The Modern Magus Magazine
Greetings, reader. We here at the 1-humanoid organisation known as the MMM come in peace. Please, feel free to sit comfy and enjoy the writing as we completely nonchalantly install jet boosters to your back and potentially send you on a 3-day bender of impending doom, at the end of which you become a twinkling star in the sky giving dual-peace signs.
I think you can already guess who my favourite swimsuit from this batch is.
Without further ado, let’s take a look at our menagerie of bunnies, penguins, and the soon-to-be-deceased. Yes, I do classify that as a kind of animal.
Altria Pendragon (Ruler)
Let’s all put our hands together in respect for Sir Gawain and Sir Lancelot of the round table. They have done us a great service not only for this event, but for every quest in the future where our oblivious bunny-girl graces us with her presence. Cos’ boy, do we like ‘em thicc.
|Base Atk||1,482||Base HP||2,480|
|Max Atk||9,593||Max HP||16,912|
|Grail Atk||10,501||Grail HP||18,528|
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Oh boy, Jeanne actually got dethroned by a real King. With the now-highest max HP of any Ruler in the game (2nd overall, after Jinako), while tying Jeanne for her attack stat, Arturia Ruler is...excessively tanky. With the Ruler class advantage in play she essentially has nearly 34k HP to play around with, but at the cost of a lacklustre attack stat - while it isn’t as bad as it seems, due to the Ruler class’s 1.1x attack modifier bumping it over 10,000 effectively, it’s still far below the standard for a SSR servant.
In terms of passives, Arturia Ruler has been dealt a pretty simple hand (hehe) - with A-rank Magic Resistance and B-rank Territory Creation, she has a very standard level of debuff-shrugging for a Ruler, on top of a notably better boost to her Arts card...no s. Having a passive boost to a single card does suck, but hey, you take those.
How does the King of Knights in less-than-modest attire shape up? On one hand, she’s got a full house:
On the other hand, she’s gone bust:
It’s pretty sad, if I’m being honest. Arturia Ruler could’ve had a much more supportive set in some form focused on distributing crit stars, improving crit damage, and her card reshuffle if designed that way. Instead, you get something of a mess who is sufficient, yet not spectacular, in multiple ways. She’s definitely not a waste of space when used optimally, but even managing the optimal with her comes with pitfalls and tests of luck. When you can get a similar or better performance without having to wait for attack buffs, or test your card-draw luck before a major crit damage chain, why bother with Arturia Ruler, I ask.
And boy, does that question lack an answer outside of “boobs”. As good an answer as any, but it doesn’t win her any seals of approval.
Mysterious Alter Ego Λ
Or “Meltryllis Lancer”, for the uncreative. Seriously, all the weird pseudonyms FGO tends to come up with are so amusing. At any rate, penguin gang rise up, if people decide to underseed you at a major for being European you know the best Alter Ego is your mascot. Also those sunglasses are obscenely hot.
|Base Atk||1,543||Base HP||1,879|
|Max Atk||9,261||Max HP||11,749|
|Grail Atk||11,213||Grail HP||14,246|
Apply Damage Plus (Total Card Damage +200).
Increase Debuff Resist for yourself by 20%.
Melt Lancer unfortunately seems to come bearing some of the weakest base stats for a servant in the class with, traditionally, the highest. Possessing the 3rd worst HP stat in exchange for the 6th best Atk stat, Melt is offensively-oriented but not really packing the punch she deserves for the hit to her HP.
Thankfully, she has passives out the wazoo to compensate. Firstly, she has one of my favourite passive wombo comboes in the game of Magic Resistance and Goddess Core, giving her a grand total of 37.5% passive debuff resistance, as well as 200 extra damage on all her cards. If this alone, allowing her to shrug off nearly 40% of all debuff on average, wasn’t enough, she also has C-rank Riding and EX-rank Independent Action.
With 2 Quicks in her card set, that 6% boost to them goes a decent distance, but the 12% critical damage boost is especially potent for a servant with a workable base star weight and spoilers a star focus skill.
Boy, I love it when Alter Egos are thrown amazing passives.
So how is Meltryllis Lancer shaping up? On one hand, she’s Lord of the Seas:
However, Melt Lancer is also a flightless bird ripe to be preyed on by seals, to use an analogy, in some aspects:
All in all, Meltryllis Lancer is a finely constructed, but great Arts AOE servant with plenty of extra kinks (of the non-sexual kind, but possibly the sexual kind), to work with. She’s a great farmer with plenty of loop potential, reasonably good at challenge quests with the tools at her disposal and cute as a button. While Melt Envy’s technical demerit does sometimes hamper her performance in difficult content, she’s certainly a servant with some clear goals in mind, and ones she achieves with thorough competence. Rath™ Seal of Approval.
Okita J Souji
What happens when you take Heaven’s Feel Shirou and fuse it with an already-dying gag Saber then add in Evangelion memes? This apparently. Congratulations, Okita Souji. You got your swimsuit. But at what cost? At. What. Cost?
|Base Atk||1,556||Base HP||1,658|
|Max Atk||9,337||Max HP||10,366|
|Grail Atk||11,305||Grail HP||12,569|
Increase your Debuff Resist by 15%.
Reduces your Instant Death Resistance by 10%
Is anybody surprised that Okita Assassin has the lowest HP total of any 4* Assassin? Nobody? Good. Okita’s base statline is honestly as fitting as can be, sacrificing any and all durability for maximum attack power. Except she only has the 4th best attack stat of her rarity. D-dai shouri? At any rate, she’s still got good offense, only at the cost of having lower HP than some 3* servants, and the lowest HP of any non-Avenger / Berserker.
But hey, she’s got some nice passives - giving her a grand total of -20% Death Resistance…
Don’t die, Okita, okay?
Now that might sound bad, but in practice it makes her Death Rate a little less than a Berserker’s, and in the first place Death Rate is pretty minor in influencing how often an instant-death effect kills you - especially due to the rarity of it in enemy hands, outside of gimmicks for challenge quests. Definitely don’t take her to a fight with KH, at any rate.
The other benefits of her passives are pretty standard. With both her Magic Resistance (J) C rank and...Foreigner class skill (...is that from the Jets?) she has a respectable 19% passive Debuff Resistance, something most Assassins lack. In addition, she’s a walking quarter-2030, producing 2 stars each turn, and produces more stars than normal due to her Presence Concealment. If that isn’t a win, what is?
So how good is Okita Assassin? On one hand, she’s shooting for the stars:
And on the other hand, Okita is the shooting star:
Okita Jets Japan Journey Souji is loaded with charm and fitted with all the things I like most - self-sufficient NP gain and stargen, unique skill and NP design, fun gimmicks to work around, and not being a Buster monstrocity with just big numbers to its name. She has great offensive power, great responsibilities and great risks, while both hitting all time highs and all time lows, but at the same time having enough unique tools to not be made redundant in case some Assassin with better NP refund and damage comes along to steal her thunder. You can probably realize by now I’m very biased towards her, and you’re 100% right. Rath™ Seal of Approval, with a recommendation. I don’t care if it’s unjust.
Just as soon as it arrived, Summer has ended, and so has the MMM...for now. We can likely expect a long break following Summer, and with LB5 confirmed for Winter, who knows what lies on the horizon, just beyond the Pillar of Humanity that is big tiddy waifus in swimsuits?
Only time shall tell, my friends...Or intern-kun slipping up and putting a news post up early. But most likely time, let’s stick with that.