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The philosophy of Best Energy Builds

by Ol’ Pappy - 29.05.2018

“We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.”

— Plato

Plato, the Greek philosopher, was a thinker, not a fighter. The father of modern philosophy, Plato believed in the concept of “divine madness” — a state of godlike inspiration achieved via drunkenness, eroticism, or by dreaming.

Plato lived in the 400s BC — an inherently violent age. But he had no use for weapons. His words were cutting enough. He could eviscerate most opponents with his razor-sharp wit alone.

But if Plato was alive today, and if had a penchant for metallic mayhem, I’m betting that he would be a big fan of energy weapons — he did name one of his dialogues “Ion,” after all.

If Plato played War Robots, I’m betting that he would embrace energy weapons above all else. Why? Because he believed that there is only one “real” version of anything: the perfect version. And what is more perfect that a weapon of pure energy?

So, with this in mind, it’s time to get your Greek on, and try these energy builds out on the battlefield.

Shocktrain Spectre

One of Plato’s most famous works is The Republic, his vision of the perfect society. In it, he advocates the concept of the “Noble Lie” — an untruth told for the greater benefit of society. In War Robots, the Noble Lie is telling yourself that you can thrive without Shocktrains. The reality is, despite recent nerfs, this contentious energy weapon is still among the most powerful in the game.

Many players have a real love-hate relationship with Shocktrains — they love using them, and hate facing them. You really can’t blame them; while it’s infuriating to get hit by that burning red beam, deep down, we all secretly love it when the tables are turned. Most enemy reds will hate you for using Shocktrains. Combining them with arguably the most powerful bot in the game will just inflame their animosity. But it will also result in more wins for you. Clearly, though, this is not for brawling. It’s a hit-and-hide build that can single-handedly turn the tide of battle.

Flux Fury

According to Plato, the perfect rulers for his perfect society were... you guessed it, philosophers. Convenient, huh? With such a premium placed on the act of thinking, Plato would love a robot build that maximizes his pondering time. Flux Fury fits the bill.

This new heavy laser is the ultimate camping weapon. With a range of 1,100 metres, there’s no need to leave spawn at all, and with an eleven-second recharge time, there is plenty of time to contemplate the meaning of life between shots. Flux is still a rarity on the battlefield. I’m guessing many players don’t even know what is killing them when their feel the sudden burn from those intense blue light beams. Of course, the build’s weakness is the Fury’s relative lack of mobility. If a red manages to close distance on you, then all the thinking in the world won’t save your metallic behind.

Dragoon Raijin

Plato was actually a pretty ruthless guy. For instance, he believed that children should be taken from their parents and raised by the state, thereby creating generations of citizens loyal to nothing but the Republic.

Well, using a Dragoon Raijin will have your enemies crying “Uncle” as you show them “who’s their Daddy.” Dragoon Raijin is a great counter to the Shocktrain Spectre. Just crawl to a sniping position, engage Bastion mode, and allow your twin shields to absorb shocktrain blasts as you carve you enemies with your Dragoon “plasmoids.” Bastion mode gives you the equivalent damage of nearly two and a half Dragoons, providing more than enough firepower to take down most enemies.

Zeus-Scourge Lancelot

While it might seem that being a philosopher was a pretty sweet gig, appearances can be deceiving. If fact, most ancient philosophers met pretty gruesome ends. For instance, Empedocles leapt to his death into a volcanic crater; Socrates drank poisoned hemlock after being accused of corrupting Greek youth; Diogenes apparently died after eating a raw octopus…. You get the picture.

But actually, Plato seems to have been the lucky one — he apparently died while being serenaded by a Thracian lady flutist. It seems like a merciful way to go — much like the deceptively painless death provided by the Zeus-Scourge Lancelot. Scourge deals less damage the farther you are from your target. At 600 metres, a Scourge hit seems like nothing more than a nuisance. But second by second, it drains you of life. 

Suddenly, you’re hit by the Zeus, and bam! — you’re nothing but smoldering metal.

