A decent Empires and Puzzles Raid strategy will boost your chances of winning. But the question is, What strategy will work best with your current hero roster?
Today, I’m detailing the 3 main Raiding strategies I’ve used over the years. This is perfect for beginners who might only have a few decent heroes.
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Part 1: This post (A Raid Strategy Guide)
Part 2: The Complete Colour Stacking Guide
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#1: Attack Up/Defence Down (Empires and Puzzles Raid Strategy)
Attack-Up/Defence-Down, was my first Empires and Puzzles raiding strategy. Before that, I just tried to smash tiles in hope of launching Special attacks.
Attack-Up/Defence-Down is a viable strategy for beating teams much stronger than your own. And of the 3 strategies in this list, it requires the fewest elite heroes.
Here’s how it works:
Take a hero like Rigard (costume), who casts +48% Attack-Up to all allies for 3 turns, and team him up with a hero like Tiburtus, who brings the enemies’ Defence-Down (by -34%).
The result? Your tiles will now slice through the entire Defence, like a hot knife through butter.
Once you have Attack-Up and Defence-Down heroes in your line-up, you can surround them with Hitters, Healers, and Buffers.
There are many easy-to-find heroes with Attack-Up or Defence-Down Specials, including:
Attack-Up – Rigard (costume), Boldtusk, Grimm (costume), Wu Kong*, and Grevle
Defence-Down – Tiburtus, Isarnia, Frigg, Morel, Grimm, and Gunnar (costume)
Remember, you want the Attack-Up to buff all your heroes if possible. And, you want the Defence-Down to impact as many enemies as possible.
Bonus tip: Fire off your Attack-Up hero first, and then follow with your Defence-Down hero; as Defence-Down heroes normally cause damage and so will benefit from the Attack-Up before hitting. So, in this example, have Rigard fire first, then Tiburtus.
*I don’t like playing Wu Kong because his misses are infuriating. Use him at your peril.
Related: E&P Limit Breaking Guide
#2: Healing and Mana Control (Empires and Puzzles Raid Strategy)
Your Raiding strategy is often dictated by the heroes you pull. The second strategy in my list is another which can be implemented by most E&P players.
However, this strategy does become much more effective if you have a couple of elite heroes at your disposal.
Here’s the idea:
- First, you select a hero (or three) who can reduce the oppositions accumulated mana reserves. Lady of the Lake is the ideal candidate.
- Next, you need to keep them alive long enough to fire off their Specials. That means playing a quick healer alongside them.
- Finally, you fill the remaining slots with heroes that complement your team. Skills that come to mind are Dodge, Counterattack, or a top class Striker. Ideally, the Supporting Cast will also impact mana, so heroes like Leonidas, Chao, and Elizabeth, are advantageous.
The simple goal of this Raid strategy is to stop enemy heroes from using their Special skills. And, to eliminate them in a slow, methodical, manner.
Mana influencing heroes who will work in this strategy include: Lady of the Lake, Mitsuko, Li Xiu, Elizabeth, Proteus, Leonidas, Little John, and Chao.
#3: Micromanage the Defence (Empires and Puzzles Raid Strategy)
This is my current strategy and it’s better described as, Preventing & Managing Specials -it’s a proactive, rather than reactive, strategy.
Managing the Defence in this way is fun because you’re constantly prioritising your hits.
That said, you can’t actually run this strategy unless you have the right heroes for it. Here’s what you need:
- A strong healer: Rigard is an elite healer. He Cleanses all allies, and casts Attack-Up.
- A Malosi type: The ability to stop Defence heroes from casting ailments or buffs.
- & A Bai Yeong type: The ability to mute or stop Defence heroes from attacking your Raid team.
Other heroes that will also complement Bai Yeong and Malosi are, Kadilen (because she makes all allies Dodge Special skills for +45%), and Krampus (due to his overall defensive abilities).
E&P Raiding Strategies
Once your roster improves, you’ll be able to combine a few strategies into each Raid. But in the meantime, using these strategies in isolation, can really make a huge difference to your win-rate.
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