So, when I first wrote about this subject in the older articles, Tactical Troops (TT) had not been released yet or just shortly, and I never added a new article about getting good high scores for CHS events. But every major CHS event I see an enormous spike in views, so I guess people are still looking for the ultimate guide. And although such a guide does not exist really, here are the steps you can take yourself to make you personal best CHS guide using TT!
1. What makes a great High Score
Short recap: High scores are defined by Efficiency and Vitality (marching time has been eliminated), which are made up by the number of troops you send in and the number of troops you lose respectively. Basically you will want to lose the least amount of troops with the least amount of troops send.
Is one better than the other? Yes, Vitality/number of troops lost, is much more important compared to efficiency. I’ve said this before, but I almost doubled my campaign scores when I first used Replenishing gear, even when attacking with full 122k armies! So focus on losing the least amount of troops first, and then work back to sending out the least amount of troops.
2. Troops to use
So of course the TT Stone Giants and Master Rangers are what you use to get the best score. They have by far the best defense and offense available in-game respectively. Master Rangers kill the Goblins, and the Giants provide a meat shield for them.
3. Guide to use
Also said before: There is NO ONE guide you can just copy and which works for you, unless you have the exact same buffs and gear as the author AND the author actually got the best set-up figured out. You can use them as starting points surely, but the end goal is to make a guide for yourself, tailored to your guardian/gear/perm buffs!
4. Hero, Gear and Runes
5. Getting great scores/Making your own guide
So as preparation, you should have some form of noting numbers down, preferably Excel or something. Note down each level and leave room for number of troops sent and lost, as well as high score. Whether you start blank or with another guide as starting point is up to you. So here we go in a few simple steps:
5.1 Send a full wave
First thing you do is finding out how many Giants the Goblins can kill in one attack. You should aim to end the battles in one round in combat, hence this step. You do this by sending 10k something Giants, and filling up the rest of your army with Master Rangers. Take note of the number of Giants killed.
5.2 Reduce the numbers
Next step is to reduce the numbers. Start by reducing the Giants to 1+the number of killed Giants. Always use one more than killed, as the first alive Giant could be killed 5/6 for all you know, which equals multiple Rangers.
Next reduce the Master Ranger number. First bring it down to around 5-8 times the number of Giants (this depends on the level of your gear: the better you gear, the more times you should multiply the Giants). This should in most cases not result in additional losses on your Rangers, and Vitality should be the same as found in 5.1.
Next keep reducing the number Master Rangers, small steps at a time. Keep doing this until you see your losses go up again. Eventually, this will net you the perfect amount of Master Rangers to kill the Goblins resulting in the minimum losses found in 5.1. In principle (!), this is your personal best High Score!!
5.3 Eliminate chance element
Now, although battle is almost 100% fixed, there is a SMALL random factor in it somewhere. This is most notable in the higher Moria maps, and good campaigners will all have experienced this. For example, if you have a map where you lose 122 Giants, there is a small chance that if you keep hitting it, one of the hits will result in 121 Giants lost, and up your score.
Where this comes from is unknown to me, but I have had frustrating times in campaigning where I had hit the “121 mark” high score of the example above before, and couldn’t seem to get that score again, constantly losing 122…Only after attacking 10+ times I got it again. So for absolute best numbers, hit maps multiple times with the same set-up, especially Moria maps!
5.4 Update your guide regularly
Last step is to keep your guide up to date. So whenever you acquire new gear, improve your Guardian or get new perm buffs, it is advised to go through campaign again and adjust the numbers when necessary. Doing this on a regular basis ensures you won’t lag so much behind other players when new gear and items are introduced!
So as far as I know, this is the best way to get your high scores up. Did I miss anything, or am I wrong on some points? Or do you have an even better strategy? Let me know in the comments, and until then: Happy campaigning!!