Welcome to the comprehensive article about how Epic Seven has performed over the 3.5+ years of its existence. We will be covering both the business and in game data to examine the overall health of the game and where its future might bring.
Digital video games revenue (projected) in the United States from 2017 to 2025, by category:
Anime mobile gacha games have always been popular. If we take some data for the mobile gaming industry, it is set to grow year over year. The mobile gaming revenue in the United States is expected to grow from 18.25 billion U.S. dollars in 2020 to 29.6 billion in 2025. As you can see, mobile gaming dwarfs the other sectors and it is expected to do so each year.
Epic Seven Revenue (How Much Does E7 Make?)
- Full Year (US) 2019 Revenue – $43.5k Million, Average ~3.62 Million Per Month, ~58k Downloads Per Month)
- January to June 2020 – 19.7k Million (Average ~3.3k Million Per Month)
- December 2021 – $9 Million
- February 2022 – $4 Million, 90k Downloads
Even after 3 years, the game is still doing well revenue wise and they are able to attract new players and also keep their revenue steady on an average of $4 million or so. These are excellent stats as most games will not be generating this type of revenue or even last past 3 years.
Keep in mind that these are just averages and estimates, so the actual number might differ depending on where you get the sources.
In the history of the game, there were a few incidents that caused the Korean community to outrage and cause a massive review bombing of the Korean version. Early in 2019 when the game is just less than a year old, there was a lot of power creep and lack of solutions for casual players. The gap between free to play and pay to win players were getting large and it is noticeable.
These are the 2 major ones I could recall after playing this on and off for 3.5 years. Despite all these, SmileGate has continued to move forward and try to improve the game. There will be major changes to mystic summons and seems like we are getting custom banners to pull our favourite characters. The video below goes over the major changes in the latter part of 2022.
The E7 team goes over upcoming changes and I think they are heading towards the right direction as the game approaches 4 years old.
In Game Statistics
One of the biggest attractions to play the game is the wonderful anime art style and flashy animations. And of course, we cannot ignore the awesome Waifus and Husbandos in the game.
The rankings of this is gathered at the start of the game, so any characters that came out recently will not make the list due to lack of votes. Rounding the top 10, we have:
- Challenger Dominel
- Judge Kise
The fire, earth and ice units dominate the chart as in the first year, not many people have moonlight heroes. Now that we are in year 3, they are more accessible and people can farm enough mystic medals to summon their desired moonlight hero.
Same with the husbandos, the latter units that are released will not be able to make it. Perhaps a reset of the voting system might change the rankings. That will be quite interesting. The top 10 husbandos are:
We have Papa Charles (CoRRecT YOuR POsTuRE!) sneaking in to finish off the list here. No moonlight heroes made the list as they are scarce during the first year of play. I wonder which of the moonlight version would make the list if the voting starts fresh again today.
Top Units for Hunts
One of the most grindy parts of the game is the 5 hunts available in the game. Azimanak and Caides are newer hunts added. They were mainly added to farm PvP oriented sets. In the first year, we only had hunts up to 11. In 2021, hunt 12 and 13 is added in the game.
Wyvern is the most commonly farmed hunt as it provides the Speed and Crit set, which are the best in slot for general game play when it comes to gearing your units. Here are the top 10 most used units in Wyvern 13:
- Sigret – 79.03%
- Seaside Bellona – 54.36%
- Furious – 47.73%
- General Purrgis – 37.47%
- Karin – 26.22%
- Sinful Angelica – 24.18%
- Muwi – 20.8%
- Angelica – 20.41%
- Alexa – 14.34%
- Clarissa – 11.57%
The 3 most common teams are:
- Sigret, Karin, Sinful Angelica, Seaside Bellona -12.82%
- Sigret, Furious, General Purrgis, Seaside Bellona – 7.59%
- Sigret, Angelica, Furious, Muwi – 5.02%
Sigret is the most used because she can apply multiple debuffs to the Wyvern, especially on 13. Her S3 can ignore 100% defense if there is 7 debuffs on the Wyvern. Many people enjoy using General Purrgis and Sinful Angelica for 1 shot teams. It really speeds up the run to less than 1 minute.
