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Mass Beta Minions...Revisited!

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And now we revisit an old friend...
MASS BETA MINIONS
Everyone knows that I am all about the air attacks.  At BH4, I shift my focus from Raged Barbarians and Sneaky Archers into Beta Minions.  I max them out and that becomes my go to attack strat all the way up to BH6 or BH7.  On some of my games, I will max Night Witches at BH6 and use Mitch, but I’ve found Mass Beta Minion to be adequate to task for my alts and solid against most base designs.
The Beta Minion first comes available at BH3 and it has some uses there, but it doesn't really start to shine until you get it upgraded to level 10.  At level 10, you can have 8 in each camp - that's a total of 32 in a single raid.  Level 12 Beta Minions at BH6 are even better with 10 in each camp (40 in all) and when you get the fifth camp at BH7 not to mention a fifth shot on the Long Shot ability, things just keep getting better.
Mass Beta Minions (MBM) is a very simple strategy - you just drop 4 or 5 camps of Beta Minions on the base a…

Minion Drops...Revisited!

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It’s been a while since we talked about Minion Drops and there have been a few questions around things like deployment strategies, how many camps to use, and where the Battle Machine fits into the picture.
Drop Ships become viable as a tank from the moment you get them, although I typically do not use them until at least level 4.From there, they get stronger every 2 upgraded levels, reducing spawn rates, increasing hit points, increasing burst damage, and increasing the number of skeletons spawned in the burst.(Hitpoints increase with odd numbered upgrades, everything else improves on the even numbered level ups.)
The primary purpose of low level Drop Ships is as a tank.At lower levels, the sole function and purpose of the Drop Ships is to support the Beta Minions by keeping them alive in the attack.They take fire from the Roaster, FireCrackers, and even a few hits from Airbombs along the way.
Anyone who follows my strategy guides and videos knows - I move from ground attacks to air…

CoC December 2017, Winter Update is here!

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The 2017 winter update for Clash of Clans is out and, as promised, it's all about the main game. 

First, let's talk about the bad.  There are nerfs in this update.  Miners go from 5 troop units to 6 troop units.  X-bows lose 10 points of DPS at levels 2, 3, and 4.  I'm not fond of either of those, but the real biggie - the Inferno Towers lose the anti-healing aspect of their attack.  That means you'll be able to heal troops that are under attack by the Inferno Towers.

And that's bad.

At least I think it's bad.  10 DPS is actually quite a lot to take away from the X-bows and removing the inability to heal when under attack by an Inferno will take away the thing that made them one of the most powerful defenses on the game grid.  The proof is in the tasting of the pudding, I know, but I think these two changes will greatly diminish defense at TH10 and TH11 - too much so.  I can see why they would increase miner camp unit size; these changes are going to strengthen…

Clash of Clans Builder Base - Upgrade Strategies

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OK - let's talk upgrade strategies!

I've put up a few upgrade guides now, and we've talked about how to rush the Builder's Base, but we haven't really tied it all together.

On all of my games, I have a basic idea of how I want to develop each from start to finish.  Each was started at a different time and has run a slightly different upgrade path.  This was intentional - it lets me get an idea for what works, what doesn't, and keeps me up and down the trophy rankings.

My flagship game, Noctaire, is the furthest along of all of the games.  This game has enjoyed some light gemming - a few levels on the Roaster, Night Witch upgrades, several levels of Drop Ship upgrades, and the BH7 Bonus Pack.  The initial goal with this game was to upgrade Beta Minions then other troops while upgrading first air-targeting defenses (FireCrackers, AirBombs, Hidden Teslas) before moving on to other defenses like the MultiMortar, Roaster, Crushers, etc.

That general upgrade strategy…

CoC BB - Base Building 102 - The Strong Hub

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The basic principles of base design haven't changed much since our Base Building 101 article/video.  BH7 (the current top level Builder Hall) adds a few new structures, including the Giant Cannon, second FireCrackers, and second Hidden Tesla but the general rules remain.

