I've been screwing around with giant snake and i think he makes a great tech unit in gowen. He is extremely situationally op.
Unfortunately there's no replay b/c saving battles seemed to have crapped out today along with the rest of the server.
Single copy with teleport girl and rasam ss.
Giant Snake: 1 copy
Regus Flying Apprentice: 1 copy
Rasam (Soul Skill): 1 copy
Where to use it:
Any mid gowen file, especially if you plan on getting 1 falkow through pullermia or stronghold. I personally went the stronghold route since the shade animus open is aggressive and gets trolled by very few opens while skip pullermia or buncle pullermia is just not quite as strong.
You do need 4 sphere to play him and 4 loose sp that turn. Rushes usually can't afford 4 sp banked on a unit to do one thing. Fortunately his action skill is only 1 sp so you won't be as stressed for sp as diondora.
How to use vs different files
Rush file: wait until they play a ranged unit. For dolls, mobility doll. For buncles diamond, agate, violet general. Trigger rasam ss, hit that ranged unit and one other. Play giant snake. Play flying girl to move the one not in row 2 to row 2. Use action skill to return.
Rushes generally have no way of dealing/countering this. If you've kept the pressure on, there should be no loose sp to counter anything.
Mids and bigs:
You can backlash the fire arrow to make sure snake survives.
Wrath gives -1 falkow, but try to time it (if you're going lawtia, you can use shades) so that there would be no loose sp to play wrath.
Hope overdose won't hit snake. I wouldn't engage the doll and leave it as the overdose bait (as you want them to kill the doll not the row 2 units). If you are going the lawtia route and pack an overdose, you can try to backlash.
Let me stress how good this unit is. If you have 1 unit in row 2 already (which is common), then snake with teleport and rasam returns 2 units. He also returns big units. Today out of my 4 matches, I hit:
1. giant arth
4. diamond and ruby general
For a rush file, you should hit 5-6 sp worth of units. For a mids file, you'll hit 4-8 depending on your luck. For a bigs file, well it's like a diondora. This unit here is as game transforming as a good turn with bitter destiny. And of course, this unit is a tech, a unit meant for 1 turn that is extremely good in some situations. You don't need it to be infallible since it's only taking up 1 slot. This strategy can be one of many that you can have in a single file. I hope to see more giant snakes in this game in the future.
Last edited by Icyman2
on Thu Jan 17, 2013 11:53 pm, edited 2 times in total.