Clash of Clans December 2018 Balancing Update

Along with most updates, there are also balance changes that accompany them as well. The same will be the case for the Clash of Clans December 2018 update, which brings a whole bunch of balance changes to Builder Base. Here’s a full list of what’s changing in the December 2018 balancing update to CoC!

Clash of Clans December Balancing Update

December Balancing Update

Cannon Cart
  • DPS reduced by 15%
  • 3rd Cannon Cart unlocked at level 10

The Cannon Cart is one of the most popular and used units in the Builder Base in higher trophy ranges of Builder Hall level 8 players; however, it is not as popular or successful in lower trophy ranges and other BH levels. Coupled with its level 16 upgrade which adds a 3rd unit in each Army Camp, our statistics showed that the Cannon Cart at level 16 was a bit too powerful while levels 1-15 were under-utilized or under-powered. We felt that reducing the DPS while making the 3rd unit available early on will help offset this difference and make the Cannon Cart much more utilitarian across all levels.

Baby Dragon
  • HP increased by 7.5%

Statistically the Baby Dragon has very low usage across all trophy ranges. This is generally an indication a troop’s utility is either too weak or doesn’t provide a stable meta with other units. We have increased its HP in order to make the Baby Dragon more viable against air defenses and give it some additional survivability so it can be more effectively combo’d with other units.

Super P.E.K.K.A
  • HP reduced by 5%

When looking at the overall health of the game’s meta, one of the things you want to look for is the frequency of how often a unit is selected. If players tend to favor one unit over another, resulting in less variety in the meta, we have to look at what we can do to increase variety. The Super P.E.K.K.A. is a unit, like the Cannon Cart, that is very highly used in higher trophy ranges. The goal of this HP reduction is to possibly reduce how often she’s selected, thus creating the opportunity for a greater variety of options. Keeping a variety of options viable is one of the keys to a healthy metagame.

Star Laboratory
  • Upgrade times of Builder Base troops reduced

Once players find a strategy that suits them, it’s natural for players to want to strengthen those troops to maximize that strategy’s effectiveness. However, often times this means other unused troops will be left under-upgraded or under-utilized. What we’ve done is reduce the upgrade times for multiple troops in order to make using them a bit more tempting and, as mentioned earlier, keep the metagame as viable as possible with allowing greater options to be chosen.

Gem Mine

  • Gem Mine can be upgraded to level 3 at Builder Hall level 3

While not a direct change in game strategy, this is in-line with upgrade levels of other buildings in the Builder Base. Furthermore, this should allow a slight increase in the amount of Gems available at BH3.

Sorry for those of you who love home village, but all of the balance changes will be for Builder Base in this update. Clash of Clans really nailed these balance changes and got everything that needed to be nerfed or buffed. Thanks for reading and come back soon for more December update news!

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