Glenda November 2020 HOTM Review and Grading - Empires and Puzzles Hero of the Month

Glenda is the Hero of the Month in Empires and Puzzles for November 2020. Glenda deals a moderate amount of damage but is an excellent support hero dispelling all status ailments from her allies, and also giving a 40% special skill attack damage buff to herself and nearby enemies.
Glenda HOTM Card

Glenda's Stats:

Base Stats:
AttackDefenseHealth
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  • Power: 780
  • Mana speed: Average
  • Class: Wizard
  • Element: Blue / Ice
  • Origin: November 2020 HOTM
  • Level: 5* Legendary

Glenda Special Skill: Midnight Magic

  • Deals 270% damage the target and nearby enemies.
  • The caster and nearby allies' Special Skills deal an additional +40% damage for 4 turns.
  • Cleanses status ailments from all allies.
  • Element Link summons an Ice Minion for all Ice allies with 5% HP and 10% attack inherited from the caster.
  • Innate Ability:  This Hero has innate resistance against status ailments that give immunity to new buffs.

Glenda HOTM Review:

Glenda includes an interesting and fun to use special skill package. She deals a fair amount of damage, but also supports other heroes with a 40% special skill damage buff for nearby allies, and a status ailment cleanse, which is especially important for attack teams against heroes that do damage over time, or cast other ailments, such as common defense heroes, like Kunchen, Telluria, Vela, Jean-Francois, Gravemaker, Frigg amd Clarissa. You can view their ailment packages by following that link to All Heroes. All their ailments cast on the attacking team are dispelled by Glenda, such as Kunch's defense down and Telluria's mana ailment.

These support skills make Glenda primarily an offensive hero. The problem with Glenda on defense is that her support skills are situational and need to be timed correctly. Unfortunately, the AI that runs defenses in-game does not seem to take that into account. For example, her 40% damage buff needs to be fired before her nearby allies fire their attacks.
Against Titans, Glenda's base attack stat is middling for a modern 5*. That makes her acceptable for use against red titans (weak against her blue color). However, Glenda's element link is a weak minion going to the other blue heroes. This means that in attacking titans, in all likelihood the entire team will get a weak minion. The problem is minions slow down the attack, without much gain. Accordingly, I do not like minion dealers in titan attacks. So if you have an alternative with a comparable attack stat, I recommend leaving Glenda on the bench, even though she provides a special skill damage buff to nearby allies. Against titans tile damage is more important than special skill damage.

Glenda's Emblem / Skill Path:

Glenda acts both as a damage dealer and a support hero. Because of that you can choose either an attack/defense path for applying emblems on the Wizard talent tree, or a defense/attack path, or a pure defense/health path for Glenda. On balance, I would choose the middle approach - boosting her defense stat as a first priority, and then her attack stat as the second priority, in other words, the defense/attack path.  

Glenda Grading:

  • Attack: B+
  • Overall Defense: B
    • Tank: C+
    • Flank: B
    • Wing: C
  • Titans: B
  • Raid Tournaments:
    • Rush: B+
    • Buff Booster: A-
    • Bloody Battle: A-
Overall Glenda Rating: B+
NOTE:  I found Glenda extremely useful during the beta stage, better than her paper stats would indicate. Because of that, I have given Glenda an B+ grade, which I recently downgraded from A. However, I also am considering raising her back up to an A- after I get experience using her in-game. What do you think? Should Glenda be downgraded? Upgraded?

Comments

Unknown said…
I can almost see that they might nerf the "dispel status aligment from all" to just three. Glenda would be just another attacker and not as good as Frida.
Anonymous said…
That would be a big change. We'll see.
engineer said…
Benn really enjoying Glenda. I run her between two snipers, say Magni and Sonya on a blue team. She ups them to close to one shot kills.
Anonymous said…
Can't wait to pull her and she'll be my next blue.
Alfred said…
Hola Amigos...hice una invocación x 10 de atlantis saque varios de 4 estrellas buenísimos y me he sabido robar a Glenda de bono como el heroe del mes ya la estoy subiendo de nivel es buenísima.
Telly said…
@Alfred Congratulations on pulling Glenda. I haven't gotten her yet, but will pull for her when Valhalla comes around. If the new costumes come out this month, I'll do pulls there too.
Gul Darah said…
I've been using Glenda for 7 months,shes very good. I use her in between Grimm and Sartana, and almost any hero is taken out.
And her hit is nothing to sneeze at. Plus minions and cleanse.
Telly said…
@Gul Darah: I like her too, although a bit situational, as you need to have your adjacent heroes ready to fire their specials after hers.