Regarding your comment on my GN deck, Animal Clip Lesser and lesser writer does retire for mike skill to trigger and get you your Grade 3. Just that lesser writer takes a soul blast. Animal Clip lesser just needs to boost something and it can gain 4k to then retire itself at the end of the turn. Thanks
That alone makes quite a difference, but Golden Beast Tamer in Premium is likely not as great for the build as for example Nightmare Doll, Alice, that grants advantage on ride as well as a circle. Though, both have their purpose there. Crit builds most definitely is the best way to pressure your opponent, and the new crits grant you a better defensive engine while you set yourself up for a Dust finish. Pale Moon isn't the strongest build, but its good enough to work with a bit of Harri (and support) to get it going. (Nightmare Doll decks also seem to have gotten a boost out of the latest set, and I AM trying to see if I can make an interesting Nightmare Doll build).
If playing Standard... The options for Pale Moon are currently very limited, but the latest promo (Dreaming King of Comedy) is definitely a must-find card to strengthen the deck. It barely needs any set-up to get that +5k Power after all. As for other Grade 2 units, you should mostly cycle through the numbers you want to use for Amarenth Beast Tamer, Jumping Jill, Magical Boxtreamer and Nitro Juggler/Peek-a-boo (also, mostly because they count as Workeroids for Nightmare Doll Alice, if forced to ride her), and see which number of Grade 2's works best for YOUR preferences. I personally run 9 Grade 3's, 12 Grade 2's, and 12 Grade 's, at the moment.
Some cards I advice you to NOT invest in, because they either have better alternatives, or are just meh in general for the build: Grade 1 PGs, Fluster Cadet (too slow), Dark Metal Bicorn (not enough benefit from using it), Dancing Knifedancer (very situational with its unflipping and not a lot benefits OTHER then unflipping makes it very limited), Lark Pigeon (has potential, but it's also too situational to rely on).
Okay so for reccomendations for the FE series I always have these 3
Shadow Dragon, remake of the original, is for the DS.
Awakening, the first of the 3DS games, one of the easier Fire Emblem games and has a casual mode as well.
Sacred Stones, second Fire Emblem to be ported to the west, is for the GBA. Self-contained story and imo the the easiest game in the series.
You could also do Blazing Blade or Binding Blade.
Though if you strictly want to just play the new series, eh. Awakening is the best to go still. Fates isn't worth playing ever, and Echoes is good, but it's a remake of an older game that had a lot of different mechanics and such, so it's not really an entry point since it's a bit of an oddball.
Unless you have like a WiiU or whatever and don't want to emulate - I'd say Awakening or one of the Fates.
Writer is right about Shadows of Valentia being weird, and any other game is either unreleased in English or so horrendously hard to come buy that getting them legit is a pain. Shadow Dragon /looks/ like it has a lot of stock, but don't be fooled, it has a LOT of counterfeits in circulation.
WiiU gives you virtual console so you can pick just about any available from that as well if you want to,
Also, Fates has amazing gameplay, art, and music. Writer is a salty boi, but I reccommend it as it's my personal favorite in the franchise.
Eh, imo it was boring gameplay wise, garbage story and rather unlikeable characters on the most part. That and it's a total cashgrab since you have to pay an additional 30$ just to unlock the full base game.
Am I somewhat salty? Eh, I'd say yes, since I felt the game pushed the waifu thing to the limits of genuine gameplay. That and the garbage of Fire Emblem Warriors (seriously, the only non Marth/3DS game representation was Lyn!)
EDIT: Buuuuut, I could see others I guess like it. Yet I cannot advice it since it's just not worth the price.
How do you recommend Shadow Dragon but not Fates? Like, really? Shadow Dragon was what almost killed the franchise for a reason! You want him to think FE fans like mediocre quality like that game?
But yeah, SS is the only game in the series with a self-contained story, not interacting with any other (it’s very much an odd duck in that way). Though, with few exceptions, it’s all pretty much fully understandable without knowledge of other games in the series.
I, too, recommend any GBA title to start with. Just note that the recent games have easier difficulties available while those do not. Awakening is a good one to start with, as well. I would only not recommend Fates or Valentia to start with as they are somewhat of a departure from the rest of the series. Feel free to play either as like, the second game or something. Just skip Shadow Dragon. You won’t have any fun. If Nintendo could actually make Ike’s games available to play, that would be nice.
And yes, Warriors was heavy on the waifu pandering. It was super annoying. I still fail to see how Ike and Roy can represent FE in Smash and yet not be in a major FE crossover game.
EDIT: Fates has the closeups of the characters that had petting taken out for the west.
Story wise most games are seperate from each other some of the games do connect to each other. Like Awakening is in the same setting as Shadow Dragon (though hundreds of years in the future)
The waifu petting game is fates
I don't think Shadow Dragon is very good, but it's an entry point game imo. On its own it's a bit eh, but as baby's first Fire Emblem? It's a good choice. Also god I wish I could play any of Ike's games. BUT THEY ARE SO RIDICILOUS IN PRICE
I got the games when they came out. They’re good. Though, when I revisited PoR years later, the graphics were definitely dated, but nothing that can’t be adjusted to. Honestly, I’m sad I sold off RD because I had expected it to come to the VC soon enough. Nintendo is honestly begging people to pirate those games at this point. Ike is literally the most popular FE character. Full stop.
Also, while on some level I agree that SD is a good entry point due to being a remake of the very first game, it’s still easily the worst English game by far. I’d rather he enjoy himself. That’s the game one plays when curious about Marth, I feel.
Gonna need to go to emulators for 9 and 10 (they are not worth the prices on secondhand markets). It’s a good order. Just do keep in mind that 13 onward has easier difficulties available if you wish to dip your toes in that way (trust me, many did that).
Also, Valentia is a good game. Harshest criticism I have is that the maps are often too big and the major postgame dungeon is a huge difficulty spike. It’s a remake of the black sheep of the series, but it’s fun and the characters are charming. Plus, it’s kind of neat that every line is voiced. It’s the only game in the series with that distinction. You are gonna see a good deal of parallels with SS.
Told you they need to pop those up on VC. Ike is super popular, those games didn’t sell well initially, and renwed interest have all caused those high prices. Kind of really weird Switch isn’t doing VC yet. Are they waiting for their new online service to be awesome or something? I mean, I know that online play for old NES games is available through that, but these aren’t related to those.
Honestly, just emulate them. It’s even morally fine because you aren’t depriving Nintendo of profit, anyways. It isn’t like it’s on VC or being sold directly by them. A game designer at Nintendo is still going to afford her rent if you emulate them. You can also just skip them. It’s sad to, as honestly, I feel the stories in those games are the best in the series (though apparently Japan wasn’t a fan of all the racial tension from what I heard), but this is on Nintendo. They need a clue.
There's always the option of watching Youtube vids.
Not as enganging, but if the proper people pay it, can be fun.
Speaking of Nintend'oh, they recently started nuking all websites that host SNES games (demaing 150k $ per game hosted, but that's a scare tactic), so either they want their classic consoles to sell, or they have a plan.
Unlikely that they plan to please the fans (even though they proved they can please them with cardboard), but one can hope.
Its nice for them to add stuff to spruise it up (they also added alternative costume characters with each their own gimmicks)... but I already had the DLC yeah, its quite a differnt way of playing though...
It was bad for one midday, but I was working... several roofs of houses around me did get damaged especially the ones with the solar cells on the roofs... besides that, there were some serious damages to some buildings within the Netherlands, and 2-3 deaths (they are very vague about the last one, maybe that person is still missing)...
Here's a nice summary of damages within the country :-P