Following u/Iamnothereorthere ‘s suggestion, I’m going to try to do a highlight on all of the faction leaders,
briefly bearing on what makes them attention-grabbing and a few of the methods you may get invested enjoying them. Would possibly as effectively begin with Cao Cao himself since I not too long ago began a brand new marketing campaign with ’em to check out the modifications.
Who am I?
You are the neatest man within the room, that is who. Because the ‘Hero of Chaos’, you begin smack dab in the midst of China surrounded by powerful opponents… however you understand what? You may deal with them. You may play all of them off of each other and are available out on high. You may have the satan’s personal luck and also you at all times gamble huge. The excellent news is that you just’re counting playing cards too.
Cao Cao begins with three traits; Suspicious, Formidable, and Dutiful. Do not forget that final one, since you’re not just like the tyrant Dong Zhuo. You are right here to convey order to chaos- the opinions of lesser males be damned. Ask not the sparrow how an eagle soars!
So what are my targets?
Cao Cao started as a fugitive, fleeing for his life from the tyrant Dong Zhuo after a failed assassination try. His gambles did not at all times repay however he at all times survived. On the battle of Puyang, Lu Bu tapped his helmet and requested him, “The place is Cao Cao!?” The mighty warrior did not acknowledge the very man he was attempting to kill. Time and time once more, loyal officers like Dian Wei and Cao Ang gave their lives to guard Cao Cao. Although he surmounted towards unbelievable odds, all of it got here at a value. The our bodies piled up at his feet- impeccable warriors, good pals, and sons alike.
Though thought of to be the peerless strategist of his age, Cao Cao in the end did not unify China, being defeated on the battle of Chi Bi in 208 AD and prolonging the bloodshed for an additional 70 years. In the event you can truly unify China, you will have overwhelmed the person himself and averted this tragic destiny. However… if it can save you his son Cao Ang from being killed, that simply is perhaps adequate too.
How can I play this wily fox?
As of the final replace, Cao Cao will get a heavier emphasis on spies. At Second Marquis, you will get entry to three of them off the bat. With applied sciences and ranks, you may amass as much as 9 spies in direction of end-game!
This offers you the chance to essentially make use of the system. Contemplate your general technique as a form of ‘mixed arms’ method. Spies, Diplomacy, and Army all mutually reinforcing each other.
Ideally you need turncoats over contemporary faces, and bear in mind to test household bushes to see in the event you can snag a dissatisfied relative.
There are two methods to make use of Proxy Wars. The obvious is to pit two highly effective foes towards each other, decreasing the possibilities that considered one of them will assault you. It will possibly additionally create ad-hoc allies. Bear in mind folks will such as you in the event you’re combating their enemies as effectively!
The second methodology is to incite somebody to assault a faction that they already wish to assault. Somebody weak, universally loathed (like Yellow Turbans), or a bitter rival. Why do that? Effectively, with that glib tongue of yours, they could simply pay YOU to instigate this conflict. Mix this with a present of gold or some ancillaries and you’ll even peacefully get territory from this methodology.
Cao Cao’s distinctive models are the Tiger & Leopard Cavalry, shock cavalry with first rate ranged protection. They’re corresponding to end-game models and this implies that you could have highly effective cavalry and not using a vanguard or commander. I discover that Cao Cao naturally gravitates in direction of the Water facet of the tech tree as a result of 1. your distinctive models cowl your cavalry wants, 2. your distinctive buildings cowl your meals wants, 3. your central place permits you to make most use of spies and commerce agreements. As such, I are inclined to discipline ‘weak core’ armies, with robust cavalry and robust ranged enhances however a really skinny frontline. The secret’s to devastate the enemy earlier than they get shut after which collapse their morale with a cost. Be cautious that this composition is susceptible to highly effective heroes and unbreakable models. Which makes… a LOT of sense. Cao Cao usually defeated armies a lot bigger than his personal however actually struggled towards small and devoted opponents like Liu Bei.
Who’re your officers?
You worth expertise, regardless of the place it comes from. You set a excessive commonplace however your officers will love you because of this. A lot of Cao Cao’s folks get alongside EXTREMELY effectively with each other, with Dutiful being a quite common trait.
Girl Bian- former prostitute, future Empress. From what we are able to inform, Cao Cao and Girl Bian genuinely cherished eachother. Make her your inheritor and court docket satisfaction will undergo the roof. She will be able to additionally rapidly get redeployment prices down, permitting you to cheaply deploy complete stacks throughout the map in a flash. It is very easy to get zero value redeployment as Cao Cao. Having her as an inheritor additionally permits one other project slot pretty on, selling a large playstyle with a number of officers.
Cao Ang- your eldest son. By all rights, he needs to be your inheritor as an alternative of Cao Pi initially. He was a treasured son by Cao Cao and he has some actually good traits for a generic like -15% retinue repairs and +four public order throughout the board. Alas, he died giving up his horse so Cao Cao may escape the battle of Wancheng. For that reason, CA has as an alternative makes Cao Pi the default inheritor.
Xiahou Dun and Xiahou Yuan– your cousins. Each have -15% retinue repairs from their armor so you may have them lead your most elite models. Xiahou Dun additionally provides his retinue fatigue resistance which is nice for cavalry, regardless of him being a champion. He additionally ate his personal eyeball. Xiahou Yuan was an completed archer and he is received above common crafty so he is truly extremely effectively suited to main horse archers or mounted crossbows. The highest row of his talent tree will make them first rate at expenses too.
