Torch Battles occur twice each week - on Wednesday and Saturday - from 9:00 until 21:00 Game Time.
Our strategy is simple - keep a low profile and then strike at the end. Being #1 is not the goal, but having all the torches at the end is. So, we try to slowly get torches throughout the day, building up from 50% but never going as high as 75%. We try to stay away from the top 10 in ranking as much as possible. Then, at 20:45 we all haul.
Unless you are a really strong player (with level 180 heroes or higher), stay away from the top ranked guilds when hauling. There are 300 guilds participating (30 pages). Try to spread out across the lower levels to get the most torches.
We need as many players as possible logged in from 20:30 to 21:00 to haul and to defend. Some days we do find ourselves near, or at the top. It's like having a target on your back, so we need as many defenders as possible. If you have low might, don't worry. Many of our attackers have level 40 to 80 heroes - I don't know if they're cannon fodder to wear us down, or they just don't know any better. We all only get 10 chances each to haul and to defend, and it take 30 minutes to recharge. So in those last 30 minutes we need as much help as possible. The payout in shards and honor badges make it worth your time.