After a few months of struggling to find time to finish my first maddening run, just yesterday I completed Sliver Snow Maddening (With NG+)
How was it? It was fun honestly! I didn't mind the early game hurdles, after getting used to the craziness this mode had to offer I think they can have 30+ reinforcements coming after me and I'll be peachy!
Male Byleth - Wyvern Lord = He did great, It was a bit difficult to get to Wyvern Lord but when he did, he became a Sword Flier of doom. Had to give him a Strength booster from the DLC for Chapter 13. He also dodge tanked with Ferdinand.
Ferdinand- Wyvern Lord = Once he got Avoid Stance, enemies would barely touch him, he helped bring clusters of enemies for the rest of the group to finish off. He had a bit of a strength issue but it sat at a good 34. After getting Swift Strikes, it didn't bother me as much.
Dorothea- Gremory = I heard that she wasn't a good mage or more so decent by many in the community but she was great during my run. Sure she's not Lysithea but Meteor and Thoron was good enough for me to spam. She also provided heals when I didn't want Mercedes to waste Physic points. She oddly had more HP than a few of the mages (Definitely because I had HP + 5 on her, she almost had 50 HP)
Bernadetta- Sniper = She became Hunter Volley the character. I wish there was a way for me take advantage of her personal skill but I was too nervous to risk her getting hit. When she got Bow cirt + 10 she was destroying Demonic Beasts.
Petra- Wyvern Lord = I love Petra, I really do. But unfortunately because I made her focus on Axes more than Swords, she couldn't dodge tank as much as Byleth and Ferdinand. She definitely doubled with Axes which I appreciated. She was also the fastest out of the group. For the final battle she used the ballista to break the barrier of the final boss and flew away with Canto.
Linhardt- Dancer = He dance, he danced but mainly he danced.
Felix- Warmaster = Felix helped a lot with his high damage output and tanked some damage because of the Aegis Shield. He utterly destroyed a lot of things with crits and or his crest. I was a bit concerned of his strength being low but he proved me wrong by sitting at a good 38-39 strength. If I was nervous about a map Felix would just simply say "TOO SLOW" in which I would respond thanks Felix I think I got this now! Love this man!
Sylvain- Paladin = The living example of virgin to chad. Pre-Time Skip I had my fears with Sylvain mainly because his stats were a little low and I couldn't have him on the field because I needed to make sure the BE students were good enough to survive Reunion at Dawn. After the time-skip, the moment he got Swift Strikes he destroyed everything in two strikes. After that his stats started rising up to places where I needed them to be and he popped the final boss. Thank you Sylvain, you saved the world! (Though Felix got MVP of that map)
Lysithea- Valkyrie = Valkyrie Lysithea was amazing, she sat there and threw spells without getting into danger especially with Thyrsus and the added range of Valkyrie. As expected Lysithea nuked a lot of things and warped characters in case I needed to kill the boss before I got myself into trouble or warp Mercedes in a safe position. Please please use Valkyrie for your mages, I guaranteed they'll serve you well.
Ignatz- Bow Wyvern Lord = As a fan of Ignatz, I knew I had to use him for something, he was the most accurate character out of everyone in the group. Similar to Sylvain I couldn't have him on the field because I needed to make sure the BE students were good enough to survive Reunion at Dawn. He debuffed the enemy and sometimes crit the enemy. Ignatz never lets me down.
Mercedes- Bishop = She was the teams primary healer. She was behind everyone because she unfortunately gets 1 Timeskip Autolevel, but by the end of the run she caught up. Her fortify helped alot.
Yuri- Trickster = The character I married. I was hoping Yuri would have been a awesome character but his strength was at a mere 26. I tried changing him to Swordmaster to hopefully raise his strength up a few points but unfortunately it mainly increased his speed even more. He then helped the team by his foul play shenanigans, his hero relic and his recover spell. If I could have made him a different class, It would have been Warmaster. He did have a good BST score so that's something.
And that's about it folks! I'm glad to finally do a maddening run. I do want to do a Crimson Flower run to complete all four routes... is what I would love to say but I accidently overwrote my GD(My first playthrough at launch) file so Golden Deer would be the last route to complete.
Thank you guys!