I started on the same thought path, but here is where I took it next.
Your home kingdom doubles the tribute.
One question to ask yourself is “what do you want out of your tribute”.
For me, the answer was gold. I wanted to get as much gold as possible, so I could spend that on:
- levelling more kingdoms
- continuing to battle
A friend of mine wanted glory because glory buys rewards and maps, maps make gems and gold. His build pattern differs to mine for that reason.
There are six kingdoms I put higher importance on.
My home kingdom is Khaziel, because it gives 250 gold. When it hits tribute (as it just did right now when I went to check my info) it gives 500 gold. Good times.
The five others are:
Stormheim (200 gold, 2 glory)
Broken Spire (200 gold, 4 souls)
Adana (175 gold, 2 glory, 2 souls)
Maugrim Woods (150 gold, 2 glory, 4 souls)
Zaejin (150 gold, 3 glory, 2 souls)
My formula was to level all kingdoms evenly, except level those five +1 on all other kingdoms, except level Khaziel +1 on top of that.
So when my others got to 5, those 5 were 6 and Khaziel was 7.
Levelling up this way skewed my tributes to be high in gold.
However, after this point, the gold cost to continue in such a fashion became astronomical.
I realised that I had better impact levelling Khaziel to 10 from this point, not for the extra 3% tribute (I was already hitting roughly 7 in 10 times, and half of those were doubles or better) but for the +1 health for troops.
Winning battles is still the best way to earn gold, and having more health always helps that.
Once I had done so, I calculated my next best play to upgrade Stormheim to level 10, which I did.
Now I’m working on Broken Spire.
Since this patch, I have earned about 250 gems - enough to make the purchase of my dragon armour.
I’m still on 67.9% to get a successful tribute (of some kind. This includes doubles, triples, and even that six-tribute I had last week)
However, once I started mathing this, questions arose that affected my calculations.
Can a tribute occur more than once from the same city in the same day?
If so, the math remains the same. If not, the math gets more complicated.
Also, if this is the right place, I wish there was a feature to scroll between kingdom screens, from one kingdom to the next. So much easier than closing the window, finding the next city, clicking it, clicking kingdoms, closing it, finding the next kingdom, etc.