War and Order Time Attack Strategy Explained
Time attacks, also known as stack attacks, are one of the most popular strategies used by alliances in War and Order. A time attack strategy is a coordinated effort by multiple players. It is used to time their attacks to land on a target at the same time. Timing and communication are the key to successful stack attacks. In this War and Order guide you will learn how to use stack attacks to start doing more damage. This is a small piece of the information contained in the War and Order attack strategy guide. That guide goes into deeper detail including troop setups and different attack strategies.
Preparing the Timed Attack
To get started, you want to make sure that alliance chat is kept silent. This allows everyone to focus on the orders being given by the march leader. The attack leader or march leader is usually the person who supplied the scout report, or a designated deputy or officer. The methods you use for choosing your march leaders is up to you. The key is to have one. Have a system in place for quickly organizing stack attacks on short notice. This will help minimize response times from the scouting to the actual attacking.
Once a march leader has posted a targets coordinates in alliance chat they should immediately ask for times. Something like this would work fine:
“Setting stack attack, keep chat quiet”
“515:302 March Times”
The first message is meant to get peoples attention, and the second is to get them to post their march times.
Once march times have been posted you should see something like this in your alliance chat:
- Player 1: 3.21
- Player 2: 3.45
- Player 3: 2.41
- Player 4: 4.02
- Player 5: 3.20
Posting times in that format is quick and easy. The number before the decimal is the minutes and the number after is the seconds.
Something To Keep in Mind
This is why keeping alliance chat quiet is important. If people are chatting and others are trying to post times, it will be easy to screw up the next step of the timed attack. It is also a good idea for the march leader to give a last call, such as a quick 3 2 1 countdown. Anyone after that who wants to join the attack will have to jump in when their march time matches the group. This speeds up the process and helps avoid confusion.
Time Attack Strategy Tip: If you do not know how to tell what your march time is, you simply click on the target, click attack, and the time will show at the bottom right side of the screen. Do not send your attack yet though.
How the Timing Works
You now have your alliance members march times located in chat. Someone should be keeping a tally on who has the longest march time posted so far. With the time attack strategy the person with the longest march time, in our case Player 4 with a 4.02 march time, will be the first to send his troops. Everyone else will need to time their marches to match Player 4. They do this by watching the battle screen. While watching the battle screen, everyone should also be on the open world map and have the target easily ready on their screen. Swap back and forth between the battle screen and the target on the map. This will allow everyone to watch for incoming reinforcements, as well as be ready to set up their attack when it’s their turn.
Player 4 begins his march, the next person to send a march on the list will be Player 2 with a March time of 3.45. When Player 4 reaches a time of 3.55 to reach the target, Player 3 should begin a 10 second countdown in his/her head. Some people use a watch. While counting down those 10 seconds, Player 3 will also need to be preparing their march by selecting the target and choosing their preset march. Once the 10 second countdown reaches 0 they should send their troops. This will match Player 3 and Player 4 march times to land at the target at the same time. Repeat this process until everyone is in the march.
What Happens if Our Timing is Off
First of all, everyone that is marching should have a troop recall, 50 gems, or their 3 second recall available for use. This will ensure that everyone can abandon the attack if the march leader calls for a retreat. When the march timing is off by more than 3 seconds, the person who is off can recall. If they are behind, they can use a march speedup at the last few seconds to catch up to the group.
Perhaps several people have screwed up their timing (and don’t worry, this happens to the best of us). It is then best to use a recall and try again. Keep in mind however, that you have just alerted your target that you intend to attack. The target may start getting reinforcements so keep a close eye on them.
If one person is 20 seconds behind, they can use a 50% march speedup 10 seconds before the rest of the group reaches the target. They will all sync up for the attack. If someone is 2 or 3 seconds early, they will take the brunt of the attack and lose a lot of troops. This is why timing is so important. If the attacks land and the timing was off by 10 seconds or more the battle may already be over. The subsequent attacks may end up being considered a second attack. If that happens and your target has lots of troops or reinforcements then you (as the attacking team) will lose a lot of troops.
Time Attack Strategy and Best Practices Quick List
- Keep chat quiet while setting up the attack
- Be sure everyone is ready before sending troops (have them type R in chat to confirm they are ready)
- The person with the longest march time goes first
- Move down the list with the next longest march times
- Everyone needs to keep a mental note of their own march times. There is no time to have someone tell you your time
- If someone is late in the march, they can use a speedup to catch up to the group. Time the speed up to match the groups landing time
- Don’t be afraid to recall, live to fight another day
- Practice the time attack strategy a couple times per week (practice on unused castles)
Now you have a far better understanding of the War and Order time attack strategy. Let me know in the comments below if you have any questions. If you are looking for the proper troop setups and additional attack strategies check out the War and Order Advanced Attack Strategy Guide. You can use this time attack strategy to win the Crown Wars (because stack attacks is the only way to do it). An advanced guide to securing the crown will available soon. Sign up for the newsletter below or on the right to be the first to know when that guide is published.
Good Luck and happy gaming my friends!