First batch of updates are finished

arrowSo I promised to update you people on what updates I managed to do, so here it is. I worked as said primarily on the smaller articles to get that work out of the way, but also focused on all the new gear that was still missing from this blog. Here are the update articles:

Right now the priority is figuring out the new Attack orders of all troops. That will be finished over the weekend. After that I will update the Smaug article and also work on finding the new attack and life modifiers, which were changed, and update the articles relevant to that.

Thanks all for your patience for now and see you soon!

So what do you think of the new Index?

As you might have noticed, I have updated the Index page to look much better (IMO) and present the articles in a much clearer way. I have divided all the articles into 8 new categories, gave each category a  nice banner (again, IMO), and grouped and indented articles which belonged to each other.

Presenting the index as clear as possible was always a priority for me, which is why I added it in shortly after beginning this webpage, but with all the new game features and articles written in the mean-time, the old Index had to go. But of course, I want your opinion!

So what do you think? Does it help you find articles better and more efficiently? Does it look better to you? Or do you have suggestions of your own? I’m very pleased with the results myself, but would love to know what you, the readers, think of it. Let me know! 😉

Hero Equipment: How and where to Embed Gems

Gem Embedding enables players to make their gear perform even better in war, enhancing attack, defense, and/or march sizes. But the higher level runes are difficult to acquire, as it takes to 1 year and 8 months to just farm one level 6 Gem from scratch with the picks regenerating for free. Although we are helped by Gem Shards and Gems in chests and tournaments, it’s still inefficient to just start combining them to level 6 Gems, so choices have to be made.

In this article, I will look at what the Gems do in each gear piece type, what gear should be Embedded first, and how to most efficiently upgrade Gems along the way.

  • 1. Buff types and Gem effects
  • 2. Diminishing returns
  • 3. Best Gem Embed gears
    • 3.1 Offensive
    • 3.2 Defensive
    • 3.3 Campaign
    • 3.4 All-round set-up
  • 4. Efficiently upgrading Gems

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Campaign: The new Smaug

smaug thumbnailLast week we received news the New Smaug was introduced. It was highly anticipated, and  a lot of players took to the forum to explain Kabam how NOT to ruin the experience in the process of upgrading the dragon. Unfortunately, the new Smaug was highly disappointing and was met with a lot of negative feedback.

But in a surprise move, Kabam decided to listen to the critiques within a week and upgraded Smaug again. Read on to see what has changed form the old familiar lizard and a possible way to fix him once and for all…

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Update 11.2: Even more features

Smaugs clawKabam seems to be really picking up the pace with releasing new content and announcements. Messages came from the forums and from the new 11.2 update of the game, which is available now in the Google Play Store. Today’s announcements:

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Update on new Tacticals and related issues

LT pikemenIt seems the updates keep coming through. After yesterday’s updates, it seems preparations are being made for the inclusion of the two new Tactical Troops, namely the Lake-town Pikemen and Longbowmen. If you go to your Barracks, the building requirements (not rss) can be viewed, and they mention another few additions, seemingly connected to the new Tacticals. Continue reading to see what is known right now.

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Updates on the blog and game

A short post on some updates to the game and the blog.

  • The Gem Mining article was added last week together with the Attack Order post. Unfortunately, Kabam felt the need to change the attack order as soon as I published the article basically. The change: Woodsmen now really fight first and die before Stone Giants. I will try to update the graphs as soon as possible, but for now just keep it in the back of your head.
  • At the time of writing, I have just added the latest equipment to the Hero Equipment article, including the Smaug and Thorin gear. What is missing still is the Lieutenants weapon, as I do not have all info on it yet, but it will follow. It drops form extraordinary goblin caverns.
  • The Kabam team apparently has listened to the many complaints about the Smaug Token drop rates, and opted for changing the Smaug campaign map. In their statement they promised a more difficult Smaug, but with better drops, better reflecting the Might and gear many players by now have acquired. Additionally, you do not have to actually defeat the new Smaug to walk away with treasure, similar to the temporary campaign maps! Introduction should happen within the week.

That’s it for now, stay tuned for more updates!