UPDATED November 2021 Calendar - Empires and Puzzles Quests and Events

This is the UPDATED calendar for November 2021 in Empires and Puzzles, listing major events and quests in the game for the month. Also, I have included summon portal grading, with grades assigned to the numerous summon portals. Look for value in your paid pulls! 

22 November Update: I've added in details of the Black Friday portal. Grade: D for experienced players, C for new players (under level 25), but beware it does not include costumes of the heroes it contains.

9 November Update: I've downgraded the Ninja Troop Portal for November 2021. Normally this is a great portal. However, for this month, DON'T DO IT. DON'T USE YOUR TOKENS. Why? Trainer Troops are coming, but not yet here.  I posted all the details in the ninja troop portal article.

First, A word about #NoSpendNovember or #SlowDownSG 

In case you haven't heard, the top alliances in the game have organized a player protest for November. Those are the alliances with the so-called "whales". No matter what you think about spending a lot on the game like they do, the fact they are angry with the direction of the game should get the developers (Small Giant) to PAY ATTENTION. Maybe it will, maybe it won't. But if they are smart, it will. 

I fully support the player protest, and you should too! 

Here's why:

Yes, economic boycotts are notoriously ineffective if the target (SG) wishes to ignore it. But for the long-term viability of the game, they need to pay attention here. They need to slow down, and stop the stat inflation. The reason they did it has to do with how the buyout of their company was structured. I won't bore everyone with all the details, but the bottom line is that the poorly structured deal created a bad economic incentive, which happens to come to an end in 2022. So, hopefully SG will just just cut it out in 2022.  

Savvy Game Strategy for November

November, like previous months is a waiting period for savvy E&P players. This is all discussed more in the Limit Breakers article. The short story is that you can expect a lot of continuing stat inflation until 2022. So, there really is no point in rushing to use gems to buy more pulls this month, when MUCH BETTER heroes will keep coming at least into the beginning of 2022.

If you absolutely feel you must spend in November, powering up troops is really the only smart strategy.

The November 2021 Calendar

Now to the Empires & Puzzles calendar for November 2021. The Quest dates vary a lot, so approximate dates for the major quests are given in this calendar. Major quests include: quests giving unfarmable ascension items on the last two stages, and the limit breaker (aether) quests.  
Nov. 1  Balbar November HOTM is introduced. He is a green / nature weak sniper, with some other bells & whistles. Grade: C-, relatively weak compared to other recent 5* heroes.

Nov. 1 - Nov. 30  Path of Valor continues.

Nov. 1 - Nov. 3 Mythic Titan event. This event is fun to play, but the prizes are relatively weak and not worth buying the "offer" or to use a lot of battle items to make the top 10 or top 100. The best strategy is to do your best, be wise with using your battle items, and have fun. Shooting for top 10 has a particularly weak pay-off for the battle items required to rank that high. Offer Rating: F.  Prize Value: F.

4 - Nov. 8 Voyagers of the Underwild event. This will include one new event hero. Summon Portal Rating: B- (upgraded).

Nov. 4 Major Quest Expected (i.e. Mount Umber, Farholme Pass, Shrikewood, Shiloh, Frostmarch etc.) (appx. date).

Nov. 10 - Nov. 15 Ninja Tower Event. UPDATE:  Hero Summon Portal Rating: C (downgraded). Troop Portal Rating: F. Note: I've changed the Ninja Troop portal grade from A to F because it does not account for the Trainer Troops, which will be introduced into the game just 2 weeks later! This will be another huge stat inflation / cost deflation. Hang on to your troop tokens until this is all cleared up. 

Nov. 14: Major Quest Expected (i.e. Mount Umber, Farholme Pass, Shrikewood, Shiloh, Frostmarch etc.) (appx. date).

Nov. 15 - Nov. 17 Atlantis Rises. Expect 3 or 4 new costumes to be introduced into the summon portal. However, that does NOT rescue this portal. Even with the new costumes all the 5* heroes still feel quite outdated. Some of the 4* heroes can be good though if you do not have them already, like Proteus and Wilbur. Summon Portal Rating: F.

Nov. 18 - 20   Masquerade Costume Event. This event formerly was the best for summoning heroes. However, with the huge power creep in recent months, even the costume heroes are starting to feel outdated. Summon Portal Rating: C-.

