Okay, so I’m still pretty noob-ish myself - only been playing for about 3 weeks or so - but from everything I’ve seen so far here in the forums, the only “real” answer to “What’s a good team to start out with?” is “What do you have?” People will make suggestions without knowing what you’ve got, and those are almost always definitely cards to keep in mind for future reference if you don’t have them yet (and just starting out, odds are you won’t).
Aside from the troops you get from quests and the weapons you get from leveling up your masteries, everyone has a different deck, so about the only way you can get solid advice on what troops to use is to post a list of all of your cards. Even that’s not 100% perfect though, because what works great for someone else might bore you to tears.
Some super generic tips I can give for building a team though:
- Keep an eye here in the forums on what people are talking about, because again, even if you don’t have the cards yet odds are they know what they’re talking about and it’s good to keep it in mind.
- Pay attention to your opponents when you’re playing - if you get creamed and you realize that you have all the cards needed for that team, it might be worth giving it a try.
- There’s a crap ton of bonuses for playing with a team that has certain qualities. All of the same “species”, all from the same kingdom, etc. If you’re having trouble figuring out a decent team, see if you can make matches with that and try it out.
Generally speaking you’ll want to try and use as many different colors in your team as possible so you don’t miss a match. Then again though, you can run a good team if you’re missing one or two, and there’s even a bonus if you happen to run a team of unique troops that happen to use the same color.
I’ll let other people give detailed suggestions on leveling troops and traiting, but those are worth looking into also - if your team is almost good enough, but not quite, it might be worth trying to level them up. Souls are kind of a commodity though, and traitstones are very much a commodity - try and find a few other posts with suggestions on those before you just flood a Peasant with all of your souls in hopes he’s awesome. (Spoiler alert: he isn’t.)
The last thing I’ll add is don’t be afraid to lose. You don’t lose any kind of in-game resource, you still gain experience (and a bit of gold at least), and you can build from it - “Crap, I didn’t get to run Venoxia because she was at the bottom of the team and other troops were eating all the greens and purples. Need to move her up a notch.”