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Godsrule: War of Mortals: So You Want to Godsrule the World…

Godsrule: War of Mortals

Welcome to Godsrule: War of Mortals! Once you’ve been introduced to the Midrealms and mastered the basics, it’s time to turn your thoughts towards crushing your opponents and winning the favor of the gods themselves.

Godsrule is divided cleanly between village-building and the PvP battle map. They both feed into each other, and you start out with village building (for more on basic village planning, check out this guide on our forums!). Eventually though, you’ll need to get your feet wet, and your sword red.

Sail Forth

As soon as you get a few buildings out – say a lumber mill, a mine, a house or two, and your first ruins cleared – it’s a good time to head to the battle map.  This is the source of the game’s action, and it’s also your best source of gathering Splinters: this resource is what you will use to upgrade your buildings and grow your village into a mighty war machine.

Of course you have to start small: PvP combat can have a steep learning curve, and a bad experience or two can make a game seem unfair or broken. We’re here to help! Here’s some basic steps and early strategy:

1. Ship Capacity

Every player in Godsrule has the same amount of ship capacity. Each unit takes up a certain amount of “population” space. As you play and unlock more units and spells, this will become one of your key pieces of strategy. Units have different strengths and weaknesses, and learning how to adapt will be a huge part of how you play the game.

For starters of course – and to keep things simple – you only have access to a few basic units. For both factions, this constitutes one melee unit and one ranged unit. The benefit of this is they are both low-cost units who you can load up your boat with, meaning your early strategy will be to swarm the islands you are fighting over.

Here’s a few early examples of how you can load up your boat:

Godsrule: War of Mortals

For  both Keepers and Souls, the early game is similar: send in your melee units to swarm enemies, and keep enough ranged units to back them up and draw enemies away – either NPC or other players.

It doesn’t get simpler than this: 7 brutes and 7 drudges. Brutes have terrific capturing ability and can take some punishment. Drudges can’t take much of a punch but have splash damage and great range. For Keepers of the Ancient, it’s basically the same idea (7 Spear Guards — who excel at taking down creeps — and 7 Rangers). Experiment — early on and later on — to find what works for you, because figuring out an adaptable loadout can keep opponents guessing. This is just for starters.

2. Battle at Midgrove!

Head to the battle map, and head right to Midgrove. You can join any battles in progress if you feel like jumping right in to PvP — there are advantages to this as well, which we’ll cover later on. For now let’s just learn the basics.

If you’re starting a new battle, in a nutshell, you are trying to clear out creeps and grab the Relic as quickly as possible. Remember: Once you’re in a battle, up to two enemies – or up to one other ally – can join at any time. Early fights are gated against high level players attacking you, but help — or opposition — can show up at any point.

Inside a battle you have a “summoning limit”. Your summoning stone is part of this and controlling the additional summoning points – the yellow circles on the map – will add to this limit. To control a summoning point either your summoning stone or a unit need to stand on it.

A good strategy for your early PvP battles is a bit of lightning warfare: head in and grab that relic before anyone knows you’re there! Here’s a progression:

Godsrule: War of Mortals

Basically you are working to isolate and clear creeps as quickly as possible. You will initially get about 2 units to summon. See what works for you, but one melee and one ranged works well. You can easily use strategies such as pulling and kiting enemies across the field.

Work on getting your units to engage creeps and then moving your Summoning Stone up to one of the additional summoning points — as soon as it occupies an additional summoning point, you can start sending in additional troops.

3. PvP And You

Of course, if another player shows up, you need to be ready to react. Your basic strategy can start out the same – go quickly for a summoning point and don’t get mobbed by creeps. Remember that other players start out with a summoning limit, too: if you have enough units out, you can quickly swarm them and attack their summoning stone directly. Once that’s gone, they can’t summon anyone else. And to start off, they can only summon one or two units, just like you.

Godsrule: War of Mortals

Of course, eventually even the best laid plans will be attacked by a horde of well-armed Keepers or Souls. You may get drummed off the field a few times, but here’s a few things to keep in mind as you learn and adapt.

Intro to PvP:

  • Disengage from creeps: they will attack whoever is close or attacks them, so let your opponent worry about them if at all possible.
  • An opposing player entering a battle is going to quickly need to capture a summoning point or else have very little to work with. Try not charging them — rather, move to protect any free/vulnerable summoning points.
  • If you already have troops ready to capture the relic, don’t be afraid to keep doing that. Force your opponent to have to think quickly as you capture more and more of your  goal!
  • Don’t panic just because another player shows up. Especially if you have units already on the Relic, wait and read what they’re doing — if they try to swarm you at the Relic, you can charge right past them and take out their summoning stone, swarm their weakest units, or give up ground if you need to regroup your army.
  • Those boxes that drop are often the keys to the match: they can increase your damage, heal you, or even instantly kill a random enemy. If you get into a match early, have troops positioned to grab boxes if an enemy shows up, and be the first to grab anything that drops!

This should hopefully give new players an idea of how to approach combat — from here, get into a comfortable pattern of upgrading your buildings, training your troops, and stalking the Battle Map.

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