The Modern Magus Magazine
Greetings, one and all. Tell me, have you ever had a jester-like onmyouji to invade your gacha game filled with waifus and make you question your sexuality by posing naked in a room with a bunch of corpses?
...would you like to?
When this dude has been clowning on Part 2’s story for an eternity, on top of having a significant role in Shimousa, it’s natural he’d show up to invade our Chaldea eventually. And...just glancing at his abilities, he’s really relishing being a villain. Now listen closely…
|Base Atk||1,893||Base HP||1,945|
|Max Atk||12,252||Max HP||13,266|
|Grail Atk||13,412||Grail HP||14,533|
Apply Damage Plus for yourself (Total Card Damage +225).
Increase own Instant Death Success Rate by 20%.
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In terms of base stats, Ashiya is pretty typical for an Alter Ego. Not possessing the oddly-gimped stat totals of Meltryllis or Okita Alter (presumably, because his stats don’t suck as much as their where it matters), he sits at a very reasonable balance of both HP and Attack, being 3rd best for Attack in the class and 2nd worst for HP. Bear in mind that statistic is distorted by Kingprotea just generally being absurd. He would be in a much better position ranking-wise if that anomaly wasn’t factored in.
In the passive department, Ashiya has a lot more going on. Being very much a pseudo-Caster Alter Ego, he has both good Territory Creation and Item Creation, boosting his Arts performance and his consistency in applying debuffs (which he does a lot). Then, more specific to the man himself, Ashiya has A-rank Magic Resistance and his unique Divinity-based skill, Dark Divine Core. The two of these together provide him with strong passive debuff resistance, a small boost to regular care damage, and a small bump to the success rate of Instant Death effects, something which (spoiler) he has on his NP.
Lastly, Hedonism gives him a 20% boost to his defensive NP gain, meaning he gets roughly 5% gauge per hit he eats instead of the regular 4%. Small, but it can add up over longer fights with high hitcounts.
So how fantastic is Ashiya’s villainy in reality? On one hand, he truly is Number One:
On the other hand, he’s not being careful to not make a sound:
So overall, our prancy clown man is kind of silly good? Not in the game breaking, new meta, throw your Arts farmers out the window sense, but still very strong. He lacks any meaningful drawbacks outside of forcing you to fish for Skadi supports out of a sea of Casturia, and in exchange has very easy farming setups, solid damage output for Challenge Quests on both the AOE and single target fronts, and plenty of cheese and fun team compositions to play about with. I already considered vanilla Kiara with her strengthenings and Casturia around to be the perfect AOE Alter Ego, but Ashiya kind of goes beyond her by also being a crit machine when you need him to burst down a singular boss.
Being an amazing Alter Ego is still kind of being a big fish in a small pond, but on the whole that’s a pretty sizable fish. Rath™ Seal of Approval, and if you’re still lacking a universal farmer like Dantes, Summer Kiara, or Space Ishtar, I’d recommend trying for him. He’s certainly one of the better farmers around.
Watanabe no Tsuna
Be careful who you call ugly in high school.
I love how Tsuna goes from the geeky bowl cut kid with a katana in his basement to red Byleth in just a few ascensions. And boy, is he hot. The sword, I mean. I’m still not letting him near my grailed oni duo.
|Base Atk||1,687||Base HP||1,799|
|Max Atk||10,123||Max HP||11,248|
|Grail Atk||12,257||Grail HP||13,638|
Even now aware that Japanese Servants aren’t intentionally gimped by DW’s system for determining base stats, it still feels weird to be that Tsuna, by all means the Japanese equivalent to a Knight of the Round table, almost being the Lancelot of Japan, doesn’t have an overwhelmingly good BST as a Saber.
But that in mind, he still has good bases - rolling up with the 3rd highest attack stat of any 4* Saber after two of the aforementioned Knights of the Round, he pays for it with the tied 3rd worst HP stat of any 4* Saber. But as it usually goes, being highly offensively specced as an offensive Servant is far from a bad thing.
Tsuna is pretty tame in the passives front. With A-rank Magic Resistance he has great passive defenses versus debuffs, and his B-rank Riding will aid his Quick card in all aspects when he uses it. Very standard for a Saber.
So how is Tsuna on the whole? On one hand, he’s got his strengths lined up in a box:
However, he’s also lacking the arms to make it work:
Never did I imagine a time where I’d review a stylistic, crit-focused Saber and just feel kind of eh about the whole thing. Tsuna is far from unusable. I mean, if you just so happen to not have any devoted ST Saber in your lineup and the tools for Buster support, he’s great. But the dude as a whole is very much a drop in the ocean for the Saber class, then again the entirety of the Servant roster. It feels like when I reviewed Europa. Nothing here is necessarily bad or underwhelming, but it doesn’t strike out at all, especially when in the card type which isn’t present meta.
But he’s still SSS tier for style points. Let me skin him over Dioscuri and I’d do it any day.
That’s all of the Servants to review for Mandala...for now.
I don’t claim to be prophetic or know all of DW’s plans, but there are a lot of assets and presently enemy-only Servants in Mandala which I doubt won’t be used for a second wave of Servant releases...somewhere down the line. I’m not sure if it’ll even be this year though, with how tight it’d be for an Xmas event and New Years.
But hey, I’m having a blast running a Shuten-Ibaraki team to clear the new story chapter, close shaves with Oni-killing specialists notwithstanding. I’ll catch you all in the next gacha.