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Top Unusual (Outside the Box) Strategies - Age of Empires 2

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In the words of Sun Tzu: “mystify, mislead, and surprise the enemy” To celebrate my milestone of 1 subscriber, I've made a video of unconventional surprise strategies in AoE2 HD. For each strategy I give pointers and show myself using it against a computer opponent. These strategies don't just work against computers, however, so try them out next time you're playing online. If you know one I missed, and you're willing to share, post it in the comments. Patreon: www.patreon.com/SpiritoftheLaw
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Casa Xtreme (4 days ago)
1 subscriber lol
Invisible Hotdog (5 days ago)
What's the point of building a new TC by the enemy and destroying your own? To try to get them to attack and garrison villagers inside to kill them with arrows?
Kasino Kaiser (10 days ago)
0:14 Battle of Alesia
Sir Real (16 days ago)
2019 right here, man you've come a long way.
Wizmut (21 days ago)
I like this video I just wish you'd used more sound effects
yrret1996 (30 days ago)
Damn you had 1 subscriber, Gj can’t wait for you to go big... oh wait
ADCF Productions (30 days ago)
I do not liek the looks of dis...
Phazur (1 month ago)
You have some cool videos man! I play this game since the original release with pauses froms years. I got back to it a few weeks ago and bought the hd with dlc, its nice. I play mainly dm because I like the speed and the rush of it, but you motivate to play some rm more. Too bad there are not that much good dm players out there.Good case is they improved the ai. The dm ai on hardest is now actually a lot more challenging
Reece Engineering (1 month ago)
1:50 Problem #1 with this strategy. At the point you reach castle age your opponent likely has too, or will soon. Walling them in that late will not be possible because they have already expanded and likely have some military ready.
Sebastian Ramadan (1 month ago)
Also, I'm not going to say it's necessarily a good idea (though on the flip side, sometimes, however rarely, it is a fantastic idea), if you do wall in your enemies TC, particularly early on, also consider TC rushing them... because while you can produce more than 20 vils and have your vils run away from their TC fire, they can't... thus their eco ends up capped in that case, while yours expands in two locations. Again, however rare this would be to occur, but you might find yourself in a situation where you can afford to build a wall of barracks, rather than a wall of palisade... why the hell not... wall in their TC with barracks... if you're both trapped in dark age and you can afford to do it? Surely worth the lulz.
Sebastian Ramadan (1 month ago)
You can see examples of our finest walling in single castle age buildings to prevent further production of units by said buildings... which seems like a pretty good idea to me. Don't wall bases; wall resources and buildings.
Ethise7 (1 month ago)
Very interesting look into some of these strats.
Chompy Said (2 months ago)
For AoE3 people forget Spanish Unction works on monitors. It is like dropping a nuke on the enemy army and town every 20 seconds (733 siege damage, 989 in 4v4 with the right allies, x10 vs. buildings, nearly 150/200 versus villagers). You can even build your own fixed gun on maps with a puddle big enough for a dock.
footdash (2 months ago)
1 sub
thecrazycuban (2 months ago)
I would unsubscribe and resubscribe if it made your life any better but it don’t work that way. This is my favorite channel and I love your content. Keep it coming dude!
carter fralick (2 months ago)
Checking in in 2019... Current subscriber count is 152K. So glad spirit got popular! Go spirit!
Raphael Guerin (2 months ago)
i play on black forest so good luck if you want to destroy all the trees xD
Small Pseudonym (2 months ago)
Your vocal presentation has improved a lot in 4 1/2 years. Glad that you've largely eliminated your vocal fry.
Carl Ginland (2 months ago)
what's in the box!
mjh5225 (3 months ago)
5 years later man! 150k!!
Mohammed Alenezi (3 months ago)
Let’s play online, I’m not sure how to? But it’ll be fun for sure
Saltseeker (3 months ago)
You sound so bored in your early videos. But you still have that great intro
EjlerAnka (3 months ago)
My dad is A pro at AoEII and I builded a big wall around him and I Won!
Youri Natrance (3 months ago)
Raid a resource collection area then palissade wall your opponents bunks. Do when I leave the area to go raid another location the AI sends vils back to it but can't collect effectively. I go first for the mining then the woodbunks. That's my max disruption strat.
chris conrad (3 months ago)
Normally i just wait till i get all my stone and send like 35 villagers to build castles everywhere around my opponents base
chris conrad (3 months ago)
What if we play with 'full tech tree'?
Lmao allahu akbar is a strategies i dont know this
Mel Gibson (4 months ago)
The trapping strategy (also reminds me of immediately moving into an enemies space and spamming castles/towers, even worse), is honestly a total asshole, game ruining move and I’m disappointed that you’d recommend it.
