How To Spot a Trap Account
Trap accounts are the sneakiest play style in Game of War. They are all about creating the perception that your Stronghold is weak, when in reality it's very strong.
What Are Traps?
A "trap" is a low power account that is specifically built to look weak but is actually very strong. Not only that but trap accounts can be cheaper to build up than other types.
The "Red Flags" of A Trap
From my experience a lot of rally leaders or players in general forget to check whether or not an account is a landmine. They simply think, "oh this person has much less power, I could probably solo him, or Rally him". <<<That's how you lose Troops in a blink of an eye.
A friend of mine recently made a good point to me, no matter how much you read these articles, making the right decision in the heat of the battle can be hard. I'm sure most people have hit a trap and lost a lot of troops at this point. So, I hope you can think a little more clearly next time you are in battle by remembering these tips.
1. High Kill Count
Look for a high kill count in relation to power. Don't touch that person. If someone has a legit account where they just attack without baiting their kills will be more in line with their high power. Of course there can always be new Trap accounts that someone has been building up, and those are much harder to spot.
2. Tons of Hospitalized Troops
Someone with tons of hospitalized troops and very few deaths can mean they have tons of hospitals and just bait people to hit them while healing between attacks.
3. High Amount of Defenses Won
In general it would be very risky to attack someone with lots of Defense wins. This is another indicator that your enemy may be a trap.
4. High Amount of Traps Lost
Although a trap account doesn't need wall traps to be successful, they often do use traps. Someone with a lot of Traps lost could mean they are a landmine. In the picture below the guy actually hasn't lost many Traps.
5. Hero Gear
In general if their Hero is wearing obvious bait gear then its likely they are trapping. For instance, look for outdated research/training gear that isn't boosted. These folks are likely looking to be rallied or attacked and will switch last minute to combat gear.
For trap accounts you want to check to see if the enemy's Gear is set up for Defense or Health. Health Traps are becoming more popular and use health boosts primarily. So stacking defense debuff will not be of much benefit. Use the Hero Gear Tool to look up the enemy's Gear.
6. Change in Alliance Helps Means They are Online
Watch the enemy's Alliance Helps count. If they are online they will most likely be clicking the Help button.
7. Graveyard Full of High Level Heroes
The account’s graveyard is a great indicator. When the list of executed heroes contains of a high number of level 70+ heroes, you got yourself a trap account. Plus it also let’s you know that they’re likely maximizing their altar boosts on their hero skills tree, especially if the executions are recent, which makes it that more difficult to break their defenses.
Also, look for an asterisk next to their "Combat Stats" in profile. This means they have used a Reincarnation Stone to reset their stats which was likely a high kill count or full Graveyard.
8. Change in Loyalty Points Means They are Online
"Helps are great to monitor sleepers but most know not to hit it…..opening gifts and doing daily/alliance quests will increase loyalty…dead give away for traps and bigs who are trying to look like sleepers but are actually online waiting to pop cores and eat your rally." - Jeff Lebel
What methods do you use to detect trap accounts?
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