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If you want a quick way to get started in The Lord of the Rings: Rise to War, the following tips will help you make the right decisions.

Choose the best Faction

As a new Lord or Chief in The Lord of the Rings: Rise to War, the first decision that you will have to make is obviously what Faction you will choose. There are 10 in total and 8 of them are playable. So which one is the right one for you Which one should you pick? Below you’ll find information that can help you choose the Faction that is best suited for you.

Even though there are many things that you need to take into consideration before you make a decision, the truth is there is no BEST Faction per se. Each one of them has its own strengths and weaknesses, but they are all totally viable.

With that being said, here are some of the things that you should consider:

The Capital (Starting Point on the map)

The Lord of the Rings: Rise to War is a geo-strategic game and so your position on the map of Middle-earth is very important. Each Faction has a different starting point, which might have a lot of benefits but also some cons.

For example Rohan’s capital (starting point) is Edoras, which is located in the middle of the map. That makes it easier for this Faction to claim new territories and move around the map. On the flip side, exactly because they are in the middle of the map, they can be attacked from multiple sides and must defend against multiple Factions.

With that in mind and depending on your playstyle, you might want to avoid Factions that are located in the middle of the map if you want to avoid going to war early on in the game. Of course that can make it harder to go after the Ring.

First Commander:

Every Faction has a unique starting Commander with clear strengths that you should try and take full advantage of, especially in the early stages. As you progress further into the game you will be able to recruit new Commanders by bribing them with rare treasures, but for now, the starting Commander can dictate your early game play style.

Special Units Type:

Each Faction can produce Special Units (Tier 4) that excel at certain aspects of the game. Some can be great tanks to lead the charge from the front lines while others can be the ranged damage type (and so on). Before you decide on the Faction that you want to play, check what type of Special Units each Faction can produce, and decide if it fits your playstyle or not.

Faction Bonus:

Each Faction has a unique buff that helps them in different aspects of the game. Some gain movement speed that helps them move around the map faster while others need less time to build structures or gain exp faster. Depending on your preferable playstyle, some might be more well suited for you than others.

In conclusion, before you decide which Faction you want to play with, the above points should be taken into consideration. Even though all of them are viable, each requires a different strategic approach in order to take advantage of their strengths.

Join the best Fellowship/Warband

A Fellowship or Warband is the equivalent of an Alliance, and it is made up of players belonging to the same Faction. When joining one, you will be able to expand your territory further by attacking tiles directly connected to those your FellowshipWarband mates have conquered.

Another good reason to join an Alliance is to be able to attack players belonging to enemy Factions. That’s where the PvP aspect of the game kicks in, and it’s something every player belonging to a Fellowship/Warband will, at some point, partake in.

Choose the tiles you want to conquer based on your resource needs

Each tile offers some type of resource, with higher level tiles granting a lot more than the beginner ones. Of course, the higher a tile’s level, the more difficult it will be to conquer it. At the start, try to focus on the ones that you need the most. Afterwards, you should focus on the ones that grant the most benefits.

For example some tiles can unlock new types of units that otherwise wouldn’t be available to you. There’s also a certain type of tile called Harbor or Tunnel and with that, you will be able to access the other side of it once it’s captured.

Based on the trilogy of books by J.R.R. Tolkien and OSCAR®-winning film adaptations by Peter Jackson, The Lord of the Rings: Rise to War is now available to download as a free-to-play game with in-app purchases on the App Store, the Galaxy Store, and on the Google Play Store.

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