The Trials, Travails, and Triumphs of Tek, a sometimes average $76.63 total IAP PAD player

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    Scores will continue to slip until the deadline, but I think you're safe to snag a Rikuu on both accounts (max level on your main and level 1 on your alt unless you can nudge your score above the 16% mark). If you don't have Rikuu already and if you have some of the best dragon subs in the game, then you're probably going to love running a Rikuu team (unless for some reason you don't like rainbow leads). His small HP pool is deceptive as you should be able to heal to full with a single 3-heart match as long as you're still alive (and that shield helps a lot).

    Rikuu, Gronia, Blonia, and Tardis are my go-to leads for Annihilation-level content and I think Rikuu gets used more often than any other lead for very difficult content (though that might change if and when I pull a Gronia on my alt).
     
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    I think that my scores seem to be decreasing more slowly (haven't touched the tournament for a day and it only fell 1%) so that's probably right. In multiplayer I already use L Ideal x Cthugha so it shouldn't be much of a transition.

    However, there's one thing that I'm very sad about: it took me almost 200 turns to beat Valten with Kiri. I even max leveled him and was planning to use him on weekend dungeon. The fact that I won't be getting another one anytime soon kind of hurts.
     
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    Do you have BHunter? If so, finding someone to run Valten in co-op with BHunter teams after ranking dungeon rewards are distributed shouldn't be difficult. I might look to run it myself. You might even find someone who has a strong VDP monster to one shot Valten.
     
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    Good idea. Maybe if I trade around, I'll also be able to make him on my alt.
     
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    Are we friends on either of my accounts? I have a purplefur on my main I could trade away.
     
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    I don't recall seeing a tek unfortunately.
     
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    Copypasta from What was your first pull? And what happened to it?:

     
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    So I'm down to C9 and C10 for June quests.

    And I'm dreading both.

    I might try to tackle them later this week if I have the time.

    Or this might be the first monthly quest I don't complete. (I think it would be the first? Maybe I didn't finish the first 1-2 because I didn't have strong enough boxes at the time? I don't remember.) The reward isn't that great. :/
     
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    June C9 cleared on attempt #4!

    Teams were:

    Main: Tardis ! Bacches / Mel ! PA Ishtar / OdinDra / GCotton ! non-Awoken Ishida / Cronus ! Verd

    Alt: Tardis ! Ling Yao / Mel ! Orochi / Meimei ! Caladbolg equip / OdinDra / Verd ! Verd

    Popped Bacches on Kaede to finish her before things got rough.

    Delayed Gaia with Orochi assist, stalled out her first preemptive (can't match fire orbs), popped PA Ishtar assist for defense void and board change, matched the board, OHKO'd Gaia.

    PA Ishtar is niche, but wow, she filled that niche perfectly for the C9 boss floor!
     
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    C10 clear!

    I paid my 2-stone "I don't have a Yusuke tax" (both stones spent on the final floor) and got it over with. I'd rather flush 2 stones (that, given my recent REM fortune, would have been 2/5 of another cyberdragon or dragon rider dupe) than keep banging my head against that horrid dungeon.

    Teams were:

    Main: BHunter ! Tachibana / Tardis ! Bacches / OdinDra / Mel ! VCarat / BSonia

    Alt: BHunter ! Botan / Tardis ! Ling Yao / Mel ! Fenrir / Skuld / OdinDra

    For reference, this is Botan:



    And this is Ling Yao:



    I didn't plan to use Ling Yao (and didn't); he's just my everyday assist on Tardis.

    Botan did come in handy after I knocked DIza below 50% to get rid of her resolve and she put up her 7-combo shield.

    The Fenrir assist got rid of that nasty poison skyfall.

    I think I used VCarat against Akechi?

    I popped BSonia to kill Hel, which meant that I had to suffer through (and very nearly get KO'd by) Medjedra and the GNey skill-up's awoken bind + skill bind combo.

    With each passing month, I have less and less drive to complete the monthly quests. I work a full-time job and I have a family (a wife and 2 young children) and it's getting harder to justify investing the time researching, theorycrafting, and throwing teams against the C10 each month.

    I understand that C10s are--and should be--difficult, but PAD seems to get less fun and more like work as times goes on.
     
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    C9 and C10 clear screenshots:

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    So I'm thinking I may take a month off monthly quests next month. Here's info on what's coming up in July for NA:

    Source: https://www.reddit.com/r/PuzzleAndDragons/wiki/quests/monthly
     
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    Purchased 2 $0.99 bundles (one on 5/14/18 for YYH and one on 6/4/18 for PAD Academy). Updated thread title.