Golem is the least popular hunt as the sets only cater to mostly damage dealers. Speed set gives way better value overall. Here are the top 10 most used units in Golem 13:
- Tamarinne – 63.26%
- Sol Badguy – 54.62%
- Cermia – 39.13%
- Ras – 32.75%
- Vivian – 18.96%
- Ravi – 14.49%
- Hwayoung – 12.54%
- Leo – 11.76%
- Lilias – 11.06%
- Champion Zerato – 10.87%
The 3 most common teams are:
- Tamarinne, Cermia, Sol Badguy, Ras
- Tamarinne, Sol Badguy, Champion Zerato, Ras
- Tamarinne, Ken, Cermia, Ras
Tamarinne is the star of this hunt as she can cleanse and provide attack buff. In idol form, she can also strip the Golem’s attack buff if she has enough effectiveness. While Sol Badguy is limited, he gets re-runs often and new players will be able to get them as long as they stick around. Champion Zerato can return debuffs to the Golem and he cannot be stunned. Ras is our protagonist and is useful in protecting the team and can also strip + defense break.
Banshee is also a very good hunt to do if you want to participate in PvP, especially in higher ranks. Counter set provides great value due to RNG. Some units also use the lifesteal set, which is hard to get outside of getting them from the Abyss tower.
Here are the top 10 most used units in Banshee 13:
- Vivian – 78.12%
- Baiken – 71.26%
- Leo – 44.2%
- Shadow Rose – 20.46%
- Charles – 15.05%
- Free Spirit Tiera – 10.32%
- Straze – 9.59%
- Landy – 8.9%
- Bellona – 8.16%
- Vildred – 7.74%
The 3 most common teams are:
- Vivian, Charles, Baiken, Shadow Rose (1 shot)
- Vivian, Leo, Baiken, Free Spirit Tiera (1 shot)
- Vivian, Charles, Leo, Baiken (1 shot)
These are mainly one shot teams, which finish the hunt in 1 minute. This makes for fast farming and less time spent fighting the silly banshee minions.
Azimanak hunt is mainly popular for immunity sets. Due to the nature of the boss, plenty of end game players like to build 1 shot teams for faster farming. Rage set is also great for one shot units as well.
Here are the top 10 most used units in Azimanak 13:
- Tamarinne – 54.82%
- Vivian – 40.49%
- Ras – 35.74%
- Watcher Schuri – 30.43%
- Straze – 27.13%
- Iseria – 26.9%
- Leo – 21.69%
- Vildred – 20.69%
- Blood Blade Karin – 18.6%
- Arbiter Vildred – 18.21%
The 3 most common teams are:
- Tamarinne, Vildred, Iseria, Ras
- Vivian, Leo, Blood Blade Karin, Watcher Schuri (1 shot)
- Vivian, Leo, Blood Blade Karin, Straze (1 shot)
Notice the latter 2 teams are one shot teams, which is great for fast farming. The gear requirements are high though, so it might be out of reach for most early-mid game players.
Caides is the latest hunt added, which is strictly a PvP farming hunt. The sets – Penetration, Injury and Revenge are all useful in PvP and not so much in PvM. Here are the top 10 most used units in Caides 13:
- Roana – 53.15%
- Tamarinne – 45.75%
- Cermia – 38.17%
- Seaside Bellona – 34.27%
- Iseria – 30.15%
- Great Chief Kawana – 24.06%
- Violet – 23.69%
- Straze – 13.6%
- Watcher Schuri – 12.96%
- Sinful Angelica – 12.95%
The 3 most common teams are:
- Roana, Tamarinne, Cermia, Seaside Bellona
- Roana, Iseria, Cermia, Seaside Bellona
- Straze, Iseria, Watcher Schuri, Sinful Angelica (1 shot)
Straze and Watcher Schuri are MvPs as they are used in one shotting Caides. Gear requirements are very high as well.
Unfortunately, there isn’t a tool that I could find that collects old data from 2018 all the way to the present. So this is just the current meta.
The current arena in the top 3000 favours teams that can stop you from cleaving them easily. Here are a list of popular units in high arena defense:
1st Turn Contest
- Conqueror Lilias
- Operator Sigret
- Mediator Kawerik
- Designer Lilibet
- Apocalypse Ravi
- Arbiter Vildred
- Seaside Iseria
- Lionheart Cermia
Damage Mitigation and Healers
- Crimson Armin
- Fallen Cecilia
- Troublemaker Crozet
- Maid Chloe
To build a good defense team, you want it to have plenty of RNG involved or a team that makes it a hassle to fight. The goal isn’t to win your defense, but to dissuade other players from attacking you as much as possible.
