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Auto Chess beginner’s guide: From novice to grandmaster (Latest version)

With the amazing buzz around it recently, it's likely that you've heard the name DOTA 2 Auto Chess at least in passing. Initially, a DOTA 2 custom game, this unexpected hit has its way on Google Play and the App Store under the abbreviated name of Automatic Chess. So, if you want to jump on the car and try a new and addictive strategy game, we've created a beginner's guide to set you up for success.

What is Automatic Chess?

Just as the original DOTA returned as a modified mod of Warcraft III back in the day, Auto Chess only appeared in the beginning of this year as a personal DOTA 2 game. Made by Chinese developer Drodo Studios, the game played its way on the DOTA 2 arcade, competing with the players' attention with thousands of other custom mods.

Despite its humble beginnings, it quickly gained traction. Many players and Twitch streamers who have never played DOTA 2 before the game started playing for the first time. This resulted in over 200,000 concurrent games for the modified game, as Valve's statistics are believed to be, making it one of the fastest growing games of the year.

Despite its name, the only thing this turn-based strategy game in common with chess is the checkered board.

But what is an automatic chess? Despite his name, the only deal with real chess is the checkered board. This is & # 39; n turn-based strategy game, reminiscent of a tower defense game in some ways. Eight players compete against each other in rounds until only one remains. You pick and place units of different classes and races on your board, which then automatically fight against other players' pieces. There are a ton of interesting and overwhelming combinations that make every Auto Chess game its own adventure.

But in the aftermath of the success of Auto Chess, copycats grew up everywhere, especially on the phone. This motivated developer Drodo Studios released its own official mobile version with the help of Dragonest and ImbaTV. This iteration does not use DOTA 2 heroes or items and has a more colorful mobile game-esque aesthetic. But, gameplaywise, there are almost no differences. Still challenging and compelling, the Auto Chess phone is definitely worth your attention, so let's get started!

Getting started

Once you've automatically downloaded chess Google Play or the App Store, the first thing you need to do is create or sign in to a dragonfly account via you Google or Facebook account. If you don't want to go through the Dragonfly process by submitting your phone number and waiting for a verification code, we recommend that you go to the Facebook or Google route.

After logging in, you can play a short tutorial that covers most of the basics. If you're new, don't hit it, even if it's not perfectly explained. However, if you get confused or you're still confused, we're here to help.


As mentioned before, Auto Chess is playing in an arena against 7 other players. Each one gets their own plate, as you are standing around each other. The goal is simple – be the last one to stand. To do this, you need to build a strong team and avoid damage.

You start with 1 gold and battle NPC's in the first three rounds of Auto Chess. Rounds have two stages: preparation and battle. At the start of the preparation phase, you get a selection of five random pieces, which are automatically refreshed when a new round starts. Units cost between 1 and 5 gold, depending on their rarity (which we will discuss later).

unit selection automatic chess

If you buy one, it will automatically be placed on your bank (area below the plaid Council). Make sure you drag it quickly onto the board. Preparation takes only 20 seconds and pieces that are not on the board will not take part in battles.

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Once the battle phase has started, you don't have to do anything – the pieces will automatically fight, hence the Auto Chess name. Also, please note that you may have to wait for other players to complete their battle after you finish, but this usually only takes a few seconds.

The first three rounds, followed by every 5th round (10, 15, etc.), and every other player in the arena face the same NPC monsters or crawlers, which can drop items. Make sure you tap the presents as they appear on the chessboard – the items should then automatically be placed in your backpack.

If you're a beginner, don't worry about item synergies too much. Open the backpack, tap and hold the item to read the description and just drag it onto a piece to equip it. There are no items with negative statistics or drawbacks, so it's better to use them than to collect dust in your inventory.

NPC rounds Automatic Chess

What about health? You start with 100 hp at the beginning of each game. If you win the round, you earn gold and xp. However, if you lose, all enemy chess pieces left alive on the board will attack you directly, costing you two hp for each unit. For example, if three are alive, you will lose six HP. If there are five pieces, 10 hp and so on. If your health falls to zero, it's over.

Don't worry about losing units – even if they fall into battle, they responded with full HP and mana at the beginning of each round.

Auto Chess can last a maximum of 50 laps, but most games last about 30 laps or about 15 minutes. If you think a game is lost because you made mistakes early, there is also the option of giving up after the 15th.


Win or lose, each player earns one experience and five golds per round (six wins if you win against a player). These resources are incredibly valuable – they help you upgrade, which in turn determines the maximum number of chess pieces you can have on the board at the same time. You can have up to 10 pieces if you reach the maximum level 10.

Make sure you use all your available space, but keep an eye out! If you place more space than your level, a random piece will be thrown back to the bank at the beginning of the battle.

Gold is used to buy pieces and experience, but it will produce interest.

Gold is also used to buy chess pieces, to repack them, and to buy experience. Yes, five gold can only experience your four. This is one of the most interesting mechanics in the game. It forces you to strike a balance between the revival of the dream team and to gather a large army on the board through levels.

Another low depth is added with the ability to generate interest. For every 10 gold you haven't spent, you earn one extra gold. You also get bonuses for winning lines. Note: to lose, does not break your streak.

gold for xp automatic chess

Combined, this gold mechanic allows you tactically with spending. You can make effective and conservative purchases, or you can get everything out. The choice is yours! If a beginner doesn't like trying both in random matches, but we encourage you to lean more to check as soon as you're in the middle until late (after round 15).

