In 2014, Dragons World introduced the Tournament Battle feature to U.S. players. In the tournament format, every battle you win earns you points toward much bigger prizes, like larger piles of crystals, elements, gold and-the ultimate prize- a new dragon or two!
Tournament play is very fun but it can be intimidating to the new player because your choice of opponents changes almost every minute. You could find yourself matched up against a walkover opponent in one battle, only to be crushed by a very experienced one in the next. If you are new to the Dragons World tournament feature and find yourself on the losing end of the battles, there are a few ways to improve your chances.
Pay attention to the streak. Just like the normal battle mode in Dragons World, you earn one battle shield every hour with a maximum of three. In the Tournament mode, if you win three in a row, you earn an extra battle. Every battle is another chance to earn points towards prizes. Therefore, it is best to wait until you have at least three battle shields before taking on opponents. It is also possible to win battle shields as part of a prize. In some cases you can win 12 matches in a row.
If you choose, you can spend crystals to get additional battles. Personally I think that those crystals are better spent towards speeding up other guaranteed items like training or evolving your dragons. You can also time your battles to keep a streak alive. If you have two battle shields left and you’ve won the first battle, start your second battle but don’t complete it until you’ve earned your third shield over time. That way if you win the second battle, you will automatically have a chance to win the third, which leads to a fourth battle.
Time your training. Increasing your dragon’s battle skills naturally requires training Dragons World. However, that training often takes six to 10 hours. If you know you are going to be away from your phone for more than three hours (like when you sleep, which isn’t something many Dragons World players do), save your training for those times.
It also helps to have a fourth dragon than can fill in if you have a dragon training during your waking hours.
Choose the right elements and dragons. It’s no secret that four-element dragons give you better chances to win, even though you usually have to buy one or save 1,200-plus crystals. However, with patience and training, you can beat a four-element dragon with a homegrown one. Three element dragons are considered rare, but you can buy them for much less or get lucky and breed one. A strong three-element dragon with high battle rank and inner circle elements (light, twilight or magic) can beat an inexperienced four-element dragon. Dragons with stronger outer element attacks (fire, water, earth and air) can beat dragons with average to weak inner element attacks.
Pick the right opponents. It isn’t an exact science, but there is a way to pick the best opponents to fit your needs. Opponents with a significantly lower rank than you can lead to easy wins but you don’t earn as many points towards the prizes. Opponents with at least two ranks above you and just as many points in the tournament are probably hiding a killer four-element dragon that can give you a One-Hit-Knockout, or OHKO as it’s known in the Dragons World community. Opponents of the same rank and relatively same points earned tend to be the better match-ups, as you can beat them even though they give you a run for your money. Also be wary of opponents that are lower ranking than you but have a lot of tournament points; or opponents a little higher ranking with no points. Those are the most dangerous ones in the Dragons World tournament because they are the most unpredictable.