Happy Birthday, Das Bénévolents!
This week marks the first anniversary of our founding, when Desu, Sun and I posted our first collaborative review on Reddit as Team SAD. Since then, we’ve come a long way- let’s take a look at some of our highlights throughout the year! But, before that…
IN MEMORIAM: DESU
We bid a sad farewell to founding member, Desu, who has retired from Otogi and LINE.
Desu united the English language community, first on Reddit, on LINE, and on the Otogi dB website. Desu wrote numerous opinion and strategy pieces while moderating the Otogi sub-Reddit. When PvP was first introduced into the game, Desu extensively tested and optimized PvP farming, allowing players to obtain the Limit Break Orb more easily. Desu was also the face of the farming community, and managed hundreds of PMs to join the farming groups on LINE. In order to streamline the release and publication of daemon analysis and strategy tips for the game, Desu created the Otogi dB website.
Beyond the herculean effort Desu put into managing the Otogi community on various platforms, we remember Desu best in Desu’s interactions with dB, Otogi LINE Chat, and in guild. Desu was always optimistic, high spirited, and willing to test and try new ideas in-game. Desu’s generosity of spirit meant that everything Desu found out from testing, was shared freely, even to absolute strangers.
As a person, even only through online interactions, Desu’s sunny personality and derpy sense of humour took centre stage. One of Desu’s continued running jokes, was the denial of a gender identity. Desu always refused to identifying as male or female, allowing netizens to make their own assumptions. The community eventually concluded, that Desu’s gender is Desu, hence the pronoun for Desu is likewise, Desu.
It’s bittersweet that we’re celebrating dB’s first birthday with your departure. Knowing your love for crack poetry, I suppose it’s fitting that I should send you off with an extremely crappy poem that I’m sure you would absolutely not be proud of.
There once was a person named Desu,
Who had a great idea while taking a poo,
They recruited some friends:
A model, a hamster lord and one who grows bell-ends,
And thus began the greatest strategy group Otogi ever knew.
Farewell my friend, we’ll miss you dearly.
Desu’s always enthusiastic when discussing strategy and forming meta teams for different game modes. Desu’s ambitious and creative personality, along with the numerous spreadsheet for the players made Desu a well-liked leader within the community. Thanks for the formation and invitation to the best strategy group in Otogi.
It was the middle of the night when I decided to scroll through general chat, skipping towards the end of the usual 999+ messages. The chat was lively and excited over super natural experiences (other than Bani, because who is spooked during the middle of the day?).
Pictures were shared, pictures that I inspected closely with much trepidation. “I’ll give myself a real heart attack one day,” I thought as malicious red eyes surfaced upon zooming in and brightening the phone screen to a degree that would normally blind me. I shuttered and attempted to cast the image out my mind, not successfully. There was an agreement to have a separate chat for sharing scary stories. And so, I was invited some time later to said chat.
“Desu, it is your turn,” the other members said as I entered the chat. So, Desu told the best horror story I have ever heard.
There was once a man who was so fat.
He ate everything and died.
When reading through the guides that Desu have written, one would think it was a computer rather than a person writing up these strategies. Yet, Desu was the type to want to share stories, roast people and drop the mic and have the same excitement as others would have for a new movie, but for strategies.
Maybe we’ll pick up from where we left off, or maybe not, but the community will agree that there are plenty of things left to cherish from Desu. As I say to my guild, life comes first, so long as you are not a filthy casual 😛
Thank you for always helping us all improve.
I remember first joining general chat online and randomly deciding to share the spreadsheet I had lovingly created (with my best friend Freya – not Freyr the healer), I mean there’s no point in having a great spreadsheet if it’s just the two creators using it! Instantly the response I got was “pfffff, great another Desu!”. Initially I just thought “…who??”, but thankfully it led me to Desu. It was a pleasure to meet someone so enthusiastic about numbers other than me! I thoroughly enjoyed building the effective stats spreadsheet (is that sad? Yes it’s probably sad…) knowing I had at least one person’s undivided interest in it. It’s sad for someone with such drive and passion to have to leave us, but I wish Desu all the best on whatever future lies in store!
dB pays tribute to Desu for Desu’s contributions to the Otogi Community. We love you, simply for being who you are.
We welcome the community to tribute to Desu in the comments below.
DAS BÉST HIGHLIGHTS OF THE YEAR
The start of it all
14/11/16- the day it all started with our first review as Team SAD, which was a Top 5 daemon rating for each type of role. Banila joined us shortly after, and we became the BADS strategy group. This quickly became BANDS, with the addition of Nao, and then as we expanded further… well, it was a bit hard to form a name out of all our initials then. So we ended up with Das Bénévolents: something that had all of our initials, plus a few extra letters and a bit of European flair.
Check it out here.
This is probably what we’re best known for- particularly on our website, which has reviewed 145 daemons across 48 posts!
Check out our analyses under the Mechanics & Analysis tag.
Our early days focused on pumping out of a range of spreadsheet-based tools, thanks to our team of intrepid Excel experts. Personal favourites are probably the Effective Stats spreadsheet, and the Tower Calculator.
Check them out here.
In anticipation of the World Boss being released, dB posed a question to the community- which team of daemons would you bring to survive as long as possible against a World Boss that does increasingly more damage over time? We had some interesting responses from the community on this one!
Well, those are some of our favourite highlights from the year. We’d like to say a big thank you to you, the community, for all the support, feedback and interaction we’ve received! We’ve got plenty of great content in the works, so onwards to the next year and beyond!