Hello people! The 6th Anniversary stream that happened on the JP server sure knew how to stir things up. As much as I would like a major gameplay update (such as adding a "storyline" or a new mode), instead Gungho decided to stick with their old formula: Quality of Life updates, adding new cards, and new Ults/Awoken evos yet again... All the exact info should be on the PAD subreddit, so go have a read if you haven't already.
I am sure there will be a lot more changes to the tier lists to come, with the new Dragonbound cards, new Heroine cards, new MP cards and whatnot, the game sites over at JP sure like to jump to rate cards early. The two cards of particular interest are the new Awoken Evolutions for the Blue and Green Sonias. As you can see below, these sisters were ranked very close to each other on the GameWith and Altema rankings, while having an actual tier difference on Game8's list, despite having the same leader skill. They will be the main topic of discussion for this week's post:
If you haven't noticed, the new Evolutions that Blue and Green Sonias received is not an Ultimate Evo, but an Awoken Evo, which is something we haven't seen before with 6* Godfest Exclusives. They have received a new (and much better) active skill as a result. Red Sonia did not receive the same treatment, due to the fact that she is no longer a GFE and also is not 6* (correct me if I'm wrong). Anyway, their new actives now also clears 3 turns of bind, as well as unlock orbs before doing their usual bicolor board change. The "original" card that immediately came to mind (for me anyway), of combining utility and burst, is the infamous Yog-Sothoth. Oh, how far the powercreep has come.
However, it is the Sonias' new leader skill that received much praise. 1.5x all parameters for Dragon type, 2 extra second matching time, and 5x Atk and 25% dmg reduction when matching their 2 attributes (water + dark, wood + dark, respectively). While their attack multiplier is a measly 7.5x, they make up for their extreme tankiness. And they can make up for their small multiplier with their own 2 7c awakenings + 2 L-awakening, and 7c subs, such as Water/wood Ney.
Green Sonia places higher on all 3 lists mostly due to having better Wood sub-pool compared to Blue Sonia. Green Sonia can pair with Diablos for 7x6 board on-color, while Blue Sonia cannot. Also, Green Sonia has cards such as Odin Dragon or Ragnarok Dragon as excellent utility subs, while Blue Sonia may have to look elsewhere (or use inherits). Blue Sonia does have access to Amatsu, but water cards have problems with low RCV and may pose a problem in Alt Arena, while wood cards tend to be balanced better.
Here is a video of Reco doing Arena 3 with 6 Green Sonias...
DISCLAIMER: (quoted from SetsuPAD) on all current and future Aggregate/Tier lists: "Don’t take these ratings as fact; I encourage you to simply take them as a starting point for discussion to figure out which leads are actually the best for your specific situation."
Cards you own that are not on these Tier Lists are not automatically nonviable, and cards you own that are on these Tier Lists are not automatically viable.
These tier lists assume BEST subs (often hard-to-acquire GFEs/collab cards) tackling hard dungeons (Arena 3, 3-Player Rushes, ALT Arena/Arena 4). Therefore, their uses largely depend on your box, your progression in PAD, and personal puzzling/comboing skills.