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Halloween Event Ends! Clash of Clans October 2016 Update Ticker

This is where I will be mentioning all of the information I have about the next Clash of Clans Update in October 2016. I know the release is probably 1 month away, but the rumors and hints are starting to drop in quite frequently.

Make sure to check back here to see the latest stuff about the upcoming update for Clash of Clans.

Note: Due to many requests I switched the order from bottom(old) to top(most recent). If you’re visiting this page the first time and want to get the whole story, you’ll need to start from the bottom.

Clash of Clans October Update

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Keep checking back here – I will frequently update this post with new information I find.

Halloween Event with the Gem Boost is ending today

The Halloween event is now over (event disabled with the maintenance that just took place).

We have also fixed a bug related to army training. The army training dragging feature will be broken for players with the old client, so you will need to install the latest optional update (version 8.551.24) to get it to work properly again. Optional update will be available on both GooglePlay and AppStore soon.

The optional update will also remove the Halloween theme – but worry not, Scary Pumpkins will continue to spawn for a while longer!


Gem Boost  & Bug Fixes in Halloween Maintenance Break

For a limited time:

  • Boost Spell brewing for 1 GEM
  • Cheaper & faster training for Skeleton Spells, Witches, Balloons & Wall Breakers

Fixes in the new Halloween Update, version 8.551.18

  • Fixed a bug related to the army training drag&drop feature. NOTE: OLD app version will have the dragging in training disabled, players need to update to the new version for the training to work again!
  • Improvement: long press on the Clan Castle troop icon during battle will display the troop contents
  • Change in Train Troops and Brew Spells upper left UI: changed total troops and total spells training capacity counters to not display over-capacity anymore; previously they would display 0/480 and 0/22 at max level, now they will display as 0/240 and 0/11 (over queueing still works as it used to!)
  • Clans can now receive Friendly War invites even when the clan is set to “Closed”
  • Fixed issue with starting 5v5 Friendly Wars when the Clan has less than 10 members (“not enough eligible members” error)
  • Fixed issue when the Clan was unable to receive a new Friendly War invite when the old invite has been pushed off the clan chat and gets stuck
  • Elders won’t see anymore the Accept/Reject button for a Friendly War invite in the Clan chat (previously they could see the buttons and tap on them, but those actions would fail as only Leader/Co-Leader can do those actions)
  • Fixed showing the text “<percentage> War win bonus” under a player name in the upper left UI, when scouting enemy villages during Battle Day in Clan War
  • Prices for buildings in the Shop are once again shown in red color when not enough resources are available for a purchase (used to be shown in white color all the time)
  • Fixed issue with reloading Facebook pictures for friends, whenever tapping the Friends/Friend Requests tabs
  • Fixed missing “1d” text for the single Collector boost icon + fixed “1h” boost text appearing on the collector boost button when selecting a barracks/spell factory before selecting the collector

Halloween Event Starting Soon

Like every year, Clash of Clans has a special Halloween Event and this one is starting soon.

Prepare yourself for a spooky theme and a special event obstacle

clash of clans halloween event 2016 obstacle

This one will reward you with some extra resources if you remove it (probably 50k Elixir), but can also stay in your village forever if you don’t remove it, event when the event is over.

Here’s how you can have it in a place where you want to have it

Seasonal Obstacles Guide & Edge-Forcing Base Designs

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Clan War Matchmaking Balancing

The release notes for the update have been posted a few days ago and somehow I have missed to report here that there will also be some changes to Clan War matchmaking:

clan war matchmaking balancing

What exactly this means is something Supercell is not mentioning. Could be some minor tweaking or maybe even something against engineered bases.

I think we will see more details after a couple of Clan Wars have been completed after the update is released.

But to be honest with you guys, I’d be quite surprised if these improvements are more than just some smaller things or might even point at engineered bases – this would be either a too large change to just mention it on the bottom of the release notes (mind that people used months to make their base engineered) – or it would have be worth a mention in the Sneak Peeks.

October Update Date

Well, it looks like we won’t see the update happening today on Monday. Office hours over in Helsinki are pretty much over and there has never been an update out of Supercell office hours.

