As many of you know, Tier 7 troops are now the gold standard for both attack and defense setups in the Dragon Dimension. Given that status, it makes sense that using Tier 7 troops as your primary level of troops will get expensive rather quickly. This being so, and because of my rapidly diminishing supply of the Tier 3 resources needed to train Tier 7 troops, I decided to see if there were any adjustments that I could make within my account to make it more economical to train Tier 7 troops. This article will explain the steps you can take to reduce the amount of resources and speeds required to train Tier 7 troops.
The Cost Associated with Tier 7 Troops
Almost any action we take in Game of War requires the expenditure of some resource and training troops is no exception. The training of Tier 7 troops requires some combination of Tier 3 Resources, either Limestone, Maplewood, Coal, Cheese, or Capital, depending on the troops you are training. Unless you are willing to wait hundreds of days for the training to finish, you will also need speeds to quickly complete the research.
When Tier 7 troops were first released there was a collective hue and cry from the player base due to the amount of resources that were consumed in training these new troops. Recall, if you will, that the best training gear available at the time Tier 7 troops were released was the Grand Marshal Set Gear. This set, however, does nothing to reduce the resource costs associated with training troops and, instead, provides an increase in the Troop Queue and Training Speed. Using the Grand Marshal Set Gear with the Superior Training Pouch accessories to train 1,250,000 Tier 7 Ranged Troops would have required a resource and speed expenditure shown below:
As you can imagine, the rapid depletion of Cheese would be guaranteed under this setup.
With the release of the Powerforged Gear Set, players were provided an opportunity to realize limited savings on the resource cost of Tier 7 troops. Here is the blog release showing the potential cost savings if you were lucky enough to craft a full set of Powerforged in Legendary:
Remember, though, that your Crafting Research will increase those cost savings across the board. For example, the blog states that the Powerforged Faceguard provides an 8% training resource cost efficiency. When I view the Faceguard in my Forge, however, I see an actual reduction of 12.8% thanks to the Crafting Research that I completed long ago!
The release of the Powerforged Gear Set did not completely address the full cost of training Tier 7 troops. Conceptually, the available training gear sets provide either a resource reduction or a speed reduction, but not both. If you stick with the Grand Marshal as your primary training gear for Tier 7 troops, you will expend significant amounts of Tier 3 Resources in training troops. If you use Powerforged to train Tier 7 troops, you will save on resources but expend a significant amount of speed ups. Is there a way to address this?
What Reductions are Available for Training Tier 7 Troops?
While there are very few reductions associated with training Tier 7 Troops, every reduction gained will go a long way towards saving your Tier 3 resources and speeds. Let’s take a look at what reductions are presently available in the game.
After the Powerforged Gear Set was released, MZ also released a consumable boost, shown above, that can be activated to further reduce the resource requirements associated with training Tier 7 troops. Referred to as the “Lv 7 Troop Training Resource Cost Efficiency for 30 Minutes” (whoo, that’s a long one), the boost is available as either a 5% or 25% reduction and can be activated from the Boost menu (you know, where you activate your Peace Shield). Generally speaking, these boosts are only obtainable via packs purchased from the Gold Store and MZ is still being very stingy with them at the moment, only providing one reduction per pack! If you were active during the most recent Kingdom of Dragons, however, and completed the Bonus Rewards event, you could have obtained 3 of the 5% reductions by reaching Tiers 10, 15, and 20 of the event.
Also relevant to training, although not a reduction, you also have the ability to increase your Troop Queue by 100% for 1 hour. Careful, though, as you will burn through resources like crazy when using this boost given that the boost essentially doubles the number of troops you can train at one time! For me, I only use this boost when I am retraining my meat shield after a strong hit.
When should you use the resource boosts? Obviously, you are free to use them whenever you want. For me, I think the better approach is to wait until you need to train a significant number of Tier 7 troops at once (you know, post zero!) so you really get an extended use out of the boost.
Hero 1 Skills
Yes, your Hero 1 Novice Skill tree provides a reduction that would be applicable to Tier 7 troops. Unfortunately, it is limited to a 55% increase in the training speed of all Troops but, as I said before, any savings are better than no savings! At present, this is the only reduction available in any of the Hero skills.
At present, there is one research tree that will provide a direct cost reduction to the training of Tier 7 troops – the Draconic Blitz Mastery Research tree. Assuming that you are able to complete the research node for the “Lv 7 Troop Training Resource Cost Efficiency” to 10/10 then you would realize a 50% reduction in the resource costs associated with training Tier 7 troops. Although not a direct reduction, per se, in the Economics Tree you will also find a research node that increases the number of troops you can train by 10,000.
Now for the fun part! If you are trying to balance the resource and speed costs associated with training Tier 7 troops, the only effective way to do so is through your gear selection. Remember, Powerforged only gives you a reduction in resource costs. If you want to increase the speed at which your troops are trained, and thus reduce the cost in speeds associated with training those troops, you need to switch things up.
Recognizing the limitations present in my ability to quickly obtain Cheese on my account, and the fact that MZ is not including large quantities of any T3 resources, especially Cheese, in packs, I decided to see whether a mix of Powerforged and Grand Marshal gear pieces would provide me a good balance between resource and speed reductions when I trained Tier 7 troops. For the tests, I trained the same number of Tier 7 Ranged troops and noted the different reductions I was able to achieve.
For the first training cycle, I stuck to what I had been using since I had not yet crafted any of the Powerforged pieces on my account. Here is what this training cycle cost:
As you can see, the cost in Cheese to train these troops was horrible at 90.4 Million and I did not train the maximum queue available on my account!
For the next training cycle, I combined all of my Powerforged materials and crafted the highest level my luck would sustain (LOL). Here are the reductions I saw using a full set of Powerforged:
While I was able to achieve significant resource savings across the board, the amount of speeds consumed, 398 Days 8 Hours and 25 Minutes, is now unacceptable!
Here are the next three iterations of my gear selections, each of which provides a more balanced use of both resources and speeds.
I like that! Can I do better?
Looking good! Is there a better combination?
After reviewing these results I decided to go with the third mixture. Based on what is available on my account, I believe that this presents the most balance that I can currently achieve. Obviously, higher levels of Powerforged gear pieces, if you have them, could provide a better result for you!
So, what’s the takeaway from this article? Just because new gear is available does not necessarily mean it’s the best gear choice for you. Get to know what your gear actually does and be willing to switch things up!
Where to go for Additional Information
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