3 star TH8 with central giant bombs using hogs.

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Hogs are the strongest attack true for Town Hall 8. When using hogs, the first thing you must worried about are the clan castle troops. If you do not kill the clan castle troops, even one will destroy all of your hogs. Second, you must figure out where the giant bombs are. Giant bombs will do a lot of damage to your hogs, but a double set of giant bombs, (i.e. when 2  are next to each other) will wipe them out.

When Giants bombs are on the outer portion of the base, they are very easy to manage. One can send in a few hogs to trip them. But, when they are in the center of the base, they become a more of a problem.

There are several ways to deal with this problem. One can use golems, wizards, and hogs. Most people use one or two golems, up to 10 Wizards, wallbreakers if needed, and the rest hogs. As with every other attack, you must kill the clan castle troops before releasing hogs. One can use the Golem and wizards to do so, often with a rage spell. With the new clan castle that allows one to bring a dark spell, one can bring a poison spell in the clan castle and a poison spell of their own. Level one spells will not be enough. One should bring level 2 spells or a level one and a level 3. The key is with this attack, is to get the golems to trigger the giant bombs. One could use this strategy to trigger giant bombs that are not in the center, but there are easier ways to do so–i.e. with hogs. The GoHo is an extremely effective attack at both TH8 and TH9 that most should become familiar with if they want to 3 star bases.

Alternatively, one could use Surgical hogs to go in and trigger at least one of the giant bombs in the center of the base. This requires careful planning and one must know the path at the hogs will take to ensure that they will get there. It is most important to trigger at least one of the bombs that are next to another bomb (a giant double bomb set). See the attached video to see how this works. It is essential to master surgical hog attacks if you want to 3 star TH9s. Studying hog pathing is essential.

Another method is to use surgical hogs. They can be used to take out certain defenses, such as air defenses, when using hogs with dragons. This is not a commonly seen attack, but it is very effective. See the attached video as a demonstration. One could use other troops instead of dragons as a clean up troop, such as wizards. Essentially, with surgical hogs one must ensure that a large mass of hogs do not run across double Giant bomb sets.

3 star hog attacks using 4 dragons and hogs

3 star GoWipe for TH8’s – maybe the most foolproof plan yet?

With the recent updates in clash of clans, the all dragon attacks are getting harder and harder, especially for maxed TH8s. I have seen some of the best dragon attackers fail on multiple occasions. They had successfully changed the game, for the better. Although the recent earthquake addition has helped. At TH8, we must sometimes rely on other ways of getting 3 stars.

I have never been a big fan of GoWiPe.  Mostly because Pekkas never seem to do what you want. They are unpredictable, or more accurately they are predictably unpredictable. In one of our recent wars, I saw some of the best GoWiPe attacks that I have seen. All for 3 stars. Here is how it works.

Troops:

  • 2 Golems
  • 5 Wallbreakers
  • 3 Pekkas (one can be in cc)
  • 20 Wizards
  • 2 Heal Spells, 1 Rage (you can use 2 Rage, 1 Heal, but the former is recommended)

Strategy:

  1. Keep Golems alive with heal. They must remain throughout the entire attack.
  2. Drop 2 Golems close together to break through wall.
  3. Drop Wizards (only 5-10) behind Golems, not too spread out.
  4. Use wallbreakers to get through walls into core
  5. Then, follow with wizards-so wizards go into the core with the Golems. You can use wizards to help kill cc troops.
  6. You can drop a Pekka to go into core, but they will may not follow Golem
  7. Use Pekkas to clean up outside of base

 

Base design – Anti-dragon base design tips and attack stratagies

TH7 and early to mid level TH8s are almost always attacked in war with dragons. Designing one’s base with that in mind is paramount. For TH7s, one is most limited as they only have 2 air defenses. With the ability to take out one with lightening spells immediately, one is just not enough to protect the base. A well-thought out base can fool some people, but good players will 3 star every TH7 with ease. For TH8s, base design is critical.

It is important to create you base so that dragons path away from the air defense, but stay within its range. Watch the video below to see how.

Video 1: Dragon Pathing – click to watch

Lavaloonion 3 star war attack on TH8

This is a really strong attack that can take out TH8s with ring shaped defenses. This is a perfect example of this attack.

This attack has 3 components;

  1. Lure and kill the clan castle troops
    1. You can use Royals (BK and AQ), balloons, and/or minions to do so
  2. Release one lava hound to attack one air defense, and another Lava hound against another
  3. Release balloons BEHIND the lava hounds. I like to spread them out and surgically strike defenses (2-3 per defense).

Watch the video of BeastyPro36 destroying this TH8:   TH8 3 starred in war using lavaloonion

When should I upgrade my TH? In short, don’t rush!

When is the best time to upgrade your town hall? This is a commonly asked question.

I believe that it is best to upgrade your town hall after everything (or nearly everything) has been completely upgraded. What do I mean? Everything means everything. This includes all walls, all the defenses, all buildings, all spells, troop upgrades (except ones that you will never use, like Goblins), etc. In short, I find many players advance their TH prematurely thinking that it will improve their game. In every instance, it has the opposite effect.

Why wait? Why not just upgrade and get better troops in the next TH? Let’s look at the two scenarios.

For one’s village, you get less loot when advancing TH because if you as attack lower TH levels, you get less. In my experience, if a player is not doing so well at their current TH, advancing to the next, thinking that better troops and defenses will help them, only makes things worse! Defensively, you lose more loot when getting attacked by, what was previously higher TH levels.

In war, clash of clans in the past did  not weigh the Town Hall itself to match up opponents, but does weigh what defenses and offenses one has. Some believe that the level carries less weight than having the offense or defense. I can assure you, rushed bases hurt the clan in war! How often? Always!  An unfair match will usually result, especially if walls are weak, defenses are weak, camps not fully upgraded, etc. I see this time and time again. The rushed player will usually be unable to take on bases that are of similar TH level,and often resorts to attacking lower level THs, which is usually not helpful to the clan.

I can only tell you from co-running a clan, that it is extremely frustrating when you get a bad matchup as result of those who have rushed their Town Hall–upgraded their TH prematurely.

So to put it in simple terms, when you rush your TH upgrade, you will pay for it and your clan will pay dearly for it. Instead, improve your game at your current TH level, if not your shortcomings will be carried on and magnified at higher TH levels.

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Tip: Max out your gold and elixir when upgrading because it will be more difficult to get once you upgrade. Also, leave your loot in your clan castle. Fill it up as much as possible because when you upgrade, you will need it.

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