JWA Tournament: Rare - Unique Hybrids Skills Tournament

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Hello explorers! Luke AKA Lucus1355 here and welcome to “Tournament Talk”.

This week’s tournament is the 3rd of 4 weeks of the Lystrosavis Alliance Championship. What are we expecting we hear you asking? Well, we’re having a Skill Tournament featuring all the Rare, Epic, Legendary and Unique creatures. Any catches you wonder? Why yes, there is one now you mention it: HYBRID ONLY!!

And your rewards? Lovely, lovely stat boosts.

Before we get down to the nitty gritty, here’s the format and rewards report.

*note - this is the tournament format as previously announced by Ludia. It is possible it is deployed incorrectly, but we will write as if it goes as planned

Tournament Format and Rewards

Before we jump into the creatures, first let's go over the tournament itself. This tournament will be a 4 on 4 battle, with the win going to the first person to knock out 3 of the opponent’s creatures. In the case that both sides lose their 3rd creature in the same turn, then it will be declared a draw. In addition, all creatures will be set to level 26, will have no stat boosts and will be Hybrid creatures only. Other than that, there will be no further restrictions. You are going to see a lot of Unique creatures but there are still some very viable options in the other rarities. 

With all this in mind, there will be available to use:

  • 7 Rare Hybrids
  • 28 Epic Hybrids
  • 68 Legendary Hybrids
  • All Unique Creatures
boost rewards

Best Creatures to Use - Uniques

There may be no Rexy, but its hybrid will make up for that. Tyrannometrodon has 2 abilities with devour heal, one that is a group attack. It also has 2 abilities giving it damage increases, one of which can increase its speed also, becoming a priority and group attack when threatened. Finally, it can cleanse itself of all negative effects and cause damage to escaping opponents.

Pyrorixis could be one of the strongest creatures in this group, purely on its ‘Ferocious Counter Stun’. This allows a chance to stun the opponent while also raising Pyrorixis’ damage stat. It’s also quick, but it can increase its speed a little and have a chance to dodge, while lowering the opposing creature’s attack. It has 2 priority moves; one purely for damage, the other for nullifying the opponent’s positive effects and lowering its damage. Finally, its nastiest ability, ‘Berserk Decimating Wound’. This move will ‘Act Last’ and cost 33% of Pyrorixis health however, it will inflict damage over time and cause very high damage to the opponent precisely.

Lystrosavis, even more like its precursor, can be a hard flock to get hold of with its ‘Stunning Dodge and Strike’ having a chance to stun, causing damage bypassing armour and putting a chance to dodge up. It too has the ability to heal while gaining a chance to dodge and a speed boost becoming even more faster. It hits with ‘Evasive Resilient Impact’, gaining Lystrosavis a chance to dodge and the opponent vulnerability. It also has the ability to hit, swap out and have a chance to stun its opponent but only when threatened. When it isn’t, its sure to dodge 67% of an attack or 2.

Compsoraptor can be a strong opponent most of the time, especially with its priority attack, 100% resistant to damage and speed reduction, and its two ways of rally healing. It’s also able to distract its opponents, cleanse itself and speed up, and lastly ‘Rampage And Run’. Its final trick is if you try to switch out against this creature, then Compsoraptor will bypass armour with a strong hit.

Dracoceratosaurus received a buff fairly recently and this has given it a priority move that removes the opponents damage and critical chance increases, lowers the damage and speed of the opponent, and has 2 100% chances to stun its opponent. It’s swap in ability was updated also, still causing damage on swapping in but also removing increases and decreasing the opponents damage and critical chance stats. This, coupled with its 120 speed, 20% armour and its ‘Cleansing Impact’, makes this a diverse opponent.

The heal attack creature known only as Diloracheirus. It’s ‘Darting Counter’ not only causing damage but also making Diloracheirus quicker. It can target all flocks members and it can be so difficult to knock out with the wrong creature due to its 2 healing abilities; one can heal and boost speed, the other can heal more, is a priority ability and reduces the opponents damage.

Dsungascorpios preys on those that are low and non-resistant to stun or damage over time. Using ‘Enfeebling Rampage’ causes both these effects and nullifies the opponent’s positive effects. It is also able to put up shields, lockdown its opponent and increase its own attack. Finally, for a counter attack, it causes speed loss and damage to the opponent, then Dsungascorpios cleanses all its negative effects.

Possibly one of the highest chosen creatures in this tournament format with be Atrocodistis. It’s able to hit all members of flocks with its ‘Tough Group Cunning Strike’ and its nasty ‘Berserk Resilient Rampage’ which causes Atrocodistis to lose 33% of its health but nothing, other than a shield stands in the way of that ability. It is also able to put up its own shield and at the same time, speed itself up and reduce its opponent’s damage. If attacked itself, it has 25% armour and will counter attack with a precise hit. Finally, it can attack with a priority ability that also cleanses and heals Atrocodistis as well as increasing its speed a little.

