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Clashifer Hyper-Rush Project - End of June Update

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The Clashifer Hyper-Rush Project continues to progress very nicely.This game was first launched in mid-March with the intention of getting the Builder Base to BH8 as quickly as possible.Upgrades were focused strictly on what was needed to go to the next level of BH and one key troop (at first, Raged Barbarians and Sneaky Archers, then Beta Minions).By week 3, I’d pulled the trigger on the BH6 upgrade; at the 30 day mark, I launched the BH7 upgrade.On May 1st, just 45 days into the game’s progression, the BH8 upgrade was completed.
The game was a BH8, but it was a level 1 defender.Over the course of the following two months, I have focused on upgrading the defenses.Most key defenses (MultiMortar, Giant Cannon, Roaster; MegaTesla & AirBombs pending) have reached level 6 and secondary defenses are a mix of levels 4 and 5.We’ve received a few Runes and Books that have been very helpful to the game’s rapid progression.Purchases have been limited strictly to the level-up bonus packs.Wa…

Clash of Clans - Noc's TH12 Upgrade Guide

TH12 is out and what a doozy of an update this one is!
SuperCell released another “update pack” pre-update that helps build the resources needed to run the upgrade.This one was $100US for 3 of each Rune (Gold, Elixir, Dark Elixir) and 160 Wall Rings that can be purchased twice; they also released a $50US version that has one of each Rune and 70 Wall Rings that can be purchased up to 4 times.Upon completing the upgrade, you get the standard level-up bonus pack that costs $20US and includes the Siege Workshop, 175K in Dark Elixir, and 8M Gold.
The upgrade path for TH12 depends largely on your goals.In my case, I wanted to get the new troop (Electro Dragon), upgrade him to max, upgrade Bowlers and Valkyrie, drop everything new, and take the TH to level 5 (max).
That turned out to be an expensive proposition.
In order to complete these upgrades, you’ll need to upgrade your Gold and Elixir Storages.You can get away with a few upgrades before hitting the storages, but not many.Here’s how I…

Clashifer Hyper-Rush Project - Interim June Update

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It’s been just about a week since my last update and much progress has been made.
We’ve had the benefits of a few events during the run of this latest, hyper-rush project.  The Hammer Jam event, though, has been one of the better boosts.  There have been some Runes released recently that allowed me to get a BUNCH more resources quickly and combining that with the half-length build times has been a major boon.  I took advantage of the announcements to finish off my resource storages earlier than planned so I could fill to max.
And the results have been great.  Everything was taken to L4, then key defenses were bumped to L5 (including the MegaTesla).  Right now, I have the last of them going to L5 (AirBombs).  I was able to get the Battle Machine to L5 and picked up its ability - having a L1 Battle Machine was definitely tough for attacks as he went down fast with no way to recover HP.  The Barracks was upgraded and I’ve unlocked Drop Ships, taking them just to L2 for now; that’s the lowe…

CoC - Recruiting for the clans!

I just recently came into a second clan and we've decided to pair it up as the sister clan to Divergent Void, move a bunch of our alts over, and build both clans up!

The TH9+ clan is, "Divergent Void" at #P8CGRG0C.

The general clan is, "Army of One...." (with 4 dots) at #Y8Q29JY.

"Divergent Void" will be warring regularly, while "Army of One...." will be more focused on Builder Base and just general development.  Our goal is to build both clans up as much as possible so we can hit top rewards tiers on Clan Games.

"Divergent Void" is about to become a level 7 clan, "Army of One...." is almost level 5.

Our clan rules are simple:

1) Respect each other.
2) Execute all war attacks or opt out BEFORE war.
3) Achieve a minimum of 1000 points in every Clan Games (more if possible, especially when it's 50K or 75K).
4) Donate what's asked for, and always donate max level troops for wars.

Pretty simple - right?

