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  1. New Heroes: Kitsune and Wolfskin

    Something to consider about Kaden is that his skill set has some weird issues. A Link skill means he has to have a movement assist, but Pivot isn't one of the stronger ones, especially on a cavalry. In addition, even ignoring Titania: If they were to ever make a Link skill available on a demote, Spd/Res is a particularly fitting candidate, since Spd/Def and Spd/Res are the buff pairs that seem to usually be viewed as least valuable. For example, right now we have all the dual stat dance skills except Atk/Def. Spd/Res is on Silvia, who demoted, while the other four are just on 5* exclusive units. This also seems to be why they haven't yet added the Spd/Def or Spd/Res versions of Brazen or Solo skills, despite adding the other four, just because they aren't particularly compelling and can be tossed onto someone random with a less optimized skill set later. It's why the only dual Stance skills that have appeared on demotes are Spd/Def on Reyson and Atk/Res on Silvia. (Atk/Res is a level above Spd/Def and Spd/Res, but not as high as the other three. Fittingly, Silvia has to be 5* to get the full skill set while Reyson doesn't.) Kaden's weapon is terrifying, but so are all of these. Keaton gets Reinhardt's sword plus the standard infantry beast Wo Dao effect. Velouria can turn one of her allies into Ophelia, while basically having a Scarlet Sword for herself. Selkie can get up to +8 in every stat with a big enough Res advantage, plus the pseudo-Steady Impact. Even in the face of those, it still looks like a guaranteed 5* weapon, but a lesson we've been learning over and over again since the start of 2018 is that weapons aren't that great of a demote predictor anymore. Crazy weapons flying around is pretty standard fare, the real tell is the non-weapon skills. Lene vs Ares is the biggest example of this, but it also helps with understanding why Silvia and Reyson demoted in spite of the skepticism. Sumia had Atk/Def Link. At the time, the only previous Link skill was Def/Res Link on Sanaki, so it was a pretty big deal. I think Close Def could show up on a demote eventually, but Spd/Res Link does seem like a more plausible demote right now.
  2. Different strokes for different folks, I suppose.
  3. I knew about the single taps, but not the other kinds. I like the spaced-out ones for double attacks and holding for the special, but the rapid tapping seems like a strange way of handling damage. I'm not sure if there are any better alternatives, but it seems off somehow.
  4. New Heroes: Kitsune and Wolfskin

    It does say it only applies if her Res is higher than her opponent's.
  5. New Heroes: Kitsune and Wolfskin

    I'm aware. That answers your question: it was, indeed, a mistake. If a transcription looks wrong, checking the video usually makes it possible to sort out the issue.
  6. New Heroes: Kitsune and Wolfskin

    The video says "less than or equal to", not "greater than".
  7. New Heroes: Kitsune and Wolfskin

    Also, Hone Dragons wouldn't work on them, which seems really weird.
  8. New Heroes: Kitsune and Wolfskin

    Huh, it just hit me that Kaden also joins the fairly small list of green melee cavalry. That's neat, especially if he's the demote. Good question. We still don't know what unit type Panne is, but I'm guessing she's either infantry or cavalry, not armor. Same story with cats. Lions and tigers could make sense as armors, but they've scored pretty poorly on CYL. I think Caineghis will get in eventually, but I'm not sure they're inclined to add many of them. The other unit type we're missing right now is cavalry dragons. If we can have kitsune as cavalry beasts, I'm sure some they've got some idea for cavalry dragons, but I'm not sure what.
  9. Interesting result of the new banner: At the time CYL2's results went up, 18 characters from its top 60 spots were missing from Heroes: Veronica (4), Loki (10), Leif (20), Selkie (21), Morgan F (22), Owain (26), Laevatein (29), Kliff (33), Keaton (34), Aversa (41), Ishtar (43), Panne (44), Kaden (46), Maribelle (51), Sumia (53), Velouria (54), Tibarn (58), and Kaze (59). As of this banner, all 18 of those characters are now in Heroes. This is not a coincidence. Some of them were added too soon to be a response to CYL2 (Leif, Morgan, Ishtar, Maribelle, Sumia, and Kaze), but those were already high-profile omissions that I'm sure IS had expected to score well. At the time CYL3's results went up, 14 characters from its top 60 spots were missing from Heroes: Awakening Anna (5), Bruno (14), Lif (16), Selkie (22), Louise (23), Ranulf (26), Thrasir (35), Haar (37), Jill (52), Panne (54), Velouria (55), Rinea (56), Severa (58), and Lethe (60). As of this banner, 3 of those characters are now in Heroes, leaving 11 remaining. I think all of them will be added in some form by around this time next year. Which seems easy enough: Lif and Thrasir should both be set for an OC banner around the end of Book 3, while the next Brave Redux should take another big chunk out of the list. Throw in a Tellius banner and there might not be much left. Bruno is a special case, of course, but we could get some sort of alt Bruno on the next Brave Redux similarly to the alt Veronica on CYL2, or a seasonal version. Severa might also be a seasonal candidate: like Inigo, her "normal" form is pretty similar to her Awakening version, more so than Owain. Rinea is a bit complicated but I'm sure they can come up with something.
  10. New Heroes: Kitsune and Wolfskin

    Based on her skills, she seems to be Res focused, but built to buff all her other stats through her Res. True, he does fit the Reyson pattern. Still, two consecutive green demotes and two consecutive blue GHBs is a bit irritating. Although I won't complain about easier access to flier and cavalry beasts. Um, no, that's... not how it works. At all. I'll stop complaining if the amount of revealing male and female characters are ever equal. Which is isn't even remotely close to being the case.
  11. New Heroes: Kitsune and Wolfskin

    Good catch, Kaden doesn't seem plausible with that in mind. I'm moving my guess back to solidly Velouria.
  12. New Heroes: Kitsune and Wolfskin

    Kaden has a Link skill, but it's the tamest one. Velouria has the Close Def skill that's become pretty common by now, but still a big deal. Both also have one of Goad/Ward beasts, and a pretty nasty weapon. Hard to say.
  13. We have 20 of the 34 playable characters, so 58.8%. More than Awakening, in fact. (This counts Palla/Catria/Est, but not Zeke.) Currently missing Silque, Forsyth, Python, Valbar, Kamui, Luthier, Atlas, Jesse, Tatiana, Zeke, Deen, Noma, Mycen, and Conrad.
  14. New Heroes: Kitsune and Wolfskin

    Hell yes. Got worried after the crazy Azura talk, but instead it's the one Fates banner I was actively looking forward to, and even better than I expected. Not only is it all four of them rather than just half, but also Panne, too. Beast cavalry is weird but neat. Wonder if cat laguz will get the same classification. Velouria looks like the most likely demote to me, but I'm not certain. I definitely want to get most of these at some point, but maybe not right away. In particular, I want to try to get Halloween Myrrh in a week, so who knows what that'll cost.
  15. I'm thinking it's Velouria, but it's hard to say. Keaton has Special Spiral, a Valor skill, and a dual phase brave, so I certainly don't think it's him.