Topic: Kongai /
Some random thoughts because I’m feeling lazy.
Stoneheel is nice on Tafari or even a character like Ashi or Andromeda where your opponents will be trying to shift range to avoid you. It’s a slow bleed but one that can really throw off their energy count and lead them into unfavorable situations.
As for the Feather – which is nice – it might be 55% dodge, it might not. It depends whether the game treats evasion chances as additive or combinative. In other words, whether it just lumps them together into one number to check against – 30%+25%=55%. Or if it checks one and then the other – 30% chance, then a 25% chance to miss (Depending on which is counted first). It’s a difference of a few percentage points and it’s great either way but it is a difference.
Deadly Poison, though, isn’t very good. It’s way too little damage spread out over too long. It procs often enough and, thanks to stacking, you’ll end up doing decent damage with it but I’d rather have Feather or Quickening Powder on Popo (Double Slingshots make me happy.).
And, yeah, Tiger’s Claw can get nuts on Zina. But it takes a bit of set-up work.
Sacred Candle is deceptively powerful – a 50% chance to get debuffed can swing a lot of games. So can Sharpening Stone. Valkyrie’s Charm is good, too.
I love Gem of Souls but it can be a little difficult to take advantage of.
Higashi is NOT always a 1-hit kill with an intercept. He deals 70 damage which doesn’t kill Onimaru, Juju, Tafari, Ubuntu, Ashi, Helene, Constantine, or his mirror. That’s 40% of unweighted match-ups, in case you don’t like math. None of those characters have more than 85 max health and, so, it means he can kill anyone he catches trying to switch out. More importantly, he gets full energy for doing so which can be important if you want to use, say, Chi Blast a lot. It might not be optimal but it’s not exactly a poor choice, either.
In general, there are three ways you can go with selecting an item:
-To increase your character’s inherent advantages (General’s on Ashi, Feather on Popo.).
-To decrease their natural disadvantages (Scroll on Higashi, Stoneheel on Andromeda).
-To take advantage of something that’s hideously abusive (Like I’m going to tell everybody else what those are…).
Which way you go depends on the character and your own personal preferences.