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How to Catch Up in the the Demigod Dimension

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Everyone needs a little time away. It happens. Sometimes things happen where you just need to put down the game and take some time for yourself. Nevertheless, we all have returned.  The game pulls you back in, but mostly, it’s the people we meet and form relationships with that brings us back. So we redownload the game, reset passwords we forgot, and watch the game come back to life, and prepare to learn how to catch up in the Demigod Dimension.
Then it hits you, you are faced with the realization that you have no idea what is going on. With the release rate in the Demigod Dimension, it’s easy to fall behind, feel overwhelmed, and not know where to begin to put your account back together.  So let’s take some time to figure out how to catch up in Demigod Dimension.
Get Back in the Community
Game of War has an extensive community of players. The players have found many ways to communicate and share information regarding the game using different apps. Line and Discord are the two most common apps used by Game of War players for this purpose. Real Tips has both a Line room and a Discord Room for the Game of War community. These rooms have a vast amount of knowledge from the many different players, and we all share and help each other as much as possible.
Find a Friend
Everyone needs to have one person to act as a mentor to help guide you back into the game. Find someone that is willing to be there to answer all of your questions about how to catch up in the demigod dimension. Add them to your Contact List in-game so you can easily reach out when you are buried deep in building and need a fast answer. This person will also be a good resource to help you pick your packs wisely! The great part is that most players are very helpful, and this should be an easy step.
Join an Active Alliance
This is a very important step in making your comeback! The obvious reason is that you have a group of people to help you guide you in the right direction. However, there are a few less than obvious reasons. The first being the Alliance Helps. This will save you speeds when you are researching, building, and training. Also, many people learn by watching. Being in an active alliance you can watch conversations in alliance chat. You can observe rallies. This will help you learn how to use any new features. Not to mention, it is so much easier to get an Econ Blessing when you are with a group that is logging in the game consistently.
Make a Plan for Your City
Now that you are in the Real Tips rooms, you found a mentor, and you found an alliance, its time to focus on the actual work. This is where most people get overwhelmed. However, breaking it down into sections makes it easier.

Hero and Gear– Get your hero leveled up and make sure you have presets ready with training, construction, and research gear ready.
Building Levels– A lot of the research requires your academy to be at a certain level. Therefore, it is best to try and build as high as you can go before you start researching.
Research– This is the foundation of every great account, so make sure you complete as much of your missing research as possible
Training Troops– There is no reason to have to train troops until right before you are ready to drop your shield. The only exception to this is if you need to gather resources. If that is the case, train just enough to fill a march.

Don’t forget to use the Real Tips guides to help you along the way. We have a Hero Guide, a City Guide, and a Guide for Gear.
Drop Your Shield and Have Fun!
Now its time to finally join the fun! Drop your shield and get in some rallies. Don’t forget that continually taking hits is the best way to test your account. Maintaining account is an ongoing process, but it is certainly part of the fun.
Have a tip for players returning to the game? Comment below and tell us what was the best advice you received when you returned to playing Game of War.
 
 
 
