I have noticed a trend on Line in the last few weeks, and I feel stupid for not doing this sooner. It’s really simple: A picture says more than a thousand words. And over the past few weeks, I have seen plenty of illustrations/pictures that depict certain elements of the game, as a short guide so to speak.
And although they are good reads to get familiar with he material, it’s mostly text and not suited for quick referencing. And while chatting such as in Line, it is much easier to give a picture than explaining it word by word every time. So here below the fold I have posted some illustrations for basic gear/gem set-ups. I know other versions are also around, but hey, I like some photoshopping and I like it to be available on the site.
Feel free to download them and share them on for example Line, whenever a tournament starts again and people start asking the same questions.
One of the most popular articles on this site is the Best Sets article, describing which sets of gear are most useful for attacking, defending, and for campaign/CHS. At the moment, this article is still very useful, but pretty soon, it will be completely rendered useless. Why? The new Gems. In this article I will explain why this is the case and how gear will be chosen in the near future…and why this makes me think the new Gems stink….
The new way of selecting gear
Why will gear selection change? The old situation
The new situation: The new Gems
The new “best” gear
An example with Replenish and Void gear
Does diminishing returns not factor in at all anymore??
Apparently, Kabam can be really messy with their communication (who knew, right?). Remember the mail which stated what the Gems would all buff? Here it is:
Seems as if Kabam is confused on what attack and life debuff means, beause as most of you have found out, the Sapphire and Citrine Gems are reversed in effect: Citrine debuffs enemy life, while Sapphires debuff enemy attack. Anyways, I changed it in the Gem Embedding article to reflect the correct buffs and levels now….
So the new Gems have been announced, and the Life buffing Emerald gems have been introduced. But for the Ruby, Sapphire and Citrine gems, we are still in the dark, although it seems safe to guess they will each buff either attack, attack debuff, or life debuff like the Emerald Gems. Concerning the Emerald gems, I have seen up to lvl IV right now, while the rest of the levels in the Gem Embeddingarticle are hypothetical for the time being. So my question is, if you have any more info on the higher level gems stats, feel free to post them here and I will add them to the article. Thanks!
So a few days ago update 12.1 and later 12.1.1 hit the stores. First for Apple and Kindle, and later for Android. Many many Apple users erported highly unstable gameplay, sometimes not even being able to get in-game, prompting many to not update if they had a choice. Right now, the 12.1.1 patch seems to have fixed most problems and all versions are running as stable as we can expect.
In the 12.1 update preview I already posted a list of likely things to be coming in this patch, but now we know for sure. Here are the changes from previous versions:
3D maps can now be toggled (2D/3D), hopefully removing some of the lag with the 3D map.
Heroes in Training position now defend wall and rein even when the city is closed. By far one of the biggest changes, meaning no more free wall TKs unless no Hero is assigned, and the option to simply close during TK without giving away rein troops for free.
Some changes to item orders and unpacking orders. I still hate the unpacking order. Just keep it as it was: add new chests to the bottom and do NOT have the screen jump around….
Two more slots for Oystering Boats. Useful? We’ll see..
And lastly: NEW GEMS! Ruby, Sapphire, Emerald and Citrine Gems are coming. I am confident they will work identical to Artamir gems, but simply have the type of buffs for each gear piece switched around, so it would be possible for example to get Attack debuff on every piece of your CHS gear instead of just the ring…Wil scores go up to 1.5B? Probably. Will it widen the gap between top and bottom players even more? Likely. Will it make TK comps even more tedious as noone is gonna stay open? I hope not….