Eats, shoots and leaves (in General)

Grant September 1 2005 7:35 PM EDT

The demands of law school require me to quit CB, so I'll toss this out to the public before I go.
Perhaps it will make the world a better place, perhaps Verifex will just complain that it's not in the strategy wiki.
Verifex, it's not in the strategy wiki because it doesn't fit in the strategy wiki's conceptual framework. :)


Q: Should I use one or four minions?
A: One minion. There are two reasons for this: First, four minions is for geniuses. If you were a genius, you're too busy curing cancer to play CB.
Two and three minion teams are both more complicated than four minions by an order of magnitude, so don't worry about them.
(The reason for this is the dilution of offensive power that multiminion teams have to conquor. One minion teams just have to deal with staying alive.)

Second, One minion teams are more effective at low levels because of the reduced cost of healing. While insignificant at higher levels, at low levels, one minion teams net worth grows much more quickly. You're at a low level.

Tank or mage?

Mage. Tanks are for the people in the top 10 who don't have to worry about net worth, for people with more than one minion on their team, and for people who like spending money on arrows. None of those should describe you.

Which spell?

Fireball, because you don't have to worry about friendly fire. Cone of Cone mages are similar in effectiveness, but it takes careful balancing to make them survive 3 rounds.
You don't want to have to do careful ballancing. Use a FB mage with half its total XP in FB.

Which Tattoo? (ToE or FF?)

Get this equipment first. ToE, because ToE is the ONLY way you can reduce AMF. (Having played both one minion ToE and FF teams, I can tell you the ToE team beats the FF team silly because the FF normally dies in the first round, and the ToE lasts until the end of the fight. FFs are for 2, 3 or 4 minion teams, which you don't want yet.) Remember, your most important investment is having the largest tattoo you can use.

What armor?

This is actually nonintuitive, but hard leather caps are better than cabs if you plan on upgrading, because they don't have as steep an upgrade curve. leather gloves are similarly better than gauntlets. (Jon doesn't care about this disparity). Leather boots are your only option for your feet until you can afford DBs far, far in the future. When you're really rich, you can consider Elven gloves because you'll have nothing else to spend money on. Don't buy/upgrade your armor before 10000 MPR or so.

Shouldn't I worry about RoS?

No, because they are only effective against mages, so teams that build their strategies around them, outside of farms, have no future, and most farms won't bother investing in them.

When should I hire other minions?

If you want to be strong, never. But sooner or later you'll get bored because you really don't have anything to spend your money on except BA and maybe an extra + on your DBs, so try to build up extra money to buy your extra minions and the gear for a wall and a ToA tank, which is what the top ten teams mostly have in common---against the rainy day, as it were. Buy the gear before the minions, of course.

Should I use a ED?

Add a base protection at about 50000 mpr, mostly to make those AMF users you'll be beating anyway gnash their teeth harder.

Should I use EO?

I recommend DM at about 1/4 level of your FB, because DM is only effective to the extent that it double hits defensive enchantments, and you want to hit both their GA and AS (the two most used ED).

Q: Should I join a clan?
A: Yes. Because you're going to be fighting more because you're a mage (and don't have anything to do but buy BA). Also, you'll make the money back weekly from more people trying to fight you even if you don't get in the bonus.
Start off in your own clan, and don't join another unless they're in the bonus. Also, look at the clan founder to see how much they fight, because they're the only person who can't be kicked out of the clan for nonperformance.

Q: Blacksmith or auction?
A: Always buy in auction when you can, because upgraded items are sold below net worth. FS/WTB tend to be worse deals, so only use them if you're impatient or desperate.

Q: OK, so I ignored you and became a tank. What should I do?
A: Make sure you buy in auctions instead of upgrading as much as possible. Focus on katanas and execs at first. You'll probably want at least a 2 minion team and a ToA. And you'll suffer. Because tanks are for powerful teams, not beginners.

AdminQBVerifex [Serenity In Chaos] September 1 2005 7:41 PM EDT

Since it looks rather daunting to have so many weird words and such, maybe I should just take all the letters and such out of there, and just have seperate pages for each type of strategy, since this, of course also counts as strategy and should very well have a place somewhere under game strategies.

I designed the strategy wiki thing like that in the hopes that people seeing all those "unborn pages" in wiki would inspire some to write strategies. Apparently I was wrong, everyone is more interested in making little tweaks and modifications then writing honest to goodness new content, especially when it comes to strategy.

AdminQBGentlemanLoser [{END}] September 1 2005 7:54 PM EDT

Say it like it is Grant! I hope Law School isn't too stressful!

Grant September 1 2005 8:02 PM EDT

What? What? This isn't new content?

And, apparently, my read of RoS is completely wrong. It seems to also guard against EO, which could make it a valid mage tattoo. Oh well. I'm gone anyway :)

AdminQBVerifex [Serenity In Chaos] September 1 2005 8:09 PM EDT

Er, no, I mean new content in the wiki that is.. its alot easier to do it here in the forum. I guess people find the wiki either too hard to find, or too scary looking to mess with? I dunno.. Anyways thanks for the strategy and hooray for you! Look what you have now! ;)

[EG] Almuric September 1 2005 8:25 PM EDT

Oh crap. Another lawyer. Just what we need.

(I kid. I kid. What, a guy can't tell a joke anymore?)

Grim Reaper September 1 2005 8:57 PM EDT

Might as well go into sales, same thing really, you have to go out and search for people who will then pay the least amount to have you be their lawyer, on the other hand being in sales all you do is find people who want to buy. So to recap:
Ton of lawyers=they work for barely anything unless very good. In sales you just go out and look for people to buy ur stuff and you can make plenty of money :)

Sukotto [lookingglas] September 3 2005 2:37 PM EDT

Grant: A member of Carnage Blender since October 9, 2001.

Sorry to see you go Grant. Best of luck to you at school and hope to see you swing back in occasionally to say hi.
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