SM Stage: The Evil Controlling Orders (Normal)
Card Reward: Diablo, Manipulator of Elements
Date: 2nd May 2014
It’s been a long time since I did this kind of mini-guide.. and it’s probably cos I’ve been skipping quite alot of them, resulting in my lack of powerful cards and thus my inability to clear many new SM stages with ease D: However, old stages like this are still really easy to handle. I am aware that a previous guide for Diablo exists, and this is simply to provide an updated team I used.
No special requirements to enter the stage. Just prepare the 50 stamina required and in you go 🙂
The stage cannot be done by Greek teams due to stage 2. There are free skill CD -> 0 boosts on stages 1 and 3, so it strongly suggests the use of high burst teams. This SM bans Heart runes, so no healing can be done by combat means and if you bring offensive converters, they will NOT be able to work unless you first convert other runes to Heart runes beforehand. Since you can activate actives on turn 1, and there is an absence of healing anyways, Cassandra is a very powerful member to have for this stage, since all her disadvantages are negated.
There are 2 essential roles in this team: Shooter and some kind of skill to deal with Isabel. The shooter will kill off the egg in stage 2 so that you will not receive the explosion damage. For Isabel, you can either reduce her damage dealt so that you can survive, have enough HP to tank it (not for this team) or use an Isabel to deal with Isabel 😛
Stage 1: 3-4 turns for you to kill both. Just look at their CD timers and plan who to kill first. REMEMBER to activate Cassandra the moment you enter please. And try not to perform full attacks, since enchanted runes will cause you to deal no damage the next stage.
Stage 2: First of all, use your shooter to kill the egg. I hope you took more than 1 turn to clear stage 1, cos you need turn 2 charge of this shooter to deal enough damage to kill the egg. Use all the skills you have to kill the Yvette, since you will get them all back next stage. HOWEVER, DO NOT DISSOLVE ENCHANTED RUNES. Daji or Endor should do the job, but I feel Daji is safer in controlling enchanted runes skyfall disaster.
Stage 3: Try to kill without actives in 2 turns. It is very possible with some luck with skyfalls.
Stage 4: Try to kill the egg to stop the poison while stalling Dark runes. It’s not deadly to take hits here since you shouldn’t be taking much more after this. Then, use your Isabel’s active at CD1 of enemy Isabel and let her perform an attack. Now, you have 3 turns to kill her, which is really easy without actives 🙂
Stage 5: This is a new stage. Basically a 6 HP thing to kill. So do it.
Stage 6: Target the egg first, and try to kill both without actives. The pre-evolved form of Marg has only 600k+ HP, which you should be able to finish off in a turn or 2. After she evolves, Hp will be at 1.2m+ HP, but being Light-based, this team will be able to kill her in 2 turns quite easily as well. I brought in an Endor just in case, but you might wna save it.
Stage 6: Final boss Diablo. Once you reach this stage with Daji active up it should be an easy 1-turn kill unless you do not have a set of 3 runes for every color. If you are unlucky, Endor is here to help by extending 3 rows to reach for that 1 more rune to satisfy this annoying shield. But if you do use Endor, bear in mind you will not have access to your craft. Anyways, congratulations easy :3
In all, this stage is fairly easy and perfectly farmable.
The article/guide on the Nightmare part of this SM is out! Do check it out here!