ChatBoxGuy (5 months ago)
Paliside Walls are not a good thing for Age 1 like 2. you spend so litle time in Age 1 unlike Age 1 and II that you end up tearing them down for a better defense. Okay, you spend a little while, but you need the lumber for farming to get that going. Creating 100 villagers as fast as possible is your first goal, and chopping all the trees around your town, and beginning a mining/fishing expidition with another team. Also locating a bank of water to build a dock and some fishing ships is better. Recourses equal advancement. If you want a really nice thing to build for barrier protection, What you do in the castle age is build the usual SQUARE fortress stone wall. Find a good spot where attackers will arrive, and build your first Castle. Of course you will want to have a couple more builders building. The university for research in Careening and masonry should happen ASAP to quicken building procedure and to streagthen the structures. Murder holes at the University is VERY important and new blacksmith research to streagthen the arrows should be under way while building. Anyway, locating the best locations for forces to exit is important. You should build a tower there. Don't forget to research Gaurd towers ASAP at the university. Anyway, behind the gates to the left and Right inside and OUT build 2 towers to the left and right. This is FOUR towers. then make sure you build 2 behind that. If your civilization has bombard towers be sure to build your interior protection leaving a number of gaps. Not a load, but don't go too far distant. Now you have Phase 1 of the skeleton done. You should have already located 2 or 3 relics locations and have had villagers STANDING by the relics. While the construction is is operation at your main city, all relics should be having the construction of 1 monestary Right next too it or as near as possible after checking for nearby enemies. Your town should have 2 monsteries under construction. Research ferver for speed and any research to streagthen a monk. Each location with a relic makes 3 monks. Horse back riders are sent to each set of monks or in a posisition. A seperate location on another part of the board should be already WHOLED out of trees if your playing a forest mission. Not huge but decent. It should have room for: 4 Monasteries with Castles around it and guard towers. The goal is to ensure the relics deliveries to the monesteries. The area should have a bank of houses, and a university. Room for a second Town Center as well is important. It ensures not defeat and you can make a town center. The same wall preperations and outer preparations are made as your first town. Being in 1 location is too dangerous. Trust me. Throw a load of protection near the relics. Complete all research, and upgrading as possible. If you boarder water in your towns, make sure all docks have garrisoned ships and gaurd towers around them. Advance to Imperial only then. Complete construction, arrow research, bombard tower research, research at the castles to streagthen them, and Keep research. Have villagers build bombard towers around the GAPS. Now, this is fortified standard protection. But, you want something more to make it so they can't breach you. Behind the OUTER towers of your gates Build walls out for 4 spaces and build another Gate. Along the walls build towers in your new inner passage ways. These should be ALL Keeps. Also do it on the other sides. Any units that breach or wander into gate 1 will never ever make it to gate 2. I promise. you will have 8 towers. Also build 2 more outside the second gate. now each gate has 10 towers protecting the entrance sactum. Now start moving along the wall, building a bank of towers along the OUTSIDE for the main walled compound. A mix of bombard towers is preferred. Now create a for a gate by deleting a couple of TOWERS along the way on the interior as you move threw. You want a gate in these locations so passage threw can be possible. Do not create a load of these passages. Just a couple at each angle. This is PART 1 of the superstructure wall.
MC Striker (4 months ago)
Your whole plan gets chucked out the window if you get destroyed within 10 minutes. To do every single little thing you mentioned at once, which i assume you would do to make everything as fast as possible, is almost impossible to do. Plus, as soon as your opponent sees you walling up, they should build towers. And because you can't expand your economy, your opponent will be in far ahead in eco as they have map control. AND, if someone does get to the later stages of your plan, they would not be able to control so many things at once. If they were attacked from one side, the focus of attention would be there. So if the opponent was attacking on multiple fronts, you would have to constantly switch and change what you planned on doing. This plan you created can fall to shit very quickly as well if the opponent does a rush of some sort whether it be a tower rush, a militia rush, an archer rush or a scout rush.
ChatBoxGuy (5 months ago)
The concept of using a fleet of Trebachets is flawed, ungaurded a horback archer can arrive to crush it, and a player like me with a wall setup like that... Anyway, they might get in or not. I can send a team of horseback soldiers to dispense with the ones undestroyed by an approach.