A few of us ha…

Clashifer Hyper-Rush Project - End of May Update

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Clashfier Hyper-Rush Project Update - 6/3/2018
So...I'm a little late getting this one up.We went down to the Great Smoky National Park last week - our absolute favorite place to go.Nothing beats the mountains; some day, I hope to move to Tennessee for good.
BUT - that is not what we are here to discuss!It's the 2.5 month update on the Clashifer Hyper-Rush project.As expected, the base hit L4 defenses at the end of May.I've also taken advantage of the Battlefest and Hammer Jam events to sneak in a few level 5 upgrades as well.
As in the past, all of the trophy counts each day are included in the daily log on the blog.I brought everything up to level 4 fairly quickly and pushed my Roaster, Giant Cannon, and MultiMortar to level 5 as well.Getting this extra bump to the key defenses has gone a long way in winning matches.
Right now, the game is hovering just below 3300 trophies and pulling in a bit over 400K each day in loot from raids.That's a pretty good place to be and jus…

Hey Noc - What should I upgrade next?

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One of the most common questions I see is, "What should I upgrade next?" and the answer is not quite as simple as you might think.
Choosing upgrades is a tricky thing to do in a new game like the Builder Base.Although it was released a year ago, the fact of the matter is that it is STILL in its initial release mode!BH8 just hit not long ago and a lot of players are running on the cutting edge of the game.In a more established game - like the Home Village - there are a bunch of levels to go through already and a large player base that is just slogging their way through each.
You'll often hear me talk about the "meta", but what exactly is that?Some call it out as an acronym - Most Effective Tactic Available.That may or may not be correct, but it does accurately describe the general use of the term in gaming."Meta" refers to the strategies used in the game that are both the most effective and most commonly used among the playerbase.This is what you'…

CoC BH8 - How To Beat This Base - Brackets Base

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It’s the ever dreaded Brackets Base.Now…there are a number of variations on this base - maybe the Roaster is here and the Giant Cannon there…maybe the AirBombs are over there and the MultiMortar over here - but in every case, the basic layout is similar to the same.

And it causes plenty of heartache for players all up and down the trophy rankings.
The Brackets Base really first came into its own at BH6.Since then, it has been adapted to fit the new/additional defenses at each and every level to follow (BH7 and BH8).The general layout has the BH at one end, surrounded by assorted defenses, bracketed no-man’s-land zones on either side, and fringe buildings on the other two sides.Deployment from each of the four sides comes with its disadvantages and - depending on defensive strength vs the attacker’s offensive capabilities - it performs well against many attacks.
All that said…if you hit it at the right angle, you’ll take it down for a high percentage - maybe even a three star.
What at…

CoC BH8 - How to Beat this Base - Goal Post Base

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So...have you run into this base in the wild and thought, "Man...I just cannot seem to find the magic formula for beating this base!"

Well...wonder no more - on this installment of, "How to Beat this Base", I've debunked the base!

The "Goal Post Base" (at least that's what I'm calling it) is a fairly common Internet base used at BH8 on Clash of Clans.  The design works fairly well between 3500-4500 (depending upon your defense levels) and you may see it between 3000-3500 as well.  Here's a picture of one layout of the base:


The base is top heavy for defense...and relatively weak at the bottom.  However, that does not mean you should attack it from the bottom - coming up from the bottom will subject your troops to a variety of defenses and distractions while they get pummeled.  In the configuration above, it's particularly difficult for air attackers who would typically come from the top to hit the defenses fast and hard.  

That said, there…

CoC BH8 - Three Sisters Attack Strategy

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As I continue to max troops at BH8, I work on all new attack strategies.Right now, I am working on FOUR different strategies that I’ve never tried in the past.I’ve been eager to tinker a bit with the Sneaky Archer and I *JUST* finally maxed her, so this first strat takes advantage of the increased number of troops at level 16.
I call this attack strategy, “The Three Sisters”.It uses level 16 Sneaky Archers, Super PEKKA, and Night Witches.Each troop has a very specific role in the attack.

The Sneaky Archer clears external buildings and establishes the funnel.I want a clear and well defined path into the base for my troops and this is an area where the Sneaky Archer simply excels.She’ll eliminate any distractions that might send my Super PEKKA awry.She will also be used to take out any heavy defenses on the periphery, protecting the Super PEKKA from taking too much damage as she enters the base.It’s not at all uncommon for players to put something like Cannons or Double Cannons along a…

CoC BH8 - Cannon Cart and Boxer Giant Attacks…which strat to use when?

