Tomorrow is the start of a Gnome Vault Weekend, where gnomes show up more often and we get vault keys for killing increasing amounts of gnomes. Because gnomes show up at a rate regardless of the difficulty, it stands to reason that if you want lots of gnomes, you should do explore battles as fast as possible, ignoring all other factors (gold and medals).
When Ironhawk came out, something dawned on a number of players: this thing could blow through the easiest explore (level 1), because enemies have very little health as it is, with this team:
Dust Devil deals 5 damage to all enemies and is Empowered (Starts battles with full Mana). Ironhawk deals 5 damage to all Enemies when an Ally casts a spell. With three Ironhawks, casting Dust Devil immediately does 20 damage to all enemies.
Problem: when an enemy troop has more combined health/armor than 20, you’re left with no fast way to kill it, because Dust Devil doesn’t do anything to change the board, so you’re left to manually match gems to fill up its 10 yellow/brown mana to cast it again, or get lucky with skulls to kill remaining enemies.
You can use the Archmagus class to start at 50% mana and get a bonus +3 Purple Mana, and an additional +2 from a banner, giving you +5 bonus mana. That means one purple match will give you a minimum of 8 mana, which means you can start with a 16 mana weapon and always have full. The problem is of course always having a purple match when you start the match…
So… this leaves us with trying to find a Kingdom that has the highest number of matches where Dust Devil can kill all troops. That’s the ideal situation. You want kingdoms that don’t have troops that, for instance, can summon additional troops when they die. You don’t want troops that are buffed from the weekly buffs. You don’t want kingdoms where certain troops have abnormally high armor/life (typically at sacrifice of attack/magic).
For example, my Slayer/Zuul’goth team for Explore 12 I only use in Ghulvania, because absolutely no troops there are immune to burning (necessary for Fireblade), and none summon troops on death, and the highest “skull” resistance they have their is 25%. So it’s a perfect kingdom for that.
What do you think the best kingdoms are for Dust Devil/3x Ironhawk?