I sometimes disagree with the new units placement, but I feel that with time you get them right. For example, Gustav and the save skills were really overlooked at first. They completely changed the way AR is played and while for some of us was pretty obvious from the start (basically those that run EP and support strats), it took you a while to recognize their potential (and you are just now acknowledging their full supportive capabilities by adjusting the non-armored melee specialist acordingly).
But assesing the value of new units and skills is a hard thing to do, and we shouldn’t expect you to get it right at first. One thing I have seen you constantly do and I’m not sure why is to over value mixed phase units (like seeing BEphraim next to Gustav is a hard pill to swallow, but I guess he is there because galeforce/tank strats), but that’s mostly because I don’t like using them. I prefer full EP or PP units and supports. With mixed phase units I tend to overestimate their capabilities and they either can’t kill the things I need them to kill or tank the things I need them to tank. And if I’m being honest, I haven’t seen any of them in AR-O or AR-D in a long long time.
Having said that, I do have some discrepancies with the current ter list.
- FLyon is overhyped. His 50% DR is a huge bait. I must confess I fall victim of him too (I have him at +8…), but he is not a good tank. He can be used against some units for some niche purposes (like a cav line check), but he doesn’t deserve to be top tier. He has fallen out of the meta with the rise of far saving, and will be even harder to justify once Axe Fjorm gets released.
- Julius however, is a lot better with the current refine and probably worth of the tier 1 status. As I see, he is probably the top 2 ranged tank in the game (ranged in the sanse that he is ranged) on par or slightly below OGMicaiah.
- Gatekeeper is… there. I haven’t been able to use him well. He fails at killing stuff both on EP and PP. His B skill is useful at times, but I’m starting to thing other support units are better than him. Maybe someone else with more experience using him can state their opinions. To me it’s not tier 1.
- WHinoka and Ashnard are great support units for save tanks (they act as the baiter). I tend to think that Flayn is overhyped (her 30% DR is amazing, but for high defensive tanks, is not that useful). WTHinoka and Ashard offer impressive atk swings that can often have a higher impact on the match and there’s nothing in game (outside of Bram/Lyn) that can render their debuffs useless (unlike things like Deadeye, DuoLif or YInnes for DR). They are also competent fighters themselves that can work as antiarmor sweep check (Hinoka) or melee tank specialist (Ashnard). I would argue they deserve a tier higher.
There are some other units I’m not sure about, but since my playstyle is EP and support oriented, I can’t really comment.