Devana July 2021 HOTM Review and Grading - Empires and Puzzles Hero of the Month

Devana is the July 2021 Hero of the Month in Empires and Puzzles. She is an average mana speed hero, that hits 3 enemies with moderate damage, and spawns a single beefy minion. Her innate resistance abilities also are significant, giving a mana boost to all yellow allies, and also resisting damage from enemy minions, making her an anti-minion specialist.
Devana July 2021 HOTM card Empires & Puzzles

Devana Stats:

Base Stats:
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  • Power: 792
  • Mana speed: Average
  • Class: Ranger
  • Element: Yellow - Holy
  • Origin: HOTM - July 2021
  • Level: 5* Legendary

Devana Special Skill: Arrows and Claws

  • Deals 255% damage to the target and nearby enemies.
  • Summons a Lynx Minion with 35% HP and 35% attack inherited from the caster.
  • Before a Lynx Minion hits a target, it destroys all Minions from the target.
  • Dispels buffs from the target and nearby enemies.
  • Element Link gives all Holy allies a small amount of mana at the end of each turn for 4 turns. This effect can’t be dispelled.
  • Innate Resistance: Resist Dispels -This hero has an innate resistance against Dispels of Buffs.
  • Innate Resistance: Resist Minion Effects - This Hero has an innate resistance against incoming negative effects and damage from Minions.

Devana HOTM Review:

Devana has a complex set of skills, so I am going to break them down one at a time.  First she hits up to 3 enemies with 255% damage. This is a decent amount, but not enough to make a significant impact in a fast moving raid.  

Then she summons a single minion for herself. This is a very strong minion, perhaps the strongest in the game, at 35% attack and 35% HP.  This means a fully levelled Devana minion will have around 600 HP, which in and of itself is a significant pseudo-heal, but only to Devana herself, not any allies. The minion also will inflict a decent amount of damage - at around 50-100 per hit, plus destroying all minions on the target. This can be significant, because the current game meta features a lot of powerful minion spawning heroes - like Bera, Freya and Frosth.  

However, this minion destroying ability is severely limited, since Devana only spawns one minion for herself, and none for her allies. In contrast, she may face a minion spawning defense hero that spawns 5 minions each time its special skill is fired - one for each enemy.  So, Devana will only be able to remove the minions from at most a single enemy each turn. And, it is likely that in subsequent turns she will hit an enemy who lacks minions, meaning none will be destroyed from other enemies. Likewise, Devana herself has innate resistance against effects from enemy minions. 
Next, and significantly, Devana dispels all buffs on the target and nearby enemies. This can be powerful, especially in raid attacks where you can wait to fire Devana after her enemies have cast their buffs. Unfortunately Devana is yellow, and accordingly is weak against Sif, who has become a dominant tank in the reverse formation. However, however, her dispel will dispel all 5 enemies, if Sif still is alive when Devana fires. 

Against titans, Devana will be relatively weak compared to other yellow heroes. She has a decent attack stat, but her minion will slow down titan attacks, making her special skill a liability as well as an asset.

Devana Emblem / Skill Path:

Devana can be viewed as either a support or a damage dealing hero. Because of that you could choose either a defense-HP emblem path, or an attack-HP path. On balance, I view Devana as a better attack than support hero, so would choose an attack-HP path. Boosting HP also boosts the HP of the minion. However you also could choose an attack-defense path in order to help her live longer. 

Devana Grading:

  • Attack: B+
  • Overall Defense: C+
    • Tank: C
    • Flank: C+
    • Wing: C+
  • Titans: C+
  • Raid Tournaments:
    • Rush: A-
    • Buff Booster: A
    • Bloody Battle: A-
Overall Devana Rating: B
Devana is a borderline B to C+ hero. I am leaning to B because although her skill set seems to be effective in a game meta where the opposing team spawns minions, she will have limited effectiveness. The uncertainty around her concerns her limited value against minion teams because she herself only spawns a single minion-destroying minion. That minion destroyer will only destroy one opposing team's minion each turn, and only if it still is alive and if it hits an enemy who still has a minion. Do you think she should be downgraded?

