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Model Leader is a Water, Diamond Annie variant.


Signature Ability 1
While Annie is alive, she clears all teammate DEBUFFS and grants ARMOR for 15 seconds every 30/25/20 seconds.

Signature Ability 2
Gain permanent AUTO-BLOCK for each 25/20/15% HEALTH lost.

Tips and Tricks

Role & Strategy

  • Model Leader is defensive support fighter with a Signature Ability that clears all teammates DEBUFFS and grant them ARMOR periodically every certain amount of time. Furthermore, she gains permanent AUTO-BLOCK when she loses a certain amount of health, making it difficult to start long chain of combos against her without getting blocked.
  • Model Leader's first Signature Ability makes her a fearsome defender and one of the best defensive support fighters in the game. The ability to clear all teammates DEBUFFS allows them to overcome common offensive strategies such as BLEED, CURSE, and HEX which can make it difficult to take down the whole team within the time limit. Thus, it is important for players to use OUTTAKES and eliminate Model Leader first before defeating the rest of her team.
  • The best way to counter Model Leader is to inflict HEX through fighters such as Heart of Darkness and Red Velvet that render her vulnerable without any Signature Ability to rely on. Furthermore, characters with relatively low number of hits but can still land more than 5 hits (ideally 6-8 hits) such as Parasoul and Cerebella are recommended to deal significant amount of damage while bypassing BLUE SHIFT and Model Leader's AUTO-BLOCK. Due to AUTO-BLOCK only working when the opponent is standing on the ground, it may be beneficial to keep them in the air as much as possible during combos.
  • Marquee Ability: As a defensive fighter, BLUE SHIFT is the recommended Marquee Ability for Model Leader to increase her durability and force opponents to use longer combos to deal damage. Furthermore, this synergizes very well with Model Leader's own secondary Signature Ability that gives permanent AUTO-BLOCK, making it difficult to properly finish a combo without getting blocked.
  • Stat Investment: Like most defensive fighters, Model Leader will greatly benefit from investment in HP and Defense to significantly increase her defensive capabilities and increase her durability in a fight. Meter Gain is also recommended to quickly charge up blockbusters when hit to punish opponents with an unblockable Tier 3 blockbuster. Resistance can be a nice addition to resist common DEBUFFS such as CURSE or ARMOR BREAK and especially to resist HEX which can render her vulnerable.

Rift Battles

  • Model Leader is a fearsome defender in Rift Battles due to her inherent synergy with Frost Armor that significantly boosts her defensive attributes. Common strategies in dealing with Frost Armor often involve DEBUFFS such as BLEED, CURSE, HEX and ARMOR BREAK which can all be removed via Model Leader's first Signature Ability (unless she herself is HEXED).
  • When paired up with durable defenders such as Heavy Metal, Brain Freeze and Blue Screen, players can find it increasingly difficult to defeat Model Leader and her teammates in the allocated amount of time. Other catalysts such as Auto-Immune, Hexy Time and Curse of Knowledge can also be very useful to significantly cripple the player's offense.


  • This variant's name refers to the fact that Nessa is both a Gym Leader and a successful model within the game.