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I’ve been spending some time on one of my alts (KussVonNacht, aka “KVN”) here lately.Over the past month or two, I’ve managed to get max both Mitch and Minion Drops - my top two attack strategies since BH6/BH7.Over on my flagship game (Noctaire), I’ve been working a LOT with Cannon Carts, so I decided to max them next on KVN and add in Boxer Giants afterwards.
It’s made for some VERY interesting gameplay.Season reset was not too long ago, and I just finished up the the ground troops a week into the new season so I’ve switched over to using my Boxer Giant/Cannon Cart attack strategies.Lots and lots of 3-star results and wins in general; right now, my Battle Log shows 8/1/1 from the last few days.Defenses on the KVN game are generally L7, with a few key defenses at L8 so it’s far from maxed too.
I’ve completed the initial series on Boxer Giant/Cannon Cart attack strategies.You can read about each at the links below….
GiCart Attack Strategy
GiBoCC Attack Strategy
Big Bart Attack Strategy
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Clashifer Hyper-Rush Project - BH8 Week 1 Done!

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I've had a request for another update on the Clashifer hyper-rush project game, so the end of week 1 at BH8 seemed like a pretty good time to post an update.

My goal for week 1 was pretty straightforward - get all of the secondary defenses to level 3 and bring the key defenses to level 2.

Mission accomplished!

Hidden Teslas, Guard Post, Archer Towers, Cannons, Double Cannons, Crushers, and FireCrackers are all at level 3 as of yesterday.  The Roaster, MultiMortar, and AirBombs are at level 2 as well (MegaTesla and Giant Cannon are already level 4, so there's nothing to do on those for a bit).  I even upgraded the Push Traps to level 2 along the way.  This exhausted the resources I had available as well as any that I won in the daily loot bonuses.

Speaking of raiding, L12 Mass Beta Minions is doing just fine so far.  I hit a bit of a losing streak after reaching 2954 trophies; I actually dropped down into the 2800s for a day, before recovering and ending at 2993 last night.  Ri…

CoC BH8 - Big Bart Attack Strategy

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Time to talk about one last Boxer Giant attack strategy.This one I call “Big Bart”.You take your standard GiBoCC and add in either one or two camps of Raged Barbarians.The army comp for this can go either way (2/1/1/2, or 1/2/1/2)…

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Now…most of the time I’ve seen the strat used, it comes with 2 camps of Boxer Giants *BUT*, for those players who are REALLY good with their Raged Barbarians, you can run 2 camps of Raged Barbarians instead!
As with all of the attack strategies that use Boxer Giants, the Boxer Giant acts as a tank to keep weaker troops alive.Adding Raged Barbarians gives you the added benefits of mass distraction - you can clear outer buildings and divide defenses such that they’re firing all over the base.
This is why the strat can work with 2 camps of either Boxer Giants or Raged Barbarians.Anyone who is particularly adept at using their Raged Barbarians in strats like Bombarian or Bart will already know how to effectively distract and remove front line defenses with R…

CoC BH8 - GiBoCC Attack Strategy

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It’s time for another Boxer Giant based attack strategy - this time, we take GiCarts and make it even more powerful by adding one camp of Bombers to the mix to get…
GiBoCC!
The GiBoCC strategy works well against most base designs.The army composition is typically 3 camps Boxer Giants, 1 camp Bombers, 2 camps Cannon Carts OR 2 camps Boxer Giants, 1 camp Bombers, 3 camps Cannon Carts.  The decision on which to use is both style as well as dependent upon the amount of tanking needed (so a quick base analysis is useful).
This strategy was well used at BH7, but it really comes into its own at BH8 with the addition of another Army Camp AND the additional units in each camp for all three of these troops.(You can get away with L10 or higher Bombers, though.)
The chief role of the Bomber here is to clear the way for the Boxer Giants and Cannon Carts to overwhelm enemy defenses.In other strats - like GiCarts - you either have to enter the base through the openings the base designer provides or…