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      Balance Deckathalon, now thru Jan. 18th.

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      Balance Deckathalon Event!

      Perfectly balanced. Now through January 18th, battle your way through the Balance Deckathalon tower to test your TC-slinging skills, rise up the leaderboard ranks, and win exclusive prizes like the Balance Class Pet!

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      Re: Balance Deckathalon, now thru Jan. 18th.

      Well, the deckathalon is now live, and survey says.....

      Dungeon Recall is still active if you flee a battle. (But not if you die in battle)

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      Re: Balance Deckathalon, now thru Jan. 18th.

      I wasn't able to do this one last time because I was busy. Now that I am trying it, I got to say that this Deckathalon is definitely the most annoying one. I was only able to make it to stage 6 of my first 3 credits because of all the Black Mantle spam. It looks like yet another job for the Water Elemental(Or Talos).


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      Re: Balance Deckathalon, now thru Jan. 18th.

      Quote Originally Posted by WarWeaver View Post
      I wasn't able to do this one last time because I was busy. Now that I am trying it, I got to say that this Deckathalon is definitely the most annoying one. I was only able to make it to stage 6 of my first 3 credits because of all the Black Mantle spam. It looks like yet another job for the Water Elemental(Or Talos).

      I remember it being hard. After all, I never got past stage 6 last time. But not this hard. I couldn't get past stage 5 with my first 4 wizards (who were all using a stage 6 deck). All those pip killers and elemental blasts that did 650 damage AFTER going through an elemental shield. But I finally did get past 5 and 6. Stage 7.2 - Hydra on the first round. Dead, and done for the day.

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      Re: Balance Deckathalon, now thru Jan. 18th.

      Quote Originally Posted by sparkyflamefire View Post

      I remember it being hard. After all, I never got past stage 6 last time. But not this hard. I couldn't get past stage 5 with my first 4 wizards (who were all using a stage 6 deck). All those pip killers and elemental blasts that did 650 damage AFTER going through an elemental shield. But I finally did get past 5 and 6. Stage 7.2 - Hydra on the first round. Dead, and done for the day.
      It's been rough. Day 2 and I managed to reach stage 8 but 8.2 wiped me out with those Hydras. Using Virulent Plague turn one to get them to potentially waste pips on a Mana Burn while keeping the debuff like I did on the previous stages still worked like a charm but those darn Accuracy debuffs keep getting me.


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      Re: Balance Deckathalon, now thru Jan. 18th.

      Wasted all of my credits trying to get through stage 4 today. Have the tier 3 deck, so I can't get a deck upgrade until I beat the level. I don't know about this one, might just farm 1-3 if I waste too many more credits.
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      Re: Balance Deckathalon, now thru Jan. 18th.

      Half way through and holy cow, what a PAIN this Deckathalon is!

      I remembered that this was going to be the hardest one but between OP Spectral Blasts, OP Hydra's, and a never ending barrage of Weakness and Black Mantle, it's even worse than I remembered.

      Some random thoughts...


      • Unlike all other Deckathalons there is no one shield solution. You need Towers to counter the Balance spells, which are considerably weaker than the School shields you would otherwise use, but you also need to have shields for Spectral Blast and Hydra. But even that isn't cut and dry - Elemental shields might seem like a good idea, but while they cover all possibilities for Spiral Blast and all three heads of Hydra, I use Volcanic Shields to complement all my Towers and simply hope it's not Ice!
      • And I haven't even mentioned Mana Burn - what a pain. However, while this spell keeps you on your toes guessing and often time gambling, Mana Burn is nothing more than the Balance equivalent of Heckhound, Poison, and Frostbite. That is to say, annoying if you are caught unprepared, but awesome when you anticipate correctly because it's a ton of pips burned by them and zero damage to you. Which is what makes Frozen Armor so wonderful. Starting Stage 6 I start out ever fight by throwing out one of them and it's so much fun when BOTH enemies on 6.2 come out swinging with Mana Burn. Very satisfying!
      • While my deck has a few Vampires, almost all other hits are Judgement. Again, I'm not sure why Balance gets a damage bonus against itself, but with that bonus, the bonus from all the decks, and the 125 damage per pip, there is nothing that hits quite as hard nor is as versatile as Judgement.
      • Ah, minions. While I pack a couple of 5 pip minions (Krokopatra / Meowiarity / Kol Shadowsong / or Lord Nightshades) for every run, it's really hard to get the pips stored up for these lifesavers. Mostly I use the Ice minion (complements my Kraken so well!) or else the Minotaur minion to take the threat from me.
      • The first two times the Balance Deckathalon was out I used a lot of Storm Spells because, for whatever reason, Storm received the accuracy boost that Balance and the Spirit Schools get in order to hit 95%. But not this time, which made all Do Daga's, Clankers, and Oni No Plagues useless. Grrrr....
      • And then of course, there's Dungeon Recall. Also Grrr....


      Good luck to everyone - I say this every time but this time I mean it more than all the rest combined - cannot WAIT for Tuesday morning to get here....

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      Re: Balance Deckathalon, now thru Jan. 18th.

      I was having trouble getting past stage 7 with my level 6 balance deck, so I switched to my level 9 storm deck (built in storm resistance). Stocked up on elemental and volcanic shields, so hydras would have to go through stacked shields. I would take 70-80 damage from each head. Some tower shields for mana burn, but really just didn't accumulate enough pips for it to be deadly.

      Upgraded my deck with a shiny resistance opal (+27) and a dazzling accuracy amethyst (+14, cut fizzles way down), and added some ice guardians.

      Not to mention pet had frozen kraken and may cast balance blade and fairy.

      Result: Beat level 7 next try, and then beat level 8 on first try. Thanks to @Caspeen for the tip on ice guardian. I, too, was having trouble accumulating enough pips for lord nightshade. But, hey, summoning ice guardian first turn to use up all my pips before the mandatory first turn mana burn was awesome. That way you don't waste a virulent plague on something that's not going to do any damage anyway.

      Edit: but what am I supposed to do when they both throw a power nova at me on the first round in 9.2?
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      Re: Balance Deckathalon, now thru Jan. 18th.

      This is my first Balance Deckathalon and... good lord, I can barely get in any spells before my pips get mana burned away. The only saving grace is that it's much weaker than a Hydra especially after the flat Balance resist from decks/jewels. I've had to rely on WC Frozen Kraken to do a majority of damage to some enemies.

      Summon Water Elemental has been a huge help. it's slightly more available than the Minotaur minion since you can buy them at the ZF library. They pack Elemental Shield instead Tower Shield which can actually be pretty useful since the hardest hits tend to be the elemental ones. Having a minion to take some of the negative charms and maybe even a Hydra is more than worth the 3 pips.

      Some of these fights have really been a coin toss, though. When I fought the floor 8 boss he could have very easily taken me out on the first round with Hydra. But I chose to spend my 3 pips on a water elemental and he tried to Mana Burn me instead which gave me the starting edge I needed. There was also a 2v1 fight where both enemies tried to Mana Burn me on round 1 after I spent my pips summoning a minion.

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      Re: Balance Deckathalon, now thru Jan. 18th.

      Quote Originally Posted by medlnic15 View Post
      Wasted all of my credits trying to get through stage 4 today. Have the tier 3 deck, so I can't get a deck upgrade until I beat the level. I don't know about this one, might just farm 1-3 if I waste too many more credits.
      Use a death deck if you have a higher level one, just add a balance jewel as def and you are set.

      (they are weak to balance & spirit).
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