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Pros v Cons Support (Marth vs Eirika)

Wondering who'd be the better support unit for my team (Neph, Lilina, LA!Hector).

I figure Eirika would be better with her refined prf, but I've constantly heard Marth to be better. What are the differences between the two? Is there a third unit I'm missing who could also throw their helmet into the discussion?

Asked by Synx5 days 12 hours ago
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by Synx 5 days 12 hours ago

At the moment, my fourth unit is L!Ike with his base kit + Heavy Blade. He's a solid unit, also especially beneficial during this season. I could probably put Hector aside for a full infantry team, but I dunno who could effectively replace him.

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You could run Nino and Eirika, Nino's new tome being a buffed Gronnblade with the special penalty removed and granting Eirika +6 or +12 Attack on the right turn depending on positioning and spacing.

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I forgot about the new refines, Nino would be a beast bonded with Eirika.
So Nino to replace Hector, and who would you recommend Eirika replacing? Lilina or Ike?

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I just acted within your parameters, choosing 1 between Marth and Eirika and choosing an infantry unit to possibly replace Hector (thus I went with green and a unit that has synergy with one of your two choices). When I wrote my response I did it based on the indication that you want 1 of either Marth or Eirika to replace Ike.

If anything I'd like if your team had a healing function and a dancing option. Armor teams should exploit stats (though they have a choice for healer now); cavalry teams can run a healer but without a refresher should probably have pivots on them (defensive walls like Sigurd or Triangle Adept Cecilia) instead of going pure offense, unless they have WT!Reinhardt (who is a pivot by way of an offensive defense); fliers can go all offense but (I think) should run L!Robin if possible.

(Pivots belong on a team because there may be occasions when, with a pure offense team, you can't sweep a team or fully retreat out of harm's way without losing a unit.)

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Yeah, Ike is who i intended to replace initially. As I was writing the the post, I was considering keeping Ike for his legendary buffs and allow other units to be replaced. Sorry about that.

That said, I see where you're getting at, I'm going to add Nino to list of future build projects. She'll definitely be fun to run.
Thanks for the additional info, really helpful!

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by Alne 5 days 12 hours ago

To be honest, I never found Eirika to be a particularly potent (pure) support unit, even with her refine. Marth just has better utility imo.

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So I've heard. How do/would you run him?

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The build I go for is kinda just refined Falchion + drive spd and drive atk seal

The other skills don't matter as much but I use moonbow, reciprocal aid, TA, and renewal

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Yeah, Eirika's refine is kind of old, and it gives +4 in a world where now even infantry often get +6.

Marth's Falchion isn't too impressive on the support side, but it's very easy to access that support function, and I think carrying Renewal 3 on the weapon is excellent.

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