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There's been a lot of interest, it seems, in ISO strategy, so, I thought I'd go a bit deeper and show you mine. I do not profess to be a master of ISO strategy, as it's personal your style of play. As you know, my style for most characters involves fast aggression and tries to avoid prolonged fights. Let's kick off this new feature with some P5 suits. I have earned Magik and purchased Cyclops (tactian), Emma (tactician), Phoenix (tactician), and Colossus (bruiser... betcha thought I was gonna say tactician). This is part 1... Cyke and Emma, sitting in a tree...

Cyclops

Basic Cyclops is like a weak Captain America (which makes sense... 15 CP versus 90 CP). He's pretty balanced, with Evasion lacking a bit, so, once upon a time, I had a dream of keeping that balance and putting five bars in all stats, or at least everything but Evasion. Well, I did that on Basic Cyclops, and this is what I got:


Tacticianicon  Modern Cyclops
Cyclops-Modern
Base Stats
Health: Bar01 Bar01 Bar01 Bar01 Bar02   4595
Stamina: Bar01 Bar01 Bar01 Bar01 Bar02   4595
Attack: Bar01 Bar01 Bar01 Bar01 Bar02   922
Defense: Bar01 Bar01 Bar01 Bar01 Bar02   922
Accuracy: Bar01 Bar01 Bar01 Bar01 Bar02   1005
Evasion: Bar01 Bar01 Bar01 Bar02 Bar02   840
Effects:
Cost and Requirements:

15 Command point icon , or as a reward for unlocking PvP

Organization/s:

X-Men Task Icon X-Men

Bio:
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Which wasn't bad, especially since he can boost his own evasion. That got me thinking though. Maybe unbalanced would be better.

What I came up with:

  1. 4x Robust
  2. 2x Masterful
  3. 2x Steady


Tacticianicon  Phoenix Five Cyclops
Cyclops-Phoenix Five
Base Stats
Health: Bar01 Bar01 Bar01 Bar01 Bar02   4653
Stamina: Bar01 Bar01 Bar01 Bar01 Bar02   4653
Attack: Bar01 Bar01 Bar01 Bar01 Bar02   962
Defense: Bar01 Bar01 Bar01 Bar02 Bar02   826
Accuracy: Bar01 Bar01 Bar01 Bar01 Bar02   977
Evasion: Bar01 Bar01 Bar02 Bar02 Bar02   744
Effects:

Phoenix Potential: Flames of Destruction -
• Allies have a chance to unleash Phoenix power every turn
• All attacks are critical hits and ignore defense

Cost and Requirements:

42 Command point icon

Organization/s:

X-Men Task Icon X-Men

Bio:
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What I've done is gotten more Health and Stamina, more ATK at the cost of Defense I don't really want to use, and Evasion, which he self-boosts. I could tweak this a bit to reduce the Health or the Stamina and convert to some improvement to attack and accuracy. If only there were a non-gold buy ATK-ACC crystal without health or stamina.

Emma Frost

With Emma, I wanted to boost her damage, health and accuracy, with assumptions that her damage would be primary and her stamina wouldn't be much of an issue. So, 4x Steady, then 4x Chaotic (to build everything evenly). That wound up looking like this:

Tacticianicon  Modern Emma Frost
Emma Frost-Modern
Base Stats
Health: Bar01 Bar01 Bar01 Bar02 Bar02   4298
Stamina: Bar01 Bar01 Bar01 Bar02 Bar02   4363
Attack: Bar01 Bar01 Bar01 Bar01 Bar01   1025
Defense: Bar01 Bar01 Bar01 Bar01 Bar02   957
Accuracy: Bar01 Bar01 Bar01 Bar01 Bar02   942
Evasion: Bar01 Bar01 Bar01 Bar02 Bar02   792
Effects:

Effect Icon 086 Green Diamond Body

Cost and Requirements:

Complete Special Operation 2

Organization/s:

X-Men Task Icon X-Men

Bio:
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As I've played Emma more, I've decided that those Chaotic crystals were a waste of time. Her Diamond Body takes care of a lot of her defense, and she's got decent stamina to start with, and unless you like to spam her Mental Trauma skill, you will not run out of stamina (oh, and she can refill stamina with Unlock Potential). So, a revised build uses:

  • 6x Steady
  • 1x Sturdy
  • 1x Focused


And it looks like this:

Tacticianicon  Phoenix Five Emma Frost
Emma Frost-Phoenix Five
Base Stats
Health: Bar01 Bar01 Bar01 Bar01 Bar02   4472
Stamina: Bar01 Bar01 Bar01 Bar02 Bar02   4131
Attack: Bar01 Bar01 Bar01 Bar01 Bar01   1011
Defense: Bar01 Bar01 Bar01 Bar01 Bar02   932
Accuracy: Bar01 Bar01 Bar01 Bar01 Bar02   951
Evasion: Bar01 Bar01 Bar01 Bar02 Bar02   744
Effects:

Effect Icon 086 Green Diamond Body
Effect Icon 108 Green Phoenix Potential: Cosmic Power -
• Allies have a chance to unleash Phoenix power every turn
• Raises all stats for one round
• Removes most debuffs when applied

Cost and Requirements:

50 Command point icon

Organization/s:

X-Men Task Icon X-Men

Bio:
{{{bio}}}

I wanted to build her Defense a touch, to reduce damage when the diamond body doesn't fire (or has already fired), but mostly I want her to hit and crit and apply stun with her War Diamond. I'm not really concerned with her damage on her L1 skill (as I don't believe her ATK effects the Mental Trauma damage), but I also like the L9 skill to hurt. But connecting with both hits of the War Diamond is important to me.
Part 2 will cover Colossus (Bruiser) and Phoenix (Tactician) and will be coming shortly. I'm sure you can understand that there are fairly labor intensive to assemble, so will respect that I can't chunk all 37 characters, with alt suits into one post. Let's go slow, right?

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