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Clash of Clans – Town Hall 8.5 Guide – What to build and what not to build [Updated March 15, 2016]

Town Hall Level 9

Town Hall Level 9

Introduction to Town Hall 8.5

Town Hall 8.5 is a level 9 Town Hall with level 9 offence and Town Hall level 8 defensive buildings.

Town Hall 8.5 is used to make easier matches for Clan wars.

 

 

What to build

You can upgrade all the buildings that you have from Town Hall 8. Adding Archer Queen, new traps and additional walls are fine. All my walls are currently on level 8. (It seems like it’s safe to upgrade walls to level 9. See updates below)

My current setup: (Last updated 10/11/2015)

Walls Level 8

Walls Level 8

Spell Factory Level 4

Spell Factory Level 4

Dark Spell Factory Level 3

Dark Spell Factory Level 3

Air Defense Level 7

Air Defense Level 7

Clan Castle Level 5

Clan Castle Level 5

Canon Level 11

Canon Level 11

Air Sweeper Level 5

Air Sweeper Level 5

Hidden Tesla Level 7

Hidden Tesla Level 7

Wizard Tower Level 7

Wizard Tower Level 7

Mortar Level 7

Mortar Level 7

Army Camp Level 7

Army Camp Level 7

Dark Barracks Level 5

Dark Barracks Level 5

Bomb Level 5

Bomb Level 5

Barracks Level 10

Barracks Level 10

Air Bomb Level 4

Air Bomb Level 4

Seeking Air Mine Level 2

Seeking Air Mine Level 2

Giant Bomb Level 3

Giant Bomb Level 3

Skeleton Trap Level 3

Skeleton Trap Level 3

What NOT to build

You should not build any new buildings especially x-bow.

Laboratory progress [UPDATES 05-12-2015]

Barbarian – Level 5

Giant – Level 6

Wall breaker – Level 5

Wizards – Level 5

Dragon – Level 3

Archer – Level 6

Goblin – Level 4

Balloons – Level 3

Healers – Level 3

P.E.K.K.A. – Level 3

Lighting Spell – Level 5

Healing Spell – Level 6

Rage Spell – Level 5

Jump Spell – Level 2

Poison Spell – Level 2

Earthquake Spell – Level 3

Haste Spell – Level 2

Minion – Level 2

Hog Rider – Level 4

Valkyrie – Level 2

Golem – Level 4

Witch – Level 2

There are some posts saying do not upgrade dragon or golem to Level 4. Well, I am half way upgrading my Golem to Level 4. I will let you know if this breaks the TH8.5 strategy. Fingers cross.

UPDATES 05-12-2015 : Golem has finally upgraded to Level 4 and still it hasn’t break TH8.5 strategy. I am now upgrading my dragon to level 4. (14 days to go). And I will upgrade a few walls to level 9. Let see if that make any differences in next war. Stay tune!

UPDATES 11-12-2015: I have 52x Level 9 walls and still hasn’t break TH8.5 strategy.

CoC_Walls_Lvl_9

UPDATES 11-12-2015: Forced to build x-bows 🙁

Due to the latest updates on Clash of Clans, shield is harder to get, you can’t leave your TH outside your walls 🙁 I have decided to build 2 x-bows to defend my base. This will definitely break the TH8.5 strategy. Oh well it has been fun, this means my clan members need to step up and attack better in Clan Wars 🙂

UPDATES 15-03-2016 New changes to Clan Wars Matchmaking

The changes coming to Clan Wars matchmaking are as follows:

  1. War sizes 35v35 and 45v45 are being removed in order to boost available matches in other war sizes;
  2. Clan Wars matchmaking will place a much greater emphasis on defensive (village) progress, and less emphasis on offensive (army) progress;
  3. Powerful, late-game defenses and troops like Inferno Towers, Eagle Artillery and Grand Warden will have much greater matchmaking impact;
  4. Clan Wars matchmaking will favor matches between Clans with similar recent win/loss records in their recent wars;
  5. Team-versus-team compositional checks have been added to help weed out imbalanced war matchups.

Defenses and War Base Optimization. End of TH .5 bases?

Defensive progress will be playing a much bigger role in Clan Wars matchmaking after the update. Previously, the system placed equal weight between offensive (army) and defensive (village) progress, allowing for confusing war matchups between players with relatively over-strong or over-weak defenses. Now, war matchmaking will factor defensive progress much more heavily into every calculation to help to keep War Bases better balanced “in lane.” After all, when Battle Day comes, all that really matters to YOUR team is how strong the opposing defenses are.

At the same time, matchmaking calculations have been rebalanced with the goal of better representing village progress. Previously, a village could be carefully manicured to hide a powerful defense or troop from matchmaking. For example, a player could intentionally not build X-Bows and under-upgrade other defenses to hide an Inferno Tower from matchmaking, and be treated as a TH9-level defense. Now, Clan Wars matchmaking will make a much sharper distinction between players who have built high-level items and those who haven’t. Not only will this prevent higher-level players from preying upon lower-level players with hyper-optimized War Bases, but it will also allow high-level players to upgrade lesser units, like Cannons or Minions, without worry of undue penalty by the matchmaking system.

Sounds like we shouldn’t upgrade anything and focus on just offence?

BTW this is official and confirmed by Supercell, by looking at gold mines and adding up all the resources available can tell you how much you weight? It’s FALSE.

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Building 2x x-bows

My current Town Hall 8.5 layout

CoC TH8.5 progress

This is a valid TH8.5 base exclude 2 x-bows

Check out my war base defense for Town Hall 8.5

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