[Trophy Strategies] Hold, Bait, 2nd, Crop, Max, & Bacon or strategies for attempting to influence your trophies
Following are known strategies for attempting to influence your Elo rating (trophies) in Empires and Puzzles. Trophies are your public Elo rating, many MMO have a hidden Match Making Rating also. More than two Elo ratings is possible in a game, but leads to diminishing returns due to random chance.
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“Hold defense” (Thanks Revelate)
Place your single highest power hero on your defense team. I once lost to a single max tier, max level Boldtusk when I had a full five hero 2*/ 3* team.
Note: according to alliance fellows, does not work for trophy ratings of 1000 and under. Not sure at what level it does start to be effective.
On your defense team, place your 5 weakest heroes with common villages troops (+0% attack, defense, health).
If your three teams are full, select your weakest team.
Leave this as your defense team while you sleep.
Some people spend food to select raid opponents. If you have only 1-4 heroes on your defense team, they will skip you for a player with a 5 hero team when trying to complete Wanted Heroes mission.
Since you will be attacked while you sleep, many of your attackers will be asleep when you are awake allowing you to use the revenge button in your watchtower.
Since this is such a weak defense, your best team will have an easier time with revenge.
If you lose too many trophies when you sleep, set your second strongest team as your defense team.
If the “2nd defense” strategy still loses you too many trophies, “Crop defense” uses your best team by replacing your two best heroes with other heroes.
“Maxed Out defense”
Use your best defensive heroes on your defense team.
Raise your watchtower until you have a decent 2* team.
By not raising your watchtower after you have a decent 2* team, you can concentrate your food on common training (recruit training level 1 or RT1), low cost training (RT4), extra low cost training (RT11) and elite training (RT13 if you don’t have a decent 3* team by then).
"Tower of Bacon"
Once you are running 1 training camp at legendary training (recruit training level 20 or RT20) and 1, or more, camps at extra low cost training (RT11), raise your Watchtower to level 20.
You are generating the most XP per day for leveling heroes (RT11) and have the best chance at 4* heroes (RT20 according to Devs & forum) so you can now generate food from your Watchtower.
A) The level 20 Watchtower generates food if you are not attacked.
B) Some people spend food to select raid opponents, this means they have extra food. By having lots of food in your watchtower, you tempt them to attack you. This lets you revenge against players with extra food or high food generation (base, raids farming, etc.).
Note: When you unlock RT20, if you have a good 4* team, only run RT20 once/ week for a teeny tiny chance at a 5* hero. Loot (Epic Hero Tokens) and Event summons (once per month using gems) will give you a better chance at 5* heroes and a bonus roll for the 5* Hero of the Month.
[Edit:] Some good advice on the above from Revelate
Edited by Revelate