Part III – Intermediate Play (cont) – Words With Friends
- Semi-competitive player with 10 or fewer simultaneous games
- Enjoys winning slightly more than making clever words
- Wants to limit playing time but still win 60% or more of the games
- Has mastered all the skills listed in Part I – Basic Tactics
- Has mastered all the skills listed in Part II – Intermediate Play
Learn word creation via tile mapping.
- Find the most valuable tiles on the board.
- Access to a DW or TW.
- DL, TL, DW, TW with a vowel next to it where two words can be made with same tile.
- Extending an existing word with J, Q, X, or Z.
- Match most valuable letters to those locations. Add any other letters from your rack which appear to form common syllables or letter combinations.
- Use this as the starting point for creating words.
Know and use the vowel and consonant only words.
- These are very valuable when your rack is full of either vowels or consonants.
- If nothing can be created, see tile swapping section below.
|Consonant Only (no Y)
Master the tile swap.
- Use this tactic sparingly, but consider using in these situations:
- Rack contains 3-5 of the same letters.
- Rack contains all vowels or all consonants. (See all vowel and consonant only section above.)
- Opponent is really far ahead, and you need a Hail Mary to even have a chance.
- Keep these letters when swapping: A, D, E, R, S, T
- Swapping 4 or fewer letters is preferred to avoid consecutive bad racks.
Part I – Basic Tactics
Part II – Intermediate Play
Part III – Intermediate Play (cont)
Part IV – Advanced Strategy
Part V – Hard Core Tactics