Basic Gear and Gem set-up illustrations

citrine gemI 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 if we look at gear and gems for example, I have articles on Best gear Sets, where and how to use Gems, which gear attributes go where when…and then we have Hero Skills going in the mix as well….

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.

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Best Sets lists and how to use them

thorin furWhile I used to post a screenshot of the top 30 offensive and defensive gear sets with the Best Sets article, I have now provided a link to a zip file which contains the two spreadsheets I use for that, containing all of the hundreds of possible gear combinations. In order to work with it or understand them, I will provide here a short explanation of what each number represents, and how you should use it to compare gear.

  • 1. First off: Division, Gems and random rolls
  • 2. The numbers explained
  • 3. Using the list effectively

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Battle Mechanics IV: Diminishing Returns and how to deal with it

attackWelcome to the fourth installment in this Battle Mechanics series. In this part, we will once again take a closer look at Diminishing Returns, how it works, and how it influences our choices for gear and Gems, following the formulas we arrived at in parts I, II and III. Diminishing Returns (henceforth DR) can be a tricky subject, but once you understand how it works it is actually pretty easy to work with.

  • 1. The concept behind DR
  • 2. DR visualized
  • 3. DR and distribution of buffs and debuffs
  • 4. Should you always balance buff and debuff?
  • 5. Conclusion on choosing gear with DR in mind

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Some new Hero Equipment

elrond ringSome new level 1 Legendary gear has been introduced the past weeks, which I have now added to the Hero Equipment article. These include the Beorn Axe, Bilbo and Gandalf Cloak, Sting, Radagast Staff and Elrond Ring.

Concerning the Elrond Ring I, I am not yet sure whether all (non-random) attributes apply to all troops. If one of you has one, could you please confirm whether this is indeed the case? Nevermind, just confirmed this is indeed the case…

Hero Equipment: How to acquire Bard’s Gear

bard heroWith the new Lake-town campaign map, players have the opportunity to farm the levels for Bard’s gear or get them from the new Alliance Bosses. But unlike other drops, the gear requires other gear to be farmed before it becomes available in most cases. Just like with constructing some buildings, you need to work your way up if you want the complete set of Bard’s gear. Below is an overview of the dependencies of all pieces of gear, where and how you can find them, and how to complete the Bard’s set.

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Quick tip: Using Ent gear for Campaign

entRemember how I mentioned in my article on Hero equipment, that the Ent set is becoming popular to campaign with? That is because each piece of Ent set has two identical bonus attributes: 1% Life to ALL troops (so 2% per piece). But to be effective, do not just swap out all your gear to Ents just yet. To be most effective, use these pieces:

  • If your Hero has Pilfered gear, only use Ent weapon, cloak, amulet and/or ring*/**
  • Any sets lower than Pilfered can be freely exchanged for Ent.

*You don’t need to swap the Pilfered shield for Ent, as it deducts 2% standard life bonus for 2% bonus. See this chart.

**I don’t know whether the 5% life bonus of all 4 Ent pieces weighs up to the 5% attack loss compared to full Pilfered, but I’ve read that the Vitality score outweighs the Efficiency score in campaign, hence this set-up becoming more popular. Try at own risk 🙂