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The Journey to Master League, How to get those Trophies!

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  • Feb 21, 2014 (45 months ago)
Hello fellow clashers! This is my first guide and my goal is to help those who would like to trophy push and share my own personal struggles. I apologize if someone else has made a similar guide but I'm just a little bit overzealous about reaching Master League finally and care to help out the community and share my experiences. I am a TH9 level 100 but this strategy can be applied by anybody who wishes to reach Master League on a trophy hunt. Sorry but I do slightly favor hog riders in this guide. Here goes nothing:

1.) BE PREPARED!
-My clan alerts us of a trophy push about a month or so in advance. Once I heard about the push, I knew I needed to start to prepare if I wanted to hit my goal. My first move was to upgrade my troops. Hogs or balloons are definitely the way to go so I started the upgrade for those. In all of the time before the push I finished 2 hog upgrades and a heal spell upgrade (I chose hogs over balloons). Those were vital for my pushing experience! Next, prepare your splash defenses. Since hogs are the main strategy for others too you wanna be sure to have wizard towers and mortars upgraded. Also one of the most overlooked aspects of pushing is....... army camps! Be sure to have all of them maxed. It adds 20 spaces to your attack arsenal which is quite handy.

2.) START OFF SLOW!
-One of the biggest mistakes people make when trophy pushing is going too fast for their own good. When i started my push i knew that a realistic goal for me was Master III. I started off around 1600 trophies and used barbs and archers for a long time. Don't be the person who uses hogs all the time and then runs out of dark elixir really soon. Save that dark elixir (or elixir depending on the troop setup you use) for when the raiding starts to become very hard. Personally, I used the BARCH strategy all the way until 2400 trophies. I easily got 50% off of bases and happily took my trophies. It was very cheap, yet effective. Once I got to 2400 trophies I made the smoothly switched to hogs and had plenty of dark elixir.

3.) BASE DESIGN!
-Contrary to what most believe, it IS possible to win defenses once you are high up in trophies. Be sure to have a base that will do guard against hogs and yet can still defend against balloon attacks (the most popular strategies). I am using my own base titled "Hog Kryptonite" (Feel free to look at it if you are th9). Also, keep your traps upgraded and well placed. Placing two giant bombs next to each other can knock out an entire army of hogs. (Its worked for me) Make sure your clan castle cannot be lured out and heroes are somewhat protected in the base.

4.) PATIENCE!
-You will not make it far on a push without patience. Make sure to have all of your spells and your heroes once you get high up. You will need them to win eventually. Make sure to have you clan castle troops available as well. Patience is also required in base selection. If you are using hogs, do not attack bases with multi target infernos! You will lose and that is a promise. I attacked th9's and th10's with single target infernos personally. Be prepared to spend 10 minutes to find a base. And try as hard as possible to not go after easy loot. If you are serious about trophy hunting then forget the loot and go for the trophies. Besides, the bonuses should take care of the poor loot.

5.) SECRETS OF THE TRADE!
-Im going to let you guys in on a few secrets. First, shields are very important. Never break a shield for just one attack unless you will not get another chance to attack. Don't be too worried about sitting idle with a shield. Make sure u have time to attack a few times before you break your shield for good. Second, revenge list = easy trophies! Be sure to always run through your revenge list because you will find more trophies than normally, you can pre-plan out your raid, and you will occasionally find bases with their town halls outside. Easy Money

6.) HAPPY HUNTING AND GOOD LUCK GUYS!
-in case you were wondering I used half barbs and half archers with lightning spells up until 2400 trophies. Once I got there I used 28 hogs, 10 wizards, 2 giants, 5 minions, 20 archers, and all heal spells. This carried me to 2620 trophies.

FINAL NOTES
If you are a th9 then check out my "Hog Kryptonite" design.
My clan is "Elderado" feel free to join.
Please comment and share your opinions
Should I make more guides? If so, on what?

    Posted 23 months ago

    *Meinsl

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    Posted 32 months ago

    funkatitsbest

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    u can make more guides, with much more detail
    (i am not forcing u, just suggesting !!! )
    Posted 32 months ago

    funkatitsbest

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    nice guide
    Posted 41 months ago

    edw1n1

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    i actually started at crystal 3 and pushed to masters 2 with no problem, i have lvl 1 infernos and max th 8 defence for th 10. I used max hogs. once i got to masters i started looking for dead basses. what i mean by dead is basses with empty infernos
    Posted 42 months ago

    TGO

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    I need one for TH8
    Posted 42 months ago

    TGO

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    Could you make a hog proof and balloon proof base plan for me?
    Posted 42 months ago

