What stats and perks are best for starting out? You will get 2 stat and 1 perk point, each time your hero levels up.
Level 2 hero recommend 1 strength 1 vitality and 1 treasure hunting perk (you will need to have to right stat points, to enable perk points).
Level 3 Either 2 strength or 1 strength/1vitality, plus 1 crafting perk.
The treasure hunter perk, will let you excavate level 2 and higher digspots, once you get tools from Keepers village. This is a good way to level up hero early, as excavating gives lots of xp, while your hero and army are too small, for fighting.
The crafting perk is good for 2 things, it will increase your chance of crafting gear, at crafting idol and increase your chance of finding consumables, such as the most useful ones, figures of enlightenment (needed from hero level 10 and above) and blueprints (needed for level 10 buildings).
What's the difference between a 'bonus feature' and a chocolate teapot?
If your hero has BOTH healing rate and Healing points, he will be kissing boo boo's instead of fighting. This also does very little healing.
How to change stats and perks (potions needed).