Guild Wars Stats
Guild Wars has always been fun since the meta changes as time goes on. Unfortunately, there is not tool that can track the most common Guild Wars defense teams over the course of 3 years. However, we found Fribbel’s Guild Wars tool, which is super useful for team ideas when trying to setup your own defense tower.
This awesome tool helps you find characters and potential teams top 30 guilds are using to score more defense wins. You can then search teams you have to fight and see what other players are using.
Real Time Arena(RTA) Stats
Thanks to epic7stats.com, we were able to compile some interesting data of the evolution of the RTA over time. You can see the popular picks and the heroes that rise and fall in and out of the meta. The data is based on pick rates for all ranks. The chart(x-axis) represents the number of picks in any given RTA match in that period of time.
2020 (Jan – Jun)
When Seaside Bellona and Fallen Cecilia were released, they were very popular picks due to them being safe picks. The tanks such as Krau and Fallen Cecilia could help mitigate damage for the rest of the team. In fact, any unit that could mitigate damage to protect the damage dealers were preferred. There were not a lot of tank busters at this stage of the game, so buff strips, counters and control teams were much more common.
2020 (Jul – Dec)
The Arbiter Vildred meta started to emerge. “CaN yOu HEaR thE AppRoaChinG RuIN?” These were the fun(or not fun if he was the enemy) times where many players dreaded the Moonlight Dreamblade or Alexa’s Basket Arby. There were not too many units that could deal with the revive, so he was an easy top pick for AoE damage.
2021 (Jan – Jun)
At the start of 2021, Cerise, Fairytale Tenebria and Landy entered the meta. Cerise is used as the opener to foil opposing teams from moving by controlling the entire team. Fairytale Tenebria could debuff the entire team and provoke key units, which is super useful against any team.
Landy was also really good as she can punish buffers and barriers and cannot be counterattacked, which was a huge issue as teams were tanky. Researcher Carrot also was able to make herself useful in this meta, with auto-burn against AoE attackers (ignores effect resistance at one point, but it was nerfed soon after).
2021 (Jul – Dec)
As we head towards the end of 2021, troublemakers Belian and Rimuru came into the meta. Belian prevents people from use souls, making it hard for cleave teams to delete opposing enemies. She is also tanky and can strip buffs on counter attacks.
Rimuru can steal enemy buffs and has a one shot skill that can take out damage dealers, bruisers and even tanks if he has really good gear. Rem also poses a lot of threat with her counter attacking shenanigans.
2022 (Jan to Mar)
This is the current meta at the time of writing. Conqueror Lilias, Angel of Light Angelica, Politis, Ran and Peira has entered the scene to contest for the first turn. Conqueror Lilias is an all around solid pick with team Vigor buff and can control a unit with her second skill.
Angel of Light Angelica strips everyone’s buffs and silences them without fear of retaliation. Ran can contest first turn and AoE defense break enemy teams. Peira can prevent enemy team from using combat readiness push and buffs while giving her own team attack buff and damage mitigation.
Because of all these non attack skill openers, Politis has found herself extremely useful in this meta as she is able to disrupt these 1st turn openers, giving your team an upperhand at times. Mediator Kawerik also is a great pick.
Consistent Youtube Content Creators for Epic Seven
- YDCB – 234k subs
- Mango 7 – 36k subs
- Grass Angel – 38.6k subs
- Astranox – 34.3k subs
- JaganX – 14.7k subs
- DrSquirrel – 17.1k subs
- God Doggos – 22k subs
- StirPhry – 11.7k subs
- Shotgun Shogun – 34.5k subs
- Samool – 12.4 subs
- car_6 – 20.2k subs
These are the content creators that consistently post Epic Seven content over the years and continually do so. Building a channel past 10k subscribers is not easy and takes a lot of work. So kudos for getting there.
What this means for Epic Seven is that there is still plenty of demand for the game and people are still watching them after 3.5 years.
This concludes the post and hope you gained some insights and valuable information regarding Epic Seven.