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Inspired from The SLH Beginners Handbook from chinook@gator

Like I told you in my review tactic and advance tactic are pretty essential to set-up. We are going to go in a in deep analysis.


vs Referees

Here the best way to play the refs

Patty Wagon – Normal (Pansy if losing late on)

Jon Bon Phyre – Normal (Pansy if losing late on)
Colin Fairgame – Normal or Mean
Seymour Clearly – Mean (Never Psycho) (Normal if losing late on)
Stan Trial – Normal (Pansy if losing late on)
(Note: I usally got Pansy against this ref)

Ed Jucashun – Normal (Pansy if losing late on)

Stan Dupcomic – Psycho

Note that has been serious debate over the moves to Pansy late on the forum.
Some swear by it, others would never do it.

Remember – These settings are not absolutes. Some refs may decide to call penalties or give out bans even when you set your aggression to normal depending on your players physical style and your opponents settings.

Playling style vs Ice Conditions

Fast Ice – European works best. (Can also use Possession)
Normal Ice – Possession works best. But you can use any tactic that is your teams strength.
Surface Water – D+C (Late game change to European if losing)
Slush – D+C works best. (After 30 mins use possession if your team is fit, but this has also been debated))

Poor Ice – Possession only (if your team is unfit change to D&C after about 40mins)


If teams are evenly matched then the tactics decide the game usually. If you have a team with much weaker attributes than they usually do not apply, and your team will lose regardless of which tactics are used. Although, having the tactical edge will make the final score closer than if you didn’t.
Defense beats Counter Attack
Counter Attack
beats Attack
Attack beats Defense

Setting up the same tactics as your opponent doesn’t give a edge to any player.

Also of note, when setting tactics is how much time a line will play based on which tactic you select.
Attacking……… Line 1 will play the most (Approximatly 50%)
Defensive……… Line 2 will play the most
Counter Attack.. Line 3 will play the most
So if, for example, you select DEFENSIVE in the tactics page, then you may want your best players on line 2…
Note on setting up tactics versus the psycho aggression level:
Using Counter Attack (unless the ref is Dupcomic) seems to result in more injuries than the other two tactics.

Setting Up For The Game

Scouting (AKA checking the recap)

Go in the schedule of our opponent (click on him first then schedule)
Check some report of his team, the recap part is more important, that where you see when he change tactic.


You see ? When trailing after 12 minutes the Wanderers switched from counter attack to attacking. I might be a good idea to switch to counter if we are leading against them in the advance tactics.

It’s very important for all managers to take a look at their opponents before each game. This is very important against tough teams. You need to go into the team you are playing Schedule. Check back over several games. Try and find tendencies in your opponent.

Read the recaps, and check when he changing instruction particularly, even if you have a weak team vs a strong team if you always have the right counter tactic you can win games.

Try and look at several games where he lost and the same when he won. From this you can see what he does if he goes behind and how he changes things as well as what he does when he is in the lead. If you cant remember it all use a scrap piece of paper or notepad. This will win you games as if you are playing someone predictable you can blast him off the ice 9 times out of 10.

Advanced Tactics

Your opponent can see which tactics you selected, but he cannot see your ADVANCED TACTICS. Like I said previously, this is where you can set your tactics to change depending on what’s happening in the game. For example, switch strategies if losing after the 2nd period or switch goalies or switch aggression levels…

What I usually like to do is to set up one set of tactics (which they can see) and then set my advanced tactics (which they CAN’T see) to something else for the very start to try and fool them….
If you think another manager might do this, you can prevent this by reading their recaps.
If your opponent always plays Counter attack for example but never changes if he is winning or losing, make sure you account for this being the first time he does change, then switch your team in the advance tactic too defence. Note: You can come stuck as not everyone will play the way you expect them to.

Hope you liked that guide, part 2 and 3 cooking 🙂

I’ve been looking around for some good hockey simulator game and SHL was one of them because I used to play in 2004 when it was a is prime.
SHL is humorous ice hockey game where you choose tactics, formations, aggression levels, transfer in new players and win great prizes.


The game kind of lost is shine since they didn’t really improved it since there initial release and with all those FB game and html5 game it kind of seem outdated.

What the game is about ?

