I have tried to write guides in the past about the best way to set up your defences. It seems to me now that there is no universally best defence set-up due to the massive differences in attacks and your own defences compared to another players. So because I can’t write a guide which is helpful for everybody all the time, I thought the next beat thing would be to write a guide explaining how to work out the best set up for each individual incoming attack.
1. It is always better to erm on the side of caution. Don’t take risks with your set-up. Make sure as a minimum you always do your best to stop your attacker getting the courtyard bonus- this is more important than getting it yourself!
2. Firstly, consider the number of soldiers you can fit on your walls. In the end, you can have the veteran defenders and armorer tools but if your walls only fit 100 men and you have 1000 incoming you wont be able to cover all the flanks.
3. Next, the strength of your tools compared to your attacker’s. If you have armourer tools they will give you a significant advantage over a player using resource tools. If you have resource tools and your attacker is using armourer tools, defend one flank etc.
4. Then, the strength of your units compared to your attackers. If you are lucky enough to be attacked with defenders then 20 strong defenders with armourer tools will be able to cover this flank. If your attacker has horrors and you have normal spearmen and bowmen prepare for pain by reducing the number of flanks you try to cover.
5. The number of attackers. If you are being attacked with a small number then receiving a courtyard bonus is not so important- cover as many flanks as possible. If you are being attacked with a great number then your priority should be denying the attacker the courtyard bonus and then, if possible, getting the bonus yourself- to minimise losses in the courtyard.
To finish, a Sun Tzu quote:
«It is said that if you know your enemies and know yourself, you will not be imperiled in a hundred battles; if you do not know your enemies but do know yourself, you will win one and lose one; if you do not know your enemies nor yourself, you will be imperiled in every single battle.»