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Heroes Community > Library of Enlightenment > Thread: Can't win anymore...
Thread: Can't win anymore...
tchamber
tchamber

Tavern Dweller
posted May 26, 2019 05:10 AM
Edited by tchamber at 05:26, 26 May 2019.

Can't win anymore...

So I've been playing since HoMM3 was new, like many of you here. Needless to say, a couple of years ago I was really excited to find the HD mod. I'd have one of my friends come over and we'd play all night, team up against AI. However, the last few times I've tried playing on my own, and I cannot for the life of me win. Did the game get harder? I have been playing every month for a few years now. I just installed the HotA mod, and I still can't pull a victory out. The AI armies are just twice as big as mine. I used to beat it at 160% difficulty, I think that's the queen setting, and I just lost on the knight setting, again. Any thoughts?
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Drakon-Deus
Drakon-Deus


Legendary Hero
Inspector Gil
posted May 26, 2019 09:19 AM

I have not played that many HotA games vs AI, but I also noticed that it is more challenging than the normal game. So, yes.

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Galaad
Galaad

Hero of Order
Li mort as morz, li vif as vis
posted May 26, 2019 09:51 AM

A few basics are do not rush capitol -privilege armies instead, take gold from chests instead of XP, use multiple heroes and chain, try to clear a max of things on the map a day, use fodders to lure AI...

Overall yes HotA is harder than the original game.
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Hourglass
Hourglass


Known Hero
posted May 26, 2019 11:16 AM

@tchamber, those tips by Galaad should improve your overall performance against AI. Are you playing custom maps or random maps, because in some custom maps AI is really challangeling, no matter what difficulty you choose.

Here's couple of more tips:

Use heroes as scouts to quickly reveal more area. This way the AI cannot surprise you.

Try to lose as little as possible troops in any point in the game. This is especially true if you're having the automatic autocombat setting turned on. I sometimes see players taking the automatic result right away, because they "only" lost few troops in the battle. However, I would say those loses start to add up, and human player should have better results in battles as long as you're using the general good tactis in battles, like giving as much time to your archers to shoot enemy stacks, using and sacrifising fodders to take enemy retalitions and generally blocking enemies from reaching your most valuable stacks.


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tchamber
tchamber

Tavern Dweller
posted May 26, 2019 03:55 PM
Edited by tchamber at 16:28, 26 May 2019.

Oh boy, it'll be hard to break the habit of taking XP instead of gold, but I will give that a shot. What do you mean, "chain heroes" In the past, I have sent out a hero with a nice army, and used others to relay more troops, is that it? I don't use that strategy much.

Thanks for the input guys!

@Hourglass
I've been playing stock maps. Me against 3-6 AI. When I'd do my multiplayer games, we'd do 2 vs 6 if we could find the maps for it. We have not done multiplayer HotA yet, looking forward to that one.

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Galaad
Galaad

Hero of Order
Li mort as morz, li vif as vis
posted May 26, 2019 04:38 PM

Taking the gold will allow you to get an army faster and you will be able to clear stronger parts of the map earlier, these fights will also give more XP to your heroes.
Yes by chaining heroes and transferring armies you cover a bigger part of the map faster and get more loot etc, it's very strong strategy.
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Mordred06
Mordred06


Hired Hero
Grounf
posted June 04, 2019 09:25 AM
Edited by Maurice at 10:17, 04 Jun 2019.

Hi tchamber,
I learned a lot by reading this post:
http://heroescommunity.com/viewthread.php3?TID=7114&pagenumber=1

It has many tactics and useful tricks and hints that I found quite valuable. (example: how to clear crypts with a first day army, how to use fodders to take retaliation, what creatures not to take to dragon utopias etc..)

Hope it helps!

Mod edit: changed the link by making it clickable .
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tchamber
tchamber

Tavern Dweller
posted June 16, 2019 06:57 AM

Well, taking gold from chests helps substantially. Will try that Utopia tactic next game. I do think that the difficulty is much harder in Horn of the Abyss.

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tchamber
tchamber

Tavern Dweller
posted June 22, 2019 04:45 PM

I started a Hot Seat game last night on a random map. Based on my experience of HoTA being hard, we did it on easy. And it's too easy. What makes the AI hard on some of the maps that come with HoTA? Is there a setting for that? Or is that part of the chess-piece difficulty setting? We have come across no over-sized armies like I've seen playing single-player.

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