Hello fellow masters!
Im going to roll for either Merlin or Waver, just one of them. Whoever I decided to try to get is going to be my last attemp at the gacha this year, and then Im going to start saving for Castoria. I though a lot about them, their pros and cons from different perspectives, but still cant decide. So I would like to share my arguments to see if maybe Im missing something, or if Im wrong about certain aspects. I would be glad to have any advice that helps me to make a choice.
First, a few considerations about my situation:
My Rooster: Im F2P. I dont have any of the big casters. My favorite DPS are Buster and Arts, for both Farming and CQs. Im not looking for “The most effective comps overall”, but “The most effective comps for my favs servants”.
Rule of No-Doubles: I dont want to use double servants, its Bad Civ in my books. So Im not going to use Merlin-Merlin nor Waver-Waver. Its gonna be Merlin-Waver/Merlin-Skadi/Merlin-Tamamo/Waver-Skadi/Waver-Tamamo comps.
The Castoria Factor: I going to roll for Castoria, with or without Waver/Merlin. If I got Castoria in the future, both Waver and Merlin would be less relevant for my rooster, but still usefull. Anyway, while Merlin still being the best option for Buster (at least from the servants that Im willing to roll for), Waver’s status as the best general support is challenged by Castoria. But in case that I failed to summon my own Castoria, I think that I could do better with Waver-Friend!Castoria than with Merlin-Friend!Castoria. Anyway, I cant know if I going to success or not rolling for her, so Im keeping it as just a consideration to have in mind and not as a fact.
Now, comparing Waver and Merlin:
As characters: They’re tied, I like them equally. Not my favs, but high enough on the list of characters that I like and want to have my own version in Chaldea to justify rolling for them even without the Gameplay perspective.
From a Gameplay perspective:
Merlin: I pick him from support list for CQs more than any other servant. In the past the lack of a Big Support of my own has caused me some problems, but recently Im doing better thanks to a spooky Jeanne helping with survival issues. Anyway, there’s some times when you cant use the support list, or you’re forced to pick a certain support, so having my own Merlin would be a good thing for that situations. Merlin also would be usefull for farming when the enemies are too tanky for my current 3T comps, so while its not his main strengh, its something that he can help to do.
Waver: I pick him from support list for farming, NP charge being the main reason to pick him every time that I want to clear waves fast. While I have collected a good amount of servants with Self/Targeted/AoE NP Charge, some times I need just another NP charger to clear waves fast. If I have my own Waver, then I can pick a Skadi from the friendlist and add another 50% battery, and even try some weirdly creative pseudo Quick Loop with the few quick servants that I like. Or I can pick a Tamamo for Arts teams, which I usually avoid because her lack of NP Charge on-demand makes things too slow, but would be solved with a Waver of my own.
Conclusion: this point is for Waver. Farming is more common than CQs, and Im struggling less with CQs than with farming. Also Waver being colourblind has more flexibility as a generalist. If I get Merlin instead of Waver, probably Im going to need to pick a Waver from support list, but if I got Waver, Skadi and Tamamo would also work fine with him.
Waver: He’s in the general pool, and while Im not counting on it, in theory he can spook at any time. Also, If we get a SSR ticket like JP I could get him for free, but I want to use that ticket for NP2 Mordred instead. His banner comes sooner than Merlin, so Im going to have less SQ/tickets for him, but that also means that Im going to start saving for Castoria sooner.
Merlin: He’s limited, so there are few occasions to roll him, and cant spook. His banner comes later than Wavers, so Im going to have more tickets/SQ for him, but the most important part about it is that it comes after the update in the summon system that adds a free roll for every ten summons. Im going to have at least 300 SQ and 30 tickets for him, thats at least 13 extra rolls, so more chances to get him. The downside is that his banner is closer to Castoria, so it means that Im going to have less time to save for her.
Conclusion: this point is for Merlin. There will be more oportunities to get Waver in the future and Im not interested in NP2 him. Hell, with my rate of spooky SSRs (12) vs desired SSRs (4), Im more confident in having a Waver spook in Merlin’s banner than summoning him in his own rate up. Also the extra rolls are a big deal for SQ starved people like me.
So, character wise I like both. From gameplay reasons I prefer Waver. From a management perspective it makes more sence going for Merlin. For future perspective Waver would be outshined harder than Merlin if I get my own Castoria, but if not, Support Friendlist Castoria would work better with native Waver than with native Merlin… and the future is cloudy.
What do you think that I should do, fellow masters? Im missing something? Im getting something wrong about Merlin and/or Waver? Any advice?