Let's talk about a more specific base design concept - the strong hub.

Many bases will place the BH itself in the middle of the base and surround it with defenses.  The idea is that players will have to work their way through a host of defenses on any side to get to the juicy center and even then, the overlapping target ranges of defenses protecting the middle will be firing upon them.  Ideally, the attacker's troops will be well depleted by the time they make it to the BH in the middle and the remaining defenses will finish them off.

This is the "strong hub" design.  It is often at the center of the base, but may be offset as well.  Offset hubs tend to be diamond bases, but there are some that a…

CoC BB - Matchmaker...how DOES it work?

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One of the biggest conundrums in the Builder Base game is the matchmaker.  When you're new to the game, you might find yourself very surprised when suddenly you are being matched against stronger players - consistently.  I mean...how can my BH6 game be constantly matched up with BH7 games?

There are a lot of little things that factor into the match-ups, but the actual match itself is determine simply by where you sit in the trophy rankings.  If you are a BH5 at 2500 trophies and there's a BH7 at 2500 trophies, and you're both online playing at the same time...well...you two might just end up matched to each other.  The BH level itself simply isn't a factor.

So, the REAL question we need to ask ourselves - how do I end up with a trophy ranking that makes ME competitive with a BH7 when I'm only a BH5?!

THAT is a more complicated answer.

SuperCell has told us that the ranking system used on the Builder Base is their own version of the "Elo Rating System".

Th…

CoC - December 2017 Update News!

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Today, on the forums, we got our first concrete answers on the upcoming December 2017 update.  It's just a few tidbits, but some of the news was pretty significant.  Darian, the SuperCell Community Manager for Clash of Clans, answered messages as he often does and dropped these bits.

First and foremost - there will be no TH12 ***OR*** BH8.  This news is actually pretty huge.

A lot of players on the main game ("DayMode") have been hoping for new content.  There are a fair number of players at TH11 who are maxed and looking for something new.  While the Builder Base certainly represents a great deal of new content and "stuff to do", many players still want to see more on the game they've invested years of time and effort into already.  As it's been almost two years since the last new TH was introduced (TH11 in December 2015) there was speculation that TH12 might be coming this year.

SuperCell has been clear that although they're looking at TH12 for th…

CoC BB - The Four Pillars of Clash - Bringing it all together....

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OK - we've talked in some detail now about the Four Pillars of Clash in two articles:

Offense ->
Offensive Capabilities - What your offense is capable of doing.Attacking Skills - What YOU can do with your offense.Defense ->
Defensive Capabilities - What your defense is capable of doing.Base Design - What YOU can do with your defense. Your goal, as a player, is to balance your game as much as you can across the Four Pillars.  A balanced game will provide the greatest likelihood of success and enable you to move up the ranks.  
It is a common misconception that players who have strong offensive and defensive capabilities are immediately contenders.  While it is true that having stronger tools helps one's game, it only goes so far.  A player could have a fully maxed everything yet be a terrible attacker and have an awful base design.  More often than not, we see this in the heavily rushed BH7 who cannot break 3000 trophies because they have all the right defenses and troops un…

CoC BB Strategy - The Four Pillars of Clash Part 2: Defense

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In our first article, we talked about offense - the first two Pillars of Clash, this is your Offensive Capabilities and Attacking Skills. They’re first because, in an offense-centric PvP game, they are the most important concepts. That’s not to say that defense isn’t important though. You have to strike a balance among the four pillars or the roof will come crashing down.

Pillar 3 - Defensive Capabilities

Like its cousin in the offense category, Defensive Capabilities are what your defense is capable of doing in the game. It is represented by how many defensive structures you have and their level of development. The long made short - if you have more, you’ll do better; if they’re stronger, you’ll do better. Of course - if they’re weak or you don’t have as many, then your defensive game is weaker.

Each Builder Hall level adds new defenses that are designed to separate it from those that come before and these defenses also counter very specific attacks. Remember: the troops and their level…