Part I – Basic Tactics – Words With Friends
August 16, 2014 3 Comments
- Casual player with 5 or fewer simultaneous games
- Enjoys making words and chatting with friends
- Wants a decent score but isn’t highly focused on having the highest score
- Has played few games and understands the basic mechanics of the game
Avoid placing a vowel beside or below a DL, TL, DW, or TW (as much as possible).
Know the big scoring letters, and use them well: J, Q, X and Z
- Don’t hold these for long as they take up space on your rack.
- It’s imperative to know the two letter combinations for these letters because it’s a likely placement.
Word placement is
often more important than the word itself.
- Rookie mistake: A big word isn’t always a big scorer, especially if it allows the competition to take advantage of a DW or TW.
Know the math.
- Making two words from a DL or TL doubles the DL/TL.
Know the specialty rules!
- Bingo – 35 point bonus for using all 7 of your tiles in one play
- In almost all cases, it pays to play a bingo regardless of the resulting defensive stance.
- Bingos are much more common in the first half of the game due to the amount of open tiles.
- End of game scoring
- Most close games are determined by who empties their rack first.
- The player to go out first receives points equal to the opposing player’s remaining rack, while the opposing player loses the same amount of point. (i.e. The opposing player’s tiles are worth 2X to you.)
- Get rid of any J, Q, X, or Z when 15 or fewer letters remain.