Strategic Troops or Regular Troops – Which is Better?
The age old question. Which should I research, which should I train……which one is better?
As of now I have yet to see a convincing answer. So here goes. The answer based on the beauty of maths.
Strategic Troops are better
Perhaps that doesn’t surprise you. Anyone who has done any amount of testing will probably have come to the same conclusion. But how much better and under what circumstances? Well, I ran some tests and the first conclusion is:
Their Defensive Stats Are Identical
Strategic Troops have exactly the same health and defense as regular troops. The second outcome is that :
Strategic Troops do 15% more damage
When attacking a balanced army. Update: The difference may actually be less than this – see this article for a real-life battle test.
Are there any scenarios where normal troops are better? Only if the armies are unbalanced and even then only in specific scenarios.
It was an interesting decision by MZ to introduce strategic troops (and to be fair once you get into the realm of attacking unbalanced armies it does add an extra element of tactical nuance) but by and large unlocking and upgrading them is an awful lot of time and silver for what is essentially an upgrade equivalent to a lvl 4 attack gem.
An obvious question is – I have already started down the regular troop route, should I stop and switch to strategic? If you have only just started or are on a new account then yes, but otherwise just stick with whichever one you have already invested in. 15% additional attack is negligible when you consider boosts can reach over 1000%. Unless you have already maxed everything out, there are much much easier ways to get an extra 15% of attack oomph.
I conducted a range of experiments to identify specific troop stats but lets start by taking look at a normal infantry vs. a strategic infantry
|Attack vs. Infantry||Attack vs. Cavalry||Attack vs. Ranged|
Strategic infantry gain 100 extra attack vs. cavalry but lose 50 attack vs. infantry. So against a balanced army:
Total Damage Output from 1 Troop:
This is the extent of their difference.
|You (Strategic Troops)||150k||13k|
|Opponent (Normal Troops)||150k||15.5k|
Ok, so what about unbalanced armies?
You might have noticed from the stats above, that if you ever found yourself in a situation where your mono-infantry army was attacking their mono-ranged army you would get a full 200% attack boost.
Similarly, if you find yourself matched against another all-infantry army you suffer a -50% attack debuff.
As it stands, both of these situations are rare and infrequently present themselves. This could change but for now, if you have access to fully upgraded Strategic Troops consider it a nice little bonus (albeit an expensive one).