    PRANAV008

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    THNX FOR HELPING IT REALLY HELPED ME
    Posted 42 months ago

    heffers

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    Hi, could tell me your in-game clash name so I can check your base out. Also if you are still struggling to find a base to use search in "Predator" and it will come up with some really good base designs for th9 and th10
    Posted 44 months ago

    slashrr

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    I also have the same problem as memmons: I have made a guide on how to farm dark elixir for barb king at TH7 and it doesn't go public. If anyone could give a guide on that, it would be great. Thanks!!!
    -slashrr
    Posted 44 months ago

    slashrr

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    Amazing very good guide I am th7 and I have a suggestion: a guide for people trying to push and farm at the same time. Thanks though this guide was very helpful.
    Posted 44 months ago

    Memmons1

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    BrownSugar,
    Hi this is a great guide. I've tried to make a guide as well but it won't seem to make it to the public. Can you show me a walk through on how you made this? I would greatly appreciate it.
    -Memmons1
    Posted 44 months ago

    J Diesel

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    EXILED GLORY!!! Masters come help us break into the top 500 clans!!! Thanks so much!
    Posted 44 months ago

    ajpitchford99

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    WE NEED MEMBERS TO JOIN US SO PLEASE JOIN US AT Band of Brothers if u want in


    join the mission
    Posted 44 months ago

    GhostKiller

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    Very good guide. Thank you! Whats your IGN?
    Posted 44 months ago

    guillaume sibille

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    ya d fransais
    Posted 44 months ago

    Shadow uchiha

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    What level hogs do you use for crsytal 1 league
    Posted 45 months ago

    BrownSugar

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    I would do troops first and hopefully while the lab is busy you can knock out some of you camps
    Posted 45 months ago

    Clash king 15

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    Hey I have a question, should I upgrade my troops or my army camps. Which one first?
    Posted 45 months ago

    BrownSugar

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    220 housing space**
    Posted 45 months ago

    BrownSugar

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    I prefer not to give my name out sorry. and @Fighters23 I have 200 housing space as i am a th9.
    Posted 45 months ago

    ElderMage

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    Couldn't find you Brownsugar, name?
    Posted 45 months ago

    Fighters23

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    He is good but what lvl camps he has I want to know that
    Posted 45 months ago

    BrownSugar

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    btw on my earlier comment i accidentally typed empire instead of envy. My clan is called Crucible Envy
    Posted 45 months ago

    BrownSugar

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    Just found it and I like some of his plans but i do believe mine are better. Check them out and decide for yourself
    Posted 45 months ago

    ElderMage

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    ElderMage here,

    Link doesn't work...****...Find Predators bases by going to the clans tab above, search bonbee empire, scroll to the bottom, hit the PredatorClash at the bottom (In Blue), and enjoy the best th9 and th10 bases in the world :)
    Posted 45 months ago

    ElderMage

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    Hey ElderMage here,

    Use this link below to find one of the bases that Predator created. Use it ONLY if your on the upper end of TH9 and anytime below 2600 cups (Masters). It seems to work fine in crystal and as for gold...its hard to stay there bc you keep getting back to crystal.

    Posted 45 months ago

    BrownSugar

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    08/03/14
    @ElderMage Thanks for the comment and support and I just checked out Bonbee Empire but was unable to find 'PredClash' ? Also if you have any ideas for a guide I will be happy to make one :) Glad to see some solid Bonbee members on here. Feel free to stop by Crucible Empire and we can chat there! Much appreciated -Crucible Family
    Posted 45 months ago

    ElderMage

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    Hey BrownSugar, ELderMage here,
    This is a really impressive guide. I like how you mentioned not to burn all your DE or elixir to soon. That is probably the number one mistake many make when pushing. They do reach their goal but don't have the resources to maintain the cups. Are you still having trouble with choosing a base? If so, search the clan Bonbee Empire up above and click on PredClash, the dude who maintains it. Pred is the Number 1 base designer in the world in my opinion. He has a mini with lv1 walls that farms in Crystal. His designs are that good...The Bonbee family will be watching. Make some more guides :) Good job.
    Posted 45 months ago

    Danlo9

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    06/03/14
    nice :) I have a 90 percent maxed th 8 and i think this will help for my trophie push. THANKS!


    If anyone is interested, I am in the clan called "Western Prism"
    Posted 45 months ago

    BrownSugar

    lvl 3: Teslafried Chicken
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    06/03/14
    Update: My highest trophy count was 2701
    Posted 45 months ago

    BrownSugar

    lvl 3: Teslafried Chicken
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    I am currently in a clan called 'crucible envy'
    Posted 45 months ago

    stephenw

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    05/03/14
    Btw are you the leader of the clan?
    Posted 45 months ago

    Lord Derr

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    Nice I look forward to using these tips!
    Posted 45 months ago

