Clan War Matchmaking in detail and how to improve it

Clan War Matchmaking improvements

Have you ever asked yourself why your Clan is being matched up against much stronger Clans in Clan Wars? I want to explain how the Clan War Matchmaking works, how you can affect the Matchmaking, and also discuss if this really has an impact. Please mind that I’m giving you this explanation without knowing the coding of the game, so there might be factors I’m not aware of and Supercell doesn’t let us know.

How Clan War Matchmaking Works

Basically, you and your clan members get points for everything you have – you get defensive points depending on the Levels of each of your Defenses, you get attacking points for your Troop Levels and Spell Levels, your Heroes levels, and what you, theoretically, could create to attack someone.

These numbers are added up and are used to match against another Clan with the most similar attacking and defending scores. This sounds like the best system to handle finding a perfect match for your Clan, but as you know, it doesn’t work

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The reasons:

  1. Supercell just made the Clan War Matchmaking Algorithm softer, so you don’t have to wait for hours to be get matched against a perfect opponent.
  2. Your Clan has up to 50 members taking part in the match up – it’s important to be aware of how spread your Clan can be in terms of rankings/levels.

The first thing is easily understandable – if there is no match for your clan in the first few minutes, the algorithm gets more cloudy. This can result in being matched against a weaker Clan or even against a stronger Clan.

You know that if there’s a stronger Clan, there’s also a weaker Clan possibility, and this is one thing I have argued with my Clan Leader for ages. Now, here’s what you can do with this knowledge:

The longer the Clan War Matchmaking takes, the more likely you will get matched into an unfair Clan War

My approach is simply canceling the Clan War Matchmaking after 5 minutes. I know there’s no evidence, but I can simply tell from that many Clan Wars I did that this is working.

I consider this a big secret for how you can make the matchmaking more fair for your Clan.

Battle Day in Clan War Matchmaking
Sometimes Clan War Matchmaking makes the difference between winning and losing a Clan War

The next one is the equity of your Clan – if you have 50 members taking part in the Clan War and 10 of them are Town Hall 10, 10 are Town Hall 9, etc. (very easily done, not representative) you will have an average of Town Hall 8.Let’s stay in my example for a little bit longer, and assume that there will be the perfect match against a Clan with 50 Town Hall 8s – how do you think this War will end? Your Town Hall 6 and Town Hall 7 will really struggle to score and might lose the Clan War. This example was created simply, just to show that it’s also good if your Clan has a homogeneous average Town Hall score based on the defensive and attacking power. If your Top 10 members are Town Hall 10 on the road to being maxed out, and the last 20 of your Clan are just upgrading to Town Hall 6, you will struggle to get a fair match for a Clan War because there has to be a Clan with about the same arrangement of Town Hall / Base Power.

Let’s stay in my example for a little bit longer, and assume that there will be the perfect match against a Clan with 50 Town Hall 8s – how do you think this War will end? Your Town Hall 6 and Town Hall 7 will really struggle to score and might lose the Clan War.This example was created simply, just to show that it’s also good if your Clan has a homogeneous average Town Hall score based on the defensive and attacking power. If your Top 10 members are Town Hall 10 on the road to being maxed out, and the last 20 of your Clan are just upgrading to Town Hall 6, you will struggle to get a fair match for a Clan War because there has to be a Clan with about the same arrangement of Town Hall / Base Power.

This example was created simply, just to show that it’s also good if your Clan has a homogeneous average Town Hall score based on the defensive and attacking power. If your Top 10 members are Town Hall 10 on the road to being maxed out, and the last 20 of your Clan are just upgrading to Town Hall 6, you will struggle to get a fair match for a Clan War because there has to be a Clan with about the same arrangement of Town Hall / Base Power.

Attention! The Matchmaking Algorithm Got Updated In March 2016. Here’s what changed and what you need to do to prevent mismatches:

READ MORE:
Prevent Clan War Matchmaking Mismatches

Urban Myth about Clan War Matchmaking

You remember my personal trick of restarting the Clan War Matchmaking after 5-10 minutes to get a more fair match? I’ve heard a lot of tactics on how to get easier opponents in Clan War, so I will take the most popular and tell you if they work or why they don’t work:

  • Dropping Cups: If you have read the first part of the post you know that Trophy count has absolutely nothing to do with Matchmaking at all. It’s about the Troops you have and the Defenses you have.
  • Just adding some low-level player to the Clan: This is a huge mistake because it doesn’t make your Clan equally appear weaker in the same amount that it will make yourself easier to defeat. Basically, you will give your opponents lots of easy 3 star bases, but your whole Clan will not get ranked that much lower so you can get the same amount of additional stars. It’s better to try to have equally strong bases – Maxed Town Hall 8 with mid range Town Hall 9 and maybe some fresh Town Hall 10.
  • Time of the day: My Clan starts with matchmaking in a time where we can avoid certain parts of the world – we have been stomped when pitted against Chinese Clans, so we decided to just avoid them. Play around a little bit with the starting time.
READ MORE:
Best time to start Clan War

Now that you got your match maybe you just need to improve some details in your organization during Clan War – have you checked out my Checklist to improve your Clan War success rate? Maybe you can improve your Clan War experience with some additional tips.

Edited by: KyleClashes, StTroyIII

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  1. clan wars should be based on townhalls and hitpoints of all the unit buildings togeteher. like a th10 has no def structures or not should still be matched with any th10 whatever that way townhall abuse can be reduced and the game will be balanced. a th10 maxed out heroes and army with no defence structures is out playing the oppenent 1st base. its ridiculous…bye2…. SUPERCELL pls fix this

  2. My clan rarely gets an ideal or “fair” matchup for wars. I don’t expect this to change. I’m sure efforts are made to improve this but too many people have lost focus on the games entertaining value, instead focusing on gaining unequal advantage. If you have a level 30, th11 with a level 1 cannon, yet your offense is fortified with all troops, maxed out, you have clearly lost sight of the fun behind a great game. As long as these players participate, it will be very little anyone can do to create competitive matchups.

  3. Only way to make it more fare would be to put 50% of total war matchup weight into town hall level, 25% into offensive upgrades and 25% on defences, that way not add defences would become alot less an advantage. I saw matchup we have 2 th11 and face 14 completely maxed offensively en better overall in defence. So if un say, per example à th11 maxed total weight would beaucoup 20000 pts, town hall alone should be 10,000

  4. this guy has no idea what he’s talking about. Clan equity actually makes it WORSE. He forgets the simple fact that each player gets 2 attacks.

    Consider a clan with 25 maxed out TH11s and 25 TH3s (with no defenses). This clan will probably get matched against a (lets for the sake of argument say a homogeneous) clan of TH8s or 9s. The maxed out TH11s will make mince meat or 3 star ALL the bases, while the TH8s can only 3 star the lower half of the bifurcated clan.

  5. Has anyone tough about the fact that supercell could match clans based on the amount of money spent ? Like if you are a big spender you will get an easy match ?

  6. The war match ups are an absolute joke, I would much rather wait 4,5,6 hours and get a fair match up than get the ridiculous impossible tasks that my clan keeps getting. I’m shocked how long supercell have let this go on for

    • it’s very likely that they will change the algorithm up to prevent mismatches in the next update – however it’s the nature of this algorithm to have mismatches here and there.
      But in general, I agree that the matches got way off since more and more clans use engineered accounts

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