But I’m very sure that it will happen tomorrow. Here’s, by the way, a nice video with some Q&A about the update that I think are worth watching:

NewUpdate Livestream

The Livestream for the new features is starting soon. Tune in here:

Social Tab Recap

Looks like there are also some minor under-the-hood improvements of the friend. Make friends in-game without having them in Gamecenter, Facebook or Google Plus:

Sneak Peeks Over! Update Incoming!

This is the real big news of the day – Sneak Peeks are now complete (no Sneak Peeks during the weekend). Here’s the tweet from Clash With Ash (who also go exclusive video footage from Supercell, so he knows)

The only thing that we will see is the Air vs. Ground Tournament Livestream on Sunday (October 9th at 3pm UTC)

So this means the update could come on Monday, October 10th.

I have a little doubt on that since Monday is actually not a day for live updates and as far as I can remember we never had a Monday update.

A little sad, I really liked these Sneak Peeks and would have loved some more until the update is released 😀

Here’s a nice video with some great thoughts about the upcoming update:

Sneak Peek #4: Arranged Wars / Friendly Wars

Yes, this Sneak peek announced what Supercell already told us weeks ago – friendly wars are coming and the customizing feature is pretty nice:

Sneak Peek #4 October 2016 Update – Friendly Wars

Sneak Peek #3 shows Bomb Tower!

A new defense is coming at Town Hall 8 – the Bomb Tower. And it will stop mass attacks (most likely):

Sneak Peek #3 October 2016 Update – Bomb Tower NEW DEFENSE!

Clan Obstacles Coming? (October 5th, 2016)

An interesting detail in one of the yesterday’s videos revealed that something new will be available in the shop:

clan obstacles october 2016 update clash of clans

The interesting thing about this is, that is purple and not red, like usual.

It could be a new defense or anything, but I assume that these is for the Clan Perk related obstacles that have been rumored in August after the Developer Q&A:

Clan Perks:
Currently, perks cap out at level 10. However clan levels continue on. While not likely to happen in this coming update, what the team is planning to do is give some sort of reward for levelling up. (new decorations, clan flag, clan badges e.c.t)
They don’t want to increase the perks system because they too heavily influence people to join a specific clan, and in another year or two it would be extremely hard to recruit people into a startup clan with so many high-level clans.

I know that it wasn’t intentioned to be included, but this quote is from August 19th and the update was supposed to be in the middle od September.

Could that be possible? I’m excited anyway 🙂

New Army Training Queue & Presets! (Sneak Peek #2)

The second Sneak Peek shows us the new army training and it’s just awesome! You can quick train troops and save different armies you can train in a single click.

Also, Barracks now train together and optimize and improve the training time so your army will be ready even faster!

Read it all here:

Sneak Peek #2 October 2016 Update - Army Training & Quick Train

Maintenance Break incoming! (October 5th, 2016)

A short Maintenance Break will be starting soon, but without any changes to the game:

I assume that this will prepare the servers for the update – which is still estimated for next week (around Oct 11th)

Halloween Event!

Of course, this year will also feature a Halloween Event which will have a nice theme and a annual special obstacle. Here’s how that will look like (at least 93% sure):
clash of clans halloween event 2016 obstacle

Sneak Peeks announced! (October 4th, 2016)

Tons of new level, cheaper upgrade prices, more available to lower Town Hall’s and balancing in the first Sneak Peek:

Sneak Peek #1 October 2016 Update - New Level & Balancing

Ground vs Air Livestream confirms update schedule

The next update is in the works and while getting ready for sneak peeks, we’re also preparing a livestream around the new features and content!

It won’t be just about the update – let’s also have a little bit of fun and see which one will be stronger – Ground or Air! While only ground troops or only air troops might not be your usual army composition, neither will this be a normal Clan War. Yes, it’s time for a Friendly War!

Ground vs Air livestream coming on October 9th at 3pm UTC!

