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. :)
FORMING A TEAM
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.
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.
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.