Since tomorrow marks my 700th day as a Dragonsoul player, I thought I would celebrate a bit early by doing just a general guide/thread dedicated to tips for new players and things us veteran players wished we knew before we got started.
Note: my experience is entirely as a Free to Play player, I have not as of yet spent a single dime on this game, so if you are interested in buying diamonds your millage may vary on some of these tips.
Focus on getting new heroes first
When you start up the game you get your starting party. There's nothing wrong with them and if you're dedicated you can go through the whole campaign with just them. However, many of the other game modes are going to give you trouble with this strategy. I focused on unlocking as many heroes as I could. This gave me more tools to handle more problems. I recommend the following to get new heroes:
1 - Elite Campaign Mode = This is the best method in my opinion because you have the most control over what you get. Just do stages the maximum number of times per day until you unlock the hero you want. Granted this takes a very long time (Brozerker took me 3 months back in the day), but you are guaranteed to get it eventually at the cost of some stamina.
2 - Log in = Log in every day, get a hero and some soul stones. Good to get you a hero for free and maybe enough stones to raise them a star or so. Great because it's next to no effort and you get tons of other rewards.
3 - Gold Chest = VERY random, but you do have a chance of getting a whole hero for about 288 diamonds. Not a bad trade off in your early game, but wears down later on as you start having more heroes and it becomes less and less worth it.
4 - Store = More of a lucky bonus in my opinion. Sometimes the stores will have a few soul stones for sale, and I recommend you pick them up if you can. Always good to have more, and some earlier heroes can even be bought for gold instead of diamonds.
Good idea to pack a healer....in the beginning
At the start of the game it's a good idea to bring a healer with you (usually Faith Healer, but if you get another he may be replaced). Your heroes are likely still going to be rather squishy, and having a healer keep them on their feet may help you clear a stage that would have wiped you otherwise.
Later on, this is less needed. Usually around Purple tier or so, your heroes are likely to have a large amount of HP regen (which is a heal that takes place between waves of combat), and life steal (a mechanic that heals a hero when they deal physical damage) that will cause them to be largely self sufficient.
Don't neglect the other modes, campaign will only get you so far
Campaign is great and a fun mode, but don't forget the other modes to help you along. Here's a quick rundown of the benefits of each mode once you unlock them:
Guild War - Great for getting guild tokens to spend in the shop. Have to be in an active guild to use.
Temple - Some hard fights in here, but you also get some good items that scale with your level to help you keep heroes fully equipped.
Boss Pit - In my opinion, the BEST place to farm some hard to get materials. Harder for beginners to jump through some of the hoops to beat the fights, but really rewarding when you do.
Coliseum/Fight Pit - Even if you are not into PvP (which I understand, I'm not either), it's worth it to put an effort to at least climb a few ranks. Not only do you get free tokens every day, but also free diamonds which you can use for a ton of different things.
Mountain - Alternates between exp potions and ore (which sells for money). Very good to keep your skills maxed out, and your heroes levels high.
Challenges - Like Boss Pit, it's a great place to get annoying to farm items (adamantium tiaras, I'm looking at you). Dragon Deathmatch is by far the hardest of the 3, so don't feel bad if it kicks your butt.
Crypt - Hard to do as a beginner, but good source of gold. Only available if you're in a guild.
Expedition - Gives you tokens, but more importantly gives you a good amount of gold if you challenge on Hard or higher. Might want to hold off on this in the beginning, but certainly make sure you undertake it later on.
Contests in this game are....well unfair to be honest. Most of them require huge amounts of diamonds to be consumed to get anywhere. To put it in perspective, we had a contest recently where I spent nearly 2000 diamonds and all of my stamina for 3 days...and I only made the top 50%. That being said, beginners should treat contests more like happy bonuses you get just for playing. Most of the time just being online will qualify you for the bottom tier prize, so treat that like a bonus and move on.
Once you have around 30 heroes, start building your teams
It's find to daydream about your final ultimate team in the beginning, but realistically you shouldn't begin really putting work into it until you have a good pool of heroes to draw from. 30 seems like a lot in the beginning, but you'll get there faster than you think. Also, by that point you should have a fair idea of which heroes you like and which ones you would rather be without. Here is what you're generally looking for:
To focus on between 15 to 20 heroes
At least 5 of which should be Dragons (for dragon deathmatch)
I generally pick a hero that I love and then build a team around their strengths and weaknesses, but your methods may vary.
That's all I have for now! Feel free to post any other tips you may have for newbies!