Sneak Peeks planned for next week (September 28rth, 2016)

Breaking news everyone! Not even 1 hour ago Anoushka, in the name of Supercell, stated in the official forum that the Sneak Peeks are scheduled for next week – very likely October 4th or October 5th

clash of clans october 2016 update

This means we can assume that the update will happen around October 11th.

Well, she admitted that next week is only happening when everything is working the right way – but I think some real unexpected and bad stuff need to happen before this will blow up.

Get prepared, the probably biggest Clash of Clans update in 2016 is about to drop 🙂

Livestream for Clan Challenges (September 23rd, 2016)

Supercell just announced that they will be hosting a livestream for the new features and are looking for Clashers to participate.


The important thing that I take for this is that we can call the next update the October Update. I don’t think that the Sneak Peeks will start very soon considering they are just now searching for people for their livestream.

Ground vs. Air already sounds like the big comeback of air attacks in the next update.

PS: If you want to participate, Supercell is paying for flight and hotel. You can check in here

Sneak Peeks Coming This Week? (September 21st, 2016)

An interesting leak yesterday. Mr. spAnser, if you know, is leaking game file code from Clash of Clans and Clash Royale and always is right. He also successfully leaked the new spells and troops in former updates this year and announced yesterday an interesting comment on Reddit:

sneak peek september update clash of clans

Ok, you might say this is just coincidence, but 23 hours later Supercell announced a Maintenance Break for the Clash of Clans server:

I think this is more than coincidence, but not confirmed officially. It seems odd that the Maintenance Break is planned to take a whole hour, that looks like the mentioned server version upgrade that will prepare the server for the update.

This would mean that the update is finished, about to start delivering to the AppStores for approval and Sneak Peeks are right about to start! 😀

What do you think?

Arranged War Coming (September 13th, 2016)

Supercell is really starting to communicate more and today they once again let us see what they are working on – and it’s in the direction of arranged Clan Wars. They took the approach that I also supported to make this like the Friendly Challenge (and with no doubt this will be called Clan Challenge). Here’s the full post:

Writing a quick post to let you know about something we are working on:

the Clan Challenge.

With Clan Challenges, Clans will be able issue a friendly War request to any other Clan daring to accept the challenge!

Choose war participants, set the duration of preparation/battle days and send your Clan Challenge request! As soon as the opposing Clan accepts the request, preparation day will begin.

This feature is not meant to replace Clan Wars (you can’t issue a Clan Challenge while there’s an ongoing Clan War), but it will offer better support for events and meet-ups organized by players, as well as other online/offline Community initiatives.

Keep in mind this is just a rough preview of things to come and we will provide more details at a later point, but for now share your thoughts in the the comments below!

You can also add your comments in the post in their official forum: see the original post and discussion thread here

I really like the idea that this is not just a normal Clan War and you can customize the length of these clan events. I don’t want to get too excited, but this could also turn into a tournament feature in the future.

Possible Features (September 8th, 2016)

You can submit new feature ideas in the official forum and a lot of Clashers did that during the past years. In case you don’t know, there is also a list of features that the developers consider and others that they rule out (like Gem Mine, resource trading, etc.)

I wrapped it up for you here:

Possible Future Features & Ruled Out Features

Daddy Out The Club (September 8th, 2016)

Well, not specifically related to the next update but definitely worth mentioning. Supercell just banned Daddy out of their NDA club (the chat where influencer get inside information).

That’s a sad thing from my perspective – without knowing what happened there, they may have their reasons – but he is one of the first Youtubers for Clash of Clans and also one of the most-respected.

He always gave away his exclusive footage for other Youtubers to use when a new Sneak Peek was presented.

I hope he will continue playing Clash of Clans and also make great content.

ClashCon Canceled (September 2nd, 2016)

Ok this one is not really relevant for the September Update, but somewhat worth noticing. Supercell just canceled ClashCon:

Part of working in small teams means sometimes saying no to things we badly want to do. Unfortunately, this year, we have to say no to ClashCon.

While big events like ClashCon are a great way to give back to players, they are largely limited to the Clashers able to attend in person. We decided that this year the best way to thank our players is to stay focused on the things that benefit the entire Clash Community: improvements and additions to the games, and experiences that players everywhere can enjoy.

