This feature significantly changes the economy of the Empires & Puzzles game. Savvy players will adapt quickly to this new feature, even though the community did not want it.
Read below for all the details. Here's the summary:
1. STOP using gems to summon heroes (at least for a few months). Stat inflation now has been elevated to a whole new level. You could say stat inflation has been put in overdrive... gone haywire ... EXLODING. You need to adapt to that first. New Powerful heroes will be introduced in late 2021 that will render your non-limit-broken heroes obsolete. These new heroes are so overpowered by current standards, that even a lot of limit-broken heroes are obsolete.
2. Focus on limit breaking in the short term.
3. Be selective about who you limit break. First limit break your most versatile heroes, such as those you use a lot for attack, defense teams and events. Then focus on your favorite attack heroes, and maybe even a few 4* superstars.
All that will take time, and a lot of food, iron, feeders and other resources. Then, by the time you make progress limit breaking, new powerful heroes and costumes will be introduced in the game. Those new heroes will make most other non-limit-broken heroes obsolete.
Read below for the urgently important new game-play strategy, so you can quickly adapt to this new disrupting feature.
Limit Breakers Break Open Advanced Hero Levels
Limit breakers are basically an expensive way to "pay" with rare in-game items for the ability to raise heroes up another 5 levels. For example, you can raise up Level 80 5* heroes up to what is in effect "level 85".
In order to "limit break" a hero, first you have to gather enough "Aethers". Those are a new type of token entered into the game. You will be able to get those Aethers by playing in "Mirages of Omega" quests. There are 5 different Mirages of Omega quests, one for each color of hero (red, blue, green, yellow, purple). So you will need the Aether items of the same color as the hero you want to "break". At the time of introduction in June 2021, you could also get Aether items from war loot and raid tournament loot once in a while.
Raising Up Limit Broken Heroes
Once you limit break a hero, you need to level it up in the same way you always have. All that limit breaking with Aether tokens does is open up 5 more levels. So, you need to use huge amounts of food, iron and feeder heroes to fully raise up the broken heroes.
20 Limit Break Levels, but Only 5 Released Now
Limit Breakers will be released in 4 waves. The first wave only provides for 5 level increases. However, there still is space for 15 more - 5 for each of the 3 remaining level stripes on heroes. So, we can expect more level breaks to be released in the future.
How To Limit Break A Hero:
The steps to Limit Break a hero are:1.Max the Hero:
For a 5* Legendary hero that means to fully level up the hero to 4/80. For a 4* hero, that means level 4/70.2.Optionally Put Emblems on the Fully Leveled Hero:
As a practical matter, you should only limit break heroes that you also want to fully emblem. Otherwise you are wasting part of the benefit of limit breaking. Because resources like Ascension Materials and Aether Items are scarce in-game you should carefully select the hero you want to bother limit breaking.
Once you have limit broken a hero, you should fully level it up. That is the same mechanic as leveling up any hero - using up your food, iron and feeder heroes.It will take huge amounts of food, iron and feeders to complete these 5 new levels, especially for 5* heroes. You should only limit break heroes who you then plan to fully level up in the newly opened levels. And, do not waste food / iron on heroes you never plan to max or limit break.
How Limit Breakers Forever Change The Game
Unlike pre-limit breakers, the number of 5* heroes you have now is meaningless. Instead what counts is how many you have managed to limit break. Yes, they make that much of a difference in the game economy!
Adjust Quickly to the New Game Strategy
Stop pulling like crazy from hero portals! That no longer is a good strategy. I can not be any clearer than that. Stop summoning!
I'm not talking about free coin pulls. Go ahead and do those, and have fun. Maybe you will get lucky and get something good. However, at least through Fall 2021, the days of doing 10-, 30- or more summons pulls should be OVER for most players. A lot of players in mid- and upper-tier alliances go crazy pulling on every event portal. That now is just plain foolish.
The heroes you pull now will be obsolete by September-December 2021. Why obsolete? Three reasons:
Best Limit Breaker Strategy
A lot of people are surprised at how limit breakers completely change the existing game economy in Empires & Puzzles. Here is the best strategy for coping with the new reality:
1. Stop Using Gems to Pull New Heroes - Focus on Limit Breaking and Wait for the New Costumes and Powerful Heroes Coming Soon
At least for a few months, the best strategy is to focus on existing heroes and stop trying to get new heroes, other than using free coins. There are a few important reasons for this:
2. Versatile Heroes on Attack and Defense Team First
The first place to focus your limit breakers is on your most used heroes. Typically those will be 5* heroes that you use a lot on your attack teams, and on your defense teams (war and raid). Those are the heroes you use the most and will make the greatest impact.
3. 4* Heroes You Use A Lot
A lot of players use some of the better 4* heroes a lot. It is a lot cheaper in terms of food, iron and Aethers to limit break 4* heroes, so don't forget those. Some of the 4* heroes that might be worth limit breaking include:
4. Play Smart & Strategic
Most of all: realize that Limit Breakers have created a short-term imbalance in the game, and take advantage of it using the strategy above!
Mirages of Omega Quests
The monthly Mirages of Omega Quests are where you will get the most Aethers - the Limit Breakers. It is kind of sneaky that you can only get 4 of the 5 Level III Aethers you need to limit break a Legendary 5* hero. You will need to get the fifth one from a chest, or to buy it. Even worse, you may need to wait 6 months for the next Mirages of Omega in that color to get the fifth Level III Aether.
This artificial scarcity has caused a lot of resentment among mid- to upper- level players who view that as a fake scarcity designed to make them pay more! Over time, we will see how badly this hurts the game, if it does.
Anyway, here's what you need to do in the quest:
One Color Per Quest
Each Mirages of Omega quest is for just one color. For example it may feature one of blue, green, red, yellow or purple limit breakers (Aethers).
Bring Same Color, Not Strong Color
Unlike tournaments, you should not bring the strong color. The reason is that strong colors are de-buffed for this quest. However, the same colors are buffed up. For example for the blue Mirages of Omega, bring blue heroes. The blue heroes get automatic buffs for the quest. In contrast green heroes (normally strong on blue) are weakened for this quest.
Costumes and Limit Breakers Strategy
Heroes that have costumes have to be limit broken twice - you have to limit break the hero and costume separately.
If you only want to use the base hero, don't bother limit breaking the costume, since doing that will not provide an added bonus. However, if you want to use the limit broken costume you will need to limit break the base hero also.
The costume bonus applies to the raised stats of the limit broken hero. This means that you get the benefit of both limit breaking, and any costume bonus you have.
What do you think? Any other limit breaker tips and strategies?