The Modern Magus Magazine
Are you ready for the hottest servant addition of the year to bust into the new Lostbelt?
What, Europa? Get that blonde bull-breeding bimbo out of my way! I’m referring to the Grecian Pillar Man, with the self-proclaimed adorable round face and equally self-proclaimed babe magnet.
Orion may have no success with the ladies, but boy, this man is infatuated with him.
Oh yeah, and there’s also that Ricardo guy except he isn’t a sexy muscular hulk. DW really needs to share the testosterone around more.
Keeping things on track, welcome one and all to the MMM, where I think about the new servants in gameplay so you don’t have to! If the previous few lines haven’t convinced you, I’m perfectly unbiased in my assessments, so rest assured - we’ll be only talking facts and logic in this issue.
For once in a banner, we’re starting off strong, and I mean it both in terms of musculature and character quality. I’ll just dumb my rant about how much I like Orion as a character here, since I have to actually write quality content after.
Orion (Original) was one of my first few SSRs, was my first NP2 SSR, and to this day has been a constant in my teams for challenging difficult content, on top of being a character filled with charm, creativity, comedy, and great art. Much in the same way, Superhuman Orion (who I will refer to as Orion from now on) continues being a charming character, except now we get to experience the man behind the bravado that a teddy bear once showed.
And man, is he a beast in lore. One of the strongest statlines of any servant, then again an Archer, a collection of cool and interesting skills, and he’s even [REDACTED].
So with my fanboying out the way, let’s tackle his gameplay.
|Base Atk||1,940||Base HP||1,979|
|Max Atk||12,557||Max HP||13,494|
|Grail Atk||13,746||Grail HP||14,783|
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There’s very few times I can pull out this phrase and be uncontroversial about it in FGO, primarily because it’s a pretty balanced game that doesn’t bind itself to comparing statistics, building teams, and competitive content to keep a cycle going:
Orion’s base stats are sheer power creep. Not only does he have the highest attack stat of any Archer in the game as of present, overtaking Arjuna by a decent margin, he also crushes a good portion of the SSR Archer lineup in HP, having...a surprisingly decent HP stat for how good his offense is.
Orion keeps the ball rolling for his passives, too. EX Independent Action is literally as good as it gets, and he also gets a powercreep form of Divinity, giving him both 175 damage up and 175 damage cut, the latter of which being far more powerful. 175 less damage taken per card is pretty crazy for a defensive passive, especially as it gets exponentially more powerful the more defensive buffs you have stacked. Won’t save him from NP’s or massive damage, though.
He also has a passive 20% amp to any poison damage he takes, which is basically just flavour. Call me back when we get a challenge quest with unavoidable poison damage all over the place. Oh, and he doesn’t have any magic resistance. I guess that’s a sizeable drawback, but he’s already got some abnormal advantages to compensate.
So how is our gargantuan teddy bear? On one hand, he is, quite literally, the Übermensch:
However, I need to find something to nitpick about his kit, so here we go:
So how is he in the grand scheme of things? Still busted to hell and back, of course. We’re talking about a man who, despite being in a far weaker class for his attack stat, does over triple the damage Jalter does with a 3rd card Buster crit with an ideal chain (BBB versus BAB, both with lvl100 Victor of the Moon and 1k atk fou, 191k crit versus 57k crit), and that’s BEFORE factoring supports or class advantage. He can bypass countless boss gimmicks, he’s fairly durable, he requires zero support to get his crit machine rolling, his NP gain is pretty good even with no external help, and he’s an absolute unit.
If I haven’t sold him to you yet, I don’t know what else I can say. Rath™ Seal of Approval, with a recommendation.
I know you’re conscious over being an absurdly obscure heroic spirit in this Lostbelt filled with absolute monsters of servants, so uh, don’t die,
That said, I find it funny this Lostbelt features two people with weapons based on Durandal, but Roland still remains out of sight…
|Base Atk||1,254||Base HP||1,728|
|Max Atk||6,756||Max HP||9,600|
|Grail Atk||9,143||Grail HP||13,016|
As an addition to the Silver Rider lineup, Mandricardo doesn’t have too many competitors, but ends up being exceedingly average on base stats, anyways. With the same HP as Columbus and a moderate sum more atk, he’s got a fairly well-balanced base stat total, sitting at neither the side of glass cannon or wet noodle.
For Passives, plain is also the name of the game. With very average C Magic Resistance and B Riding, Mandricardo benefits from some lesser boosts to his debuff resistance and Quick cards, but generally has nothing to write home about. Let’s move on.
So how is our forgettable fella with the stick for a sword? On one hand, he strikes like Occam’s Razor, simple and to the point:
On the other hand, he’s a second-rate servant with a third-rate sword:
All in all, Madricardo is a good example of how basic is sometimes best. He has no flashy gimmicks, interesting dynamics or swiss army knife kits, he just boosts his stats in some areas then smacks the enemy to kingdom come. And hey, it works. He hits hard, is fairly well-rounded, has an effective and useful position in Arts comps and can accomplish all that without really investing too much quartz in the gacha. You did good, bucko. Rath™ Seal of Approval.
So, how about those women who get involved in Zeus’s philandery and still somehow like him for it, even when he’s stuck in the form of an Ox? Yikes. Yikes a hundred times over.
Sometimes you have to wonder if the Greek Gods are completely fucked up on their track record of love. Artemis, Zeus, Poseidon and now Europa aren’t setting a good example.
|Base Atk||1,813||Base HP||1,843|
|Max Atk||11,737||Max HP||12,571|
|Grail Atk||12,848||Grail HP||13,772|
Europa doesn’t get to a great start with her base stats, packing the worst HP stat of any 5* Rider, and 9th worst of any 5*, period, Europa doesn’t even manage to compensate for it much, coming 4th place for attack in comparison to her fellow Riders. Simply put, her base stat total is pretty awful, but at least she compensates for it by being focused on attack, rather than being Medb and sucking on both fronts.
Normally, when presented with a servant with low bases and some level of Divinity you expect a broken set of passives to reimburse you for your disappointment - not today! Europa packs a very typical set of Passives, with the only real “stand-out” being her C Divinity. While her Riding is of a good rank, she only has a singular Quick card to make use of it with, which doesn’t really help her case.
Plain, Boring, Boring, Plain, and most importantly, boring! I need to get through the points for the sake of my format, but jeez, does this lady drain all my enthusiasm writing about her:
And the downside is this:
So yes, I’m not a fan in the least. There’s nothing in this world to make me more apathetic toward a servant than a kit which lacks any ingenuity, unique mechanics, or powerful niches. Like being a release servant when we’re not too far from servant #300. She’s fine to go for if her design or character really is what you like, but she’s a good contender for “worst servant of 2019” in my book. On what may be the penultimate banner of the year. Good job, DW.
That’s one half of the mess that LB5 has turned out to be, eh? Thankfully, unlike in previous story chapters, the chapter itself is also segmented into two parts, like my MMM. Which means no stressing over having to write the story locks’ MMM’s super fast, either. Hallelujah. With that said, sounds like Odysseus-Zeus, Caenis and probably Castor and Pollux will be in the second banner? Only time will tell, especially since the second banner will probably drop on Christmas day...talk about timing.
Until then, my dear readers!