants, though. Anyways, servant analysis, stay on track, Rath!
|Base Atk||1,949||Base HP||1,912|
|Max Atk||12,612||Max HP||13,041|
|Grail Atk||13,806||Grail HP||14,287|
Apply Damage Plus (Total Card Damage +270).
Increase Debuff Resist for yourself by 27%.
Increase NP Gain when damaged by 22%.
Decrease Debuff Resist for all allies (including sub-members),
except yourself by 12%. [Demerit]
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Being an Avenger, Space Ishtar packs pretty much what you’d expect from the class - high base attack, albeit barely the lowest of the SSR Avengers, poor star weight, amazing defensive NP gain, awful HP-wait.
Why do I see a “13” in front of her HP stat? Surely she knows as an avenger that’s illegal? At any rate, her HP somehow manages to be “Below average” rather than “Painstakingly low” for once, despite not losing too much attack in comparison to her fellow Avengers for it. Surely she packs some other weaknesses in exchange for not dying to a mild breeze?
Well, I kind of got carried away, but if you fell asleep reading me talk about looping numbers, or simply skipped to the end, then here’s the bit where I say the good stuff and the bad:
This is the part with the bad stuff, as is custom:
So on the whole, Space Ishtar is a servant which manages to accentuate the good points of the Avenger class without succumbing too hard to its drawbacks - she has some blistering offense that can be put to good use through class neutral AOE loops, if she so wishes to end someone’s career in a Brave Chain with her really cool Extra card animation she can, and she accomplishes without needing a friendly neighborhood Merlin or Skadi to protect her every NP. Which, in turn, makes her an excellent fit for Arts teams who lack such support.
While she may not have any ground-breaking niches or amazing unique supportive options, she aims to be a powerful universal Arts farmer with strong offense for more difficult quests, and she accomplishes it with bonus style points. She is, for all intents and purposes, pretty neat. Rath™ Seal of Approval.
Hustling into our purview with an outfit as spacey as her enunciation in her voice lines, Jane somehow manages to feel less like an Eiyuu Senki* character the more I use her. Which is a good thing. And don’t search for Eiyuu Senki* at work, for the record.
|Base Atk||1,499||Base HP||1,999|
|Max Atk||8,996||Max HP||12,495|
|Grail Atk||10,892||Grail HP||15,150|
In something of a shock for what is, essentially, a modern-era servant, Jane actually has a good base statline, with identical attack to EMIYA Alter, but more HP. While that still places her on the lower end of attack stat for 4* Archers, she’s at least getting a fair sum of HP out of the deal, actually having the highest HP of any 4* Archer. Despite Atalanta having far less attack. Give my catgirl some more strengthenings, please.
Jane, joining in the same gacha as Space Ishtar, seems to have been infected with her excessive passives, though thankfully not to the same degree. Her Magic Resistance gives her some extra safeguards against debuffs, but the real point of Interest is her Riding, Presence Concealment and Independent Action, increasing her Quick card damage and star generation, then giving her some extra oomph for when she comes to spend those crit stars.
While Independent Action is a given for an Archer, the high-ranking Riding and Presence Concealment really helps Jane out a lot, increasing her overall stargen in a chain using both her Quicks by about 17.5% or so. Naturally, the damage increase to her main card type also helps.
So how is Jane, now that I’ve gotten bored with breaking my usual format from Space Ishtar’s conclusion? On one hand, she’s a hot shot and rocking the world as we know it:
On the other hand, she may be better off cheering on the sidelines:
In conclusion, Calamity Jane is certainly a calamity, though both to herself and her foes. Speaking in real terms, her own potential as a critical damage dealer or ST NP Archer, or Skadi-looping Quick monster isn’t better than anything already around, even among welfares, which leaves her seeking a niche she can fulfil. While she isn’t going to break the support meta with her skill set, it isn’t wrong to say that Jane has a plethora of handy supportive buffs that can both aid herself and an ally, should she so desire.
While said supportive potential won’t shine in most content existing in the game, it does exist, and allows her to reach a role which would otherwise necessitate 2 existing SSR servants (Holmes and Brynhildr) to reach the same result. As such, I would say she has enough of a niche to be considered a worthwhile servant. Maybe the jab about being a cheerleader wasn’t so inaccurate. Rath™ Seal of Approval, provided her supportive ability can be properly used in the future.
So, we still yet lack any kind of welfare for this event, there’s not a single spooky creature in sight, and nobody has yet explained why OG Saber is the only person with an Artorium rate up in this event. Am I going insane? Have DW forgotten their Halloween spirit? Am I just glad I only have two servants to review for this MMM? Will I ever stop asking questions that I imply the audience already knows the answer to?
Find out, next time, where I have no idea what event or gacha will be next!