Sending a spy in Clan War is as old as Clan War itself, but it has become much more popular lately. I’m sure this is because we can’t scout the war bases before the Battle Day kicks off. In this post I just want to create some awareness about clan war spies and how you can prevent falling for a Clan War Spy.
Why Should You Care about a Clan War Spy?
This idea isn’t new, but I have seen it become a more common tactic lots of clans use during Clan Wars. The basic idea is that someone who is not fighting in the Clan War moves to your clan and spies out pretty much anything they can.
They will take screenshots of your War Bases on the Battle Map so their clan can see exactly where your Hidden Teslas and your Traps are placed and maybe even what troops you have in your Clan Castle. This is a huge advantage for your enemy – a huge disadvantage for you.
From a terms of service perspective, spying in Clan War is absolutely ok and it doesn’t violate anything – but do you also think it’s ok in the context of fair play and morality?
Preventing Clan War Spies
Close your clan! In the very moment the Clan War Matchmaking gets started you should close the clan so you have to accept new members manually – tell everyone in the clan that they may not accept new members no matter what. Many clans are pretty active in Clan Wars, but also want to recruit new members constantly, so this is a method that will decrease your amount of clan members over time.
Right after your clan gets matched against another clan, take screen shot of that clans current members. Now you can check new applicants who wants to join during the Clan War to see if he/she was member in your opponent’s clan before. Sometimes they use alternative accounts, so you should not accept very low players because it might be someone’s second account he/she uses for spying.
However, spying is not an exploit and we all know that there are no laws in war, so you can also do it yourself (if you manage to sleep with the moral decision). You see, it is very hard to prevent spying altogether without closing your clan totally, but if you really have the assumption that you get spied out almost all the time, you should do more than just rejecting everyone and see your clan getting smaller and smaller. It also wouldn’t be very nice to create an environment in your clan where new members are potential spies.
War Log Spies
Since the War Log is available more and more clans start using this against you to spy. If the War Log is available, they can see your last opponent, join that clan and check the whole War Map with all the replays and base designs.
Make sure to deactivate your War Log – if your opponent knows you whole setup vefore you do you will have a clear disadvantage.
What if someone thinks he/she knows all of your War Bases, makes attacking plans, but suddenly everything is changed? This is a very common tactic, but if you know that there is a spy that wants to join your clan just let him/her do this and then replace your Traps or change your war base layouts.
About one hour before the preparation Day ends, kick the spy out and move your Traps to the regular position and expect your attacker to be surprised. This can also be used if you think that there was a spy – someone new joined shortly after your clans got matched up, asked some questions a new player would ask, and then suddenly leaves the clan after some time or starts insulting/cursing out of nowhere.
I know that this is a little annoying, so you should only do this if your whole clan is passionate to do serious Clan Wars. You can even go so far as to make a dummy War Base you will change shortly before the War starts and after the spy gets kicked out. It’s always up to you how far you are going to bring this whole game, but we all know that the loot gets thinner and thinner while Clan Wars offer great loot with the War Bonus you can get.
Spies are annoying and I expect that to happen more frequently (unless Supercell removes the Preparation Day). No matter if you think it’s ok or not, you will need to take action sooner or later.
The hardest part is to not close down your clan completely and to still accept new members, even when going to war frequently.
Thanks for editing: EnchinsuOcha and Punchy