Hi all, I've noticed that the overall knowledge in the Kaw community is relatively low So I figured I would make a little guide to make it easier to war in Lowland First off, if you don't read anything else, please read the next part about builds. I've seen a lot of pretty bad builds in lowland it makes your team play at a HUGE disadvantage. Section 1 is about Builds and section 2 is about what to do and I have a separate post about troop and spy loss mechs Section 1: Builds You get 24 lowland buildings. You are a hansel if less than 25% of your non tower buildings are troop buildings. You are a tank if more than 75% of your non tower buildings are troop buildings. You are a hybrid if 25%-75% of your non-tower buildings are troop buildings The main reason why hybrids are useful in war is because they can attack hansels that have zero gold. If a tank tries to attack a zero gold hansel (even if the hansel has full troops) the hansel will be dtw. But if you cast hybrid you have to spend buildings on Strongholds of Shadow (sos) which limit the number of towers and troop buildings you have. Builds in lowland today: Notation: 12/3/4/5 means 12 COE, 3 adt, 4 SOS, 5 SDT Hybrids: Minimum 12 Circle of Elements (COE), minimum 2 ADT (you dont have as many COE so you need ADT to not get skimmed down), minimum 4 SOS (to be a hybrid), minimum 4 SDT. This leaves 2 free buildings. Note that if you build a 13th COE you will need to build another SOS to keep HYB mechs. My recommendation is going 12/3/4/5 or 13/2/5/4 if you want to be more aggressive. Some hybrids like going 15/0/5/4 or 15/0/6/3 and I'm not a fan of this because they are not only easy to assn down and eat but its also easy to use ps1 to dive troops on these hybs and get them into a skimmable range very quickly PS1: This is a very aggressive build and should only be casted if a lot of people are casting tanks and you are FAST and ACTIVE. if PS1 go down opposing ps1 can STEAL your repin and opposing hyb can ATK your repin for very easy gold. Its very likely you will leak a STEAL KO (pays around 35m) or an attack ko (pays around 30m) which is very very bad. The only PS1 build is 1/0/23/0 with a Titans Lair instead of a COE. Please be ACTIVE and ready to SPAM your regens if you war as PS! Tanks: This is the most common build in the top bracket now. You need a minimum of 14 COE, minimum of 1 ADT, MAX of 1 SOS, and minimum of 5 SDT. This leaves 3 buildings for your choice. DO NOT cast TANK with more than 1 SOS. your spies will fail almost every action regardless. 5 SDT makes it so that 5 SOS hybrids have around a 30% chance to win assn. The 6th SDT will lower that to 15-25% (haven't tested, just estimating). This build is very good if you can be on PC or phone. You can tank troops and eat regens and make a TON of money PS: Dont cast ps in war. Please. PS1 is much better. The only thing you can do assn down targets. if you steal or hit repins opposing team gets tons of free attacks if they catch you and a mistake like that can single-handedly lose your team the war Anything else: Don't cast without changing to one of the builds above Section 2: What to do before, during, and after a war BEFORE WAR: Remember to cast spells that you might want to have for the war, like the hiding allies spell. You CANNOT cast spells after matchup. Make sure your buildings are fully upgraded. Make sure your build is correct. Set an alarm to not miss initials. You know, things that make you someone people actually want to war with. DURING WAR: You might have a wc(war commander). You hopefully will have a WC, and not one who just tells you to ako a 15/3/1/6 tank whos at 100% troops just because hes zero spies(zs). This is usually a bad idea since it will cost 4-6 full bars of troops for a pretty small expected payout (50m ish if you if you miss the ako, 75m if you get it with someone near full troops) which is not worth it in most circumstances. Each build wars a lot differently and this will all depend based on the team compositions of each side but theses are general guidelines I start from. I have by far the most experience with ps1 so ill comment about when to xtal and what to do on xtal but for the most part its not obvious when to xtal hyb/tanks/ps Hyb with 5+ SOS: You are jack of all trades, master of none. If you have 14+ COE, you have raw eating power similar to a tank but definitely less of the defensive benefits. You can hit banked ps1 with attacks, but you are at high risk of getting eaten. When you're around 40-50% troops (depending on adt) the enemy team will get overwhelming atks from around 85% so you probably want to dive troops. I like to extend to around 75% for overwhelming atks(ps1, regens, and oppo tanks/hyb that are very low) and I'll only skim from 90+%. Depending on the war, I'll dive spies to zs on a ps1/ps or skim assn from full on opposing hybids/low sdt tanks. You have a decent change of winning assn on tanks with 5 or fewer SDT, and hyb with 4 or fewer sdt. If you get targeted and end up having to dive troops, then you can consider early xtalling if you are confident they don't have the spies or the troops to kill you within the next 20 minutes but this is pretty risky. Hyb with 4 SOS: Unless they have a hyb/tank with 3 or fewer SDT, dive spies to zs on one of their ps/ps1. Then on your spy regen use sct sct assn on that same target. If you want to know why going zs and doing this is efficient go to the spy loss section. Then your job is to optimize for overwhelming atks. Hit regens, repins, and eat low enemies hard, and don't extend past 70% or you are going to be an easy skim target. Tank: Try to hit a ps1 at start if they are unbanked, and then drop a full bar of spies on the enemy ps and ps1 using assn. You will most likely go 0/18 on assn but thats OK. You will take just under 40% (WOW 40% is actually a LOT) of the opposing spy bar. On your spy regens, sct sct assn the enemy ps1 and stay zs. Try to hit regens repins and overwhelming atks until 65% and skim from 90% ps: Assn the highest priority troop target or sb the highest priority spy target. Usually up to wc to decide which is more important. Steal only if very confident that you won't leak. I still wouldn't advise this. You might end up leaking a full bar and cost your team the war. In my opinion, ps1 is just better than ps so switch to that please. ps1: Coordinate with the other ps1 to troop dump on the same target. Each ps1 failed atk kills 1.5% of the enemy troop bar and a ps1 that leaks 0 atks get 9 atks off in a full bar. This is great because that means each ps1 dumping on a target kills an expected 10% of the enemy troop bar since not all ps1 will no leak. The 10% number is assuming 4 leaks as a ps1. Then you have free reign to do whatever you like. Usually, I'm greedy and I go for steals right off the bat unless theres a SUPER high priority target that needs to get assned down or sb'ed down. I'll skim steals from 85% if they let me, only if I get min loss on my steals, and I'll try to sit ps1/ps repins with steals to potentially get a steal ko. If you want to maintain more control you can sit repins with assn but I'm greedy. On your xtal you should steal down or if you have a LOT of high priority repins to sit you can sit them with assn. 99% of the time I steal down. Usually I'll do this when i see an opponent ps1 go low like under 20% and ill xtal up and around 40% of the way down my spy bar ill get the steal ko. then I either assn down hyb/tanks or steal down low targets. One thing to watch out for is to make sure you don't get too low. Opposing ps1 can steal ko you if you're under 30% spies and that pays a LOT HYB with under 3 SOS: You probably aren't a hyb. if you have 3 SOS you can have 9 COE MAX and thats not a lot.