I put a bunch of merges on Python right before we got Sedgar’s statspread, and I’m interested in using both of them. This writeup will be about how each might be most effective on AR-D.
First off, I don’t really believe in their potential to kill stuff on their own if offense has far save. Too many forced undoubles, and there’s basically nothing these guys can do about it. So my main interest is poison strike + fatal smoke.
The introduction of instant bow as a f2p option opens up an interesting possibility of using Python to block Mila’s isolation. A max invested Mila with Nurturing Breath has 65 def, which goes down to 58 with a chill.
That requires double Nott, and I believe in it because 42 spd should be enough to deny forced doubles from slow tanks while instant bow blocks natural doubles from fast tanks without NFU. The easiest problems I can identify are that expecting fast tanks not to have NFU on light season is foolish given Brami’s existence and he can’t survive two bonfires from an invested B.Hector which is a problem because he wants to be able to chip the guy for 40 damage. If the green unit on the team can’t chunk B.Hector hard then…the team now has to kill him with a blue unit, with only 20 chip damage on him? That’s, like, Selena and Selena only I believe. (I don’t have her.) And this is before Hector takes an atk boon or blessing or gets buffs or switches mystic boost for something that grants more atk.
(shown with 2 res blessings and 1 def)
Alternatively, Python could stick to older technology.
Since his atk stat is low, he doesn’t give ice mirror much to work with, which means he might be fine even just with AR-D spd/res if he receives a def blessing. I’m considering going with AR-D spd/res if Nott and Triandra are the mythics.
Now let’s look at Sedgar. He needs to use up his seal if he wants to block high-investment Mila, so I’m not going to bother with those options. Here’s an instant bow build with no blessings:
Having less def than Python, the B.Hector problem is even worse.
Here’s what he looks like without instant bow:
I played around with different combinations of anima mythics and AR-D spd/def vs spd/res; my conclusion is that unless you’re going Seiros + Otr, spd/def is probably better, which is bad news because I think Python tends also to prefer spd/def but we only got one bride Sigrun manual in ephemera.
I tend to think the firesweep builds are still best. It’s a pity that Python comes 1 def short of blocking Mila without some help from his weapon or seal. But I don’t see that big of a performance between the two on that build. Sedgar enjoys a bit more survivability due to higher spd and somewhat better res, but both of them struggle to survive two rounds against retaliating save tanks.
Moreover, I am a little skeptical of the effectiveness of this play. Before A.Fjorm I liked it a lot in tandem with duo Lif because the combination of forced double with high atk and firesweep overloads the B-slot and in practice showed a lot of offense players to be unprepared for this combination. Maybe we can look into how the firesweep fatal smoke double poison strike build combines with duo Lif switched to pulse smoke because that does present a massive threat to A.Fjorm. She has a horrible time trying to one-round him without a burst special and he hurts her really bad if the mirror is down.
Your comments and critiques are welcome.