Sneak is one of those abilities which I needed a bit of time to get my head around when I first started playing. For one thing, I didn't understand what's the use of a sneak attack at first, because I was only looking for monsters to attack the tank. So I was looking more into the Reach ability. Secondly, I didn't understand how to tactically use the sneak attack. It wasn't until mid-way through my second season I started learning the use of sneak! Going for the tank is cool, but targeting the tank alone meant I was hitting the opposition only one monster at a time! That's very counter-productive. That's where the sneak comes in. While most of my monsters are attacking the tank, the sneak also keeps taking down monsters at the back!
Here's the Battle Link. It was a 32 mana, Weak magic and Meele mayhem Rule! All the splinters except Dragon was active. With weak magic, it was pretty obvious I wanted to go in armor heavy, so I used Tyrus Paladium as my Summoner.
For my tank I went with Shilvershield Knight. Admittedly, this is not my strongest tank. But more than using it as a tank, I used it for it's inspire ability. Because my plan was to kill the monsters from the back while my tank holds the opposition for as long as possible. At position 2, I had Luminous eagle for it's reach ability and with an inspire in the team, it was giving me 4 meele attack on the opposition tank.
The Sneak combination of Shilvershield Assasin with and feral Spirit with 2 meele each might not seem such a big deal at first look. But let's do a bit of math, shall we! With the inspire, the two meele becomes 3 meele each. Add to that the double strike of the assasin and all of a sudden you have a deadly 9 meele attack every round on the last monsters! Believe me, this takes out the opposition backline monsters faster than you can imagine. The back monsters are usually strategic monsters like healers and cleansers and taking them out usually makes the difference in a close battle. The 9 meele doesn't last till the end of the battle of course, because as I said, Silvershield Knight usually isn't the strongest tank and it will fall pretty quickly. It just has to last long enough for majority of the damage at the opposition back to be done by the sneak monsters! So of my strategy didn't end here, I had make sure my tank lasted as long as possible.
The Defender of Truth made it into the lineup for it's protect ability. In a weak magic rule, this is essentially +2 on the health! And the Armorsmith for it's repair. Also it was meele mayhem, so it wasn't just sitting and repairing, it was also throwing 2 meele attacks on the opposition tank, thanks to the inspire. and as you can see from the battle, the extra armor and the constant repairing turned out to be quite effective and a game changer in the end!
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