Some real mixed opinions on this monster from what I read. However, one thing many agree on… the artwork is excellent and much more what we like to see than those mythic princesses!
This monster has the equivalent of 94% speed outside the front line, which combined with its tanky stats and excessive force makes it a huge counter to protectors and earth monsters. It’s a great buff for link storm teams in general I think and definitely a Bastia/Sanctistag counter.
I won’t try to convince anyone that the 2nd form is strong, but it still does the job of countering earth/protectors and the warp field passive is handy to say the least.
Reverse looks very powerful in the right scenario and having Cypridrus pushed to the highest TU doesn’t matter too much because if the opponent kills other monsters they’ll be struggling to fight against warp field II.
The thing I immediately wanted to know is “how much damage does counter strike do to non-earth monsters”, for all the times there isn’t a target for either killer move. The answer: 1000 piercing damage. With ELEM swift accelerate that’s 1000 piercing damage every 66TU. Not as good as I’d like it to be… so I think this monster will struggle to feel worth it in your team at times.
Overall, looks like a good addition for link storm teams but nothing insane (weaker than Novemdomina is for fire). Reverse will win you games for sure and if protectors/earth are common in the meta (or in a PvE battle) it will perform extremely well. With entrance control there may be further potential.
P.S. Looks like the Devs are finally getting around to buffing “link storm” as a strategy after they’ve done link water, then fire (partially), then earth and then finished fire. Holy and shadow were the most developed before so they haven’t needed the same focus. Also, True Hit was increased in damage by +50% at some point since release. I thought this had happened but hadn’t tested it until now. It’s the hardest hitting killer move now.