So…I have a debuff-oriented horse emblem team in mind, with 3 of 4 allies already decided on: Gunnthrá (+Spd), Hríd (currently neutral, aiming for +Atk or +Def in the future) and B!Veronica (+Atk). I am looking to fill the final roster position with a blue cav hero, preferably one that compliments the others in a more supportive/res tank role to go with the existing green ranged magic nuke (Gunnthrá), mixed phase omnirange physical duelist (Hríd) and colorless staff/supportive healer (B!Veronica).
This cav should be great at tanking magic hits from and at least moderately damaging mages and dragons, offer a support skill or two to help allies (Cav buff, etc) and would make good use of Distant Ward + a Sabotage skill (I have NY!Selkie fodder for inheriting both Distant Ward and Sabotage Speed 3). They don’t have to use Distant Ward, I also have Fortress Def/Res 3 fodder for beefing up defenses as an A skill instead–but it has to really be worth the stat boost over losing ranged magic tanking (could also run Fortress Res 3 seal and still keep DW). I assume I’ll run with a +Res boon to increase the number of enemies that can be caught by Sabotage-type skills.
One more thing–I have Grail merge projects in progress already (Brunnya, Kronya) so my Grails will be stretched thin if I try for Conrad. Otherwise he would be highly considered for this team, as he is a good beefy boi.
There are a few distinct options I see for this role:
Jagen - the old man just got a new weapon + refine that suits him for this role perfectly alongside very high base Resistance. He can run dual Sabotage (Prf +Eff and B skill of choice) and Distant Ward very effectively. However, his stats besides Res are honestly pretty terrible–I’m worried about his combat potential, especially since his Speed is so low, even with Sabotage Speed and Quick Riposte seal.
Mathilda - Much higher base Speed than Jagen and mostly identical stats otherwise makes Distant Ward and Sabotage Speed more effective for magic tanking. Knightly Lance is a great supportive Prf, and with -1 special cooldown she can hit with Iceberg or Glacies nukes more frequently–but its buffs are limited to Mathilda and her support partner. Otherwise, she looks pretty solid for this role. I underestimated her for a long time, even initially when she got her Prf weapon + refine, but her stats and support are for real.
Selkie - A more selfish/offense-oriented res tank, but probably the best user of Distant Ward and has the biggest Res-scaling special nukes. She has the additional option of much more powerful engages due to Foxkit Fang if on her lonesome (so she can transform). She comes with Sabotage Atk already, and can still run cav buffs despite being a beast. Minor concern is her extremely low Defense, but she shouldn’t fight most physical enemies anyway. However, the biggest issue with her is she’s more expensive to build, being 5* exclusive, and so far I have her only with neutral IVs…and +Res is ideal.
I’m not considering Peri because her Res isn’t high enough, she’s too offense-oriented and her character is yuck. Nor NY!Selkie because I want to cover red foes better (although she can certainly hold her own, and I have her at +Res).
Any input or discussion is appreciated, including alternate choices or specific builds. I’d love to talk through reaching a good decision. Thanks in advance!