If you are wondering how could Tactical Formation Study 1 article's formation be the best and only formation against Mera Explorer Daily Challenge's formation, then you are the right player for this game!
The fun of this game begins when we begin to explore possibilities. The mathematical combination for this game's battlefield allow us to have 3003 different combinations for a team of 5 heroes. To be a master tactician, we do not need to memorise all 3003 formations because we could meaningfully group some formations together under a category (e.g. tight formation, line formation, broken line formation, cave formation, bunker formation, 4-1 diversion formation etc).
Let us take a look at the battlefield below that features the 4-1 diversion formation.
The 4-1 diversion formation is also known as the sacrificial pawn tactic. One hero is intentionally meant to be sacrificed to buy enough time for the core group to wipe out the opponent team. Its main strength lies in the use of one hero to divert at least 2 opponent heroes to as far (preferably a1, a2, b1 or b2) a location as possible, thereby splitting the enemy forces into 3-2. The aim is for the sacrificial pawn to direct the attention of at least 2 opponent heroes long enough for the core group to finish off the other 3 enemy heroes.
In our example, our sacrificial pawn will try to attract the attention of 3 enemy heroes and allow his core group of 4 heroes to take down the remaining 2 heroes quickly.
Leandros is the sacrificial pawn whose role is to divert MD (h2), MEG (i3) and MA (j3). Leandros is on b2 because that is the furthest location he could afford to be at in order to attract the attention of the three heroes. By the time these 3 enemy heroes reach Leandros, our core group of 4 would have started focus-firing on the poor MD (h4).
Nestor is placed on b4 because his initial charge could stun both MD (h4) and MA (i4) in a line. Zeph could be relied to use his active ability to quickly make short work of these two enemy heroes so that both Nestor and Zeph could quickly proceed to flank MEG and the remaining MA before Leandros bites the dust. The idea is to let Leandros be sacrificed, so do prioritise Zeph, Demetra or Nestor's active ability above Rexenor's active ability.
The weakness of our 4-1 formation is that we depend heavily on the fast clearance of the enemy heroes by the core group of 4 heroes. If the damage output of these 4 heroes could not take out MA (h4) and MA (i4) in time, the outcome could be reversed: the 3 enemy heroes finished Leandros and proceed to flank our core group.
Do give the 4-1 formation a try, especially adjusting the position of the sacrificial pawn to see how many enemy fire s/he could draw.
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