Nov. 21-23  Valhalla Forever Summons Event with Season 3 Valhalla heroes, including a handful that still are considered good, such as Frigg, Odin, Bera and Alfrike. However, even this portal is starting to feel outdated. Summon Portal Rating: C.

Nov. 24: Major Quest Expected (i.e. Mount Umber, Farholme Pass, Shrikewood, Shiloh, Frostmarch etc.) (appx. date).

Nov. 24: Mirages of Omega Aether limit breakers event (appx. date). Purple / Dark limit breakers will be the prizes in this event. 

Nov. 24 - Nov. 28: "Black Friday Sale" - This is just another portal, where you can buy stuff. Last year, it had some fairly good deals, if you want to spend real money. UPDATE: Also, a new hero pull portal will be included. The good: no Season 1 heroes. The BAD: It includes past event heroes, but NOT including costumes. So if you manage to pull one of those old heroes, you get an outdated version, NOT the updated version with costumes. Already, or within a few months most of the Season 2, and challenge event heroes are getting costume upgrades. SO DON'T SPEND GEMS on this portal, if you are a mid- to upper- level player, It is an OK portal for new players, but the Challenge event portal coming in December 2021 will include some costumes. Grade: D (over level 25 players), C (under level 25 players).

Nov. 25-27 Challenge Event. The challenge events have been shuffled in recent months, as the older events have become outdated due to power creep. Now, the 5 older challenge events are being retired. That means these events will no longer be in the game, except when they get dusted off for an "oldies" event. For November, one will appear based on a community vote. The choice will be between these:

  • Pirates of Corellia
  • Guardians of Teltoc
  • Knights of Avalon
  • Riddles of Wonderland
  • Fables of Grimforest 
Update: Guardians of Teltoc will appear: Portal Grade F (mostly Season 1 outdated heroes, better odds coming in December).

The best strategy regarding the summon portal is to play the event, but do not pay for any hero summons in the portal for the strategy reasons discussed above. These heroes now are mostly outdated and not worth chasing. Every now and then new costumes will be introduced to gin up interest in the "Taverns of Legends" summon portal, where all these heroes will not be available. Summon Portal Rating: F

Nov. 29 - Dec. 1 Second Mythic Titan event for November. Offer Rating: F.  Prize Value: F.

Dec. 1 - Dec 31 Santa's Challenge Event: NOTE: In some time zones, this event will start LATE November 30. For example, in East Coast United States, the event will start at 8:00 PM. This is the season event for the Christmas season. It features the Winter family heroes, some of which are great, such as Mother North and Krampus. It also will have costumes for those heroes, and also Santa Claus. The new hero introduced is 5* Mr. Pengi (Grade: A). Summon Portal Rating: F (downgraded due to continuing high % of "Classic" Season 1 in portal). 

Comments

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Anonymous said…
Welcome back Telly
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We missed you.
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Anonymous said…
Why so you have the ninja event ranked so low? I've always thought of the ninjas as some of the best heroes in the game.
Unknown said…
regarding ninja heroes, see Tellys well documented viewpoints regarding "older" heroes and summoning portals in the limit breaker post/article on this site. I do believe the ninja troops are still held in high esteem.
Anonymous said…
Glad to see you guy

I was eager to get Guardian Falcon so I’m disappointed about not having Guardians Of Teltoc frequently anymore
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So glad you're back. Is everything okay with you and your family I hope and pray?
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We love you Telly. Thanks for everything you do for us.
Anonymous said…
Glad you're back!
Your comments and reviews helped me understand and love the game more!

Hope you also start updating the hero cards with grades, which are very helpful for the best hero selection for ascension.

Thanks for all!
Anonymous said…
So glad Telly you are alive...! We really thought you were gone; personally as in you were not alive!!

Your guides changed my game play so very good to have your intelligent articles back.

Totally agree with your comments above and also the underlying exasperation with regards to the SG recent tendencies to over-heat the so-called "Game Economy" and the inflationary tactics used to persuade players to invest more in the game...

Grendel Rose.
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So happy to see you back Telly.
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Welcome back! Great site that was dearly missed!
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Welcome back! miss you so much
Anonymous said…
Note that the Black Friday portal DOES include season 4 heroes. The only things not included are season 1 (YAY) and costumes.
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Glad to have you back.:thumbsup: