Hi everyone; long overdue for a Sub list (last one was April 22). Apparently I have let a big contender for the Top 5 Aggregate Sub List slip right past me, so I will present him now: Ren Amamiya from the Persona Collab. It's not without reason that I missed him, however; Ren does not excel in any given field, but is a jack-of-all-trades "Joker" sub for a lot of teams. This in turn has earned him temporary top spots in the sub tier list sites Game8, GameWith, and AppMedia. As the main character of this post, I have provided his stats down below (taken from the PAD community Discord server):
I know it's a little late to be talking about Ren (since you can't roll for him anymore), but there's a good chance for the Collab to come to NA and an even greater chance it'll return to JP. Debate and decide if he's worth it for when the time comes. Anyway, let's get straight to it.
Right off the bat, his Active Skill should remind you of Odin Dragon. Removing all bind and awoken bind is absolutely invaluable in Alt Arena, and Ren's other strengths arguably beats out Odin Dragon. His skill's second effect of "1 turn delay" makes his active skill quite versatile and would probably see more use than that of Odin Dragon's.
Looking at his weighted stats, Ren's is actually below average compared to a lot of the "meta" subs out there; however his good mix of awakenings more than makes up for it. Unbindable + 2 Time Extends + 2 7c + FUA means he can be a damage dealer and FUA utility at the same time, similar to that of Amatsu. Finally, his Balanced typing allows him to wield any killer latent awakenings.
In summary, Ren combines some of the strengths of the current best subs (Amatsu's, Odin Dragon's, Balanced-typing) all into one card. While he is currently only ranked in Game8's Overall list, he has earned the top spot of AppMedia's and GameWith's "Dark Top 5", thus earning him the #5 spot on our Aggregate Sub List, replacing Yusuke (who is now #6)
Speaking of Yusuke, for my NA readers out there, if it hasn't been said enough: Do still try to trade for him, if you have the dupe 6* GFE. Still a very solid solo and co-op lead and decent sub. I'm regretting my decision of not trading for him over at the JP server; I've been missing a solid VDP sub for a long time now and I couldn't believe I've let the chance slip past.
Anyway, that is all for this week. As always, thank you for reading!
DISCLAIMER: (quoted from SetsuPAD)
"Do NOT take these ratings as facts; I encourage you to simply take them as a starting point for discussion to figure out which subs 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.
The Subs below mostly accompany top combo/colour leads, such as the leaders from my "JP Aggregate Leader List" posts. They boast tremendous firepower through their multiple 7c awakenings and/or have valuable killer awakenings (such as God, dragon, devil killers). HOWEVER, they are not universal; all subs should be built around your leader, and more importantly the DUNGEON you are tackling. Which goes back to my main point: "Donât take these ratings as fact; I encourage you to simply take them as a starting point for discussion to figure out which subs are actually the best for your specific situation."