Special Skill: Iceberg Crush
- Deals 220% damage to all enemies.
- The damage is increased by 50% per each dead enemy.
- Stack: All enemies receive 30 Frost damage per each killed enemy or enemy minion at the end of each turn. The maximum size of stack is 10.
- Stack: All enemies get -6% mana generation per each killed enemy or enemy minion. The maximum size of stack is 10.
Skadi Hero Review:
Skadi has stats that are skewed towards the defensive side – her defense and Hp combined put her in the top 75th percentile of durability for all heroes.
To further understand her special, lets drill down the damage multiplier for different numbers of dead enemies
- 0 Dead Enemies – 220% * 5 = 1100%
- 1 Dead – 270% * 4 = 1080%
- 2 Dead – 320% * 3= 960%
- 3 Dead – 370% * 2= 740%
- 4 Dead – 420% * 1 = 420%
Notice that Skadi deals a fairly significant amount of damage consistently even with reduced number of enemies. This reduces one of the drawbacks of special skills that target all enemies – diminishing damage dealt.
Skadi’s stacks are awesome. Potentially 300 damage per turn, 60% mana reduction. Yes please.
However, Stacks are only activated when Skadi’s Special skill kills a minion or an enemy hero. And that’s the biggest downside of all.
Skadi in Offensive raids
Skadi is too unreliable in an offensive raids.
- She has a low attack stat (696 base attack),
- Special skill is at a base 220%
Put together, it means that it is unlikely for Skadi to be able to finish off minions (much less heroes) be able to trigger the stacks. And if the stacks cannot be trigger consistently, or reliably, then that makes Skadi very weak.
And if we take into consideration that the current meta favors green tanks, that makes Skadi even more underwhelming.
*However, the situation reverses if Skadi’s stacks take into consideration minions and enemies killed by allied heroes.
*Changes on 31/8/2020 – The increase in base damage of Skadi’s special skill does help Skadi to take out minions with a higher consistency. The changes are good. In a drawn out battle with many healers. (Think Telluria + Freya/Delilah) Skadi can change the tide quite significantly.
However, this makes Skadi a very inconsistent hero – Not every defensive team features a minion heavy team composition.
Skadi in Defense
I am unable to of a good strategic reason why you Skadi deserves a slot in your defense team.
The “wow” factor of Skadi is obviously her stacks. When her stacks are triggered early, it buys time for your allied heroes to activate their special skills + softens the attackers for your other heroes to take them out. Much like the Telluria + Vela combination.
However, when you take into the considerations the requirements for the stacks to be triggered, then it becomes moot. Skadi is too inconsistent in defense.
Skadi against Titans
Skadi does not fit into anytitan teams.
She does not have any high attack stats, any attack buff nor defense debuff.
Skadi’s stacks will also not be able to trigger.. So it’s a really poor choice.
Skadi Hero Grade/Rating
Offence – B
Defence Wing – C
Defence Flank – C
Defence Tank – B
Titan – C
Tournaments Bloody Battle – C
Tournaments Rush Attack – A
Tournaments Buff Booster – C