Was going to complain about spoilers before posting an introductory video, but I realized later it's a datamine.
I once said I would take either Laegjarn or Laevatein but I take that back: I prefer Laegjarn any day. The same goes for these New Years alts. Although I read Laegjarn will be the TT unit so I won't have to gamble for her, yesh!
Normally I would complain about 2 units sharing color in a a banner, but in this case I'm fine with getting either of the 2 red frost siblings so it's cool. The AoE on Gunhtra's weapon is big, while Hrid seems nicely min/maxed for physical defense. His weapon further supports his bulky nature. Sucks that neither got more unique combinations like Fjorm's Green bow + flier. By the way, I get such as strong Yuyuko vibe from Gunnthra xD
I would take Joint Hones over Hone 4s any day, can't wait for the rest.
And the fixing of banes through merges, oh boy. I do have a couple of seasonal units from which I got 2 copies hoping for better "natures", and couldn't get anything better, but if I can just patch those, it makes it easier to decide to merge them than just keep them around as potential rare skill fodder. On top of my head, I can now patch a -Atk/+Spd B!Sanaki, and a -Atk NY!Camilla, I got 2 HS!Elincias too, and worked on one that just swapped Def for Res, a merge would only patch up her lowest defense. Not a seasonal, but I got 3 Micaiah with supotimal nature as well. I would have to re-check their boons to see which stats will end up improved.
Other units waiting for merges are my main girl Nephenee who is +Atk/-Spd, an Elincia with -Atk, S!Linde with -Spd.