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Transcript of Interview with Tamamo no Mae, self-proclaimed Foxy Caster, 18:29 JST, 10/8/2020
“...So yes, as I was saying, that’s why daikon is best used in dishes to bring out the salty flavour of the broth.”
“Thank you very much for your cooking tips, Miss Tamamo, though they were hardly the reason for this interview. Getting to the point - a new Caster will be hitting the gacha very soon, and the FGO playerbase’s eyes are lingering on the banner, wondering if they’ll meet a new “broken ass, stupid ass, loopin’ ass, 50% gauge chargin’ support”, much like the Skadi incident a few years back. Your thoughts?”
“Well, my perspective may be slightly different due to being the sole dedicated Arts support in the SSR pool, but I consider any new comrades to run alongside in farming (if that damn Empress in her SSR form didn’t outclass me there…) or challenge quest (maybe I’ll be able to provide consistent clears that don’t take 3-digit turn counts?) a welcome change! While I sincerely doubt my position as the go-to Arts support Caster will change, I welcome all rivals, whether in Love or the Meta!”
“Bold words, Miss Tamamo. Bold words indeed. We’ll be taking a quick commercial break, so stay tuned as we come back to hear the reactions from our pundits regarding this new Saberface, the so-called Ace to complete the class hand of an overmilked sameface.”
5 minutes later…
The interviewer merely looks on, nonplussed, at the form of the once-prideful foxy Caster clutching the edges of her seat in a panic attack, sobbing and whining in a manner that leaves you unsure if it’s a heartbroken lover or lost kitten.
“Truly tragic, dear viewers, but I can’t say I didn’t see it coming. With the recent scaling up of Reines Archisorte to match the present meta of 50% gauge charging, this sort of development was sadly inevitable. I’m afraid the state of our interviewee means we must cut things off there, but I can leave you with one message before the end of our broadcast:
All Hail The Arts Meta.”
Kawasumi finally finished her royal flush, I see, and with a bigger bang than any Saberface prior, if I’m being honest. Leaving aside the fact that her 3rd ascension pulls out Marmyadose and casually confirms that Nasuverse Arturia had Herc’s sword lying around, I don’t think I need to explain to readers that this lady will be important in story and gameplay both. I’ll just get down to the brass tacks, since there’ll be a lot of it this edition.
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Part of me would like to say that a Caster’s base stats aren’t that important, but I may as well talk about what they lend to Casturia anyway.
Casturia is on the more defensive side of the spectrum, like Waver, Merlin, and Skadi, possessing the tied 2nd highest HP of an SSR Caster, and an attack stat slightly higher than what you would expect in exchange. Either way, she’s fairly bulky, and doesn’t lose out too much offensively in exchange. By Caster standards, at least. Compared to most servants her attack is ass.
On the Passives side of things, she has some pretty strong points in her favour. Nothing as busted as Merlin’s free 5% gauge per turn (something tells me DW is never doing that again for a support, lol), but her Magic Resistance is superb at letting her shrug off debuffs that can frequently cripple Casters in dire situations. I need both hands to count the number of times my Merlin has been stunned/charmed/skill sealed in a CQ scenario, so it can be pretty vital. Casturia’s also packing a chunky EX rank Territory Creation, giving her Arts cards a vital bite and boost to NP gain, which can often be important.
Lastly, and least enticing of her passive lineup, is Independent Magic, giving her a modest boost to her Arts crits. Might be useful if you intend to use her in solo setups, or for when you have more stars than you know what to do with, but won’t impact her value that much.
So how goo- Okay, for once I won’t do this spiel. You know Casturia is good if you aren’t buried under a rock, so I’ll just provide you with the convenient bullet points:
As good as Casturia is, she does have one region she can’t really cover for:
So with this in mind, I can confidently say the ‘era’ of the Big Three is pretty dead. Waver was always great, Merlin kind of blew the expectations for a support wide open, Skadi followed in his wake, and the new meta kind of left Tamamo wanting. Then Reines is kind of latching on with her own niches and 50% gauge charger. Casturia is the true successor to form the triad of 50% card buffer Casters, but it’s not like she makes the other top tier supports irrelevant.
...okay, Tamamo and Reines took a hit for sure, but it doesn’t mean they’re no longer good. Their applications have just been filled by a new, stronger option. Regardless, we have 4 “top” supports then 2 “kind of top” supports now. Guess we need to come up with a new parallel to apply. Era of the Five Gods, maybe? I can at least attribute Mew2King to Waver and Mang0 to Merlin.
I’m getting off track here. The way you dress the new meta doesn’t really matter, just the fact it exists. Casturia is a superb servant, and you could argue she’s more impactful than Skadi to the game, since she’s more applicable than her outside of her chosen card type. If you’re willing to take the gacha dive, she’s worth the effort. Rath™ Seal of Approval, with a recommendation.
And here I was, thinking this Anniversary would bring an inconsequential niche servant like Nemo and I could mentally sit aside, preparing myself for Summer. Hah.
One thing I did want to cover in this issue of the MMM was generally how farming and tackling CQ’s will shift with Casturia’s presence, but a fellow Gamepress writer has kindly already leapt aboard that ship, with their writeup being here:
As for me, I have the horizon of Summer to look forward to. Ignoring my uncontrollable lust for Lanling’s new costume, I figure the servant lineup is gonna be interesting, to say the least.
...I’m just glad Summer Musashi is going to be free easy farming for it, hah.
See you all next time.