Facebook WarFlow Non-Gold Buyer’s Guide Part 2
Facebook WarFlow Non-Gold Buyer’s Guide (Part 2) by wilhung53
This is a series of articles intending to help non-Gold buyers to get the most out of Warflow. Last time I have covered rushing buildings and techs from War Academy using the Gold you are given in the game.
This time we will go over how to rush buildings like Market, Barn, and Treasury, as well as how to time your upgrades so that you can maximize profit.
The importance of Market / Barn / Treasury cannot be understated. Although my focus is S3 and S4, I did play a bit the last few days on S1 and S2. The key question I came up with was:
Why are some legions and some players seem to always dominate the game?
My 1st instinct told me that they are big-time Gold buyers, so they must have an enormous advantage. The advantage is so big that there is no parity for non-Gold buyers.
I am indeed a Gold-buyer on S3. I wanted to see for myself some of the advantages Gold buyers had. I will not get into that for this article. But then I forced myself to play S4 without buying any Gold. Why? Because I wanted to see if non-Gold buyers can actually do well in this game.
Maximizing profit from Market, Barn, and Treasury
Once your Town Center hits level 12, you will have access to Market and Barn. I typically upgrade my Barn first to approximately lv 16 whenever I am not upgrading my Town Center, Training Ground, or War Academy. I want to be able to store 20000+ Barn. Now I upgrade to at least this amount is because there will be days where I can’t log on and sell them for a good price. I want to be able to store quite a bit of Barn. Also, by the 6th day of this game (Summer 186), there will be Mine Wars. In order to do well, you need to constantly reinforce your army by Conscription. This costs a lot of Forage.
On S3, even with a great army with a great advantage, it still costed me over 20000 Forage. Therefore, although I don’t recommend making leveling up Barn a priority, you should still level up your Barn whenever you have a chance to hold 60K+ Forage.
Another motivation for having plenty of Forage is how Forage and Barracks have an important relationship with each other. When your Town Center reaches level 15, you will receive Barracks. Thereafter, each time you battle, you will lose some soldiers. You need to make sure that before each battle, Soldier count is above 0. Otherwise, you will receive a penalty for attacking. (I have not confirmed the amount of penalty yet.) You can recruit approximately every 90 minutes. Nevertheless, you will still need to use Conscription to max out the number of reserve of Soldiers from time to time.
Of course, the most important reason is to keep your economy growing. Now the trick to maximizing profit from Market and Barn is rather simple. You should use the Black Market to buy Forage at a low price between 0.5 – 0.6 rather than using the Trading Capacity. As you may already know, for each level, your Market has a maximum Trading Capacity. For instance, at level 1, you have a Trading Capacity of 600 Forage. This means if you do not upgrade your Market to at least level 2, once you’ve bought or sold the 600 Forage, you will have to wait until 00:00 PST server time before you can trade Forage again.
Of course, we don’t want to wait that long right? So the best strategy is to watch when the price is about to hit one extreme or the other within the next 1/2 hour. (0.5 – 0.6 for buying and 1.9 – 2 for selling) If you’re looking to sell maximum amount of Forage, stop upgrading any building with CD of more than 1/2 hour. If it’s later on in the game, and you don’t have anything with upgrade CD of less than 1/2 hour, then it’s better not to do any upgrades at all. There is a 30 minute period where you can sell or buy your Forage at the best price, so my guide is more a rule of thumb. Whatever you do though, don’t miss that 1/2 hour window.
Getting back to the point at hand, using the Black Market is the way to go. Buy them around 1 – 1.2, sell them back around 1.8 – 2. You make less profit per Forage, but you get to buy and sell far more Forage this way. This is how players get to the top of the rankings for an event like “Stock Forage”.
The amount of reward you get from an event like “Stock Forage” is based on your ranking and level of your Town Center (TC). I believe it’s something like:
Rank 1 – 400 Silver x TC level
Rank 2 – 395 Silver x TC level
Rank 10 – 350 Silver x TC level
Rank 11 – 340 Silver x TC level
Rank 12 – 330 Silver x TC level
Rank 20 – 240 Silver x TC level
As you can see, if you’re in the top 10, you’re doing really good. The reason I gave more details for the event is because it is likely to be one of the earlier events when you’re playing on the Server. It turned out to be 2nd event for S2 and S3, and 1st event for S4. This can give you a tremendous advantage over other players. Having tens of thousands of extra Silver means you get to upgrade everything more than other players.
Thus, as I have mentioned in the previous article, you need your treasury to be level 17 or so to hold 30K Silver. This allows you to make maximum profit whenever an opportunity arises.
As for hoarding over 80000 Silver or something in Mine Wars, don’t worry. You’ll be able to keep every Silver you earn. However, you will not earn the Silver from normal Mining in the Mines. (No big deal, anyway)
Overall, this article is more complicated than the last one on Rushing buildings and techs. Thus, if there’s anything you would like me to clarify or if you have any questions, please feel free to reply, or send me a private message on the forums or in the game S3 or S4. Thanks for reading.