The Modern Magus Magazine
Well, it’s somehow surprisingly that we got two of the silhouettes from the New Year's broadcast written off so soon. For some reason I didn’t consider that some of them would be Welfares, or just non-SSRs in general. That’s a gacha-oriented brain for you.
To the point, one of these additions isn’t exactly unexpected, though having her skillset largely revamped was. I had some of my opinions set in stone already from Mandala, but well…
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We’re doing it live!
Taira no Kagekiyo
Predictably, Kagekiyo remembers the power of friendship in her third ascension and transforms into Yoshitsune well and proper… well, not at all really.
But hey, no more fetish mask, for those who aren’t into that. She re-apparates it for the NP still, since we need our dramatic closeup on an SSR, as always.
I’ll just sit here, mourning I don’t get a second cinnamon roll named Yoshitsune with eccentric interests and boundless enthusiasm to add to the waifu collection. Majide watashi no tame ni arawareru kudasai!
|Base Atk||1,963||Base HP||1,777|
|Max Atk||12,705||Max HP||12,117|
|Grail Atk||13,908||Grail HP||13,275|
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It’s been a while since we last had an Avenger in all their bonkers attack stat glory. Well over a year, in fact.
Keeping to the trend of her class, Kagekiyo is heavily leaned in the offensive side of things. With the second-highest attack of her class and rarity, she boasts one of the best attack stats in the game, but naturally suffers a poor HP stat in exchange. 4th worst of the SSRs, in fact. She also gets a golden prize for kicking Maou Nobu into the dirt even more by surpassing her in both base stats.
That’s gotta hurt.
So far as passives go, Kagekiyo is a very mundane Avenger. She’s notable for, like Space Ishtar, having EX-ranked Avenger, making her defensive NP gain absurdly strong, while also packing the typical minor critical damage boost from Oblivion Correction and her government-welfare free 3% gauge per turn that all Avengers are entitled to. All pretty good perks to have, especially on the NP gain side of things, but very standard.
So how is Kagekiyo in practice? On one hand, she’s an instrument of destruction:
However, she might also burn to a crisp with her anger:
All-in-all, Kagekiyo is an exemplary addition to the Quick archetype’s damage dealer selection. Avengers always get dealt the best hand of the Extra classes for offensive purposes, having the rarest class weakness and an immense attack stat for their troubles. On top of that, Kagekiyo uses and abuses the best traits of her class while mitigating its weaknesses, becoming a well-rounded force of nature that only suffers from noodle arms syndrome when lacking team support, or just a good dose of vengeful angst or two.
She stands out as one of the strongest solo clutch Servants in the game, as well as a very strong universal offensive option with Skadi support, even if either niche is a little weak under the just overall-better-ness of Casturia and Arts offense by comparison. Rath™ Seal of Approval.
Did I accidentally cross dimensions into the NA server?
‘Cos it’s feeling real Quick meta in this MMM. And to add another cheap joke to the list, hands up if you knew who Kiichi Hogen was before this event. Okay, hands down all of you. We know now who the liars, super-weebs, or Japanese historians are in class.
Putting that aside, Kiichi has a lot of charm. So let’s get into FGO’s resident Wind God Girl.
|Base Atk||1,572||Base HP||1,786|
|Max Atk||9,434||Max HP||11,168|
|Grail Atk||11,423||Grail HP||13,541|
Y’all ever wanted an Assassin who just comes out of the gates and pimpslaps every other Servant of her rarity for thinking they had a good statline. Boom, tengu lady in the house.
Kiichi packs the 3rd best attack stat for Assassins of her rarity by a small margin, with the tied 6th best HP stat. She’s got effectively the strongest attack stat for SR Assassins in exchange for average HP. If she were an SSR, she’d have a statline comparable to King Hassan, the man renowned for defying the Assassin class’s convention of generally weak bases.
Kiichi hardly stops there, either. While her Presence Concealment is mediocre, she comes packing B+ Territory Creation, and Magic Resistance on par with Jeanne D’Arc, a practically saintly combo. It’s rare for us to get Assassins with significant passive debuff resistance, and the Territory Creation, while not too substantial due to her Quick focus, still helps out her NP gain.
So all in all, a good start.
So, how does Kiichi Hogen shape up when we put her in practice? On one hand, she’s so full of insightful oriental energy she’s like a Retrospective Kyoto:
However, she’s also got a few flaws that leave her hearing the Bell of Avici:
Welfares always have me double guessing the amount I write for the conclusion, since often their kit is so concise there isn’t much to cover. Kiichi just puts all her points into farming, and as a result is pretty good at it (for an Assassin), then has some minor side-utility. Now farming’s honest work, but not really fitting for a woman of her talents - which is where I hold some level of disappointment. Good and fun / interesting to use are two separate things, and Kiichi’s kit doesn’t excite me in the same way someone like Santa Karna does.
But hey, I’m biased toward tengu, she’s free, and has practically no competition in her niche, at least that isn’t summer-limited-locked. Rath™ Seal of Approval, it has your name on it.
With that, the MMM for this event’s additions is finished, and the 15 month long drought of no-Assassins since Summer Okita is finally over. At one point I thought they were done with the class entirely.
So, to divulge into a more light-hearted topic...absolutely nothing major has happened between New Years and now, right? Yup, I know - love to see 2021 is completely not following the same rhythm of the previous year.
Give me more gacha to light up my soul.