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    I have just started HODA a couple of days ago and just wanted to ask a bit of advice as a lot of the info online seems out of date. I can see that the characters to get are the likes of Nathaniel Howe, Scout Hardin etc but I need to assemble a decentish team with what I have to get them, I was just wondering which of these I should maybe forge ahead with and would appreciate any help as I am a bit lost at the moment.

    I have :

    3 Star Leg: Dark Theurge, Lady Seeker Cassandra, Dorian.
    2 Star: Dragon Flemeth, Harvester Orsino, Queen of the Blackmarsh, 2X Shianni, Maferath, Hissera, Artificer Varric, Warden Commander Clarel, King Alistair, The Architect.
    1 Star: Wild Sylvan, High Dragon, Divine Guard, Noble Spirit of Hope, The First, Ariane, Guard Captain Aveline, Flemeth, Morrigan, Sister Nightingale, Isabella, Varric.

    Would an Inquisition squad of Lady Seeker Cassandra, Dorian, Hissera and Artificer Varric with maybe Dragon Flemeth be my best group for now?

    Thanks for reading,


  • #2
    Hello Verezzi. Welcome to this great and very intrecate game. From the heroes you are listing, its a litle hard to build a complete very good squad, but you are on you way. It is pretty easy to gett some of the heroes you nead, and some are hard to get.

    This is what I would focus on build, train and fully fort with T4 mytic fort.

    Harvester Orisno, King Alistar. These are two of the best heroes in game right now, and you want regret building them solid. You can build bouth elven, black mages, and demon squads around Harvester Orisino, with the two first one capable of beeing Meta or close to meta.

    Ariane is also a very good hero, and could be good with only powerfort.

    Lady Seeker Casandra is a good hero, but not very muvh used these days. You should try to complete a Ferleden or Warden squad tougeter with King Alistar. Right now there is a Warden Nexus running where you can get Tom Rainer and other good heroes. Use your gold at soldierpacks, from here you have a change at geting Lyrium Fenris and some other good Leg heroes.

    Good luck :-)


    • #3
      Thank you so much, I used to play the game from it's first day and spent a fortune on it before quitting just after Dragon Flemeth came out, this was a time when Epic heroes were still used in teams so the game has changed a lot! I am planning on this new account to be F2P except in the odd case just to support the game.

      I have enough crystals for a starter pack with Thom Rainier, another Clarel, Grey Warden Knight, Warden Commander Sophia and warden commander Duncan for just 275 crystals, I might buy that to get me started. Will see what I get from the Warden event first.

      Thanks for the help, I felt like I was getting legendaries thrown at me but no clear team to focus on.



      • #4
        Welcome back! Great to have you with us again! Sounds like you had quit around the same time I was just getting started in early 2014, so a lot has changed. Here’s a bit of advice to help you;

        - I like your LSC, add in 3x quicks like Varric, AV, Shianni, ariane. Put at least epics in the power forts where you can. HO or DF as your large creature there and run speed and power runes. Don’t invest too much here as this is a starter team, but it’ll help get you into the winter wardenland nexus. You can drop some good wardens there to improve and use with your king alistair.

        - if at all possible, see if you can grind your way to 5500 banners in the current PvP ladder event, at that point there are two orange keys available, those would really help you. If you can get them, use whatever team you have at the time to run “The Right Armor” at the highest level you can. That will drop Josephine among others, building a few of those will really get you a strong team fast. That team would be capable of running at least a few nodes of metas 2 which can get you some more near meta heroes like additional KA, KM, and some good LC’s. Don’t be afraid to use gold to buy soldier packs which also drop runes, combine them, and use them.

        - don’t forget your gear on heroes, this makes a good team great.

        - if you need gams, run the PvE maps and you can earn a few. This is how I got started as well.

        - get a yellow key from the daily login rewards and run the LC nexus event, this will get you some more large creatures that can round out a few early teams. What you have will easily beat this nexus.

        - consider finding a guild to meet more players and get real time advice from experienced vets, if you need some help there, just reach out and I can make some suggestions.

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        • #5
          Thank you, this is just the kind of advice I need- good early steps to take, there just doesn't seem to be any up to date guides! I have ran the Double XP event with two energy runes to up my energy and max my teams' levels which is looking good. I have now added:

          3 Star:
          Warden Commander Sophia
          Thom Rainier
          Sandy Howler

          2 Star:
          Grey Warden Knight
          Grand Enchanter Fiona
          2X Wynne
          Warden Commander Duncan
          Grey Warden Oghren

          1 Star:
          2X Morrigan
          2X Aveline

          I will have a go at following these instructions and see where it takes me, thank you for the advice! It is indeed a long time since I quit, I remember we all got given a free Rare Fenris and he was in most teams at the time and you had to get dupes to tier up, you couldn't just consume away, I remember being really happy when that changed!

          Have a good week and thanks again,

          Last edited by Verezzi; 08-01-2020, 01:10 PM.


          • #6
            Ha, yes, that time is right at the dawn of my career for sure. I think I remember getting Epic Oghren right away and not being able to tier him since he was my only one. Those days were considerably tougher for me as an F2P. There is still challenge here to be found, but you will have an easier time getting off the ground. You now have the making of a nice nondupe warden team in GWK, Thom, KA, WCD, and WCC. This will certainly get you into the yellow key for some material to build them and LCs, then give them a try into as far as you can get in metas 2. It may not be far, but even the early nodes drop some great loot, including NH (which you may remember was meta your first time, has primarily sat on the shelf since, and ironically became meta again recently with a revamp). NH also drops from the 3rd node of the first metas I think as well if that works better. If you get 3x or so of him you want to build them, especially if you can acquire a zither and sundermount Varterral (both also drop from meta 2).

            Also, and possibly more pressing, there is a challenge node getting ready to start, these are just like you might remember from the first time where you only get 4 hours and you have to complete the PvE map to see them. The one getting ready to start drops the focusing crystal. You wants a bunch of those for later, and one for now to put in a fully built GEF (she’s your priority after the wardens are built and you’ll add Fen Harel and Zither to her for an awesome team, but make any NH/Zither builds priority above her). All of this may be enough to get you through metas 2 with runes and running that gets you enough to build some near meta teams to work with. You still need orange keys to get gear, so don’t forget to work on that as well. Seems like a lot right off, but you’ll be competing in no time
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            • #7
              Thank you, You're right about the difference, I have more legendaries now than I ever had in over a year of playing just got Grey Warden Sigrun, Genevieve, 2 more Clarels and another GWK since I posted and now I have wardens coming out of my ears. This is the trouble for me now, they just throw toons at you and it is hard to settle on a squad. Also just got a second GEF, a third Wynne and a second Architect from recruit packs (plus multiple Morrigans- I now have 5 and Isabellas- 4) then Red Lyrium Sampson and Marshal Proulx from the event, it was never this hectic before.

              I am enjoying the game a great deal, I quit before because I was paying to win and when Flemeth came out it just undid everything as I couldn't get her, I stuck around a bit longer but just had the worst luck and felt I was throwing money and getting no return, I am much more relaxed now! I haven't spent anything yet but I will spend a little to support the game perhaps when there is a flash sale.

              I did well in P2P, thank you, have 2 orange keys, nice to see people are still nugging a bit after all this time though sadly less.

              Thank you again, I will write this down and use it as a plan! I really appreciate the advice as whenever I check Google or Youtube everything is out of date. Have a great week,

              Last edited by Verezzi; 08-01-2020, 09:31 PM.


              • #8
                Anytime, reach out if you need anything else!
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