The Modern Magus Magazine
You know an event is weird when the biggest twist is that Kiara ISN’T the villain. And this is the second time they’ve done it. At this point I feel like Nasu has given a directive to groom Kiara as some sort of Vegeta-type character (well, a much more sexy Vegeta) to cultivate her return in the inevitable CCC remake, with the Extra remake in progress.
And as you’d expect from a mess of a horror movie / mystery mix event, the “There was a second camp identical to the first!” twist is solid but pretty expected.
At any rate, we have a welfare and three more Servants to go over, so let’s get to it.
Yu Miaoyi (Summer)
Ah yes, our immortal death flag meatshield. Truly the only thing better than a Lancer is a Lancer who uses their terrible luck to bite the bullets meant for you. We shan’t forget your service, paisen.
|Base Atk||1,649||Base HP||1,799|
|Max Atk||9,896||Max HP||11,245|
|Grail Atk||11,982||Grail HP||13,634|
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Yu takes the approach I think any player can appreciate with an offense-focused Servant, and just slides the Attack bar aaaaaallll the way to the top. Who needs HP anyway? The only hit point that matters is the last one, after all. To that point, Yu has the tied 2nd highest attack of any 4* Lancer (because Lancer Alter is, as always, very dumb), in exchange for the lowest HP. While you can wish for a better stat total on the whole, I wouldn’t look a gift horse in the mouth.
In the way of passives...Yu really doesn’t have any. The standard Magic Resistance for her class, giving her a solid chance of shrugging off debuffs passively, but that’s it. I guess Riding isn’t suited for her, despite having a horse-man to, uh...actually, I won’t go in that direction. Imagining anything involving Xiang Yu’s...size is going to put my head in a bad space.
So how does Yu shape up in her Summer form? Well I can tell you now, she’s much better than her vanilla edition:
Then again, she’s still got some aspects of her joke of a vanilla version:
While it feels like I’ve repeated myself to death with this recently, Yu is an all-around solid servant whose drawbacks get pretty much carried by her NP5. While her competition from Kagetora is pretty stiff, she makes a vicious crit damage Lancer with Skadi support, and her offensive output surpasses Kagetora’s if she happens to be spearing a man. To that end, she’s a good welfare to keep in the back pocket if you have Skadi and not Casturia, or just never got Kagetora to begin with. Rath™ Seal of Approval.
Abigail Williams (Summer)
Imagine getting a Summer alt and using it to...not really be an Alt. I know BB pulled the same thing, but lore-wise, she can really only be a Mooncancer without straight up saying she got the full power Domina Coronam or something.
At any rate, behold the power of a girl whose official art violates reddit community guidelines. And now I realize I can’t joke about that anymore without inevitably angering someone. So, I’ll just cover the stuff that doesn’t involve a loli in a mini-bikini.
|Base Atk||1,820||Base HP||2,090|
|Max Atk||11,781||Max HP||14,250|
|Grail Atk||12,896||Grail HP||15,611|
You know, I just realized Abigail Summer presents a golden opportunity, as she is (in so far as I know) the first alt to be the exact same class and rarity as their original while being essentially the same character. Meaning, we can see with Abbie’s new stat spread how much DW “values” attack over HP when balancing Servant stats.
Abigail Summer has 480 more HP over her regular form, in exchange for 319 less attack. Rounding that to 320, 480/320 = 1.5. Look at that, we officially know now that DW balances servant base stats assuming 1 attack is worth 1.5 HP.
Putting that aside, Abbie Summer lies on the more defensive end of the Foreigner class, packing pretty solid bulk but an attack stat that would only be impressive on a Rider or Assassin. Unfortunately, she has higher standards to be held to, but she’s offensively far from a dead weight, and comes paired with decent durability as a bonus.
So far as Passives go, Abbie Summer is frankly almost identical to her vanilla version. She literally just has an extra plus on her Insanity and Divinity rankings. But putting comparisons aside, passive 2 stars per turn is pretty handy to have around, as is some debuff resistance, even if minute. Adding in the notable damage boost to her primary card type from Insanity and what little modicum of a boost Divinity offers, and it’s not a bad haul. No overwhelming, game changing passives, but she’s packing a neat little set there.
So, how frighteningly forceful is Abbie? On one hand, she’s a horror beyond our comprehension (in a good way):
However, she’s more of a horror within our comprehension (that’s a bad way):
It’s funny how you don’t realize what you had until something worse is put before you. OG Abbie may have been a little niche, with some NP gain issues and an eclectic kit, but she at least had that niche of ripping through Berserkers and cheese, and did it well. Abbie Summer is like what happens if you take her original form and slice it in half, then stitch an AOE Servant together with the remainder. She’s part OG Abbie, but OG Abbie was about ruining a single boss’s day and doing it well. Abbie Summer essentially tries to be a farmer and fails miserably, then tries to be a niche CQ Servant and very literally shoots her main gimmick in the foot. I frankly wouldn’t know how to fix her even if I had the power. Truly a Lovecraftian horror.
