Looking for potential targets without the alert of a Scout or Battle Report can be tough when not knowing what to look for. Let’s take a peek at what we can drill down on to determine a more predictable outcome.
At Home Or Events
A good habit to establish is keeping an organized list of bookmarks. To bookmark a particular base or hive location, simply tap on a tile or base in the upper left-hand corner. You will see a red location symbol. Tap on this to open the Create Bookmark screen.
Here you can select among favorite, friend, or enemy and then name your bookmark such as an alliance hive bookmark location.
One of my favorite tips is placing an asterisk in front of the name you are saving as. This will keep it at the top of your list. Making priority bookmarks easily accessible.
For example, you could keep all your home state targets and hives saved with an Asterisk in front of them. And then for all your out-of-state targets or favorite hunting grounds saved with 2 Asterisk and so on saved in front of their name.
Hq levels do not determine a good target from a bad one. One thing it can suggest is that the player is active and spends. However, it is not an indicator of strength by any means. You would be surprised how many weak bases are hiding behind a big Hq number.
One’s power is a compilation of Troop power, Trap power, Building power, Missions power, Research power, Commander Level up, and Mech power.
The most important piece of information you can gain from one’s power level is a rough estimate of the total number of troops within. For example, 1 billion T7 troops equate to 14 Billion in power.
Knowing where your power comes from will help you better understand where your opponent’s power stacks up.
See my article on My Top Ten Tips for returning to the game or getting started here: https://www.mobilestrikehq.com/typans-top-10-tips-getting-started/
VIP much like HQ levels is not the best metric to use to measure one’s ability to defend well. Many trap bases keep their VIP levels low on purpose for this reason. When looking at Hq level and VIP together gives us a better understanding of the players spending habits. You can tell when a player has fallen behind, stays up to date, or is trying to trap you!
Active Commander and Gear
Tapping on a player profile and then selecting the commander option will show you which Commander is active and which gear the Commander is wearing.
Doomsday Mods allow the player to hide the gear they wear from their enemies, however, this practice is not widely used anymore due to the fact the player would be sacrificing a massive amount of boost due to mod set bonuses. Commander and gear is a more predictable sign of its potential.
Please see my article on Commanders of Mobile Strike: https://www.mobilestrikehq.com/misstypans-guide-on-commanders/
Always check the memorial of your potential target. Here you will find irrefutable evidence of whether or not it’s worth pursuing. Bases with a long list of high-level commanders in their memorial are not considered a great next target.
But how do we know if these were from a solo or rally? If this target is low-powered and lower Hq, it may be a Solo Trap, meaning it eats solos for breakfast. But this doesn’t mean they can survive a rally. Give them a try but be sure to do it quickly. The more time that goes by the more likely the target will receive reinforcements, run away, boost up, or shield.
When looking at the combat stats of your opponent, for example, attacks won versus lost and defenses won and lost, you can tell pretty easily if this base is a decent target or is a tough base.
Troops killed versus wins and loss
A little further down in the Combat status you will find a line for troops killed, troops lost, and troop KDR.
Previous to the release of Cyborg Bunkers, the troop KDR was a “kills versus deaths ratio” Weaker targets typically had a KDR below 1, whereas the more stout bases had KDRs well above 1. Unfortunately, the KDR is not a reliable source of information due to the skewed stats in the troops killed.
The Insignia that a player wears are visible when you tap on their profile. Outdated Insignias stand out to the trained eye just the same as the new and strongest Insignias do.
While these boosts certainly count for something, the strength of the Insignia tells more about the spending level of the base than the strength of the boost offered themselves. Knowing the cost associated with obtaining the newest Level 6 Insignias, it’s fair to assume they are strong in other areas as well.
Another strategy you can implement is to use a Battlemark. When using a Battlemark on a target it is important to note that anyone in your alliance can place the Batllemark for the entire alliance to receive the benefit. Bear in mind that the boost received will be based on each individual’s research progress.
A nice feature is your Battlemark will indicate if a potential target has their Commander away from their base. You may have seen this in action during battles at the Control Point. The lengthy flight times expand the windows of opportunity making it a fun way to ruin someone’s day by burning them out of the forest and watching their rally on the Control point be canceled.
If you are paying attention and can set quickly, lead bases that have a low troop volume can easily be burned when their Commanders are committed to an attack. This technique is great fun and once you become proficient you’ll find this to be very effective in other areas outside of the Control Point, such as a player holding a Bunker or players that are swapping hits for event challenge points.
There is more to a battle mark than just the boost you receive. When a base is Battlemarked it will appear red on your map.
Tap on the base, the bottom of the profile screen shows you the length of active time remaining on the battle mark, who within your alliance made the battle mark, and also whether or not their Commander is in their base as shown in the screenshots below.
By selecting this icon the Commander status notification pops up and will confirm whether the Commander is at home, away, captured, or dead.
Target Commander Present
Enemy Commander not Present
Enemy Commander Captured
You will also notice the Peace Shield icon. Tapping on this brings up the Peace Shield notification screen and shows you whether the peace shield is active and the duration time.
Peace Shield Battlemarks
My favorite feature of Battlemarks is when a target is burned out of the forest or ports away. When referring back to the initial Battlemark location you see the direction they ported to continue your attack.
At a special state event where shields are prohibited, you will often see your target port out of sight but not necessarily out of the state. In any case, you can refer back to your battle mark which will show the direction the target has ported to or if they have ported out of the state and to which state they have ported.
Teleported and Direction
Poor Target Choice
Let’s take a look at a base where at a glance it looks like a great target. Showing a low Hq, VIP, and power level may very easily entice you in, however, let’s take a closer look.
When we look at the Insignias we notice Lv 6 of the newest and strongest. The commander active is a high-Level Commander 3, wearing the latest Defender gears which are fully enhanced gear and a high Set Level in place. At this stage, a red flag should have popped up for you. If not tap on the memorial to reveal a graveyard of high-Level Commanders.
Good Target Choice
Similar to our Poor Target Choice, we look at ‘what we can see’ to determine the good target Choice. Once again we see a lower level Hq and VIP. But the differences quickly stand out.
The outdated Economy Insignias offer no help in a Combat scenario. The Low-Level Commander 1 wearing Rebel Gears means he is not prepared to take an attack and is a sitting duck. Taking a peek inside this player’s Memorial we find a shortlist of Eliminations and a long list of losses.
This targets base stats show Defenses Won are only 26 and Defences Lost are 247. It reveals he’s lost more than he has won.
We quickly realize this is a prime target and it’s time to light him up by combining all these visual indicators.
Using these tips and techniques brings back the strategic element required to play at an elite level and this does not have to come with an elite price tag. Knowledge is king. You will undoubtedly become a better scout, a more experienced player, and a valued asset among your teammates.
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