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All of these builds are most effective on larger, more open maps. But don’t just take my word for it. As Plato said, “You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation.” So, equip your energy weapons, and step into the light.

In the words of the great thinker himself,

“Excellence is not a gift, but a skill that takes practice.”

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R0ck_0n4 months ago

Well no shit sherlock. Any OP weapon is love when u use it and hate it when other people use it on u. That's why it's called OVERpowered.
I boycott using shocktrains because I don't want to feel like a dirty whore. It is what it is

A beautiful rajin5 months ago

A beautiful rajin, I meant "These fixes might fix the shocktrian without nerfing it into the ground" not "merging it into the ground." Auto correct, am I right?

A beautiful rajin5 months ago

Hmm... the first thing on this list is is the shockspectre (spectre shocktrian) well let's just see how long until the hate comments arrive. But while we wait I'd like to say a few nerfs that might fix the shocktrian (Not that your gonna listen pix but I'll say them any way) first reduce the shocktrian's max range of 600m to 300m and/or get rid of the automatic lock-on, make so you have to target it manually-and this also means you can get rid of the 3 sec (correct me if I'm wrong about lock on time) lock on time- this fixes might help fix the shocktrain without turning it merging it into the ground, wich is what the community wants so pick your poison pix. But who am I kidding you probably won't even this comment. *sigh* I used to love this game, but now it just looks like another pay to win mobile game. This reminds me EA for some reason.

A beautiful rajin5 months ago

Hmm... the first thing on this list is is the shockspectre (spectre shocktrian) well let's just see how long until the hate comments arrive. But while we wait I'd like to say a few nerfs that might fix the shocktrian (Not that your gonna listen pix but I'll say them any way) first reduce the shocktrian's max range of 600m to 300m and/or get rid of the automatic lock-on, make so you have to target it manually-and this also means you can get rid of the 3 sec (correct me if I'm wrong about lock on time) lock on time- this fixes might help fix the shocktrain without turning it merging it into the ground, wich is what the community wants so pick your poison pix. But who am I kidding you probably won't even this comment. *sigh* I used to love this game, but now it just looks like another pay to win mobile game. This reminds me EA for some reason.

Kubuhh6 months ago

Dagowood1904, And whats even worse is that if your playing it on PC or on steam(which is the platform I play it on) I can't even watch an ad to speed up the process. I recently upgraded my carnage from a level 7 to a level 8 and I have to wait about 2 whole days for just one upgrade. People say I could just spend gold, but I was saving up my gold for a Zeus and I don't want to lose 450 gold for that. If we could do multiple upgrades at the same time, rather than also spending gold to upgrade another weapon/bot instantly, that would be great. I still love your game though Pixonic, but please, shorten your upgrades.

Dagowood19046 months ago

Energy Weapons hu! Well all
Tell you that i WISH i would Not have wasted my time my workshop points to get this new Dragoon Weapon!! Because now looking at how long it takes to upgrade it and the amount of silver what a joke it’s almost a full month to get it to level 12 and what 23 days I think to get it to level 10 what a joke man. The new upgrade times. Being extended are all about us watching more ads. Which makes this company more money. Why didn’t you guys just tell the players the truth. We want more money so we’re going to put in more ads. And leave the upgrade times the same so you tell me two months to upgrade to these weapons. Well there’s four of the robots with 3 to 4 weapon slots I’ve been playing this game for year now. And upgrading just bullshit . I love this game but you guys really suck. You go on the live streaming. To talk about getting the new gear blah blah blah and you sound so sincere. When you just you’re just scanneldlist !End it doesn’t matter what we the players say you’re sick just you guys don’t care. Anyways this is falling on deaf ears. Keep fucking the game up.

devanshu956 months ago

your first point spectre ST says everything about u. U guys just go for money n thats it. I have talked with vox players n they said that they hav sent u a mail but u don't reply cuz guess what? u guys just need money.

Izac Maia6 months ago

carta vii - platon

Izac Maia6 months ago

Não entendi mais legal KKKKK Se for algo secreto eu descobri LoL Qualquer coisa deixem meu brind aqui =D IVFUH5

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