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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 2, everyone who's not Cyclops and Emma.

Phoenix (Tactician)

This is what my Phoenix, basic suit, Blaster, looked like. She is only Level 11, so not a full compliment of ISO:

Blastericon  Classic Phoenix
Phoenix-Classic
Base Stats
Health: Bar01 Bar01 Bar01 Bar02 Bar02   3914
Stamina: Bar01 Bar01 Bar01 Bar02 Bar02   3914
Attack: Bar01 Bar01 Bar01 Bar01 Bar01   1042
Defense: Bar01 Bar02 Bar02 Bar02 Bar02   661
Accuracy: Bar01 Bar01 Bar01 Bar01 Bar02   943
Evasion: Bar01 Bar01 Bar01 Bar01 Bar02   943
Effects:

Effect Icon 066 Green Flying

Cost and Requirements:

48 Command point icon

Organization/s:

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Bio:
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I think this demonstrates a few things, so is worthy of comment. The first thing you might notice is that my Phoenix only has 1 bar of Defense, while the brand new Phoenix from the store has 2. Well, here's a dirty little secret (that isn't that secret). As you level your heroes, their stats increase. And the threshhold for bars increases as well. I haven't ISO'd anything to Phoenix's defense (more on that later), so, with the increase in stats and the more than proportional increase in stat ranges, she lost a bar. In fact, She hasn't really gained a bar except in the Health and Stamina realm as I've Iso'ed her.
The point of the previous paragraph is this: As you increase in level, the ISO crystals become less relevant. This is okay at lower levels, when you have new ISO crystals to get. After you pass Level 150 or so, the ISO does less, and there's no new level (short of gold purchase crystals) to replace the outdated shards. I would really appreciate it if Playdom could see into their hearts to introduce new research for a fourth level of ISO, for those of us over 150, where we're at the point of diminishing returns. I can't imagine what this is going to look like in 11 levels when I hit 200.
To get her into this kind of shape, I ignored her defense (her evasion is high, so why bother building it) and made sure that every crystal I added built Health and Stamina. The only really stamina intense move that she has in Phoenix Fire, which, due to it's cool up, you almost never use. Quel domage. So, build her ATK to remain 5 bar and build her Accuracy and Evasion as high as they will go.
I refined this approach a bit in my new build: Old Build - New Build

  • 3 Robust - 2 Robust
  • 2 Steadfast - 3 Steadfast
  • 2 Flourishing - 2 Flourishing


Tacticianicon  Phoenix Five Phoenix
Phoenix-Phoenix Five
Base Stats
Health: Bar01 Bar01 Bar01 Bar02 Bar02   3914
Stamina: Bar01 Bar01 Bar01 Bar02 Bar02   3914
Attack: Bar01 Bar01 Bar01 Bar01 Bar01   1025
Defense: Bar01 Bar02 Bar02 Bar02 Bar02   661
Accuracy: Bar01 Bar01 Bar01 Bar01 Bar02   943
Evasion: Bar01 Bar01 Bar01 Bar01 Bar02   960
Effects:

Effect Icon 066 Green Flying
Effect Icon 108 Green Phoenix Potential: Fires of Truth -

  • Allies have a chance to unleash Phoenix Potential every turn
    • Attacks are guaranteed to hit
    • Attacks ignore most Avoidance effects
Cost and Requirements:

74 Command point icon

Organization/s:

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Bio:
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What I'm trying to get at here is as close to five bars on the three stats I'll use (ATK/EVA/ACC) while building the Health/Stamina as high as possible. I stole one ATK to build one EVA. One thought. Given her passive, maybe I don't need to build ACC as high as all that, so maybe I will build the EVA to 976 instead of the accuracy to 960. But, since the P5 effects are fairly random in application, I can't just chuck Accuracy.
Side Note: I kind of except the Buff Buffer to come to White Crown Phoenix, regular Phoenix and by extension P5 Phoenix at some point before I get bored with the game and move on. That will make this look like a very savvy purchase. At the moment, she's, uhm, okay.

Colossus (Bruiser)

For the sake of this conversation, I will be using Modern Colossus (Bruiser) as the base case. I use him exclusively, and I will probably go back to him when they fix Colossus's P5 Guardian power. I have belief that Guardian Power isn't working the way it was intended.

