As you might be aware, there will be some rework done to Strongholds when 9.17.1 is released. Not immediately, but shortly after 9.17.1 goes live, some deep changes will be introduced, these are aimed to make Strongholds easier to play and not so demanding from Clans. At the moment Strongholds are like a “full time job” and Clans explore the system putting defences at the middle of the night, and a lot of clans don’t even play them because they just keep getting farmed by stronger clans. Hopefully these changes will make it more balanced and we will have more Clans playing and enjoying the bonus they can get.
New Mode: Advances
Battles for Strongholds resemble Darwin’s evolutionary theory of “survival of the fittest”: stronger clans prefer to attack weaker clans to avoid being pillaged. As a result, clans that have upgraded their Strongholds to Level V are frequently attacked and end up losing resources that are difficult to be replace. When given the added stress of compulsory Stronghold Defense six days a week, many clans said, “Bye-bye” to the mode.
To break this vicious cycle, we’ll replace the current format with Advances, where:
- Battles begin at a fixed time and matching is automated, so it’s impossible to choose a particular clan to attack. Instead, you get matched against a clan from the queue, members of which have the closest skill level to your clan members.
- Clans don’t need to defend their Strongholds 6 times a week anymore.
- Unlike Battles for Strongholds, participating in Advances isn’t obligatory. It’s totally up to you and your clan.
- Defeat doesn’t end in structures being pillaged, and the defeated clan doesn’t lose any Industrial Resource.
- The amount of Industrial Resource that winners earn depends on their Stronghold level, only.
- Clans can invite legionnaires to their detachments in Advances.
Available for detachments in Tier X vehicles, Advances include a series of battles with the option to change the vehicle set enabled for each battle. Though, you will have to play one more battle to define which clan will be attacking or defending.
Open Battle Rooms
Once we open Battle rooms for legionnaires in 9.17.1, they will be able to take part in Advances and Skirmishes after receiving an invitation from a clan to join their detachment. We’ll add a special interface for it, like in Team and Tank Company Battles.
Every volunteer will easily be able to find a team for battles in the Stronghold mode. Clan players that fight as legionnaires will earn Industrial Resource for both their clans and those they fight for.
Revised Stronghold Economics
Starting in 9.17.1, there will only be one Industrial Resource Storage. So, you won’t have to channel players to structures and transport Industrial Resource between them.
As there will be no structures to pillage (and clans won’t lose their Industrial Resource if they lose), we’ll also change structure building and reserve preparation costs to better suit the new setup. Players earn an equal number of Fame Points during an event on the Global Map. So, all who fight in a Stronghold battle will receive the same amount of Industrial Resource regardless of whether they fought till the end or were outed from the battle at the very beginning.
Changes to Building and Demolishing Structures
Good news for new clans that have no Strongholds yet: you’ll no longer need to create one to try out the mode. We’ll take care of that.
With no pillages, the very process of building structures will change as well:
- To upgrade the Command Center, you’ll have to ensure that the total level of all buildings meet the requirements for its upgrade. Simply put, clans will need to upgrade more than one or two buildings.
- To prevent regretful instances of Demolishing a structure accidently (or doing it purposefully, then having serious second thoughts about it), we’ll remove the opportunity to rebuild and demolish them altogether.
- Finally, you will no longer need to worry about opening Zones and the frustrating clan member limits that come with them. With the Strongholds revamp, you’ll be able to create a structure on every construction site.
New Reserves Classification
Revised, reserves will be divided into 3 groups. Also, instead of activating just one at a time (the way it works currently), you’ll be able to have two (from the 1st and 2nd groups) simultaneously:
1. Reserves that provide additional crew and Free XP
2. Reserves that give additional credits and vehicle experience
3. Reserves that increase Combat Reserves efficiency and the amount of Industrial Resource earned. (These can be enabled in a battle room before an Advance or a Skirmish.)
Currently, the gap between the power of Combat Reserves for different levels gives one team an edge over others (a strong team gets even stronger). There’s more: the usage of two reserves simultaneously significantly affects the outcome of the battle.
We’ll decrease the influence of Combat Reserves on the balance of power, which should eliminate the gap between clans with different reserves:
- The effectiveness of Combat Reserves will depend on a battle level (VI, VIII, or X), regardless of their actual level
- Clans will only be able to use one Combat Reserve (Airstrike or Artillery Strike) in Stronghold battles (Skirmishes or Advances)
- The Combat Reserve level will only influence the amount of Industrial Resource
- Reserves that influence the Industrial Resource will get restrictions depending on the battle mode: High-Capacity Transport can be used in all battles; Requisition—only in Advances.
- We’ll add Level XI and XII Reserves that will have a larger effect than those of Level X. To earn them, you’ll have to upgrade the Command Center to Level X or get special clan achievements. We’ll describe the latter in more detail soon.
War Games to Replace War Departments
The removal of pillages and mandatory battles, would have made it really easy to reach the top levels of Strongholds development. As a result, War Departments, which are now mainly used by top clans who earned their stripes in combat, will become available to more players. Everyone will have access to a structure that gives Gold, Premium Account time, credits, and other resources with no quantitative and level limitations. This would disrupt the fair play environment. To prevent this from happening, we decided to remove War Departments altogether and add a new competitive format: challenges, dubbed “War Games.”
In War Games, clans that participate in Skirmishes and Advances will compete for rankings in different categories. Top clans and legionnaires will get in-game Gold, advanced Level XI and XII Reserves, and other rewards. This way, clans that used to get bonuses from War Departments will be able to keep their leading positions by competing with each other.
Lastly, because we’ll get rid of pillages, Quartermaster Unit will be removed as well.
NOTE: All clans that have these structures and reserves prepared in them will be compensated.