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Trap Map: Battle Of Changban (with video)

24.06.2011

The mission is part of the quest “Battle Of Red Cliff” from the NPC Zhuge Liang – in fact it is the first part.

This mission is one of the timed missions, like Goddess’ Rage, Last Stand or Summoning The Wind. Several events are triggered not by you reaching a certain goal but by Zhuge Liang who watches his watch and decides that the time is ripe to humour you with a new task.

Name Battle Of Changban
Minimum level 90
Maximum number of participants 3
Size of a party main + 3
Time limit 50 minutes
Total number of vehicles allowed 1
Entry fee 0.8 M
Total upgrade cost 2 M (after Spelltower patch)
Catapult cost 1 M
Reward 3 x General’s Loot (60 Atlantica Silver Coins)
XP victory bonus 150 M

After some fidgeting around I now can solo this mission with my alt (Fritz, now level 102) applying the following strategy:

Strategy map for BOC, click to enlarge.

1. I divide my troups into two teams: the Wavers and the Cleaners. The Cleaners consist of sheriff, oracle and catapult. Their task is to clean up the area beyond the bridge, where the boss will spawn and the summon portals summon. The Wavers consist of my main and my witch. Their task is to kill the monsters of Wave 2 and 3 and then join the Cleaners in time for the final boss fight.

2. Wavers and Cleaners clear the start of the bridge (the preset monsters at F4/5. Don’t run into the flame trap with your meteor-ready witch.

3. Wavers go to D5 and wait for the wave 2 to appear. Cleaners work their way over the bridge.

4. Wave 2 appears and the Wavers clear it. Cleaners work their way over the bridge.

5. Wavers go to D3 and wait for the wave 3 to appear. Cleaners start to clear the boss area. Keep to one side first (I start with the south side) and after clearing the mobs there and destroying the summon portal clean the rest.

If you have trouble clearing the boss area only with sheriff, oracle and catapult you can move your main to the boss area as reinforcement as soon as the wave 2 has been cleared. In this case only your witch will decimate wave 3. The surviving enemies will of course kill your witch and march to the barracks and your base. But that is ok, because there should be standing around a mass of allies, doing nothing except poking their noses. When your witch resurrects at your base your allies have probably taken care of the enemies, and if not, a well-aimed meteor-strike will clear the situation.

6. Wave 3 appears. Wavers kill all and then go join the Cleaners.

7. Finally, after probably a bit of waiting the boss, a certain Xiahou Ba, will appear. He is accompanied by some mobs but your witch and your sheriff will take care of them. After that it is simple.

When the monsters of wave 2 arrive, Zhang Fei arrives, too. He is on your side and that makes him a burden. He is quite eager to engage enemies even if the odds are not favourable for him and you lose when he dies. That is the reason I recommend to press forward with your Cleaners instead of waiting for the Wavers to join them. If you wait, the boss area will be full of spawned monsters. And when the boss appears, Zhang Fei will hasten to engage Xiahou Ba. That can easily be his doom because you have your hands full to survive in the boss area with about 300 monsters (ok, may be a bit less, but you get the picture). Better to destroy the summon portals fast.

In the waves 2 and 3 only the monsters which newly spawn are definitely to kill. There are some catapult monsters already there from the beginning. If you are careful you can avoid killing them. They won’t march to your base if not aggroed.

Every timed mission confronts you with the question: stalling or hurrying up? Sometimes it is better to stall so that the summon portals can’t create as much monsters as they would do if you hurry (example: Last Stand). Sometimes it is better to hurry to get all these pesky enemies of the actual wave killed before the next wave hits. In this mission your answer to the speed question should be “hurry up”. There are two summon portals but lots of monsters in every wave.

You get a measly 60 silver coins out of it, about 16 M gold at the time of writing. You pay about 4 M. Calculate 2 M more for two freezing scrolls which you need in the boss area, and add the costs for potions. It is not exactly a rewarding mission, moneywise…

Here is a video about a run with Fritz (2011-10-04, Fritz in level 102):

part 1:

part 2:

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7 Comments leave one →
  1. mkg131 permalink
    11.09.2011 16:23

    I tried to do this mission after the latest update. I failed cause I couldn’t block Zhang Fei. Can you explain what do you mean by “block the bridge”? When I tried to do it Zhang Fei ignored my attempts and rushed forward( maybe they changed something with new update)
    Btw nice guide

  2. 11.09.2011 20:16

    The bridge is (or was before the update, haven’t checked it yet) three squares wide. I closed my end of the bridge with my catapult and one mercenary, thus blocking Zhang Fei.

    I will try it with my alt next weekend again…

  3. Rosey permalink
    10.10.2011 09:09

    Finally music main guides! btw, noticed that you use witch in your runs. Best choice because music main attack is too lame? :(

    I have one but she’s only for my skirmish grinding, I never used her in tbs. Can’t wait to see you run tbs 115 and above. keep it coming. Thanks again for the guides.

  4. 10.10.2011 12:07

    I chose the musician/main-combination for two reasons:

    1. It is radically different from my usual cannon main/sheriff setup.

    2. I didn’t choose staff main/witch because there is already a lot of stuff out there about it and it seems to me musician/witch is a bit more challenging.

    My point is currently to show that this works in TBS. My goal is now to make videos of runs when I just have reached the level to be able to do a mission. Like yesterday, when I had reached level 105 and tried (and succeeded) to do Fleeing Betrayer. I really believe that that is possible because TBS missions are not about gear but about skill (or better: knowing the way how to do them).

    That said: the witch is a great und still underestimated mercenary for TBS. She is so cheap and can wreak so much havoc, it is unbelievable.

    • Don permalink
      10.10.2011 16:22

      Great job! Keep it up.

  5. thewong permalink
    24.07.2012 05:02

    what if i don’t have a sheriff???

    • secretsofatlantica permalink
      24.07.2012 10:25

      Use a janissary.

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