Aenocyonyx is a howl of an opponent, able to increase its attack and critical chance while giving itself a chance to dodge, just like its predecessor. However, it has 2 priority moves in its arsenal, of which one has a 2-turn delay but deals huge damage and causes Aenocyonyx to switch out. It also has a devour move afflicting the opponent with damage over time. Finally, when hit, Aenocyonyx will respond with its counter attack and if the opponent were to escape, then it will receive damage with Aenocyonyx gaining increase in speed and damage.

Alankyloceratops can be a pain to deal with its 40% armour and shield abilities. It is able to cause damage over time and heal with one of these abilities. Furthermore, it can heal on swap in and obtain a 100% shield also. Finally, with ‘Stunning Rampage’ causing a high chance to stun and several reduction resistances, it could be a hard creature to knock out.

Unique honourable mentions here going to Albertocevia , Erlidominus, Quetzorion, Indotaurus, Troodoboa, Spinoconstrictor, Allodrigues, Ardontognathus and Parasauthops.

Best Creatures to Use - Legendaries

There may be a lot of Unique creatures on teams. Even with Rexy, Panthera Blytheae and Parasaurolophus Lux being unable to take part in this tournament, the following Legendaries shouldn’t be taken lightly when they are come across.

Alloraptor is fast and has a high critical chance. When swapping in and the opponent swapping out, Alloraptor will cause damage to the opposing creature. It’s also able to increase its damage, while lowering the opponents damage and critical chance. Finally, it has 2 ‘Rampage’ abilities and a ‘Rending Takedown’.

When Spinoceratops swaps in and the opponent looks to swap out, Spinoceratops will also cause damage to the opposing creature. With abilities including priority rend, damage over time and a heal with armour increase, it has great tools to fight with.

Lystrosuchus can be a hard flock to get hold of with its ‘Swap In Stunning Strike’ and ability to heal while gaining a speed boost and a chance to dodge. It hits with ‘Resilient Rampage’ and has the ability to hit, swap out and have a chance to stun its opponent.

Thylaconyx on swap in causes rend damage and will counterattack when struck. It is also able to increase its attack and critical chance while giving itself a chance to dodge. Following this with its ‘Skirmish’ ability will not only do damage, but hits all opponents. Finally, it can devour heal and cause damage over time.

Legendary honourable mentions here going to Coelhaast, Ankylodactylus, Indoraptor Gen 2, Eremoceros, Tarbognathus and Fukuimimus.

Best Creatures to Use - Epics & Rares

There are Epic creatures that may be able to stand up to those in the high rarity.

Megalotops is a hard creature to pin down without the ability to go through or remove dodge which it can create every turn. After a hit, Megalotops answers back with an ‘Armour Piercing Counter’. There is a 33 to 100% chance to stun on swap in (dependent on its health) and gets numerous boosts when the opponent looks to escape.

Argenteryx can be difficult to defend against with its 2 rampage abilities. If Argenteryx is switched in, it reduces the opponent’s attack and it is able to heal when the opponent goes to switch out and with ‘Fearless Alert’. It is able to increase its critical chance and cleanse itself if it is slowed.

Dimodactylus is able to switch in, causing damage over time and again when switching out using ‘Cleansing Swoop’. Also, when it switches in it gets an armour increase. It’s has the ability to put up shields and when attacked, counters with damage and the lowering of the opponents armour. 2 of its abilities are also able to reduce the armour of the creatures it may face.

Epic honourable mentions here going to Sarcorixis, Thylacotator, Velosrhacos, Majundaboa, Ankylodicurus, and Procerathomimus.

Some Rare creatures that can be a stick in the mud are Suchotator and Purrolyth.

Suchotator has great health as well as a very diverse and balance ability set. This makes it able to have a plan for going up against most opponents.

On the other hand, Purrolyth may not have as much health, but what it lacks in health in makes up for in rend counter damage. It can also increase its attack and is able to heal up most, if not all of its health when used right.

Rare honourable mentions here going to Majundasuchus and Einiasuchus.

Parting Words

And that’s the end of this article and the start of your team building. OR, maybe you already have your team planneded and are just reading for comparison or to get ideas of how to move up the tournament table a little more. Whatever your plan, the very best of luck to you! May even see one of us on the battlefield!! If you have any questions or strategies of your own, join our Discord and get in the discussion today!

And leaving you with that, from Luke here at GamePress, thank you for reading and Happy Lunar New Year and have a great weekend!!

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Kelly resides in Scottsdale, AZ, proud cat mama of her girls, Payton & Cat Tillman. A JWA player since about day one, she spends much time hunting in the park outside her home and thrives in leading the great folks of Kelliance.