Some random items around Clash Royale, which has taken gaming by storm because, goddamn, it’s a ton of fun.
First, why do some people call it a MOBA? I mean I get the lanes thing, but having multiple lanes isn’t the make/break for a game being a MOBA, is it? This kinda reminds me of a few years back where everything was an MMO because it had online multiplayer, or calling a third-person game with guns a FPS because bullets are involved. To me a MOBA is centered around controlling a single character on a team against another team, using skills/abilities, items, etc in twitch-like gameplay to win. CR fits none of that.
Second, moving past idiot ‘advice’ from people who are level 6+ (allegedly) but can’t get past Arena 2 because they might honestly be the world’s worst/dumbest PvP’er, the actual best way to advance is to get as high as you can in arenas, as each new arena gives you better chests (more cards, more gold). This will also push you higher and higher against stronger opponents, which in turn will show the weaknesses of your current deck or strategy, as well as exposing you to new cards and how to counter them. Think of it as accelerated learning, and so long as you aren’t a thin-skinned man-child who’s frail ego can’t handle losing, this will make you a better player faster. (Plus it’s always fun to beat someone with higher-level cards, which to a certain point is very possible in CR.)
More gold is especially important, because every day you are given a new common, rare, and epic card to buy with gold (double options on Sunday). Not only do you want to be higher level so you open up more options here, but you also want to gain as much gold as possible so you can buy the right epic when it comes up. If you are going to spend money on the game, the best non-whale way to do this is to spend $5 on gems and convert those gems into 10k gold, which will buy you 5 epics (2k gold each). This could take a bit of time as what epic you see is random, plus what epics you want might change as your deck evolves, but either way epics are the rarest cards, so buying those up makes the most sense. Think of that $5 as your mini-MMO monthly sub if you will.
A quick note about balance. Either the meta simply hasn’t shaken out yet (possible, although given how rabid people are, somewhat unlikely), or the game is amazingly balanced, because if you watch top-level play in CR-TV you will notice almost every card is being used. Compare that to say Hearthstone balance and how many dead-for-a-year cards exists, and again, incredibly impressive.
Finally, I’m happy to say our clan is full at 50 members, and is a very active place of chat, card donations, and skrims. If you missed the window to join, keep an eye out in case we have someone drop.