Comments

Anonymous said…
Thank you for this review and your excellent site.
In the paragraph above starting "However, this minion destroying..."
I think you meant to say spawns 5 minions, and not spawns 5 heroes.
Sir Aardvark
Telly said…
@Sir Aardvark: Thanks for the good catch. Fixed.
Unknown said…
Sounds like a great anti-Bera and Freya hero. I hope I will pull her. Great synergie with Uraeus. If both in your attack team, Freya and Bera are no more threat.
Remon said…
In your write up, I think you meant to say she dispels buffs from the enemies, not herself and allies. Great review btw!
What do you think of her passive abilities? Giving her +attack buff could be sick since it's undispellable (unless Lepiota comes after her).
Telly said…
@Remon: I have clarified the sentence you were referring to. Thanks for the comment. Her passive abilities are good, as you say, but still only limited to herself, so have limited impact on raids.
SheepSheep said…
Seems to me almost like an AOE Seshat. Could be very useful in Challenge Events with the attack three maybe.
Telly said…
@SheepSheep: I assume you're saying she's like AoE if she is attacking against a"W" formation. Unfortunately, in the current meta Sif is sitting in the tank position in the "W" defenses, and both are yellow. Personally, I'd take Seshat over Devana any day! But everyone has their preferences.
Gonzo said…
I guess she will be definitely performing better than B, rather A, since she has a lot do offer, the elemental link manaboost is excellent as well as her resists, and beside Vivica-C, which is quite rare, she´s the only yellow dispeller in the game, makes her quite versatile.
I´m really looking forward to get her.
TLK914 said…
So to be sure, she only spawns a single steroid enhanced minion. And if say you pop a diamond immediately after and charge her again, she will simply refresh the health of that already existing minion and not spawn herself a 2nd or 3rd while 1 is already alive?
Gonzo said…
no, she summons one minion per special skill activation, up to three in total
Telly said…
@TLK914, like Gonzo said about spawning another minion.
GamerrFreddie said…
Won't she remove the minions from 3 enemies when she hits them? And dispel their buffs?
Anonymous said…
I've been Lucky enough to get her on the first day of July. Immediately stopped ascension of Lidenbrock and Rana until I get this one 2-60 for the sake of testing. I disagree with all comments from players without any experience with the hero they dare to comment.
Telly said…
@GamerFreddie: No. She deals damage to 3, but only spawns one Lynx Minion. Then each subsequent turn the Lynx Minion fires (if it's not killed yet) and it removes minions from only 1 enemy IF that particular enemy has a minion.

@Anonymous: I've been lucky enough to have summoned and played with both Prof. Lidenbrock and Devana. There is no comparison between Prof. L. and Devana IMO. The Prof. is one of the best in game, and although Devana certainly has some good uses, she's not in that league. Rana v. Devana, I'd say is a matter of your personal play style.
engineer said…
I'm more optimistic than low B. In a W raid with Sif on point and Freya/Bera in the flank positions (very common formation), this HOTM would be a nice add to a yellow team. Hitting Sif would be self destructive, but would open up the attack to the other yellows. I'm thinking B+
Sun said…
Does the Lynx minion always attack the same target ? IS it possible it attacks a different enemy each turn ?
Anonymous said…
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Telly said…
@Sun: Yes, Devana's minion's target is randomly selected each turn. So, it may hit a different hero, or it may hit the same hero on consecutive turns.

@Anonymous: Thanks for your inquiry. In the future, please don't use all capps, as people think you are YELLING when you do that! As for your question, I really cannot advise you for sure without knowing your other heroes. My first impression is you have been doing way too many hero summons, since you have a lot of decent 5* heroes backlogged. I suggest you focus in the future on building up your troops, as that will convey far more value for you than even more heroes, given your backlog. I know it's not as exciting, but in top alliances, that's what people do.

As for which of yours is best, my personal favorite of those would be Director Zuri. But Uraeus, Joon-C, Poseidon all have a place too.
PPR said…
Devana doesn't hit hard does she ? And she hits before summoning a minion for herself and dispel comes last.

So with Freya' s defence buff and strong minions, her hits are even weaker I suppose ?
Anonymous said…
Just pulled her and am going to pair her with Bera and Frosth just to see what kind of bedlam I can create. :)
Anonymous said…
How do you like Devana ? Anyone has already maxed her ? I got her today from a free coin pull
Telly said…
I haven't levelled her up past level 1 :)
Sun said…
I got her from a free coin pull in Avalon and have been using her to fill the monster chest. Her minions have 238hp even though she's unlevelled yet. It's really impressive 😀 and the small mana gain is also quite useful 😀 and I saw a video where Skadi was in defence but couldn't kill her minions 😮 Really awesome
Anonymous said…
I was lucky enough to get Devana and I think she will work great with puss in boots (makes summoners summon a minion for themself).
Only problem I see is what to remove from my minion team (so far it's Puss, gravemaker, lady of the lake, Yang Mai and queen of hearts).

However, Devanna with puss in boots and frosth on the team could be fun too...
I haven't played with her yet, but I think B is too low, if you have any heroes that could back her up a bit
Anonymous said…
I had a thought. She seems most useful in wars where skeleton minions are summoned. I was luckyenough to get two of her and having that many mega-minions seems nice.
Cernicalo said…
Telly, have you tested her against mystic titans? Does her minion destroy all of these watcher minions? If that’s the case she could be quite useful there.
Anonymous said…
You did not touch (or very little and I missed it) her elemental link of mana generation. In a yellow stack against minions/ buffs team, I think she can do wonders - of course only on offense.