Regarding War

There are so many ways to play Clash. Let’s remember what we want from our time in the game and let this guide how we approach war.

In my case I am looking for a break from real life, but not a break from real people. I love that Clash has this tidy combination. And I don’t want habits from real life creeping in on my experience.

In real life, money and time are often spent grudgingly in pursuit of something tangible one values more. Both time and resources are precious because they can be exchanged for what we want. Obtaining one thing requires giving up something else. So we become very efficient about how we spend our time and money. Ensuring this efficiency takes time and attention and can be stressful to say the least.

Bringing the habit of pursuing efficiency into the Clash experience seems to be a default approach. Avoiding it takes some mindfulness. Here of some signs that a player is using patterns from real life in his/her approach to the game:

  1. Forgetting that elixir, dark elixir,  gold and gems are not real resources. If some of that stuff gets wasted it does not mean anything at all.
  2. Mistaking the destination as the pleasure and thereby neglecting the journey. This is characterized by the belief that everything will be so much better as soon as I get/upgrade/achieve ___________. 
  3. Expecting war to be a profitable activity. This places a burden not only on the player but also his clanmates and the matching process itself.

What can we conclude from all this? Efficiency in Clash means gathering resources more quickly in order to upgrade more quickly in order to get resources more quickly in order to …….

The only logical ending to this sentence is …in order to reach the end more quickly. And this implies that playing is a chore to be gotten through rather than the actual source of enjoyment of the game.

In real life we engage in activities we dislike or find difficult in order to get something we want, either directly or indirectly through a purchase. All one can purchase with Clash resources is a bigger, more impressive base and army. Both keep the game more challenging and this has value, because it supports the notion that the activity is the fun part.

Yet….if your reason for playing is primarily to have something to show someone, you are someone I don’t understand (and that’s okay). However, if your reason for playing centers on camaraderie, please consider warring to have a value far beyond the ensuing payoff/loss. Do not worry about what’s going on with the other team or whether the war will be won or lost. Engage for sheer pleasure of it. Give it your all! Show up in the front lines, join your comrades, maximize stars and destruction! Being part of the team is the fun part!

We all get worn down by the endless cost/benefit analyses running through our heads in real life. Let’s leave that behind in our little pretend world. Let’s be extravagant with our resources and go for the most fun possible together. After all, you can’t take that pink stuff with you.


Some reminders about war attacks

ALWAYS take a full army, including cc troops and spells, with you to war

Assuming that missing the “extra” reinforcements won’t make a difference is very risky.

ALWAYS use dragons if you have them

You will be assigned a base that requires dragons because you have them available. Please do not use barch or other ground attack without discussing with us first. If you really do not want to make dragon attacks, let us know now and we will give you lower assignments in the future. Hogs are often a good substitute for the dragon attack, and if you have more confidence in your hog attack – and level 4 hogs – this is okay.

ALWAYS take all dragons with you on a dragon attack

Hogs rarely belong in a dragon army. The only exception is if an AD is left carelessly on the edge of a base, or you know there is a corner tesla. Hogs target defenses that cannot hurt dragons and work from the outside in. Normally on a decently designed TH 8 base they will not live long enough to take out an AD or tesla, your biggest concerns. And of course they are useless against the enemy cc dragon.

Some dragon attacks are improved by using max balloons in the clan castle or even an additional 5 balloons of your own. These are tricky attacks that take some practice. If you can do them, and the base asks for them (not all TH 8 bases are designed for this), go ahead. Do not use balloons that are not at least level 6 on a TH 7 or TH 8 base. To learn about dragoon attacks, visit the following links:

105 Dragoon Attack Style

11 Light Dragon Attack Style

Dragon Snipe Attack Style

813 Dragoon Attack Style

ALWAYS check your zap/quake chart….

…and believe what it tells you.

A dragon attack relying on lightning spells and/or quake depends on eliminating the ad. Light/quake is a luxury that may not be available to you. In this case 3 light is the gold standard. If the numbers don’t add up for even 3 light, one possibility is using all rage spells.


50 Wars Won! …and a Day Off

A very nice milestone. Let’s take a day or two and relax with our families and celebrate Independence Day.

War Bases

We have have some very effective war bases and we have some that need work. This is an area we haven’t really addressed formally before and I think this is a good time to start upgrading our defense effectiveness.

I’d like everyone to pick a clanmate who is their level or above and ask for some constructive feedback on their war base. Finish with a challenge with a full-fledged practice attack once you’ve made some changes. If you are concerned about training up a war army to help someone with this, perhaps plan to do the challenge right before the attacker’s war attack next war.

Like all other discussions where strategy ideas and other advice is flowing, let’s have these conversations in our chat as this forum allows others to benefit from the exchange. We can all learn from one another. Let’s save private chats on Band for sensitive or private issues.

vs CoC Pirates

All first attacks are due in the first half of war. You MUST check back with us in the second half for cleanup assignments. Remember we’re taking a break after this war. Good luck everyone!
TH9 (3)
Silas 1,2
Mig 3

Jkil 4
Chirus 5
Mongol 6
Calyan 7
Honeyjane 8
Shiv 9
Thor 10
Xain 11, 12

Julio 13
Mimi 14
Deckil 15
Jeff 16
Robin 17
Katy 18
Moses 19
Blackhammer 20
Tater 21

Bean 22, 24
Antwony 23, 25

Cleanup: Bill, Semi, AG, RR


Remember all attacks are due during the first half of war. Come back about halfway for new assignments. Ask for best troops as soon as you have a shield. We will cook them for you. If you have questions about strategy or advice to share, please try to be on in the first three hours of war or again about halfway. Anyone with timing issues or who wants a different assignment, just let me know🙂 These assignments are tentative.

massive 2
silas 1
mig 3
Jkil 5
savage 6
pup 4
maybe maeby clean
pb 9
shiv 12
rickk 11
moses 14
cal 10
thor 13
chirus 7, 8
DecKil 18
julio 19, 20
mimi 21, 22
robin 17
katy 16, clean
bean clean
tater clean
kimerz 23
antwony 24, 25
xain 15
bill practice

:) win #7 in a row :)

Nice job everyone, a perfectly executed team effort. Top notch!  And such a fun war too! We had some new faces and you all being on board was a definite plus🙂

Thanks to everyone for supporting the clan, showing up, talking in chat, helping each other out. These are the things that make this so much more than just an idle pasttime. Believe, it’s appreciated.



All assignments must occur during first half of war. Please be sure to return early in second half of war for new assignment — this is a requirement. Anyone with timing issues PLEASE choose to communicate rather than avoid the issue. We can work around almost any need you may have, if we know what we are dealing with. Note: top few bases may wait until later in war to attack.

We are trying for 3 stars on first base, however we understand this doesn’t always work out. If you believe obtaining the 3 star on your assigned base will be a challenge, please let us know! This plan is tentative; final pan will be sent by clan mail before war begins.

Once you have a shield and have planned your attack, please go ahead and request your war troops. I can’t speak for others with higher level troops, but I will only be on for the first 3 +- hours of war. I will be back around halfway mark.

Massive 1,2

Mig 3

JKil 4,5
Pup 6,7
Mm clean
Cal 8
Chirus 9
Pb 10
Gedolf 11, 12
Shiv 13
Xain 14
Katy 15
Moses 16
Robin 17
Rr clean
Julio 18, 19
Mimi 20
Bean 21
Tater 22
Kimerz 23
Antwony 24
You Tube, Bill 25, practice
Grace clean