Dian Wei and Xu Chu– your bodyguards. Dian Wei was recruited after Xiahou Dun found him wrestling a tiger within the wilderness and he virtually performs extra like a commander together with his robust buffing skills. Xu Chu led a band of peasants towards yellow turbans and proved his energy by pulling an ox by the tail. Each have easy accessibility to Scare. Xu Chu’s armor provides a -15% retinue repairs low cost! Sadly he isn’t AS good at commanding cavalry as Xiahou Dun.
Cao Ren and Yue Jin- your sentinels. They don’t seem to be the strongest or flashiest of their sort, however they get the job carried out. Traditionally, Yue Jin was identified for being actual quick and an absolute mad lad charging into battle.
Xun Yu, Guo Jia, Xun You, Jia Xu- the strategists. Expertise attracts expertise, as they are saying. Xun Yu and Guo Jia every have the Sensible trait, giving +15% ammo to you and -30% ammo to your enemies. None of those characters are assured to return to your facet, although all of them have a passion for Cao Cao’s faction so be looking out to poach them together with your spies sowing discontent. Upon his defeat at Chi Bi, Cao Cao is reputed to have stated, “If solely I had Guo Jia.” Alas, the genius strategist died of sickness a number of years prior. If he had lived, he may need been a match for Zhuge Liang.
Provided that Cao Cao not often struggles with satisfaction amongst his historic officers, you may rent any rank four character out of the pool (for -1000 gold) and instantly banish them for +1600 gold. In 5 turns, everybody could have forgotten! Capturing Pengcheng’s distinctive constructing (The Grand Temple of Confucius) additionally grants +10 satisfaction on high of the +5 you may get from Girl Bian’s background and each her and Cao Cao’s incredible authority.
I discover Cao Cao finally ends up with so many officers that you could usually deploy them, dismiss their retinues, and have the generals comply with behind your essential armies reinforcing them at zero repairs value. They’re positively drive multipliers and this performs into Cao Cao’s historic energy of getting a particularly competent corps of leaders. I feel simply including Three generals to an 18-unit military doubles and even triples its effectiveness, relying on who they’re. Cao Cao himself is an incredible drive multiplier of different generals with Imperious Presence. Pair him up with two different officers which have ‘Unyielding Earth” (+100% Melee Evasion, Unbreakable) and you’ll have just about no downtime on that massive bonus to melee evasion.
Within the 190 begin, your flip 1 fodder is a man named Yuan Huan. It is perhaps value attempting to seize him alive (do not autoresolve it, simply beat him up slightly and let him rout) as a result of he has an extremely helpful ‘Agricultural Reformer’ background. Is smart since he was considered one of Cao Cao’s architects of the Tuntian system.
If you may get a member of the family to turncoat, contemplate that faction as a possible ally primarily based on the power to Enhance Relations with out spending credibility. And after they get too huge? Instigate a civil conflict and swoop in to the ‘rescue’. Contemplate any spy that leads a military as a free repairs retinue that is simply ready so that you can spring the entice. Do not forget that if in case you have a single normal military and get attacked by a full stack- extracting the spy on the eve of battle will flip it into a good 2v2 battle. Remember to construct up a surplus of cash, Community, and Cowl.
Yuan Shu may be very inclined to optimistic deal Proxy Wars. In case your credibility is over 75, contemplate providing him a proxy conflict that he needs to battle AND acknowledge his legitimacy. He’ll usually outright offer you territory in change. That or large sums of cash.
In the event you prefer to closely spend money on Commerce Routes like I do, you may sometimes end up with an additional slot and nobody to commerce with. Rigorously a choose a subordinate (take a great have a look at their traits), ideally a member of the family, and make them an administrator of a commandery that could be a little underutilized. Grant them independence and voila- you will have a brand new commerce accomplice, much less corruption, an autonomous subordinate, and a free administrator slot. I’ve by no means had them betray me earlier than, though it is going to take them a number of turns to construct up their navy and court docket. Till then, defend them as if it was your individual territory (as a result of it’s!) You may lose status, however the additional gold gained from this partnership can be utilized to improve your cities and acquire it again. You may kickstart their navy by deploying the administrator with a completely replenished retinue in the intervening time you flip them right into a vassal. They’re going to separate out of your military and go alongside their merry manner.
I like Cao Cao’s marketing campaign as a result of it is a difficult begin place and there is very not often a second of peace. Your susceptible place beset on all sides usually means you are consistently combating battles the place you’re outnumbered… however the recreation throws you unbelievable instruments to satisfy this problem. Gifted officers flock to your facet, your distinctive models and buildings are exceptionally potent and you’ve got an array of diplomatic choices with each spies and your credibility useful resource. I feel his 190 marketing campaign is without doubt one of the most demanding within the recreation proper now, moreso than even ‘Kill em all!’ Yellow Turban begins as a result of it asks you to grasp just about each dimension of Complete Warfare: 3K’s gameplay- diplomacy, financial system, and fight.
Phew… That was… a bit longer than I anticipated. In the event you’re nonetheless right here, get pleasure from this clip of Cao Cao’s management within the 2010 Three Kingdoms TV present.
Cao Cao was an completed poet, as was his third son Cao Zhi (current within the 194 begin date).. Cao Zhi wrote the poem that gives the lyrics for the Eight Princes trailer, composing it in eight steps to persuade his vengeful brother Cao Pi to spare his life.