Trap Map: Battle Of The Red Cliff (with video link)
This mission is my new favourite. Not only is it challenging but it has also a well-designed map with more than one way to achieve the final goal. And most importantly there is a really great movie by director John Woo (aptly named “Red Cliff”) which you should watch if you can. Be careful: you need the 2 part version (run time approximately 5 hours), not the crippled 1 DVD version. After watching it I even came to terms with the Zhuge Liang cut scenes because the guy in Atlantica Online is obviously a cartoon version of the “original” Zhuge Liang in the movie.
|Name||Battle Of The Red Cliff|
|Maximum number of participants||6|
|Size of a party||main + 2|
|Time limit||60 minutes|
|Total number of vehicles allowed||1|
|Entry fee||12 M|
|Total upgrade cost||20 M (after Spelltower patch)|
|Catapult cost||15 M|
|Reward||30 x Commander’s Loot (300 Atlantica Gold Coins)|
|XP victory bonus||1,300 M|
Also great in this mission are the drops. Every monster can drop phoenix boxes, bosses can drop dragon god boxes. That they do quite rarely, I have to admit, but the drops more than outweigh the costs for upgrades, scrolls and potions.
By the way: The trebuchet is quite useless, it won’t add anything relevant in terms of fire power. Only if you feel that you may be wiped out you should acquire one as fail-safe.
We duo this mission. Our strategy:
Run up the left lane. Meet two Warlords Of The Blade at 1. Kill first mini boss (Ma Yen) at 2. Take out the middle summon portal in C10 (3). Go down and right via D/E9 to the right summon portal and take that out (4). Beware the net trap right before the portal. And be careful not to aggro the troups in the boss area – there are multitudes of cannonneers right behind the entrance at the left of E10.
Then move forward to Zhang Yi (5). He has a freezing aoe, so take care. You don’t need to destroy the left summon portal. It is sufficient to defeat the mini boss and the troups which spawn directly after it. Go back via row 11 (that is: top edge of boss area) to the right and kill the cannons and the other minions.
Try to kill Cao Cao only after you have positioned yourself in the top right corner (6) and after healing up a bit. Then snipe the Emperor Of Destruction to death.
There are 6 mini-bosses loitering around in the boss area (that is north of the middle summon portal). Two are behind the middle summon portal and four roughly at the corners of the grey square in the map – the “boss plateau”. We don’t go after them but kill them as they come. If you go aggressively in their direction they have the tendency to group together. And I do not want to know if we can stand 3 or more of these minis – I am satisfied with the knowledge that we can overwhelm 2 of them at the same time. Better win cowardly than lose bravely.
The advantage of this strategy (made known to me by Godrayn) is that you have time to heal up after taking down the middle summon portal and then again after destroying the right summon portal and defeating the monsters on the right side of the boss area. And afterwards, when you have to fight the final boss, you won’t suffer from the pressure of the right summon portal because – you may guess it already but I like to point out the obvious very much, so I will continue and you can’t do a thing against it – the right summon portal is already destroyed.
The downside is time. My run with Mulanhua of my guild lasted nearly 41 minutes, that is 4 to 5 minutes longer than pre-valkyrie. So if you have time problems, this strategy may not work for you and you have to go right through the middle, letting the right summon portal alive. Basically that means you skip step 4 in the map above and go directly to 5. On the other hand, that strategy may not work for you either…
Hint: You can avoid the fight at “1” with the 2 warlords. In B5 turn left instead of right. There is a “secret” passage between A5 and A7 without any monsters. If you want to see that, watch one of my videos.
Update 2012-01-02: In the meantime I can solo this mission. Here is a video of one of my runs:
Update 2011-07-31: I made a video of a duo run. You find it on youtube (user: ClaudiusAO). Here are the links: