BLOG: Monolith Arena – Charge!

There are four factions in Monolith Arena. Dwarves, Elves, Demons and… The fourth faction in Monolith Arena is called Dragon Empire. I call them Knights, and I guess, everybody calls them Knights. They have horses, lances, they charge so who’d bother calling them Dragon Empire, huh?

Charges
Knights army has a special order – Battle/Charge. They can start a regular Battle with it or decide for a single Charge! That would mean they choose one cavalry unit, move it and attack with it. No Battle started, no opponent had a chance to strike, nobody gets activated and react, nobody but your knight. This one knight runs into the enemy tile and deals damage with no chance for a reaction from the opponent.

Well, maybe there is a reaction – a few curse words, and a look that kills, but that’s fine. You understand it, right?

Shields
Many of the Dragon Empire units have shields. They have 13 knights in the army and 8 of them have a shield. The shield ability protects from shooting from one or more directions, and since 5 of these units have a Move ability icon, that means it’s really hard to shoot them in the back. They react very easily, they maneuver and protect themselves with a shield from all different zones and directions. If well played and positioned few knight tiles can block a big part of the board and be safe from range attacks.

Mobility
And on top of that, you must remember – this is cavalry! Five units in the army can move, and what’s more, there is four (4!) Move orders in the deck. If you hated Elves because they are fast and can move a lot, I tell you, these knights are your worst nightmare.

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Dragon Empire is a very unique, thematic army. The ability of charging adds not only a ton of flavor to the gameplay – you really feel like commanding cavalry units! – but also is a fresh and very interesting twist and tactical change in the basic gameplay of Monolith Arena. They adjust to the situation, they attack precisely when they want to attack and where they want to attack, these knights, if played smart, are like a razor blade in the right hands.


Ignacy Trzewiczek

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