ChatBoxGuy (5 months ago)
Part 2. Now you want to begin by building CASTLES to the LEFT AND RIGHT by all gates. squeeze them in. Run a second wall around the the guard castles. And run it out diagonal to ALL corners. to other gates. You now have a OUTER square. This is called your BREACH ZONE. Now build a series of castles along the way leaving isle gaps where bomb bard towers are built. Now create along the outer wall the same interior protection as the inner wall building a series of towers. Have gates open as well from the breach zone locations. When serous attacks get under way, you can construct or already have trebuchets built and parked near the wall at other gaps. Villagers can maintain them. Castles can garrisoned by soldier militia and near defeat they can leave. The more units in an Castle, the more arrows fired. Getting threw this kind of protection is a bloody mess. Units cannot sit at angles and fire over at your city, they cannot wonder threw your gates and increased fire power will happen. when they approach. Building on the other-side of the outer-wall will become harder. I call this the Super wall infrastructure. Sometimes I build them, sometimes I don't. Depends on the game, the board, and the likely causalities and my resources. The doorways on the inner-side are so your villagers can enter the breach zone to make repairs. Also, moving threw the breach zones when the OUTER wall is breached becomes harder. The soldiers wander in threw gaps and die so a number of breaches must be made to the outer wall. Horseback attackers move quickly, but don't last long. Elephants are strong, but they are very slow and die very quickly. Different models can be dreamed up and made to throw off attackers and other real life players. Keeping up your stone market is very important so you must be considerably up to maintain it. But, damage will be slow. Don't forget to make those walls be Fortified ones! Also you can build random stone walls inside and around the gap or paliside walls. The reason being is they throw off enemy solders passage threw the breach zone. Thats what a palisade wall or block is meant for. This player is just trapping themselves in. If your in danger of losing, sending a group of villagers too a new location to build construction is possible threw another exit.
Marco Vargas (5 months ago)
Master of puppets :D
Isawa De La Pradera (5 months ago)
Paster of muppets
Luca206 (5 months ago)
Another good method of winning is to cover the opponent's town center, barracks, and every other building that creates units in a million pallisade walls. Add a few towers and there you go!
Camilo Casas (6 months ago)
Lol his voice sounds like jesus in telltale twd season 3
Theuthras Tolhcore (6 months ago)
lol first subscriber 4 years ago, and here we are a company of a hundred and forty-one thousand nerds
Luca Ristea (7 months ago)
Peetard PEETARD P E E T A R D
Dimas P Groves (7 months ago)
This version of aoe is the best then newest. Graphics is not always be on top spec
Dimas P Groves (7 months ago)
Btw hello people 2018?😂 i don't know why this on my recommended but i lov playing this game om their time
Wabaanimkii (8 months ago)
Jean Luc Petard
Julia Nadeau (8 months ago)
In Black Forest maps, I really like taking siege onagers and using them to clear a long path through the trees (by destroying the trees themselves), thereby popping out an army right at the rear of my opponent's base. This is great with these maps because it allows me to circumvent my opponent's defenses entirely, catching them by surprise.
OP Malfit (8 months ago)
Please don't ever say PEE-TARD ever again... Peh-TA:RD
Matteo Sberna (8 months ago)
kill sheeps close to enemy town center with your scout (that way they will drop no food for your enemy to gather).
Kheros Silverlight (8 months ago)
Ain't it cute that he says "I got 1 subscriber" and now the video has over half a million views?
Giordano ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ (8 months ago)
30
Douken (8 months ago)
Rogan? Is that you?
abdul rehman (8 months ago)
i can't talk with my ally They don't reply my any question except for "Attack an enemy now" and answer is "At once, sire" please reply me quickly how to talk to them
Mar Ko (8 months ago)
I wish on line strategy games werent based on fast clicking, but building your civilization and progressing into conflict and eventually war, instead of "rushing ". It's just not fun. I prefer battles that lead to progression of territory until you either have conquest or some other way of winning or even collaborating.
jamalocaust (8 months ago)
I can't decide if I really like that Spirit used so many goddamn voice samples in his early videos compared to using none at all in later videos. The comedy of those samples here is great, they are only ever so slightly being overused though which mucks up the pacing of the narrative. Bring back the samples!
Al Qaex (8 months ago)
HEY! The mass trebuchet (japanese) is my strategy hahaha! It works very well against bombard towers spammers.
Constantine's Revenge (8 months ago)
Bro I watched this video drunk and it made me puke
Shantanu Barik (9 months ago)
"Heroes don't use this strategy, but the history is written by the victors." Best quote 👍👍👍
Observer (9 months ago)
nice video, I think you should make your voice little bit lourder
Radu Gaming (9 months ago)
Monk rush its good to make when you are spanish. Trust me
First Cooommment (10 months ago)
"Back when you had 1 subscriber"... Noice!
Gamer626 (10 months ago)
Congrats on making it from 1 subscriber to 129k!
Philip Vels (10 months ago)
I love your voice
Ravick Bitencourt (10 months ago)
Ohhh, mass trebuchet attacks... so many memories...
Sheldon Woodhouse (10 months ago)
I like to do koreans and surround enemies with bombard towers, Im not a good strategist tho 🙃
Stefanes (11 months ago)
Dark Age villager rush
novembermember (11 months ago)
Donna-hee?
CMKpower (11 months ago)
Congrats on your first subscriber. You deserve it.
