I should start tracking what team carry I use for each AR battle to see the trend of who gets used most often each week. Definitely feeling that Broadleaf setups are getting fewer opportunities as the weeks go on, with its base weaknesses becoming more frequent (Razzle dazzle, Firesweep, Hardy Bearing), and its ultimate weakness also becoming more frequent (debuff immunity).
Debuff immunity is a bit of scary meta in general, as it turns things closer to straight up stat number checks… in that if you don’t happen to meet the number check, there is literally nothing you can do to overcome it. Merges, flowers, S support boosts.
So I started using Matthew as soon as his refine was out, even making 2 +10s of him, one for Light and one for Astra. Astra Matthew was eventually replaced with Broadleaf Sothe, and in recent months I’ve actually replaced Light Matthew with Broadleaf Summer Dorothea. But by the time Dorothea got her time to shine, I feel like Broadleaf had already gone past its peak, and is now on a gradual decline.
So recently, I’ve built Brunnya and BHector. But they’re both blue, and something about Brunnya makes me feel like I’m just complying with the rest of the meta and I don’t really enjoy using her… at all. I’m super happy about BHector, but dealing with armor movement is always a bit of a pain. Not sure if I want to use him in Light yet, but yes he does get the Pulse Smoke for Astra.
And then… Hmmmmm I should’ve noticed earlier that I had a pretty good Fallen Ike in my barracks +_+
I think because he wasn’t +10, I overlooked him… ._. The last merge will give him def/res, someday.
Seal slot is still up for debate. I would prefer to use Spd/Res Solo, however I have that reserved for my +Spd NFU BIke who really needs the speed more.
All in all, I’m quite pleased with the results of testing him around so far. I don’t have to worry about debuffs (in fact, he hungers for them, so plonking in front of Veronica without Null-C has been generally fine, plus she tends to eat up dances that way), AND his godsword tier speed really carries through to double most things, even on initiation. It’s my first time working with so much speed, even though Brunnya meets similar stats when she’s solo. Meanwhile, this FIke doesn’t even need to be solo to meet that speed, he gets juicy damage reduction from Repel, AND access to 4-charge Aether which I feel is slept on by all the Noontime/Sol-worshippers. I use Noontime/Sol plenty on other carries myself, but in my experiences, the clutch damage output from Aether that also transfers into the healing is really not something to be looked down upon just because it needs an extra special charge.
Also, he’s a great plonker against boring Edelmad stands. :V
Today is my break day of the week for AR, but starting tomorrow, I’ll look into keeping track of my carries for each battle.