Heroes & Castles 2 for Android -- a solid 5 star game -- Tip / Trick

This is a great game for Android & iPhone.  It's a 3rd person Tower Defense that plays more like a 3D 'Battle Chess' with all kinds of creatures.

This game is a very high quality & could be a console game.

**Highly recommended**

My current lineup (July 2015) is:
Edgar, Human Paladin, level 21
Paladin 16: Divine Intervention 5 (max), Holy Punishment 1, Holy Vengeance 1, Retribution 3, Trauma 1, Blessed 4 (max), Holy Shield 1
Knight 4: Knightly Training 4, First Strike 1
Rare 1h Sword (+26 DMG, 5 STA/attack), Epic Elven Shield  (+22 ARM, +.5S Block, +20 dmg vs Goblins), Rare Armor (+35 ARM), and common Rune (+20 starting Command Pts).
Notes: His big strengths are healing everyone around him and he hits really hard.  His magic spells are both awesome.  He moves slowly and can't get around much, but he can take a few good hits.
Strategy: He has to stay right in the fight b/c he heals everyone and can stun so often.

Likya, Elf Ranger, level 21
Ranger 15: Camouflage 4, Sniper 5 (max), Quickness 1, Cutting Arrows 1, Precision Aim 3, Sharpened Arrows 1
Grandmaster 3: Weaponmaster 2, Quickstrike 1
Druid 2: Root 1, Treeman Retinue 1
Rare Short Bow (+19 DMG, +8% CRIT, 1 STA/attack), Rare 1h Sword (+12 DMG, 2 STA/attack, +15% attack speed), Epic Armor (Mobility 54% and 12% Vampirism), Rare Rune (15 AP and 8% unit discount).
Notes: This Elf is crazy fast, and he won't drop if he's killing a lot b/c of Vampirism, or he runs away & stays still (Root).   He hits a lot, but not very hard.  Dryad guard are only moderately helpful, Cutting spell helps Shortbow a lot.
Strategy: shoot a lot at first, pull a lot of troops out, racing around the board to fight as needed, then back up & go back to shooting & managing.  His location doesn't matter so much, more important that he stays alive!

My strongest units are Captains.  I just maxed Paladins, and have beefed up Elven Archers and Dwarven Iron Helms.
Just figuring out 'super strategies', but some castle waves are brutal & I lose & beat with mercenaries & go back later to get that last crystal.  Despite the frustration, I love this mechanic b/c it really highlights my progression when I go back & mop the floor on that level later.

My trick for items: (Reposted from H&C2 Wikia)
with 9-10 crystals minimum, save your game to cloud.

Go to Blacksmith & buy 1-2 items.

If you got a rare (or better) that you want, save game to cloud again (locking in item to your save).

If you didn't get anything exciting, blow the rest of the crystals on items just to see what you get (only for curiosity), then reload your game from cloud.

Suddenly you have all your crystals back, no purchased items, and can do go shopping again.

While this is a classic savegame cheat, after doing it ~20-30x, I got a few Epic items.

Wish I'd thought of this trick sooner!

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