After this latest round of extreme nerfs we have now arrived at the point where the legendary hero Hadrian is now arguably less of a dps than the common hero Phaidon. Granted both heroes got nerfed this last patch by the buff/debuff nerf since they both rely heavily on buffs for their damage output. Those heroes that don't need buffs on the other hand are now quite overpowered or those heroes that needed buffs are underpowered. It's a potato potato thing... For some reason though... Hadrian is seems to be effected more so than other heroes. At first we thought it might be that he was broken... as in one of his other skills were not activating... nope... that was wishful thinking.
The following is just some tests that I've run to compare their damage... Keep in mind that my Hadrian has the very best runes I could find. My Phaidon has all the hand me downs from Hadrian that didn't make the cut. They are both ranged physical artillery so the discarded Hadrian runes are still useful. They are good runes... just not the best I have. The Hadrian in this test is 42k power and Phaidon is 37k power. Both have a crit rate of 68%.
First Test - Damage without skill usage
This is not a random sample where Phaidon outdamaged Hadrian. It happens every time... I am not using either hero's active ability in this test. I'm simply using briarus and gadrus... the two most common buffers for a physical team. Neither Hadrian or Phaidon are being boosted by Gadrus. In this test, Phaidon is superior every time...
Second Test - Damage with skill usage
In this test we are using the same lineups and using the active skills from both Hadrian and Phaidon.
Hadrian wins this matchup almost every time. There are a few rng exceptions but Hadrian will normally win this damage battle. The notable thing here is that the damage is comparable. Hadrian does more damage but not significantly so even with his active ability.
So who wins? Who is the better Artillery? Right now... Phaidon.
Honestly, if you can get essentially the same damage output from a common hero with crappier runes... why get the legendary hero? It's a waste of resources. Especially when the legendary hero needs to use his active ability to out damage the common hero. It is an advantage to be able to use the active abilities of your other heroes and not have to use the active ability of your dps. Also Phaidon's relics are easy to get, heck he's the first hero relic you collect in the game in Chapter 1.
So... until something changes... don't waste your time getting Hadrian and boosting him up. If you need physical range dps just use Phaidon who is superior to Hadrian. You can also look at Eryx and Demetra. They aren't quite comparable to Hadrian's current dps but they do nearly as much damage, have some other useful team fight abilities, and are very easy to farm.
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