What is Arena?
The arena is a place solely for heroes to battle each other. The game play is a bit different from general raiding. There will be no other troops or spells involved just heroes. Instead of destroying an entire town, the purpose is to destroy your opponent’s shrine before they destroy yours. The arena contains 3 horizontal paths to reach the enemies base. The game plays out by each player having up to 5 heroes (as usual you cannot use two or more of the same hero) on any combination of the paths. Each path is more or less the same distance, but most people prefer to take the middle lane.
When the battle starts, each players heroes will automatically start moving to the other side of the arena to destroy the enemy shrine. If heroes clash in the middle of the lane they will battle each other, and the surviving heroes will continue to run to the shrine to destroy it. The first player to destroy the enemies shrine will obtain victory. Each player will have a ranking, the better you get, the higher you will move up the rankings.
There is an attack mode and a defense mode. The defense mode works by having you set up your heroes in the specified lanes. After doing so, there is nothing you need to do on your part anymore. Players around your ranking can challenge you and the heroes you’ve set up previously will automatically fight. You won’t be able to see this fight, but there is an activity stream letting you know if you won or lost your last 3 matches. You can still rearrange your heroes any time you like. If players attack you and achieve victory your ranking will drop, if they fail, your rank remains unchanged.
In attack mode you are able to watch your battle. You are given 20 seconds to place your heroes on any of the designated lanes and when the battle starts it’ll depend on the capabilities of your heroes to destroy the shrine. You cannot control them any further. You can have a max of 5 battle chances and they rebuild every 30 minutes. If you win, you will swap rankings with your opponent. If you lose, your rank remains unchanged.
Why Play Arena?
The arena may be a bit intimidating at first, but after playing it’s fun and highly competitive. More importantly you obtain rewards in the form of honor badges. There is no better place than the arena to receive HB because by building an arena you will automatically receive a certain amount of HB per hour based on your ranking. In addition, you receive HB for both winning and losing. You will get 40 for each victory and still manage to get 6 for failing. Another thing to keep in mind is you can obtain achievements that give gems for winning and losing arena battles hence you should play as much as you can to retain the benefits.
The arena is also a great place to spend your time when you’re just waiting for your troops to build, or your heroes to revive. Even if your heroes are not done reviving you can still use them in the arena. Attacking in the arena also doesn’t break your shield so your free to battle whenever you like assuming you have battle chances.
How to Play Arena?
To get started the first thing you need is to create the actual arena building. Go to shop -> attack -> arena and place the arena any place you’d like. Tapping on the arena should have 3 options, info, defense, and enter. Despite that the arena says Level-1 it cannot be upgraded, for now at least. You should first set up your defense by tapping the defense button. You should see the screen similar to the one below.
Press edit setup and now you can place your heroes on any of the auras by pressing on the portrait of the hero you want at the bottom of the screen and tapping on the top, middle, or bottom aura. Each aura will have heroes running from those respective positions when the match starts. You can choose any combination you like. When you are happy with your choices you can press OK followed by pressing the red X at the top right corner. Now whenever you are attacked your heroes will follow your saved setup. It can be changed at any time later.
When attacking the general idea is the same except you need to manually do your setup every match. To begin an attack select your arena building and press on the enter button. You should enter the lobby area of the arena.
You are shown 5 players who you are entitled to challenge. To battle one of them press on their portrait and tap the challenge button. You should reach a screen where you can place your heroes. You are given 20 seconds to choose where you would like them to start from.
If you chose the wrong hero be careful of pressing the edit setup button as this will reset all of them rather than letting you simply change the one you don’t want. If there are only a few seconds left and you press edit setup, you may not have enough time to deploy all your heroes again and you’ll be at a big disadvantage. After you have finished choosing your heroes you may press start and you can watch the battle. Good luck and may you always destroy your enemies shrine first!