    Updated my progress post (on the first page of this thread) with the following:

    Cleared Hexazeon Descended - 5/4/18 - Details

    DAY 1500 - 5/12/18 - Details

    Cleared Takeminakata +297 - 5/12/18 - Details

    Cleared Hera-Is +297 - 5/13/18

    Cleared May C10 - 5/14/18 - Details

    Cleared Zeus-Dios +297 - 5/19/18

    Cleared Beelzebub +297 - 5/20/18


    Cleared Eternal Jail of the Devil King - 5/25/18 - Details

    Cleared Heracles +297 - 5/26/18

    Cleared Wadatsumi +297 - 5/27/18


    Cleared Star Treasure of the Night Sky (alt account) - 5/28/18 - Details

    Cleared Valkyrie +297 - 5/31/18 - Details

    Cleared Manticore Descended - 6/5/18 - Details

    Cleared Legendary Skyrealm (solo on main account) - 6/5/18 - Details

    Cleared June C10 - 6/18/18 - Details
     
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    10 days later, but I'm still alive.

    Spent millions of coins to put together Borma farm teams today. Clouds and player skill issues left my clear rate at approximately 50%. I spent one stone on each account for stamina refreshes, but I'm pleased with the results.

    Here's a screenshot of my first clear:

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    Now can I stop running this dungeon? :X

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    I figure I'll wait until py invades come back around then farm Scarlet to max-skill 1 Borma on each account. I don't see the point in rushing to max-skill Borma when we'll be getting Panera before much longer.

    I'll keep 1 Borma for the upcoming Tyrannos evo.

    The other 4?

    ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
     
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    Bonus post: Practicing my red boxes for when Mega Awoken Rodin arrives in NA.

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    MGoe for the fullboard, Sharon for the water row (to form the box), Whaledor because I'm impatient, Pixel Tyrannos stands in for Rodin.

    I'm too lazy to do the math, but I have Nerva (red wisedragon) for a 5x burst and this looks promising to me.
     
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    REM rolls since superfest in reverse chronological order

    Main
    Red Chester #2 (free)
    Chandra ($0.99 MtG bundle)
    Jace (free)
    Sharon #2 (free)
    DQXQ #5 (free)
    Kurogasa, Udo Jin-e (free)
    PA Ishtar ($0.99 PA bundle)
    PA Lumiel (free)
    Tsubaki #4
    Kanna
    Kaname Hagiri #2
    Kaname Hagiri
    Raizen ($0.99 YYH bundle)
    Botan (free)
    Robin Hood (MEM reset)
    Liu Bei #3 (MEM reset)
    Gronia #2 (MEM reset)

    Alt
    Saras #3 (free)
    Nissa (free)
    Alnair #3
    Wee Jas #3 (free)
    Acubens (free)
    Seta Sojiro (free)
    PA Theurgia (free)
    Hino Kagutsuchi
    Artemis #3
    Astraea
    Anima (free)
    Kazuma Kuwabara #2
    Botan
    Kazuma Kuwabara (free)
    Barbarossa (MEM reset)
    Zuoh (MEM reset)
    Pandora #3 (MEM reset)

    A few diamonds in the rough, but it's...mostly rough. :/
     
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    Modified Dual Kaede SDR (Special Descended Rush) farming build

    Team A
    Kaede ! orb unlock / Dios ! fodder / Dios ! fodder / NY Tengu ! bicolor including wood / Leeza ! poison

    Team B
    Kaede ! Carat / Dios ! fodder / Dios ! fodder / Dios with 2 SDR / Shazel ! Grodin

    Plan
    F1 - (A) Dios, swipe to kill
    F2 - (B) Dios, swipe to kill
    F3 - (A) Poison, Avalon, match with fewer than 6 orbs left on board
    F4 - (B) Dios, Grodin, match to kill
    F5 - (A) Dios, Carat, match to kill
    F6 - (B) Dios, match to kill

    Notes:

    ALL SUBS WITH ASSISTS REQUIRE 2 SDR. Gotta spend SDRs to get SDRs, right?

    Every Dios needs 2 SDR or a fodder assist. I used unskilled Azazel on my alt Dios subs and unskilled Ras on my main Dios subs.

    Whenever the SDR invade appears, STICK TO THE PLAN. This plan depends on the right floor using the right active skills with the right team members on every floor. The exception would be F3 where you can just pop the poison active and make a single match of any orb type.

    Orb unlock may not be strictly necessary, but helps if you get a flood of red and blue orbs after killing Volsung.

    I read Leeza can be any wood sub with low CD and a dragon killer awakening. I just played it safe.

    The guide I read was likely written before Shazel was added to the game. If you don't have her, Mito should suffice.

    I used Kaname Hagiri for orb unlock, Awoken Neptune for poison, and Avalon for bicolor board. You can adapt the build for your box. If you don't have a bicolor board active that includes wood, you could use Australis, but it's riskier.

    I adapted this from an ALB build, but I have no idea if you can replace Kaede with ALB or RLB. If you were to try, you might have to swap the orb unlock assist on team A Kaede for an orb enhance for F6.

    As always, it's a good idea to fully plus your regular farming subs for maximum consistency.


    Credit goes to the Wood Row Farming Discord for the original build.
     
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    <3 for Scheat

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