 
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Defending in Demigod Realm

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When it comes to Demigod defense, it’s been evolving in Game of War. While many assume that defending is the same as being a trap, it’s simply not true. Trapping is the art of appearing to have a weak account when, in fact, it’s very strong. If you are simply building to defend, you are not worried at all about appearing to have a small account worth hitting. You simply just want to make sure you can fill rallies and drop your shield without the fear of being burned by a solo or rally.
In this article, we will go over what it will take to have a safe build, a basic safe Demigod defense account.
Important Stats
Knowing which stats are important when defending is the most important piece of information to have. This will allow you to guide yourself through gear, hero skills, and other areas such as the Boost Hall with greater ease
Of course, we all know that Demigod Defense, Attack, and Health are the most important. Also important are Attack and Health Debuffs. But remember that those are supporting stats, and they affect the attacking player’s troops and not your own. Any stats that improve your Troops are stronger than the stats that affect the incoming troops. Having high Debuffs will not save you if you have not made sure your Demigod Attack and Demigod Defense and Demigod Health are as high as you can get them. Right now the Demigod Defense Debuff is around 65k, so you want to push to get your defense above that number.
Another thing to keep in mind is the importance of Trap stats. Your traps take the brunt of the hit and are usually the only thing lost in a battle. Make sure you have Trap Attack, Trap Defense, and Trap Health maxed anywhere possible.
Gear
Depending on what kind of set up you are using will greatly influence your choice of gear. It also will have a lot to do with which pieces of gear you have leveled up, powered up, and enhanced the farthest.
Because the Defense Debuff is around 65k, you first want to make sure that you have gear that will get your defense over that DD stat. Then, add in pieces that add a lot of Attack to help kill more of the incoming march. Some of the attack pieces will also have Attack Debuff in them as well, so those are beneficial in more than one way.
To get more details on gear, RealTips has two more detailed articles to help you with your selection of Gear and their Stats
Troop Composition
This is a highly debatable subject matter, as well as highly diversified. But keep in mind, your Troop Build will be directly related to your stats. If you have higher stats that are closer to max, then you can cut your troop count down farther than most. However, if you’re stats are average to below average, you will need extra troops to help you take those hits. Keep in mind, this is a general recommendation for most players to build safe to take hits. We recognize that there are many possibilities to choose from, especially if you like to play different styles, but this is the most general setup recommended to not burn.
Building to Not Burn
First, using t4 as a meat shield is no longer suggested. The amounts that you would need to build would be very costly and would increase your power exponentially. The cost of building the t4 needed to not burn could be put to use in other areas.
T5 is the most efficient tier to use for building your meat shield. Currently, you will need at least 500million t5 Traps and 100million t5 mythics to not burn for a t6 rally. If you are going up against a notorious maxed account, they may even need more.
Hero And Hero Skills
Which Hero you use will greatly depend on the levels of the heroes you have open. Just because you have the new Beryl hero will not mean that it’s the best one to use, especially if it’s not level 85 or above. That seemed to be the point at which the Beryl had higher stats than the Blue Knight.
Like discussed in the Stat section above, you want to first skill your TTMM Demigod Attack, Demigod Defense, and Demigod Health. After that Attack Debuff and Health Debuff would be important. Finally, make sure you skill the individual Type Attacks and Type Defenses.
What About Mercenary and Dragon Realm Stats?
Many ask about the Dragon Realm Stats, Whirlpool, Gushing Lava, and Desert Storm. These are actually type stats in themselves. Whirlpool is the same as Waterlord, Gushing Lava is Firelord, and Desert Storm is Thunderlord. These type stats have been tested and are about one fifth the strength of the normal Type Stats. So unless you have plenty of extra skill points, don’t worry about putting skills in these spots.
Lastly, mercenary skills are also often questioned. We tested multiple times with the berserkers and even having banners that multiplied the berserker stats. None of the RealTips tests showed a change in the outcome when we skilled both mercenary defense and mercenary health. The Mercenary Attack did have a slight kill increase, although priority would definitely go towards Type attack over mercenary attack.
Banners and Gems
Banners and Gems are a great place to add what is missing. If you feel your account needs to kill more incoming troops, then use the banners that have the most attack. If you think you need to save more of your troops from being killed, then stack defense and attack debuff in gems and banners. You can quickly look at the banners and gems at RealTips previous posts on each of these topics!
Check our post on Demigod Gems here
Information about Demigod Banners is here.
Miscellaneous Information
Research- You want to do as much research as possible. Power gained from doing research is not anything to be concerned about any longer. Besides your gear, your research is your most powerful tool. Get in that academy and get to work!!
Lifetime Boost Hall- We can not stress the importance of this building enough. Although the stats seem small, they do all stack and will add up to a significant amount. Think about the stats we have discussed in this article, and then figure out what you think your account may be missing. This is one of the places where you can really get the Trap specific stats built up.  Use this boost hall to your advantage!!
VIP- Vip doesn’t necessarily need to be maxed, as this can sometimes defer leads from hitting you. If you are building a trap, then just upgraded little at a time. If you are just building to defend without burning no matter what it takes, then go ahead and get your VIP as high as you want.
Special Buildings- The special buildings are very important. These can be leveled as high as you can get them, and as long as you run Anti Scout, no one will know if you have them maxed or not. Some buildings to focus on leveling first for Defending :

Black Market– Demigod Attack, Demigod Defense, and Demigod Health
Alchemy Lab– Trap Attack and TTMM Attack Debuff
Speed Up Treasury– Trap Defense
Gear Workshop– Empire Defender Demigod Attack
Archeology Hall– Empire Defender Demigod Defense
Mausoleum– Empire Defender Demigod Health

While many players have found their own little tricks to the game, this is sure to be a safe Demigod Defense build for any player. Always keep in mind that as new releases come out, you want to increase your defense and also increase the number of traps and mythics you use for your meat shield. Do you have any tips you would like to share with other Real Tips players? Comment in the section below and share with the community!
 
