Research Sockets in Game of War allow you to add unused gems to gain additional boosts as a reward for completing research trees. These boosts include attack and debuffs for rally leaders and an all new non-debuffable defense for trap players called Resolute Defense! Let's take a look at how these sockets work and their benefits!
First, head over to your Academy. You should see Research Sockets available for unlock. A Research Sockets Codex is required to unlock it. You should have received this codex in your mail box the first night the sockets released. If you no longer have one in your mail box and sockets are still locked please let me know about it in the comments below.
Once Research Sockets are unlocked, you can start placing gems in your completed research tree branches. Tap on the Research Socket button and you will see all your research branches. Tap on the benefits. You will see the stats you can add if you place enough gems. You need 25 of each type of point to unlock the first level of benefits. Ok, now tap on the research tab and see where you can place gems.
Research Socket Points
The points are given for placing your unused gems in the nodes that represent your completed research. So, you are gaining an additional benefit for doing great research! New and special gems have a higher point value than older non special gems. Right now it requires 2500 points to max out this feature. Once you have done so you gain the following benefits:
You can use any gem you have to gain points but currently the only way to receive maximum benefits from the Research Socket feature is to use the Liberator Gem Set Special gems. You will need 84 of these to complete all research sockets and obtain the 2500 points required to gain maximum benefits shown above.
However, if you don't have all those gems then you should use what you can to get some points going. Later, you can remove the gems you used and replace with better ones. The gems are preserved in the research socket. You will never lose a single gem in Game of War unless you decide to destroy it.
The following image shows the point values for the various gems in Game of War.
Research Socket Advantages
The advantages of unlocking these additional benefits from Research Socket are fairly straightforward. If a player only used Mythical Divine Topaz worth 5 points each type then they could reach 420 points (or the 3rd tier of 10) assuming all their research is completed. This provides the following benefits:
So, most traps will likely be at this level (3) until they invest in some Liberator Gem Sets. At that point, you should remove the Mythical Divine Gems and replace with Mythical Liberator Topaz for 30 points of each.
It will be interesting to see how these sockets are rolled out in the future. Each research tree had only 4 nodes selected in which to place gems in, but in the future this number could go up. The additional benefits to a max player are incredible right now! My legion defense debuff more than doubled! Check out these epic debuffs:
Pay close attention to the Legion Defense Debuff, 2,392,020%! The day before this release I had about 800,000%. What an increase overnight! I've been able to burn as high as 9 KT, and anything under 5 KT is a fairly easy burn. Until traps start accumulating Resolute Defense they will be extra squishy. Heroless targets without the additional benefits from this feature will suffer a great deal if less than around 50 KT. I burned a 40 KT player for 37 T troops before they shield.
Bottom line, have a great time with this new feature. It adds a huge punch for rally leaders without much investment.
Also, I'd love to hear your thoughts on this and other features in Game of War, how are you adjusting? Leave us a comment below!