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DW must really be putting themselves the grinder - they actually managed to release more than one Servant a month. It’s like the good ‘ol days before (201)9/11!
And as a result, my collection of occasionally-colliding walnuts which are referred to typically as a brain has been working overtime for the holiday season. All for the important task of reading numbers datamined by someone who isn’t me, implemented on a convenient site not done by me, then putting it in a hopefully digestible analytical format with the pretence of intellectualism.
You can really feel my Holiday Spirit shining through, I bet.
There she is, the big three double oh. It feels unreal to believe this game has had over 300 Servants added. Considering I’ve been writing since before the 100 mark, that’s a lot of Servant reviews (well, minus the occasional bronze since they thankfully pass the Quartz gacha).
But onto the lady of the hour. Dragon tiddies. Indian dragon tiddies. Indian dragon tiddies with sharp teeth. I rest my case.
|Base Atk||1,905||Base HP||1,999|
|Max Atk||12,332||Max HP||13,632|
|Grail Atk||13,499||Grail HP||14,934|
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Vritra’s base stat block comes into the club trampling over Karna’s body, sitting next to Romulus then pushing him off his bar stool. Coming in finally as an offense-oriented Lancer who actually demonstrates how absurd the Lancer class can be in terms of bases, Vritra packs a record attack stat, furthered by the Lancer 1.05x class attack modifier, and HP which is technically low, but more than high enough for practical purposes. Even having the lowest HP in class/rarity doesn’t necessarily mean it’s bad.
On the passives front, Vritra is fairly basic, but packs a very familiar yet new friend of ours - Dragon Kin. Unfortunately, she doesn’t benefit from the freebie Buster boost as much as Ibuki does, packing a singular Buster card, but passive damage cut remains incredibly good for durability purposes, and her high Magic Resistance is all-around strong to have built into your kit.
So yeah, Vritra is working from a strong baseline.
So how is Vritra in practice? On one hand, she’s a world-ending threat:
However, she’s also something of a snake without a bite:
While Vritra is in many senses a parallel to her predecessor, Ibuki, in hitting a niche that is a little underfed but relevant, while having somewhat minor advantages over her competitors and also being a Dragon with a capital D, she feels a little more mellow. It’s probably primarily the disconnect in having Vritra focus on a stronger card type while simultaneously having a weaker kit.
Fortunately for Vritra, meta is still a big factor in these things, and she performs well in a fairly uncompetitive class niche, meaning even with how middle-of-the-road her performance is, it’s still good for where she’s applying it to. Rath™ Seal of Approval.
Okay, got my Karna fanboyism out of me. Now for the actual review.
|Base Atk||1,530||Base HP||2,060|
|Max Atk||9,180||Max HP||12,877|
|Grail Atk||11,115||Grail HP||15,613|
Coming into the Saber SR lineup as not just fast as fuck, boi but also a fast fuccboi, Santa Karna is a case where I really wish he had a more offensive focus, since he clearly has the stats to balance. With the 4th highest HP and 6th lowest attack of his class and rarity, Santa Karna is defensively leaned in his spread, but evidently gets a lot out of it, having 1k more HP than fellow Sabers who only have minor attack leads over him.
Meanwhile on the passives side of things, Santa Karna is more or less what you would expect for him in a Saber form. His high-ranking Magic Resistance gives him good passive defenses versus debuffs, while his Divinity is a minor boost to his card damage. However, he also has Hard Puncher EX, giving him the Buster gorilla wet dream of a moderate boost to his Buster critical damage. With his two Buster cards, he’s likely to put it to good use, as well.
While not necessarily statted how you’d wish for, Santa Karna still has a solid baseline to work from here.
So how fierce a fighter does our festive Karna fill out as? For one, he’s fuelled by fists of fire:
However, he can also be something of a pre-patch 5.4 Tornado Kick:
So far as welfares go, Santa Karna is pretty darn close to perfection. He has a game plan, he has tools with the numbers to accomplish it (a far stretch from cases like Jalter ‘zerker who just feel underwhelming numbers-wise), and he works effectively with the support Servants who focus on his card type. He can deal with challenge quests, he’s relatively convenient for when you want a plug-and-play ST NP in farming situations, and he’s entirely free for his full power, outside of time farming the event.
So use him. Do it. Do it now. Join the Karna cult. Bathe in the Karna. Forfeit all your Quartz to the Karna. Grail the Karna. Join the weekly midnight blood sacrifices to Karna in a Tokyo backstreet with Aoi Yuuki. Actually wait, ignore that last part, it’s meant to be a secret.
Just. Use. Him.
(If you can’t tell, that’s a Rath™ Seal of Approval with a recommendation.)
Rabid fanboyism aside, we’re on the last spurt for this year, which will be concluded with the fateful New Year’s TV broadcast and gacha. Since this may be the last MMM of 2020, I just want to let you all know - It’s been a wild year, I’m sure you’re all well aware, and I’ve enjoyed writing this publication with you all along the way, both this year and prior ones. Now let’s hope 2021 spells a better time for both FGO players and the world in general.
Oh yeah, and Merry Christmas, ya filthy animals.