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Game of War Time Capsule: Cores and Traps

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Do you remember slaving away in the forge? Taking hours and hours to craft the best set? Back in the day, you were determined to hit that mouthy trap in kingdom chat — the one that always capped you and never released. In this Game of War Time Capsule, we’ll be wandering down memory lane and reminiscing on the way cores and traps used to work. 
Cores and Traps
Cores were such a big part of gameplay once the first set was released. We all sought after secret recipes and spent hours constructing awesome customs. Everyone that used Cores knew how valuable they were. For that 45 minutes that you were burning that set, you felt invincible.
Myself, I was a trap back in those days. I would seek out players that I knew made the best core sets. The difference being that they took the time to pay attention to the stats, they Gemmed their sets the best, and they took plenty of time to roll that set bonus to the highest they could get.
Back when I started in 878 Djotus, I began as a trap. I quickly found myself a rival. He loved burning me, and I loved capping him. He was among the kingdom’s most disliked attack players, and when I would cap him, he always went in time-out. Then he would be forced to sit in my prison until his cores ran out or 44 minutes after cap to avoid him desecrating my beautiful graveyard.

Eventually, he and I became friends and when we played on the same team, I was able to become an even better trap. However, to this day he will tell you that I made him waste thousands of dollars in cores and hems.
-Cinder
I played both lead and trap accounts. My favorite core to craft was the 4H because I had the highest troop attack set bonus on it. But my favorite to use was definitely the Dragon Bone, because I had zeroed my first target with that set, and at that time DB (Dragon Bone) was a beast for Ranged. On my trap account there were certain sets I didn’t want a hit from, those sets were called Defense Debuff sets. However the common DD sets I could cap without rein or boosts. But the one set I didn’t want to get hit by was a I 47 I DD custom. He was one of my old alliance members and was a master in the forge. His DD sets had approximately 4/500 Defense Debuff more then the common DD sets. But I always tested his new sets because to capture the best players, you have to test against the worst scenario.
– k1ll1ngsd3v1l
Remembering Your First Set
Every player remembers their first and their favorite set…
“My absolute favorite core set was the 4 Horsemen (4H). I was a Wonder battler, and that was the first core set that was a game changer. Of course, by being a game changer, it was incredibly difficult to put a set together, except by buying certain packs or by winning events. I remember being at the Super Wonder and every leader was running 4H and the only difference between winning and being kicked out was what Special Set Bonus you had rolled on the set. Players spent millions of gold looking for the max on the set bonus. The Asteroid Core from the 4H Set was the first core I ever crafted from a MZ “secret” recipe, and then paired it with a set of custom cores I had crafted and was slaying in rallies.
-BadJudge
 
One time while I was playing Game of War when it was still fun, back in the day, FKN RAGE pms me and goes, bro I found a target in monster gear let’s zero it, I’m gonna call you. While we were on the phone, we decided he’d go Zeus and I would use a Dragon Bone (because my set bonus was the best there was). He never led a rally or anything, so I had to talk him through gemming and skilling. While gemming, I had to say look for the blue ones with a red center (or something like that, idk for sure because it’s a long time ago). 1 hr later his cores were gemmed. Then I had to talk him through the skill tree, that was also a pain in the butt. After the skill tree, there was only the set bonus left. In total, 2hrs after he found the target we could finally start rallying it. End of story: target zeroed, great job D:V 😎
-K1ll1ngsD3v1l
Using Cores for Defending
The funniest stories can come from using Cores as a defender. I remember plenty of alliance calls where the Rally Lead always had someone watching the gear of the trap we were going to rally. If that person yelled “Cores! Cores! Cores!” then you bet that Rally Lead was going to cancel the rally and take another look!
I got a good one for this. My first cap was with Ice Legend 27. I didn’t know what I was doing either at the time. It was my first core I ever made, and I had it set up for defense. People couldn’t understand how I was capping in it. I just went with the stats and it worked wonders, lol. (Only I wasn’t using it for the wonder.) I still have a set in my items, lol. I love that commercial for that gear, too.
-Lucifer666
Sometimes We Forget
Many players can tell you, they’ve spent hours and hours making the perfect set, just to forget to use them!!
I used to love creating cores, I had a core recipe book that I have only recently thrown away. My account was never up with everyone’s so the rally lead used to allow me to create his cores and give them a run. One of the first times I was let loose in a kill event I’d created a custom CAV core. I’d checked it double checked it, lined up the correct cav troops, organised the rally fillers with the correct troops, set the rally and excitedly marched on the hapless target… totally forgetting to equip the core and subsequently losing the battle and having the hero capped. It seems so long ago now, but the embarrassment lingers.
-Penelope
 
Core Recipe Books
Some of the more seasoned players kept all their recipes in one big core book! I know for myself, I kept a spreadsheet on my computer that I could print out when needed. Take a look at some of the awesome Core Books submitted by RealTips users!!

Cores were a vital part of GoW back then, and many of us are hoping one day they make a comeback. The addition of VIP crafting took a lot of time out of the process, but many of us still enjoy a good session in the forge!
What is your favorite Core story? Share with us in the comments below!!
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