Entry 2: War of the N00bs
Before moving on to one of my favorite teams, I wanna lay down some war tricks that may be helpful to newer / low CP players who can’t stuff all their war rooms with 200k+ meta teams the way us tryhards do.
First of all: for every newer war player, one of the basic initial steps is setting up a whole bunch of bot stomper teams.
It really doesn’t take much to get a character to 3k-5k, especially if your account is at least a few months old and/or you whale so hard Japanese fishermen are out hunting for you as we speak. Five reliable toaster-roaster teams means 25 guys you spent maybe 30–50k each leveling up, plus gear costs and level 3/2/2/1 abilities. That plus your more powerful teams (you do have those, right? right???) will let you hit 8 attacks per war, provided there’s enough bots to go around (and if not, your alliance will always appreciate you suiciding against boosted meta teams like me approaching a girl in the club pre-covid, thinking *this* time things will go differently). How high in power level, exactly, each character needs to go depends: meta or near-meta, 3k; random idiots thrown together, 5–6k each.
What we have here is the ol’ Showcase trick. Newer players (or your alt account) might not have enough dudes stronger than bots to fill each war defense room. Instead, use just one character and run them with four bots —unequal power levels are a good rule of thumb in war defense, and the Showcase dials that up to 11. What Rival’s doing here is an extreme example, but even new players can do this with hardy 10k+ characters with good damage, HP, armor, and/or self-healing. The idea is that your opponent will be fooled by the presence of bots and/or low room power and throw in lowbie toons for your showcased hero to annihilate one-by-one like they’re extras in a John Wick movie. A few of these rooms might be better than a bunch of bot rooms plus one room of five guys the opposing team’s resident whale will destroy anyway. Besides the obvious choice of Cpt. Marvel, good candidates are Hulk, Wolverine, Kree Reaper, Deadpool, Sabertooth, Rhino, or anyone else not in one of your meta squads, with a good mix of damage and survivability.
Finally, as a long-term goal for new players (this won’t apply to most people in my alliance), I highly recommend Haus’ approach of pouring nearly everything into a single do-it-all meta team and ignoring the game trying to sucker in new players into going with the Defenders, who nowadays scrub toilets in the meta characters’ swanky country club. The Asgardians are the best because they check all the boxes:
- Stab-you-in-the-face in war
- Raid well in Ult6
- Raid well in at least two Greek raids (they’ll need Thanos to replace Sif in that one raid with the Mystic nodes)
- Nexus, Cosmic, and (again, with Grimace filling in) Mystic campaigns
- Blitz to 8.3
- Viable arena team, pre-Ultron+Phoenix
- NO LEGENDARY REQUIRED — the most important requirement for newer players
- But they unlock a legendary all by themselves. And two help unlock Phoenix
The next-best option are the Sinister Six. Not quite as powerful, and they’ll need Minn-erva in Ult6, but they unlock not one but two legendaries all by themselves. Nice!
Ok, one of my favorite teams will follow.
Until next time… good luck, commander! (Wait… why does merely typing that make me hate myself?)