Game of War changes constantly. A good target one day will trap your hero the next. How many times have you burned a target and then capped by a different player with similar power and gear? How do you know which targets are good to hit and which aren't?
Also, if you play the trap how can you make yourself a more appealing target.
Let's first talk about whether a target is good or not.
Step 1: Uncover Troop Counts
Scout them to find out how many Troops they have.
This is not always possible. In fact it's likely the target will have an anti-scout boost up. However, if you are able to get the scout and they have relatively low troop counts, say under 1.25 billion troops then it becomes difficult for them to capture your hero if the player is using the setup seen in Latest Requirements for a Flawless Trap article of Frostlord, Imperial Dragon, Kinoichi's Daggers.
With the latest cores, research, gems and hero levels the "Flawless" setup requires close to 2 billion troops. However, be careful of cores.
Step 2: Check the Gear of the Rally Target
As mentioned in Step 1, gear is major issue when it comes to choosing a target to attack. However, just because the target is showing a certain set of gear doesn't mean that will be the same gear when you actually hit him. Tell your alliance to keep a close eye on the gear. Describe which items they should look out for that would make you want to cancel your rally, ie. Kinoichi's Daggers, cores, colossus, etc.
Your opponent's Graveyard will often tell you what the player is capable of. If you see high level heroes recently executed don't get too full of yourself. Its likely your fate will be the same.
However, most trap players are aware that rally leaders are checking their graveyard. So, they keep it clean by not executing heroes that they have captured.
Check the profile of your target. First, what is the kill:death ratio, KDR? If very low, this means they lose many troops compared to how many they've killed. A low KDR is often found on low tier troop traps. You can bet the trap has a large number of troops, albeit, low-tier, or they've often been zeroed due to lack of properly protecting their troops.
If low power and low KDR chances are they will easily burn. If high power and low KDR chances are they are a heroless trap and will burn only when hero is captured. If high power and high KDR they rarely burn and will likely cap your hero.
When searching for a good target to rally first look at their gear and power. This won't always tell the whole story. Next, look at their graveyard and see if they have recently executed a top level hero. Finally, you can check their profile for KDR to see if it is high or low. If high KDR they have lost view troops in the past compared to how many they've killed. They will be difficult to burn.
You can try to get a scout report but it most cases the target will run an anti-scout boost.
Want more information on trap building? Read one of our trap serieses here.
Let me know how you decide if you will win versus your enemy in the comments below!
Navi and Darkthorne