Bruisericon  Modern Colossus
Colossus-Modern
Base Stats
Health: Bar01 Bar01 Bar01 Bar01 Bar01   5044
Stamina: Bar01 Bar01 Bar01 Bar01 Bar02   4604
Attack: Bar01 Bar01 Bar01 Bar01 Bar02   954
Defense: Bar01 Bar01 Bar01 Bar01 Bar01   1008
Accuracy: Bar01 Bar01 Bar01 Bar02 Bar02   789
Evasion: Bar01 Bar01 Bar02 Bar02 Bar02   720
Effects:

Effect Icon 022 Green Organic Steel
Effect Icon 048 Green Steel Fortress (3 turns) -
• Protects allies from single-target attacks for the first three rounds of combat
• Takes reduced damage

Cost and Requirements:

23+32 Command point icon

Organization/s:

X-Men Task Icon X-Men

Bio:
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Obviously, he's never gonna be Spiderman with the dodge, so let's not worry. Less obviously, I spent some gold here. And I spent it half wisely (2 Refined Violents - ATK-ACC) and half stupidly (Refined Tireless and Refined Nimble +42 to Evasion?!?!?). Smack my head. Whoops. (In my defense, I use a TON of Mod Colossus). Any rate, since I'm kind of done buying gold crystals, I had to build a little differently (and maybe smarter... like not waste time with Evasion). I would not buy a gold crystal for P5 Colossus, because I think the Fix Hammer is gonna fall on him and he will be less useful than Mod Colossus.
So, what to do with our new focus.

  • 5 Masterful (Stamina, ATK, ACC)
  • 2 Steady (Health, ATK, ACC)
  • 1 Resilient (Health, Defense)

I think this might be a bit controversial, as the natural inclination would be to pump his health and his defense and let him tank. But this Colossus doesn't have Mod Colossus's Steel Fortress buff, so he's not the tank that Mod Colossus is, not by a long shot.


Bruisericon  Phoenix Five Colossus
Colossus-Phoenix Five
Base Stats
Health: Bar01 Bar01 Bar01 Bar01 Bar01   5131
Stamina: Bar01 Bar01 Bar01 Bar01 Bar02   4682
Attack: Bar01 Bar01 Bar01 Bar01 Bar02   945
Defense: Bar01 Bar01 Bar01 Bar01 Bar01   1014
Accuracy: Bar01 Bar01 Bar01 Bar02 Bar02   780
Evasion: Bar01 Bar02 Bar02 Bar02 Bar02   661
Effects:

Effect Icon 022 Green Organic Steel
Effect Icon 108 Green Phoenix Potential: Guardian Force -
• Allies have a chance to unleash Phoenix power every turn
• Restores Health and Stamina
• Reduces damage taken by 50% for one round

Cost and Requirements:

34 Command point icon

Organization/s:

X-Men Task Icon X-Men

Bio:
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What have I done? I've spent less gold, gotten more health, more stamina, very close to the same attack, more defense, very close to the same accuracy, and I stopped wasting time with evasion. In my opinion, this is a much better build, and I should probably think about redoing my Mod Colossus in the same manner.

Magik

There is no before build for her, because she's always been P5. So, let's talk about build.


Scrappericon  Phoenix Five Magik
Magik-Phoenix Five
Base Stats
Health: Bar01 Bar01 Bar01 Bar02 Bar02   4240
Stamina: Bar01 Bar01 Bar01 Bar02 Bar02   4131
Attack: Bar01 Bar01 Bar01 Bar01 Bar01   1011
Defense: Bar01 Bar01 Bar01 Bar01 Bar02   909
Accuracy: Bar01 Bar01 Bar01 Bar01 Bar02   928
Evasion: Bar01 Bar01 Bar02 Bar02 Bar02   744
Effects:
Effect BG 3 BlueEffect Icon 106
Ruler of Limbo
Effect BG 3 BlueEffect Icon 108
Phoenix Potential: Fiery Retribution
Cost and Requirements:

Complete Special Operation 3

Organization/s:

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Bio:
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To get her to look like this, I just chunked her with 6 Steady Isos (Health, Attack, Accuracy). As I level her, the question is to improve her accuracy (key because she doesn't charge if she misses and no charge = slower damage dealing) with Health, Stamina, Accuracy crystals, or her defense (key to keep her alive) with Health, Stamina, Defense. You will note that I haven't built her stamina yet. Her first three moves are low to moderate stamina users. Her Soulflare, on the other hand, is stamina intensive. And I've come to like hitting people with it as it's a KO kind of move. So, yeah, gonna juice her stamina.
That concludes the discussion of the P5 costumes I've gotten already. If I add more costumes (seems possible), I will add more articles. What do you all think? Share in the comments.

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