We’ll still be keeping an eye out for opportunities to support or host awesome events for players around the world. Thank you for reading, and we look forward to hearing your thoughts.

You remember when they started last year to make this a great event? Also, the announcement of Town Hall 11 and the new Hero (Grand Warden). Actually, they also announced “something is happening in November” (…on ClashCon).

Now it looks they seem to start realizing that their first priority should be getting the game back on track instead of hosting a convention.

No New Defense in September Update (August 26th, 2016)

Another new piece regarding the September Update:

no new defense in september update

First of all, it seems like the update is scheduled for more end than mid of September. On the other hand I think that the new defense comment in the first place lead to the problem that many expect a new defense for the next major update.

At least we have the confirmation that there won’t be a new defense, but I expect some more balancing changes together with finally some gameplay enhancements.

August Balancing Update Executed (August 25th, 2016)

The controversial balancing update is about to happen today. The exact numbers of the changes are here:

August 2016 Balancing Update Exact Numbers

August Balancing Update – Shitstorm & Supercell re-thinking? (August 24th, 2016)

Yesterday’s announcement, especially the Healer changes, lead to a big storm of critic. Supercell paused the balancing update. While many got their hopes up that Supercell might think about the Healer changes and might change their plans, they published a statement to give us their thoughts behind that (called “risk vs. reward”). Here you can read the full story:

Healer Changes in August 2016 Update

August Balancing Update (August 23rd, 2016)

Surprisingly, Supercell just announced a balancing update for today including Healer, Bowler, Miner and Eagle Artillery nerfs. You can read the full balancing list here:

Balancing Update August 2016 TODAY

Equal Base Level For Clan War? (August 22nd, 2016)

Several online portals (like here on MNRdaily) have written that Supercell is thinking about implementing a kind of same-level module for Clan War.

The intention behind that is that Clan Wars should only be won on the skill level and not due to mismatches, tailored bases or gaps in defense levels. So, basically, this means that all defense level get set to the same level.

Of course this would make Clan Wars more skill-based, focused on attacking skills and clan organization – but would that be fair? I mean I upgrade my defenses in order to be better than other players and that’s also a part of the clan war victory.

Is this the only way Supercell will be able to fix the (still) broken matchmaking algorithm that still produces a lot of unfair matchups?

Also, please mind that I haven’t found any source in these articles, but reading often about it made me add this rumor here.

What do you think? is that a good or a bad idea?

Developer Q&A (August 19th, 2016)

Some official statements from the Supercell developers just published in the forum. That’s directly from a developer meeting at Supercell.

The team doesn’t use the words ‘engineered bases’, they call them ‘lopsided bases’.
A few months back they changed clan war weighting to stop people who had high-level bases, but low-level troops only upgrading the ones they used. But then people learnt to do the opposite. They will be balancing things out again, though I was not given a time frame, so could be this update but also might not.

Clan Perks:
Currently, perks cap out at level 10. However clan levels continue on. While not likely to happen in this coming update, what the team is planning to do is give some sort of reward for levelling up. (new decorations, clan flag, clan badges e.c.t)
They don’t want to increase the perks system because they too heavily influence people to join a specific clan, and in another year or two it would be extremely hard to recruit people into a startup clan with so many high-level clans.

Heroes in War:
Still a no to having upgrading heroes always available. However, they really want to have them in FC’s, to allow for real practice, so it’s very likely that we will see some changes there.

Global Chat & Co-Leader Chat:
Global chat has been on the radar for a long time, the problem is so many on the team have mixed feelings about it. Some want to get rid of it, others want to improve it because it’s really the only in-game way of recruiting people. So nothing has been decided on this yet, but it’s on the agenda for the next meeting.
In regards to co-leader chat, they love the idea of it, but are unsure of the implementation of it. Every single message is recorded due to legal reasons, and another chat is just more messages to store. So in short, the moderation of such a thing would be tricky, but also not ruled out now.

