Earth-Wind Hybrid (2.2 version)
This guide is part of my article series on earth builds. If this build is not to your likeing, have a look at the rest of my builds on the earth build page. I have multiple builds for any taste available, IB, PvE, arena/ToS builds and F2P/cheap builds.
This build does well against everything. Yes. Everything. It is decent versus shadow (tho nothing special) and very well versus holy. Moreover, it will win 1:1 against almost anything due to the combination of wounds, high sustain and extreem damage pressure.
It wins 1v1 versus the earth Khan holy killing march, though it does worse versus holy than the earth Khan.
Insane cheap setup, Barca unique is F2P and none of the big paywall Immortals are required!
The build overview
This article is on wind-earth hyrbid. The build looks like something that would never work, but trust me IT WORKS! My god does it work. We are running a wind-earth hybrid where we take advantage of the high physical damage output of Alex and Hannibal. Moreover, we run this with the wind dragon and Zeno which makes our sustainability very strong, keeping our frontline damage dealers high on troop count for a very long time = a lot of damage. In addition, we rely on attack speed (which both Alex and Hannibal Barca scales VERY well from) from Emperor Qin who also provides us amazing debuff Wounds making us an wind-earth killer!
In essence, in this build we are abusing the fact that both Alex and Hannibal deal surreal amounts of physical damage. Moreover, they are both quick attackers reliant on normal attack damage output, why Zeno and wind dragon are very strong combo and hugely important.
In terms of dragons: I made this as an earth build, simply because if you have the wind dragon maxed you should run a stronger wind setup and use earth as a secondary march, e.g. with Khan. You can absolutely run it with wind dragon tho! It will even be slightly stronger in most instances.
Alex: Cleave + Weakness + Absorb (or combo)
Barca: Berserk + Death Breath + Fighting Master (or anger)
Zeno: Shelter (or misleading) + Blessing of Defense + Oaken Guard
Qin: Coercion + Blessing of war + Blessing of Speed
Strengths and weaknesses
This setup is built around Alex and Hannibal. We are not even running assist to protect a backliner, because they dont matter much on troop count, we just need Qin and Zeno to buff and boost our frontline damage dealers. With the high stacked attack speed, wind dragon, Zeno and Berserk will provide high amounts of sustaining power and with Master on Hannibal both our frontlines are immune to control.
This is a VERY strong build. One of my absolute favorites, have fun!