King Level 30 or less: Offense
Okay, so this is not a very complicated topic. Just walk around with your king, hit towers with spells and such, and use your units to back you up. Pretty simple and intuitive, right?
Alright, so that’s not very helpful. Honestly, at your rank there isn’t a lot to be said, because you haven’t unlocked very many troops or spells. Your options will be somewhat limited for a while yet. If you do not have your third spell slot or your third troop slot , those should be your top priority. DEFINITELY buy the spell slot first!!! A lot of people make the mistake of buying the troop slot first. I would personally advise not buying anything with your gems until you buy these slots. These slots are absolutely critical if you are to progress very far into the game.
Your most valuable troops will probably be your knights , and your cannons. If you don’t have cannons, you can use whatever you want; I liked frosters best. Cannons are usually used for towers (they don’t target anything else, really), and knights are your filler. Frosters are good at keeping enemy troops off your back. Note that your raiding style should and will be your own; it will develop over time. Some people like to solo the base (Rambo style)–this involves running ahead of your troops with your king and then retreating to see why they haven’t caught up to you yet. Some people (e.g. me) like to stay with their troops, blocking bombs and protecting the troops from harm. I think the best strategy is probably a combination of the two. Other good troops on offense are frosters and occasionally paladins , although I can promise you that your paladins will most likely become useless at higher ranks. If you use paladins, just don’t invest too heavily in them.
Oh, and if you happen to have a boosted troop from an alliance, you should probably use that boosted troop.
As for spells, you probably will want to run around with firestorm and swordrain. Hammerstrike can be good if you don’t use cannons or paladins, or if you have leveled hammerstrike up a good deal, or if you just like hammerstrike in general. Firestorm is good against most things (and especially firebolt towers once you start fighting those); swordrain is only good for enemy troops. Hammerstrike is actually good on everything if you keep it leveled up. Again, I cannot repeat this enough: if your troops and spells are winning battles for you, don’t change them!
As for medals , Don’t worry too much about the medals people offer you. The equations for calculating the medals appear to be less accurate at the lower ranks. However, use reason. I would say that a 200-medal opponent is probably ideal for your rank, maybe? It’s hard to give a number because the medal counts are more flexible at this rank.
Finally, I wouldn’t worry too much about advanced raiding techniques yet. Get used to your spells and troops, unlock arblasters and blizzard and heal, and then you can start implementing more advanced strategy. I will discuss more advanced techniques around king level 30-55.
When I was your rank, here was my favorite raiding combination: knights, cannons, firestorm, swordrain
Later: knights, frosters, cannons, hammerstrike, firestorm, swordrain