Friendly Challenges:
I can’t give any details on what’s coming in case things change, but you can expect a lot of improvements and changes to friendly challenges. One thing I stressed is the 24 hour cool down needs improvement. Especially if you are testing a base, and need to move a few traps, it can be rather frustrating waiting to try it again. They seemed rather receptive of having a minimum amount of moves before the cool down activates.
They also explained the cool down was never part of the design, but an addition to solve the modding issues that the community brought up during the sneak peeks. And they are open to improving it.

See the original post here

To wrap it all up:

  • War Weight Balancing against engineered bases
  • No upgrading Heroes in Clan War (honestly, I already gave up on that)
  • New Clan special items but no new Clan Perks
  • Friendly Challenge improvements (and hopefully Clan War Preparation Day improvements)

Heroes & Mortars (August 17th, 2016)

iTechPost just released a new article claiming that there will be some reworking of the Mortar and new Heroes.

Like the ParentHerald article, there is no source mentioned so I think it’s just a summary of what we see in the forums all the time.

Many want a way stronger Mortar to fight back against Miners, Valkyries and Bowlers – but I’m very sure this won’t be that easy, because the Mortar is one of the first defenses and would change so much in lower Town Hall Levels that this solution will cause more damage overall than benefit.

For All Town Hall Level, Mining Gems, New Spell System? (August 17th, 2016)

There was an interesting post published on ParentHerald claiming that the next update will give us:

  • A New Spell Mechanic
  • Gem Mining opportunity
  • some new features for all Town Halls

There is no source mentioned, so I don’t think that there is much behind it except some guessing.

Reworking the mechanics of spells seems unnecessary to me and gem mining is also unlikely.

That there will be a new gameplay feature is however very likely – and also necessary in my opinion.

Arranged Wars, Upgrading Heroes, New Game Mode? (August 16th, 2016)

It has gotten a little quiet lately about the next update, but arranged war seems to still have all focus of the community.

The thing about arranged wars is right – arranged wars would mess up any kind of real competition, also because very different clans could war against each other.

I believe that, if arranged wars are coming, it will be a feature similar to the friendly challenge. Having a friendly clan war (how weird that expression sounds….) that is not having any results on the clan stats and also doesn’t reward a bonus.

Arranged Wars Rumors (August 10th, 2016)

We all know that something is going down when multiple and well-known Clash of Clans YouTubers visit the Supercell headquarters in Helsinki. Apparently, this is happening right now when we take a look at their Twitter accounts.

ChiefPat, Galadon, OrangeJuice, Powerbang, etc. – that seems like big stuff is going down.

Here’s a tweet from Powerbang that is giving more than just hints (not officially, but I think you get the point).

They shot a promotional video there, but I’m sure they’ve been talking a lot about the future of Clash of Clans and also about the content of the next Clash of Clans Update in September.

Balancing & New Defense (August 3rd, 2016)

The initial post brought a lot of confusion so there was a new forum post today to bring some clarification

clash of clans september 2016 update

I think it’s no surprise that the balancing part will come with the current state of mass Valkyrie, Bowler and Miner attacks.

In the end, I’m glad that Supercell recognized that it will be a never ending DPS/Hitpoint/Housing Space modification and they want to balance it out with a new defense for good.

Important thing is that this new defense will NOT come in the next update (short-term vs. long-term)!

That’s also confirmed by Supercell:

no new defense in clash of clans september 2016 update

Next Update With New Defense in September?

Town Hall 12 Rumors (August 2nd, 2016)

Jake from OneHive announced that he quits – which is really sad because I’ve always been a huge fan of his content. Within this forum post there was one single comment that made – I don’t know why – a lot of people think that TH12 is around the corner.

TH12 discussion

I think you understand why this is simply not correct and not the intention of Anoushka – however, I got literally tons of emails asking when TH12 will be released.

My personal opinion is that TH12 will not come anytime in the next 12 months.

Announcement of the Update (August 1st, 2016)

Here is the announcement that the next update will not happen in August 2016

clash of clans september 2016 update

Thanks for editing: Punchy, EnchinsuOcha


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