So, my alliance (the HUNS) has dropped all of its elite boosts but one to help the alliance level up. Everyone dropped 500-1000 trophies. I was used to fighting very high level kings in the 4500+ trophy range.
Now here I am again sub-4000.
What a strange world! Opposing bases aren’t fully stocked and loaded, of course. Elite boosts range from full-on to non-existent. Almost every base has a fatal flaw that can be exploited with a spell or clever maneuvering that you learn fighting in the higher trophy range. It’s not sheer force of resistance vs. your raiding party anymore.
It’s, strangely, very, very pleasant in these ranks. Yes, you lose every once in a while, but more based on your own mistakes. You can spend much more time walking around, letting your king heal. You can summon troops you haven’t summoned in months, just to see what they’ll do. You can try spell combinations that are fun even if not immediately devastating. You can almost fight elite arbs with any spell combination you like–they’re no longer invincible, and far less frustrating.
Put it all together and the game is incredibly balanced down in these ranks. No single troop dominates. You can fight at a slower pace and think a lot more about the opposing base rather than just avoiding every last bomb and ogre strike that’s about to level your raiding party. The wars don’t seem to filled with shenanigans: folks just fight.
It’s so non-neurotic. People don’t complain.
It’s so interesting. I kind of wish this kind of gameplay could scale for the highest levels of competition, instead of the mania that surrounds the Top. It’s still challenging; it’s still competitive, but it makes so much more sense. It’s like the game before all the crazy updates foisted on us these past few months. It takes you back to where you had to rely on your wits and foresight rather than getting every last bit of timing correct.
So, who knows what changes Flare will make by the time the HUNS climb back up. But I hope they get back to their roots and make the game as balanced at the top as it is in the middle. The game is simply fun again, reminding me why I started down this long road in the first place.
Wherever you’re ranked, enjoy! All these little bases give us a great puzzle to solve every day.