Romdeau wrote:Combat monk and gaia gem monk are underpowered IMO so I exclude them from the MA subtype.
Romdeau wrote:I have noticed a distinct lack of Martial Artist (MA) presence in Folrart. If we take a look at the subtype (Gowen only) there appears to be a decent mid-rush file waiting to be played. Combat monk and gaia gem monk are underpowered IMO so I exclude them from the MA subtype. However, with the DanDan buff that occured over 2 months ago-we have a pretty solid line up if you have all the MA (including the most recent Staff Master). Staff Master in particular was one of the few cards I thought was an excellent addition to the game (except her focus is poorly designed) if you have access to all of the MA cards. Both MA buffs compliment her very well and she has decent synergy with Kurina. If you factor these cards into account, her 50HP 3AGI as a ranged attacker is actually quite attractive. I feel she has particularly good synergy with DanDan and his auto skill, as the two combined can land a lot of hurt at AGI 3 with respectable HP.
Now bear with me, but you know how Bringer gets thrown into every Gowen file except pixies right? Well, what if you replaced him with Ovalus (now that DanDan is level 4) as an anti-big measure. He works fairly effectively and can tank to upwards of 120hp worth of damage. Even if you don't need his utility as an anti-big unit, he can still absorb a significant amount of damage and attack for a respectable amount.
Even if Ovalus fails, MA still have Monk of the Single strike to fall back on for emergency 1 shotting demands. With both MA buffs, he can potentially deal 100DMG to a unit for 1sp and 5AGI. Now, I'd rather not have to use it, but it's there if the user needs it.
Even with the minor gladiator change, I feel he still does not bring enough to the table to justify playing him. He's too slow and doesn't bring anything except a bit of tankiness, which you already have from Dista and DanDan.
Those are just some of my initial thoughts on MA and I feel they are a fairly underrated tribal. They aren't top tier meta for sure, but I think they are a force to be reckoned with and I imagine in further Sets (possibly EX too) we can expect this sub-type to grow even stronger.
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