Archer (Saber) of Inferno (Summer)
Yes, we all know, it’s a Beat Saber reference. It’s almost a shame her NP always remains in the VR Gamer aesthetic, since her ascension outfits are damn fine. And yes, I’m aware the name of Inferno’s Summer form is dumb, but I’d also say the EoR’s insistence on having pseudonyms for Servants where it doesn’t really matter is also dumb.
|Base Atk||1,590||Base HP||1,957|
|Max Atk||9,544||Max HP||12,233|
|Grail Atk||11,556||Grail HP||14,832|
You know, I still don’t really know by what metric DW decides which Servants should have a higher or lower base stat total than each other. Since Archer of Inferno’s vanilla form has a relatively low base stat total, but her Summer form...it’s pretty chunky.
Inferno Summer’s Saber form has very average attack for her rarity, at 8th best / 9th worst. While that doesn’t mean it’s unservicably low, she compensates with high HP for her attack, having the 5th highest of the SR Sabers. While, as always, we’d prefer a monstrous attack stat over simply unexpectedly good bulk, you can’t turn down better stats, even if it’s better in the way you don’t want.
So far as Passives go, Inferno Summer is very typical for her class, packing high-ranking Magic Resistance to provide some passive resistance to debuffs, on top of B+ Riding, giving an appreciated boost to her sole Quick card. Nothing too impactful, however.
So, how much of a real Gamer is Archer of Inferno Summer Saber Lily Alter Santa Black SSJ4 Ultra Instinct? On one hand, she successfully hurt main brain cells from typing that out:
However, she also is something of a rhythmless noob using an out-of-date Vive:
Inferno Summer is on the whole, a pretty aggressive but effective Arts crit Saber. Normally, I’d say the niche is pretty hotly contested with Saberlot, Yagyu, Hokusai Saber (who, if I’m being honest, a lot of people are sleeping on now Casturia’s around), and uh...well, I guess Medb Saber is trying to be one. Unlike all those competitors, though, Inferno Summer is AOE, and actually packs the most vicious crit power of all of them, while still having fairly consistent star supply and, as a result, crits. Her status as an AOE Arts Saber has its own drawbacks of course, but the benefit is she’s applying herself to a very uncontested niche, and despite the weaknesses in her kit, is very well suited to the more Arts-focused meta we find ourselves in. Rath™ Seal of Approval.
Murasaki Shikibu (Summer)
Somehow, Raita manages to sneak his MILF’s into Summer. And believe me, I’m not normally that into the chuunibyou eyepatch thing, but when it’s on a mature lady...well, it somehow just works.
Also, the interactions between her and Sei this event have been adorable. Don’t sleep on the Japanese literary girls.
|Base Atk||1,455||Base HP||1,900|
|Max Atk||8,730||Max HP||11,880|
|Grail Atk||10,570||Grail HP||14,404|
So far as base stats go, Murasaki Summer leans on the more defensive side of things. With the 4th lowest attack stat of Riders in her rarity, she gets a respectable HP pool to compensate. While her general base stat total is the highest, it is better than Ryoma Sakamoto’s, who happens to have an identical HP stat on top of being her main competitor in the ST Arts Rider niche (well, in that rarity, at least. Mandricardo and George are pretty good). Her attack leaves something to be desired, but at least she gets above-average bulk out of the deal.
Sadly, Murasaki Summer isn’t particularly loaded on the Passives, only possessing, you guessed it, Riding. If there were any Passive to have at a decent rank if you got to choose one, a card booster to one of your primary card types isn’t a bad choice though. It just means she isn’t really loaded with the passive goodies some other Servants benefit from.
You know the jist by now, this is a pretty long edition. Murasaki Summer - Good or bad? On one hand, she’s quite the suitor:
However, she also has the makings of a failed harem king:
All things in consideration, Murasaki Summer is pretty serviceable. In comparison to some other Servants I’ve given the pass in this MMM, she may not be as unique in what she offers, but generally she’s not directly outclassed by anyone in her niche, even if said niche is populated by some conventionally fairly good Servants. Adding in the general Arts meta we’re walking in nowadays, and there’s little wrong with adding some extra Ara Ara to your roster, especially if you’re lacking in solid Rider ST, or just never got Ryoma when his event came around. Rath™ Seal of Approval.
This is Future Rath, speaking to Past Rath. I hate this work you threw upon me.
The future is now uncertain. The great ‘rona is ravaging our livelihood, and gacha is the only solace from constant fear and despair.
We know not what lies ahead in FGO, our vision blinded by the days of unbearable anniversary anticipation that came before us.
If you can hear this message, you must know this much:
Change da world. my final message. Goodb ye.