A. It starts at the defence.
If you haven’t got a defence team that consists of 5 maxed at least 4 star heroes, that is now your priority. The easiest points gained are points not lost! Focus on your strong defence first, so your opponent has to waste more flags on you.
B. Get a nice roster of 30
You’re going in to use your 6 flags anyway, so better make it worth it. For now you can work with 3 star heroes, but 4 star or better are definitely your future. 4 stars and above are keepers, 3 star only placeholders.
Each team needs at least one, preferably two healers. Two because of that pesky revenge bar. I prefer rainbow teams. Fast hard hitters are extremely useful. Wu Kong can turn a mediocre team into a killer of giants. so cherish your additional Wu’s.
C. Train your 30 from the bottom up.
So you already have a strong defence, but your roster of 30 heroes is still lacking in strength? An unlevelled 3, 4 or 5 star won’t make a dent in a pack of butter, honestly. So how do you upgrade them? One at a time? I suggest you level your roster of 30 heroes up from the bottom. Yes this means spreading your hero growth over many. But when all your 6 teams grow you will see you’re able to get more points out of your flags. More than focussing on one hero. You simply advance faster across the board than when you focus on one.
Many a war is simply won because one side attacked more often than the other. Don’t be the team that loses because they’ve got slackers among them.
E. Plan your battles (1)
There basically are 4 types of attacks:
1: full team wipe, this attack is aimed at wiping out an opposing team completely
2: centre kill, this attack is aimed at killing the centre tank and if possible more
3: cleaning house, this attack is aimed at killing off an already weakened team
4: botch, this attack is when you get a board that sucks and you lose bitterly
You want to plan for a type 1, 2 or 3 attack. And 4 is what may happen regardless of your careful planning so get used to it.
Full Wipe attack typically takes a team that is 300 to 600 team strength stronger than the opposing team.
Centre Kill attack typically takes a team that is about the same strength as the opposing team.
Cleaning House attack typically can be done with a weaker team - just how weak depends on what’s left over.
Botch attack will happen to any team, in any attack. This is why given the choice between a Full Wipe and a Centre kill, you would usually go for the Full Wipe. So when it botches you at least have a Centre Kill to show for your efforts. A botched Centre Kill is a true botch.
F: Plan your battles (2)
The winner scores more points. If both sides make the same amounts of attacks, then the winner is that side that scores the most points per flag. So plan your battles in a way that you (*) score the most points for your flags. Real Life restraints can come into play here: an attractive target for a full wipe may only revive when you’re in bed/at work, so you’re going to have to do something else.
(*) You is singular for novice strategists, and plural for advanced ones. See (3)
G. Plan your battles (3)
You can go about doing what’s best for your own point score. But it may very likely not be the best for your total alliance score. This is where you turns from singular to plural: coordinated efforts will beat individual efforts. So do you use that 3.400 strength team to SQUASH a 2.600 team, that someone else could have wiped with a 2.900 team? Or do you use it to severely weaken a 3.300 team, so someone with a 2.200 team can finish it? So there’s that team with one hero left standing with a sliver of health, do you send in that 2.500 team just to harvest the yummie team bonus, or do you grant a less developed alliance member the honors with a much weaker team?
H: Have fun
You can’t win all wars, so if you’re on the losing side, remember to have fun. Celebrate the smaller victories if you can’t celebrate the big one. And keep courage, persevere! Tides have turned before, and the war isn’t over till it’s over!