The release of the Power Shaman Gear Set last week has initiated some debate in the Game of War Dragon Dimension Community regarding what gear is the better choice for leads. This article will solve that debate by comparing the stats available for the two most recent attack gear sets, the Behemoth Slayer and the Power Shaman Gear Sets, to determine which is stronger at this time. Before we delve into the gear comparison, however, this article will provide a refresher for how Set Gear works and the different components of the game, including research, which can change the overall strength of your gear.
The “only because my Editor made me do it” Disclaimer: The stats used in this article are current as of the date of publication. As anyone who plays Dragon Dimension knows, MZ is always releasing new components to the game. With every release that occurs, the information contained in this article will become stale (unless updated, of course!). The purpose of this article is to provide the reader with a logical starting point to determine which gear set is better for their particular account. Use this information at your own risk!
Understanding Gear Sets
As many of you know by now, MZ announces new gear via in-game blog posts. What should be the first thing you do when MZ releases a blog announcing new gear? Shield? No, silly! Fortunately, the days of being zeroed due to glitchy gear, like we saw in Demi, appears to be over (*knock on wood). The first thing you should do is compare the stats shown in the blog for the gear versus the stats shown in the Forge. Why you ask? Would it surprise you if I told you that the blogs are sometimes wrong? Well, unfortunately, they can be.
To emphasize that point, here are two very good examples, directly relevant to this article, where the stats shown in the blog are wrong. The first example is the blog post regarding the release of the Behemoth Slayer Gear Set. Here is what MZ’s blog stated about the gear:
Focusing your attention on the stats for the Behemoth Slayer’s Treads, the blog states that this particular piece of the gear provides 7,000% Enemy Troop Defense Debuff. When you view Behemoth Slayer’s Treads in the forge, however, a different picture emerges:
As you can see, the Treads actually provide 11,200% Enemy Troop Health Debuff.
For the Power Shaman Gear Set, the blog released by MZ showed the following stats:
Focusing on the stats for the Accessories, we see that the blog states that one Power Shaman’s Charm Accessory provides 4,500% Enemy Troop Health Debuff. When you view this Accessory in the Forge, however, we see that the blog is not correct:
What is the moral of the story? When evaluating your gear, always go with the stats shown in your Forge!
The next thing you should consider regarding your gear is that stats shown in MZ’s blog will never match the stats you see in the Forge. Why is this? Does anyone remember the Crafting research tree that we completed ages ago? If you have completed this Crafting research tree, your gear automatically receives an increase in the base stats. The amount of the stat increase depends on the Level of the Hero on which the gear may be equipped. The current, most-relevant gear in the game, such as the Behemoth Slayer and Power Shaman gear, can only be used on Heroes at Level 50 or higher. For these gear sets, you will automatically receive a 60% increase to the base stats for each piece of the gear crafted at Legendary.
Any discussion of Gear Set stats would be lacking if we failed to consider the Gear Workshop. The Gear Workshop is a building that allows you to improve, or “Power Up,” individual pieces of certain gear sets to a maximum of 10. This function is also not available for all Gear Sets and should be reviewed to compare your gear sets. The tricky part concerning powering up gear pieces is that any changes made to an individual piece of gear in this part of the Gear Workshop alters the stats of the gear if you have crafted it and it is in your Inventory. The stats shown in the Forge, however, do not change. Thus, take extra care to ensure that you are looking at the correct stat when you are comparing different Gear Sets.
As many of you know, the earlier version of this article stated that the Gear Workshop also changes the individual stats of the gear when you raise the Set Level of the gear from its base to a maximum of Level 50. While this is true, what was not accounted for in the earlier version of this article was how Set Gear Leveling actually functions in the game. The information available in the Gear Workshop regarding Set Gear Leveling wrongly states that the gear must be active for the stats to take effect. As best we can piece together, it appears that when you level your Master Garrison to 35 it not only unlocks the Permanent Set Gear Bonus (which allows you to break old gear while maintaining the Set Gear Bonus) but also made Set Gear Leveling apply regardless of whether the gear is active on your Hero. Thus, when comparing Gear Sets, you should not consider the stat increase garnered from Set Gear Leveling as it applies regardless of what gear you are using.
A Closer Look at the Behemoth Slayer Gear Set
The basic stats for the Behemoth Slayer gear, with the 60% Crafting Research multiplier are shown, below:
When you raise the power of each piece of the Behemoth Slayer Gear to 10, you attain the following additional stats:
Factoring in all of these stats, the overall strength of the Behemoth Slayer Gear Set would be measured, as follows:
As you can see from these final stats, the Behemoth Slayer Gear Set is a formidable gear set for attacking your enemies! The question remains, “How does it stack up against the Power Shaman Gear Set?”
A Closer Look at the Power Shaman Gear Set
My first point regarding the Power Shaman Gear Set is directed at my favorite players, the traps. At this point, very few leads are likely to have a full set of Power Shaman Gear in Legendary given that it just dropped last week. Thus, the best advice would be to continue to maintain the defensive adjustments you have made to your account to address the Behemoth Slayer Gear Set and predominant attack configurations that we are seeing i.e. Infantry missiles.
For all of you stat aficionados out there, the collected stats of the Power Shaman Gear Set is shown, below:
Remember, these stats are based on what is shown in the Forge, rather than the blog. The blog mislabeled the stats for the accessories!
Given that the Power Shaman Gear Set is not presently modifiable in the Gear Workshop, the overall strength of this gear is limited to the base stats, as modified by the Crafting research modifier. The collected stats are, as follows:
The Comparison and my Takeaway
With a side-by-side comparison of the Behemoth Slayer and Power Shaman Gear Sets, a clear winner emerges:
As you can see, the Power Shaman Gear Set wins handily in most of the Empire Assault stat categories except for Health but is not significantly better regarding Debuffs. As a lead account, while Debuffs are certainly important, Empire Assault stats should remain a priority in your build. Thus, the Power Shaman Gear Set would be the better set for attacking, especially if you are using an attack configuration that is Empire Assault / type stat specific (as you should be).
If MZ decides that additional attack is necessary to change the combat balance in the game, they could easily inject more attack by adding Set Gear Levels to the Power Shaman Gear Set. For our trap players, this means that you will want to continue to increase your Empire Defender stats as much as you can as these stats offset the Empire Assault stats available in the Power Shaman Gear Set.
Where to go for Additional Information
Team Real Tips has guides for most of the gear that you see in the game. Curious about the best defense gear? Check out my article here. Curious about the September 2020 Cores (that still do not work)? Check out this great article by Cinder. Remember, our beloved game is constantly changing. Thus, the burden remains on YOU to educate yourself on those changes. Read the blogs released by MZ! Ask questions of RealTips writers in our Line rooms and on Discord! Remember, there really is no stupid question and we are happy to help you understand the stats that you are working with!