To give everyone perspective here, after the expansion and the teams are added:
- how many total teams will be in Atlas?
- How many total level 2 castles will be in the game?
- How many level 3? 4? 5?
- And teams who already exceed these numbers will be keeping whatever land they have, correct? Or maybe selling it, I suppose. Real estate is always a good investment.
I think the takeaway for all new players in Atlas should be this one part – “they can still destroy you.”
If you are new, you should know that while glory is going to be very important to you, it is substantially less important to more powerful teams/players. It has increased slightly in importance due to changes in how defense works (guards instead of troops), but if these strong teams are not being attacked, they will not need to replace the guards very often. (Yes, I’m also not considering the “team glory,” but until we see the rewards, it is impossible to say if glory has the appeal needed to incentivize hitting your peers.
Is it possible to build any kind of infrastructure in neutral? Can you stockpile the resources you would need to go conquer something and then get even a minimal infrastructure in place so that you could hope to hold it? Level 3 pretty much seems like the absolute minimum for this to even be remotely possible.
Well, this assume you already have at least one castle and some infrastructure. Maybe if you tell everyone what the percentage decrease is with enfeeble for each level, they can determine what level would be needed to defeat a “big” who is double, or triple defended. Usually, if they are trapped (sorry new guys, you won’t be able to trap right away either, but they can trap you–so, you will sit there, on your new land, and be able to do nothing more than defend and die), they are defending themselves as much as possible, so triple defense on the enfeebled prime is rather typical.
While we’re in a numbers-giving mood, maybe we can tell everyone the stats for the different primes? Sure, game level matters, in as much as it makes you’re base a more difficult target, but depending upon the stats of the prime that is attacking or being attacked, you can WIN the battle and still LOSE more troops than the other prime.
Let’s not forget 65s ARE COMING. We have known this for a long time When they do… how will a new team, a team that will obviously NOT have expert riders with legendary gear, have an answer for 65s? And while we’re talking about gear and riders… how will the new buffed gear, which sounds incredibly power (not that there’s a problem with that–I like the variety and potential) factor together with enfeeble? Basically, what will the EFFECTIVE level of an enfeebled base stacked with 65s, perfect buffs (rider, gear and research). and buffs be?
PSA for all new Atlas players
Make friends. Make friends with people who won’t stab you in the back. Make friends with people who won’t piss off a team who has better friends. And if you’re not ready to drop a lot of real money… You may want to do what many of us have done in the past–build up as much as possible, and when the next expansion happens, hopefully you will have enough resources and a sense of what is going on to leverage that.
Everyone already there has been getting ready for this for a long time (good land rarely changes hands, so new land is pretty much the best shot anyone can have at an upgrade)–Atlas is not very valuable without land, and even with land, you will likely find that you spend more upgrading and keeping it than it ever pays you back. Shoot, ask Dread. They have more level 5 land/castles than any other team, but I bet they have not yet seen a net positive return on what they spent (either real or in-game) to get to where they are. But maybe they have. Each level is far more expensive than the previous, and the increase in benefit, at least if you don’t have level 5 land (BTW, level 5 land has never been taken from the owners, exception being a team in beta that quit/disbanded). I
'm not complaining. I am saying, whatever you THINK Atlas is, that is not what you’re going to find. It’s a brave new world. I really like it, but it will be easy to get overwhelmed/discouraged.
If you expect to get nothing, hopefully you are pleasantly surprised. You will not be disappointed.
May the odds be ever in your favor (OFC, they are not).