You’ve been hired has a coach for a Senior hockey team and you must train them, set-up there line, recruit new player and prepare the game plan for each game.


Your goal has to go to the top of the conference to be in the top team and win various tourney to show you team domination.

How your team rank ?

Your team is ranked based on a pyramid system


Each conference have 3 leagues these leagues are separated by section and division. When you’re in the top 4 you go up a division and if you in the bottom 4 you go down a division. They are some exception (like when switching league).

There a manager standing too, so you can see how you rank compare to other managers, your number of victory, goal and against who you won influence that standing.

How to play

First thing you should do when you start playing is to set up your line to have your best player for line 1 & 2 and to remove missing player from the line up. We will talk about the specific in another post.

combo box instead of dragging the player in the right line, very old school.

combo box instead of dragging the player in the right line, very old school.

Once your line are ready update you need to update your tactic, there 3 tactic to update and keep in mind your opponent can see them, however you can change them in game with the advance tactic and the other players don’t have access to that.

Playing style
The playing style depend mostly on the ice quality, some say its depend on your team strength too.


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The math is simple :
Fast Ice – european style
Normal ice – possession
surface water : Dump and chase
Slush:Dump and chase
Poor Ice: possession


The other tactic is the the instruction, is kind of a rock paper scissor vs. the other team where attack beat defence, defence beat counter attack and counter attack beat attack.

And the last not the least the aggression level depend on the referee, basically I use normal all game except when Stan Dupcomic is the referee, for him I use Psycho.
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There other nice feature for the time that other hockey simulator have picked up, like training and making friendly game with your friend or challenging other player to a game.

SHL is a old school simulator it was nice when I played it but now it kind of old, the interface feel like 1999 and there not much to do except setting up your team and checking the other team game to prepare your tactic.

More on SHL :
Beginner guide
Training guide
Cash guide

Webpage :

Most people use their main heroes to do logistics work or convert to Siege hero.
However, with Brother-in-arms, your main hero is now a very powerful combat hero with crazy Area of Effect ability. Please start converting your main hero into a fighting machine. Rebirth and reassign stats to Leadership or Power, Enhance stats to increase Leadership or Power, give equipment to boost Leadership/Power, give ability for combat, passive abilities are preferred.


thanks to PigFace for the image

The Brother-in-arms ability is similar to Pang Tong Thunder Fury, and it can actually be much stronger if you organize with your brother well.
As described, the number of brothers from the same garden on the battle field affects the number of targets.
To maximize this ability, create a mailing list of all your brothers (in the garden).
Coordinate and place all the main heroes of the 10 brothers in the same city. The stats of individual hero may not be great, but together, the effect will be fearsome.
It will be like 10 Pang Tongs that hits 10 targets when the ability triggers.
For Brother in Arms skills, here is what I know so far (correct me if I am wrong):
1. Damage: Same like singular focus :  130%+ (10% x skill level)
Note:some source say is -10% less so it’s 120%+ (10% x skill level)
2. Trigger Rate: 40% Chance
3. AOE : 3 + (number of brothers in battle / 3) == so if all 9 brothers in battle AOE will hit 6 enemies (maximum)
Requirement:  when you main hero gain more than 40 loyalty (so 41+), the skill singular focus will change to brother in arm after server maintenance at 4am.

Troop type: all type of troop
Gear effect: every 1% gear effect is about 4.5% in damage
Skill level: every level gain additional 10% damage
Charge attack bar: 2000

Additional note from MingLi about the Tavern : some peoples say that after loyalty = 40 you need at least 5 members to greet each day or loyalty will decrease faster than it increase.

Special thanks to MingLi, Astute and Jitkilan (L10) for help on this guide

Yesterday we saw How to Enhancing & Upgrading and Tuesday we learned how to recycle, today we dig a bit on 2 other addition in the gear enhancement, Refining and Tempering.


Refining uses flaming jade to replace a stat or bonus of an item with a new random stat or bonus. The player is able to select the gear’s stat which will be replaced.
There is no risk to losing the gear using this feature.There is no limit to how many times an item can be refined. Mounts may now have their “Increased marching speed” replaced with a new stat or ability. It’s very useful to remove skill you don’t for other skill  or to improve mounts as by removing increased marching speed for something else.

Numbers of required flaming jade
White – 4x lvl 1 flaming jade per attribute change.
Green – 4x lvl 2 flaming jade per attribute change.
Blue – 10x lvl 3 flaming jade per attribute change.
Purple – 13x lvl 4 flaming jade per attribute change.


Tempering increase the quality of you gear from crude to common (white to green gear) . However tempering is gamble since gears can be destroyed using this feature!
So, if you do not want to lose a particular gear, do not try to temper it.
I wasn’t able to actually try this feature yet because I wasn’t able to get any solid ice. From what I’ve heard  from other player it basically upgrade the color of your gear giving it a additional bonus. For example you can make a green gear become a blue gear therefore it gains an additional stat or bonus.

Thanks to death for is great guide on the new gear feature, really helped me to have more info (specially temper)

Here the link to the forum :

If your looking for info on Recycling, enhancing or upgrading check my previous entries:

Clash of Kingdoms – Recycling your gear

Clash of Kingdoms Gear – Enhancing & Upgrading

Yesterday we saw How to recycle, today we dig a bit on 2 other addition in the gear enhancement, Enhancing and upgrading.



It seems the same system has it used to be the max level of gears remains +10.
And you have to use mithril :

Mithril: Increases the enhancement level of gears.
Minor Mithril: Increases the enhancement level of gears upto level +5.

There a Rumor has it that the chances of enhancement have been reduced since mithril is now easier to come by because of recycling.

Check this link to the forum to have more info on how to enhance gear.



This is were you use your Yin Jades from the recycling.
Upgrading gears allows players to use Yin Jades to transform their items to a new version but beware that new gear will requires a higher level… Like this sun tzu manual that I upgraded to lv 62:


What nice with upgrading you won’t lose any gears when you do it.
After each successful attempt the current stats on a gear are increased along with a higher minimum level. Along with these, the amount of yin jade required for the next upgrade increases. The minimum level for items now passes level 30 and a wide range of new items have been introduced including round birettas and gold rings. Note that upgrading may have no effect or reduce your bonus enhancement level, reducing didn’t happened often but something I upgrade and the item stay the same but the level go up…

Hope you liked this guide, I’ll bring another guide on gear enhancement tomorrow about tempering and refining.

Note: any resemblance to Death Guide is purely coincidental(lucky the auto-correct knew that one) in some part, inspirational in some other and almost identical in rare occasion.
If you want to check the original gem go here and tell Death that he’s awesome.

Surprisingly Recycling is not just something of the modern age it something they use to do in the past, in the three kingdom period particularly.
Or maybe it’s just that Koram is going green and is making us recycle our old gear to prevent pollution and and improve our other gear in the process.

Item recycling is the last tab within the gear improvements.  Each player is able to recycle up to 20 gears per day. That mean that if you don’t have gear to recycle you can always buy every gear in the mystery shop for that day then recycle. You won’t get much but is better than nothing.

In return you will receive a variety of jades which are essential to making improvements to the gears you wish to use in battle. Only recycle items which you no longer want or need since they will be destroyed. If you need all your current items, I would recommend buying cheap items from the Mystery Shop for the sole purpose of recycling. Here’s a list of the different items you can get for recycling. I find higher quality gears provide better chances at gaining high level enhancement items.

Yin Jade: Used to upgrade gears, ranges from level I to V for white to orange gears respectively.

Flaming Jade: Used to refine gears, ranges from level I to V for white to orange gears respectively.

Yin Jade Fragments: exchange multiple fragments for yin jade of the same level.

Flaming Jade Fragments: exchange multiple fragments for flaming jade of same level.

Solid Ice Fragments: exchange multiple fragments for solid ice.

Changing Fragment to actual item:
After you have recycled enough gears, its time to trade in your fragments for actual enhancing items. Go to the mystery shop and then item exchange tab. Below all your scrolls you will find the fragments which can be exchanged using minor scholars scrolls.

Have fun recycling, next I’ll explain enhancing and upgrading our gear.

Disclaimer any resemblance to Death Guide is purely coincidental(luckly the auto-correct knew that one) in some part, inspirational in some other and almost identical in rare occasion.
If you want to check the original gem go here and tell Death that he’s awesome.