I finally feel like I am cracking (part of) the code on TH9 attacks. I have been getting three stars against lower and mid level TH9 predictably with Penta attacks, but my heroes are still too junior (BK10, AQ11 – going to 12 as I type) for any of the golem attacks that involve driving deep in the base to kill the queen. So, I’m getting there.
But one thing I think many TH9 attackers soon realize is that attacks here are significantly more complicated than they were at TH8. I knew that would be true, but like so many other things in life it is something you have to experience to truly appreciate.
For those TH8 who are soon to make the leap to TH9, or for new TH9 who are still struggling to manage the complexity, I have discovered a simple tip that has significantly improved my attacks: I don’t watch the attack while I’m doing it.
That’s right, I don’t watch my attack, even while I’m doing it. I look at the base for a long time before I attack, I know where I am going to drop my troops, and I imagine where they will flow. Then, when I start the attack, I watch the troop bar.
Don’t get me wrong, I look up from the troop bar from time to time to make sure things are going as planned. If they’re not, then of course I adjust. Once the troop bar is grey, then I allow myself to watch the attack.
I would say that, in general, I watch the troop bar 2 seconds for every second I spend watching the attack in the beginning. Since I have started doing this, I have noticed that my troop deployment sequence is smoother and better timed. I am not missing rages on my BK or cloaking on my AQ. Maybe most importantly, watching my troop bar and glancing up is preventing me from trying to micro-manage my attack. “Oh god! That loon went the wrong way! [RAGE, HEAL, PANIC!]” and just like that many a previous attack has died because of a spastic reaction to a small event that I would have overcome anyway. Focusing more on the troop bar has helped give me the patience to watch my plan develop on the field. If it’s a good plan, your patience will normally be rewarded.
At TH7 and TH8, the dragon attacks can instill some bad habits. One of them is having the luxury of deployments so simple they allow you to indulgently watch your attack unfold like a spectator. This habit will ruin your TH9 attacks. So, realizing that (no matter what Tyrion says) you cannot mind-control your loons towards the air defense whilst watching your attack, focus more on your troop bar – at least 50/50 until all your units are deployed and hero abilities have been used. Your attacks may smooth out a lot more than you think.