Just when I think I’m getting back into it, life hands me an exhaustion sandwich and I go on a mini hiatus again. I failed to mention in my last post that another significant change in the CoC update was that the hero abilities have been improved to also heal a chunk of health. This makes each hero more of a tank than before (rather than just raw damage), and it also means you have to activate your abilities more strategically. For instance, it’s ideal to activate the abilities after some damage has been sustained, but not too late that your hero dies. This means you have to pay more attention overall to time things just right.
After a lengthy win streak, our clan has lost two close ones in a row (I believe by about 4 stars each). Losing is just part of the game sometimes, but what frustrates me is the inactivity we still see. Out of 70 possible attacks, we were missing 12 of them, which is a significant portion. I thought we were making progress in that area, but it seems we’ve sort of hit a plateau. I just wish there were more clan mates who didn’t treat this game like some side activity. I’m appalled when I see people with single-digit raids in a 2-week cycle. Even when I get really busy with life, I can’t imagine raiding so little. I know some people are thinking, “well, I have a life outside of CoC” or “I play other games more,” and that’s fine. But it makes me wonder what I’m doing hanging in a clan filled with these kinds of players. Not to say I’m some big shot, but it really doesn’t take much effort to contribute and progress at a respectable level. Sometimes I feel compelled to be around a group of players who do treat CoC as a high priority as I do. I couldn’t care less if someone is inactive but lives an exciting life. Good for you, but that doesn’t help me in any way lol.
Anyway, I’ve been ranting a lot lately to some people, and I guess I’m just typing it here as spillover. There is a core group of players who are awesome, and the thought of leaving them is a real downer. Maybe in the near future, our clan will be a well-oiled machine, devoid of players who think doing two CW attacks in 24 hours is tough, or think a 2M upgrade is a huge mountain to climb. But right now, I do flirt with the idea of trying out other clans.
For fun, I’d consider trying to get into the Clash of Clans Podcast clans. I listen to those guys all the time, and even if they aren’t necessarily the most knowledgeable or accurate people, it’s fairly entertaining to listen to on my long commutes (even if they haven’t yet mastered the podcast art of letting the other person speak at the right times haha). I could definitely help them out and do some damage.
Other high-level farming clans are also on my radar, but I don’t know if it’s worth it. I don’t want to get to know a bunch of new people all over again, and I’m also afraid that I’ll like it too much to leave. Winning wars and getting high level troops all the time could get addicting. Then again, my current clan has some awesome donators too, so there’s not a ton to complain about there unless I’m looking for level 2 witches or something.
Recently, I’ve finally completed all the high priority defenses in my base. It is quite a relief to be done with Xbows and Infernos! Now, I’m upgrading just a couple of defenses at a time, and I think my base is still sturdy and intimidating enough to do a trophy push. So far, I’m in Masters III again, but I wonder how far I can go while keeping my builders somewhat busy. Is Champions league within reach?
Here’s my base at the moment:
I’ve seen worse up there, but it’s a question of how long I want to delay my farming for the rest of my upgrades and how much I’m willing to suffer setbacks to strong attacks. For now, I’m going to keep at it because a trophy push once in a while definitely motivates me and refreshes my enjoyment of the game. :) We’ll see how far I can go!