Oyarzun Kramer (1 year ago)
Ive used a lot of this strategies, never thought of them as "outside the box". This made me feel special
Onkar Sidhu (1 year ago)
Love your videos 😉☺️🙃
olen omena (1 year ago)
Why not a strategy called win?
Enrique VA (1 year ago)
And a *Legend* was born!
Noriel Sylvire (1 year ago)
name of your intro song?
DrGeneralkumar82 (1 year ago)
And now you have around 120,000 subscribers... good job man!
anonimzwx (1 year ago)
You should do more tops like this
published in 2014 ! why the hell i am watching this !
Chris C (1 year ago)
first video after 1 sub. @117k now. congrats
Jenzel Arevalo (1 year ago)
Interesting note, the 1st strategy was similar to one used by Julius Caesar in the Battle of Alesia.
The Jawesome One (1 year ago)
AHHHHHHHHHH I remember when i first started playing AOE3, some guy actually did this to me!!! Covered halft the map, then 1/4 and hurt my resources so bad and I couldn't do anything about it!! Cool video btw
Ryan Still (1 year ago)
I like surrounding the enemy with castles because it is a fast way to make routes for your armies safe and it would stress them out with constant streams of units attacking.
filip ao (1 year ago)
Dedicating the video to your first subscriber is really cool! You have my respect, sir!
Parker Beck (1 year ago)
I'm sure you know this by now, but it's not PEE-tard, it's puh-TARD. Doesn't rhyme with retard (the noun), rhymes with retard (the verb).
forgingiron123 (1 year ago)
Viper made a video with that trebuchet one.
anonimzwx (1 year ago)
forgingiron123 also with douche, monk rush, petard shock, 120 dark age militia and spanish villager attack
duhawma (1 year ago)
Quite sure I have done all these...and still failed!
Beta.Computer (1 year ago)
i love boxing myself in build up an army of like 150 and just yolo the enemy base and wipe it out in one go but relay hard to pull off
oddvar johannessen (1 year ago)
Must be so funny for Spirit watching this video today, recalling that ONE subscriber he had!
Quin Skew (1 year ago)
Something I once did to win was use my villiagers to buils a tower at the enemy's town center and a barracks. Then I mad rushed my enemy. 1V1 worked well.
*Steel Beam* (1 year ago)
Dam, son. I actually tried walling an opponent during an online match, thinking about roman war strategies. I even used the Byzantines. It was glorious. I kept them walled all the way up to imperial age and then wiped them out with trebuchets. Just because I could :^D
magyar magyar (1 year ago)
spirit, i love how you say petard
heath hertter (1 year ago)
Subscribed
G Combs (1 year ago)
I wonder if the RTCS is better with Malians
Zakattack577 (1 year ago)
Love you spirit
Rusty Sheckleberg (1 year ago)
That newbie Spirit of the Law vocal fryyyyyyyyy. 10/10
DuaLeaD (1 year ago)
6:42 "Obviously, if you SAY you're gonna attack with knights, the one thing you're NOT gonna do, is attack with knights...." LMAO!!!! Profound wisdom XD
Obscurify (1 year ago)
grew up on this game, just got back into it recently and you're helping me learn new strategies. subscribed, keep it up man
Dra åt Helvete (1 year ago)
I didn't see Fight Club enough times to use this voice for a video.
The Game Archiver (1 year ago)
I quite like the idea of attacking with an army of scouts.
bigstupidgrin (1 year ago)
103,999 subscribers ago!
Killa Watt (1 year ago)
1 sub... Lol. You've come a long way.
P3 (1 year ago)
Did you ever make the aoe2 logic video?
TheMyohani (1 year ago)
Congrats on the 1 subscriber.
Ritu Chandra (1 year ago)
congrats for one.....hundred thousand subscribers !!!!!!
Steve - Gh0st (1 year ago)
From 2014 to 2017 you went up over 100k subs, from this your first sub :) :) GJ AND CONGRATS
Ulrich Drackon (1 year ago)
My classic way to play: spam defenses, then spam units into max armies until all foes are dead. I call it the nuking turtlenator :o
Patrick R. (1 year ago)
now it's 100k congrats!
Lame Gamer (1 year ago)
6:46 He told me to go with anything besides knights... So I sent light cavalry:D Don't know why I lost:(
Viljar Lundli (1 year ago)
Nice meme
etherraichu (1 year ago)
99K subscribers :D
Alex Perez (1 year ago)
from 1 sub to 98,000 in 3 years. Well done!
Wack Doggo (1 year ago)
Ive had people do the mass petard thing to me and while it is a pain in the ass the petards cost more than the buildings and petards cost gold
alex waterson (1 year ago)
cool
Templarfreak (1 year ago)
Ooooh that one Subscriber :D
Michael Brinker (1 year ago)
right now at nearly 100k subs and Im guessing when aoe4 and aoe2 definitiv edition comes out you will hit 200k very soon

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