Global Region

28/07 Global Patch Notes - ALSY and Shadow Palace

Published Wednesday, 27 July 2022

This week Global players will receive two new modes: Shadow Palace and Time Attack! Also, Awakened LSY joined the battle!

Maintenance schedule: 28th of July, 2022 15:00 ~ 18:00 (UTC+9)

For the full patch notes, go to the official site: 28th of July Patch Notes.


New awakened employee - Lee Sooyeon

Overall

ALSY is the first awakened air employee that was added to the game and at the same time, she's also an anti-air specialist. Guess she doesn't like to share the space with others. Still, being the best anti-air employee in the game isn't the only thing good about her. First of all, she's a 5-cost awakened employee, meaning it's easier to fit her in a team, but she's also a great buffer that makes Counter Rangers in your team way way stronger by buffing their Skill Haste. She has the strongest ETB passive in the game; not only does it hit the whole battlefield, but it can one-shot most flying units like Rosalia/Lyudmila.

PVE

In PVE content ALSY shines in:

  • Guild Coop - ALSY is considered the Best-in-Slot character to guard the ship against all the flying units

    • as an alternative, Awakened Yuna can fill the same role in this mode.

  • Shadow Palace Floor 3 - the floor is quite punishing if you try to brute force it using ground units and teams made of only air units have a much easier time there.

    • as an alternative, Awakened Hilde can tank Rooms 1, 2, and 4 for you, and Room 5 disallows awakened units anyway,

    • also, keep in mind that Shadow Palace has 5 floors and ALSY isn't needed once Floors 4 and 5 are released.

  • Relic Dungeons against Edel - as similar to Shadow Palace Floor 3, air teams shine there and ALSY is a core unit in that team,

  • any event stage where Air enemies are common as she can easily deal with them.

Still, keep in mind that besides Guild Coop where she is a must-have for those that plan to conquer the harder levels of the Guild Boss, you always have some alternatives - they might be slightly inferior to ALSY, but they can still work well.

PVP

In PVP because of her 5 base cost, she's easier to fit in your team than other awakened units. While other awakened employees have ups and downs and sometimes fall out of meta, ALSY is always dangerous. Mainly due to her lower cost which allows her to be used in various compositions, and also whenever she isn't banned, using air units is risky because a wild ALSY might appear and ruin someone's day. Especially Awakened Horizon abusers hate ALSY as she can ruin their day if she's deployed at the right moment.

ALSY is also one of the few units that reached Ban level 4 in PVP - not once, but multiple times and across multiple regions.

Verdict

If you're mainly a PVP player, you should know that even till today, she's meta in SEA and KR Gauntlets. So you will regret skipping her.

If you're focusing on PVE, you should know that Awakened LSY is a very versatile, but at the same time niche employee.

Shadow Palace is released with her and Floor 3 should be the last floor available in Global for some time. This combined with the fact, that Global lacks many great Air employees will force a lot of players to abandon building the full Air team and instead take the ground route with Awakened Hilde - and most people should have her as she was the reroll target on release. We don't know when Floor 4 will be released, but our bet is that it will come somewhere in October or November.

Also, both Guild Coop and Relic Dungeons will be released in August and in both modes, ALSY fills an important role.

New mode - Shadow Palace

Shadow Palace is PVE mode where you need to conquer a dungeon with 5 floors and 5 stages on each one, but every stage has different restrictions - for example, some ban Rangers, other Strikers.

How does it work? Each day, you get one Entry Ticket and you can save up to 7. You need a Ticket to enter the floor of your choosing and you get 3 Hearts in return. You lose 1 Heart when you fail a stage and if you lose all 3 you will be kicked out from the floor and will need another Ticket to enter.

What's important is that the Skip option isn't available in this mode which means you have to create a set of teams that are able to tackle one of the floors and also do it on auto with 100% win rate.

To make it easier for you to progress through the mode, we reworked our Shadow Palace guides. You can find them on the Guides page - just scroll down a bit there.

Here's a list of the guides:

  • Mode overview - just a short introduction to Shadow Palace and a hub that leads you to the other guides,

  • Rewards - here you will find information about the differences in rewards between the floors and what's the best spot to farm,

  • Shop guide - Shadow Palace comes with a new shop and this guide will help you in being optimal with buying what's available there,

  • Spectral Gear - here you will find everything you need to know about the new type of gear that will be added together with Shadow Palace,

  • Tips for all floors - just like the title says, here you will find some generic tips about the mode and also a list of best characters to use there,

  • Floor 1, Floor 2, and Floor 3 guides - guides for each floor that go over the enemies you will fight there and what teams you can use.

Floor 4 and Floor 5 guides will be added soon, but as a Global player you don't need to worry about those floors yet - only the first three ones will be available on release of that mode.

New mode - Time Attack

Time Attack is basically a race against the clock and while it has some rewards tied to it, it's mostly used by players to compare and test the DPS of characters.

New Danger Close Season

The third season of the pre-season is here! This time you will fight Tyrant Armor and Nervier. Our guides for both bosses will be updated later today, so tomorrow you won't have issues with fighting them.