Aboveyou can see a typical screenshot of the game. In the center, you can see yourlineup fighting the current creep wave. The stars signify the upgrade level ofthe unit. All abilities are set on auto-cast by default, but you can also usethem manually if you wish to.
Top left you have some menu buttons (Settings, Heroes wiki, etc.) as well as some information about the other players. Ifa player is struggling, it’s a good idea to take a look at what he needs andhelp him out with units or items.Top center is the round as well as the number of alive creeps(if you go over the limit you lose the game).Top right is your hero (3/3) and soldier (8/8) limit.Bottom left is the minimap.Bottom center is the info of the selected unit. Currently, wehave the courier selected and you can see the ability to buy scrolls (unitpacks) as well as to demolish (sell) a unit you already have.Bottom right is the shop button (for items) and the damagegraphs.
At thebeginning of the game, you have two choices to make.
First, you have to choose the difficulty level –obviously, the lower levels are intended for beginners, while the high levelsfor experienced players looking for a challenge. Having difficulty levels isessential for a PvE game, so the devs made a good job in this regard.
Second,you have to choose your starting hero. This is an important choice forexperienced players because obviously different heroes are good in different situations(and in combination with different units), but for beginners, most heroes cando a good-enough job. One important thing to keep in mind is that your startinghero will to a large degree determine your early-mid game build.
Building your Lineup:
Since thisis a tower defense game, you can build “towers” and place them on the map tokill the incoming waves of creeps. In fact, these towers are Dota 2 Heroes and Creeps(the so-called Soldiers), which you use to complete your lineup.
You get soldiers and heroes by opening common(500g), rare (1500g), and legendary (5000g) scrolls (essentially card packs)that have a chance to give you units of certain rarity.
Above you see we’ve opened a rare pack. It gaveuse two Rare ( R ) Soldiers and one Super Rare (SR) Hero (Maiden). The Upgrade (star) sign on the Centaurindicates that we have Centaur in our active lineup and we can use this card toupgrade him. Similar signs appear if the unit activates creep or hero synergies(bonds).
Theyare your most powerful units and the backbone of your strategy. Your heroeswill predetermine to a big degree what soldiers and items you will go for.
Heroes havethree skills that you can level-up (they receive experience from killing creepwaves).They have aspecial synergy with one type of Soldier (creep). Having this unit in yourbuild upgrades your hero, allowing it to equip higher-tier items, andincreasing its higher level greatly.They havean inventory, allowing you to equip items. Of course, certain heroes synergizewith certain items better than others.
Above you can see some of the super-super-rareand theoretically most powerful heroes in the game. Power is not all aboutrarity, however. Outworld Devour is arguably the most powerful hero in the gameaccording to the community, and he is not an SSR. Below you can see some SR heroes.
Soldierscan be upgraded (you increase the level of a unit by buying multiple copies ofit and using them on the initial unit). Moreover, they synergize withadditional heroes and soldiers to unlock more abilities and higher item-tiersfor heroes, which is pretty important.
Because of this, the synergies of your heroesand other soldiers will predetermine to a big degree which particular units you’relooking for.
Above you can see a couple of Rare soldiers. They have one basic ability which is always available, and two more that need to be unlocked through synergies. For example, the Wildwing Ripper needs a Satyr Tormenter to unlock its second spell (Cyclone), while the Satyr needs a Wildwing to unlock its third spell.
Items are essentiallythe Dota 2 items with certain additions and changes. You can acquire them intwo ways.
First, theycould be bought in the shop regularly as in Dota.
Second,item chests, as well as item keys, drop from creeps (keys can also be bought atthe shop) that have a chance to give you random items.
Bear inmind that there are different items tiers. The strongest items can be equippedonly by upgraded heroes. Low-tier items can be equipped by everyone.
Above: the shop on thefar right and some new item examples.
Creeprounds are pretty standard for tower defenses. The only important thing youneed to keep in mind is Box Hound (boss)rounds in which you gain the majority of your gold depending on how muchdamage you’re able to deal. Because of these creep waves (as well as Roshan),Bloodthorn is one of the most important items in the game.
Thereis a shared area in the middle of the map. You can put items there (as well asunit cards) that other players can pick up. It’s a great idea to keep in mindwhat heroes and soldiers your allies are searching for. If you get them from apack, it’s much more efficient to give them to your allies rather than sell ordiscard them for gold – all four of you need to be strong to win the game.
Watcher of Samsara Strategy:
I’m way tooinexperienced to tell you the best possible strategies in the game, but I cangive you some good tips:
In theearly rounds buying items for your hero seemsto be the better strategy than buying packs for random Soldiers andhopefully Heroes. This is because you are looking for specific Soldiers to buffyour strat, and you have a pretty slim chance of getting them. The others(especially the common ones) aren’t too useful and even if you deploy them,later on, you’ll have to sell them for 25% of the initial price, which ispretty inefficient. You can keep your items for pretty long, however.
In the early rounds buying items for your hero seems to be the better strategy than buying packs for random Soldiers and hopefully Heroes. This is because you are looking for specific Soldiers to buff your strat, and you have a pretty slim chance of getting them. The others (especially the common ones) aren’t too useful and even if you deploy them, later on, you’ll have to sell them for 25% of the initial price, which is pretty inefficient. You can keep your items for pretty long, however.
Ranged Heroes seem to be better than melee heroes because ofthe higher range. They end up dealing higher damage overall.
OD seems to be the top tier hero right now – great sourcesof ranged AoE damage.
Hand of Midas is a good early-game item to increase yourincome. Also, attack speed is always useful.
Moonshard is a universally useful item – it gives themost attack speed, and combined with some damage items and skills it buffs yourhero’s DPS a great deal.
Bloodthorn is the most-important late game item and youusually want to get at least two or three copies of it. Use it manually – don’toverlap the duration, just make sure the debuff is always on the unit you’retrying to kill.
Look for a source of control: you can’t rely only on damage. You need someSoldiers/Heroes/Items that slow and stun the incoming creep waves. This isextremely important for the boss rounds, as they determine your income, andincome is the most important part of beating the game.
You can reposition your units with a TP scrollor Boots of Travel. Thisis very useful in the late game, especially during the Roshan round. You can TPa powerful hero to help out a struggling player.
Inour opinion, Watcher of Samsara is the best TD out there right now (at leastthat we’ve played). We believe it achieves this high praise because of threemain factors:
It has replayability: it integrates RNGmechanics very well for a TD – you buy and open hero packs in order to upgradeyour army.It has strategic depth: a good number of hero + soldier + item combinations arepossible.It is superfun to play with friends: teamworkis essential, which makes this a very fun mod to play together with friends.
(It’s worthsaying that it also looks good due to utilizing very well a certain card game’scard art.)
That said,it must be pointed out that there is definitely room for improvement in thegame: there is a lot of visual clutter and some performance issues in laterrounds when a lot of units and spells start firing away (some game lobbies laghard). Moreover, the game is far from perfectly balanced (some heroes are waybetter than others, and some items way more valuable). That said, consideringits rising popularity it’s a fair bet that the devs will work hard to make itbetter.
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