Synergies and building a good team

As with any other game of a similar genre, the units and all their classes, statistics and so on may seem overwhelming. The good news is that with Auto Chess you don't really need to call each unit's armor, hp and dps at heart. In fact, the only two things that you as a beginner need to pay attention to are the race and the class.

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  • Animal, Cave Clan, Demon, Dragon, Dwarf, Squirrel, Feather, Glacier Clan, Goblin, Man, Kira, Marine, Spirit

Classes are not so abundant. These are the 10 currently in the game:

  • Assassin, Druid, Hunter, Knight, Mage, Mech, Shaman, Warlock, Warrior, Witcher

Pretty standard and well-known names for anyone who played RPGs and MOBAs. But what makes the Auto Chess units tick? As mentioned before, both classes and racing have unique synergies that are more powerful the more units of the selected race or class you have on the board.

For example, if the first unit you buy is a Sky Breaker (Goblin Mech), you want to follow it up with other units that share its race or class or both. In this case, there are three candidates that fit the account: Ripper, Heaven Bomber and Devastator. They all fall into both the Mech and Goblin categories. So, if you have a ripper and your initial Sky Breaker on the field, you'll receive a +15 HP revival bonus to all friendly Mechs. This is because the first Mech synergy runs at two Mech units on the board. If you add the Devastator and the Sky Bomb, the rain goes up to 25 as you now have four different Mechs on the field. For the Goblin requirement to activate, on the other hand, you need three different Goblin units on the board. It then gives a random ally +12 armor and +10 HP regeneration.

Goblin synergy automatic chess

Different classes and mutual energies have different conditions under which they activate. But the collection of different units of the same class / race is the name of the game! You can't go wrong with it unless you try to stack demons. They don't! They actually lower each other's damage if there are two of them on the field – say a Hell Knight and a Phantom Queen. It can be mitigated with the addition of another class, but as a beginner we recommend keeping on only one demon at a time.

Upgrading individual pieces

We should note that two of the same unit do not count to activate a race or class synergy. The purchase of the two or three Phantom Queens, for example, is not a waste of time. On the contrary, having three of the same chess piece is how you compare it from one star to two, which increases its statistics. When the occasion arises, the game will let you know by displaying a shiny visual effect around compatible units. When you buy it, a rank tag must also appear above them. Just tap it to level your Auto Chess piece.

rank on automatic chess

There is even the possibility of upgrading a unit to three, but it's a rare occurrence. To collect this stunt, you will need 3 of the same two-star units to combine in one. However, this is a risky maneuver. While a three-star unit is extremely powerful, creation can make you vulnerable to many units – they will simply overwhelm you.

Once you've gathered your dream team, just watch the units fight each other. Placement on the map is not very strategic, but we recommend placing higher HP units in front for better defense. As the rounds progress, it's also a bad idea to put one single piece in the back, as you encounter units that can jump over the map.

If you're still a little confused, keep in mind that you can check for possible synergies by tapping the top / bottom icons at any time.

Chess price and rarity

If you got the sense of synergies, now you need to know how to spend your money on the right units wisely. As mentioned before, at the beginning of each round, five random chess pieces are presented. If you don't like what you see, you can always reread it for two gold, but you should refrain from doing it too often in the early game. Yet Auto Chess is very forgiving. If you've bought a unit that doesn't work with your current strategy, you can always sell it for full price. Talking about which chess pieces are divided into five rarity categories:

  • Ordinary – one gold
  • Sometimes – two gold
  • Rare – three gold
  • Mythical – four gold
  • Legendary – five gold
legendary units automatic chess

The only 5 legendary chess pieces currently in play.

The longer the game progresses, the more likely scarce and upper pieces to spawn. If you see them, you need to sniff them quickly. All Auto Chess pieces in an arena come from a community pool. This means that the more someone buys Mechs, for example, the less likely it is to get them. If you have the gold to save, you can even deny an opponent by buying a unit from a class or race they need, even if it doesn't fit in your strategy no. You can simply put it on the couch.

As a beginner, your composition should be your top priority. There are already tyrants out there, who run the Knights and Glacier clan as the best and show the class, but I personally had a lot of success with Goblin Mechs. So don't be afraid to experiment. The meta is constantly changing. There is also a fair amount of RNG in Automatic Chess, but that doesn't scare you. With lots of exercise, happiness gets less and less.

Cosmetics and in-app purchases

Currently, Auto Chess has two in-game currencies, but you'll be happy to know that it can't be used to buy anything that directly affects the game. Candies are earned by playing games while Donuts can be bought with the right currency. They can then be used to buy board skins, avatar skins, emotions, visual effects and more – all cosmetic. It's refreshing to see in a mobile game market, full of micro-paid pay-to-win games. We hope it stays that way.

This is our beginner's guide to the official Auto Chess mobile game. It can initially be confusing, but in the long run it is challenging and rewarding. We hope we helped you become an Auto Chess Grandmaster. However, if there is something we missed, or if you want us to write an article with more advanced tips and tricks, let us know in the comments.