    BrownSugar

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    Your welcome guys :)
    Posted 45 months ago

    jackiechan54

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    this guide helps alot thx dude
    Posted 45 months ago

    not available

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    Thanks for the tips
    Posted 45 months ago

    not available

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    **Guys I have switched bases again! Lol i like to change it up I guess, but this base is not yet on my profile. I just wanted to let you know **
    Posted 45 months ago

    not available

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    Thanks bud
    Posted 45 months ago

    not available

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    Nice guide
    Posted 45 months ago

    not available

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    gtmulder07, keep at it mate! I was a th5 level 20 just like you at one point too. Also to Zach Schilcting, Keep making this great game even better! Appreciate it
    Posted 45 months ago

    not available

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    good job bro
    have fun and keep clasing.
    from
    supercells employee, zach schilcting
    Posted 45 months ago

    not available

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    Its gtmulder07 the comment down below is mine
    Posted 45 months ago

    not available

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    Im level 20 TH5 lol i suck!!!
    Posted 45 months ago

    not available

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    it is rare indeed to win a defense if you do not have inferno towers, but it is possible! To the fellow from Elite Shadow best of luck and I'm glad I could help. I had level 4 hogs and burned through 30k de in a two week span :o yeah i know its crazy. but i raid more than others soooo... also when i say barch i mean that i used 105 of archers and barbs (or close to that) and then 5 minions for taking out the king. the minions are handy also if just a cannon or mortar is defending a section to pick off those buildings. And yes it is possible for th8 level 80 players to make it but don't rely on anything less than a 3-star on your base every time you log off. You have to be extremely active to survive up there. Thanks guys :)
    Posted 45 months ago

    not available

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    HEY IM LEVEL 80 TH8 AM I POSSIBLE TO PLACED IN MASTER
    Posted 45 months ago

    not available

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    oh. and when you say archers/barbs BARCH. thats no wall breakers? strictly archers/barbs?
    Posted 45 months ago

    not available

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    awesome guide man. im th8 workin on lvl 8 walls. havnt maxed out my archers or two cannons yet. other than that im maxed out. recently pushed to 2100 with no problems. i used archers / barbs / 2-4 giants for dps soaking up. it wasnt bad at all. not sure if i have the troop power to push to master. if i did...it would be extremely brief lol. id really like to give it a go though. i was wondering. once you are in crystal and need to revert to hogs. roughly how much de did you run through...just a guess as to how much i should stockpile before i attempt it. im only sitting on 11k. getting to crystal will boost me near 20 im sure. wondering if that would be decent for hogs. dont wanna run out. and also...what lvl hogs did you use.
    Posted 45 months ago

    not available

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    THanks For your help! Im town hall 8 about to trophy push! My Clan is Elite Shadow and i want to get to master! Since my hogs are only level 2, i think i will barch to 2300 then use balloons and minions to 2600 and hogs as a backup
    Posted 45 months ago

    not available

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    like i said, there;s no hope for defense unless your always online or gemming. I wouldn't even attack a base because they revenge and steal more trophies than you stole from them.
    Posted 45 months ago

    not available

    lvl 3: Teslafried Chicken
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    the giants are crap use hogs instead, and you will get wrecked if your level 80 or lower in masters (its obvious) or if your townhall 9. Im a lvl. 93 townhall 9 almost maxed and I rarely win defenses. Just to tell you, theres no hope if you don't have infernos.
    Posted 45 months ago

    not available

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    btw guys i change my base a lot and I've gone back to a variation of "hog kryptonite"
    Posted 45 months ago

    not available

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    Thanks guys for the comments! Sadly, there are not many farmers up here and if you do attack them for the easy one star they kindly return a three star bombing of your base. (I speak from experience). Also, balloons are definitely solid and if i had level 6 balloons i would have probably used them myself, but hogs are wonderful too. I wish the best of luck to the level 100 guy and it should not be too hard if you follow the guide lol and i appreciate the tip. And it is possible to reach Masters with tier 1 troops but one loss will set you back about 4 raids which is tough to deal with.
    Posted 45 months ago

    not available

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    You can in fact make it to master II with nothing more than just archers. It is slow and daunting but very effective if you have the patience because once up there you will need it finding the right base to attack to for a guaranteed win. Also, its good to switch combos to conserve elixir and DE. overall good post. Cheers.
    Posted 45 months ago

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    Should be fairly easy to get to masters at level 100, I'm at 2367 trophies at the moment with a TH8 (not maxed out) and I totally agree that the hogs are the way to go. I have 200 slots and use 25 level 1 hogs, 17 archers, 30 barbs, 7 wizards and 5 level 4/5 hogs in the CC. 3 level 4 healing spells help me get 3 stars on nearly any level 8 TH base (they are really rare) or two stars on the abandoned level 9/10 bases. The key in this strategy is spells placement. I learned to place them very accurately from watching my fellow clashers' replays, you HAVE to place them where the hogs are GOING TO BE not where they ARE, I usually place my spells near the wizard towers, where most of my hogs die, and occasionally after a giant bomb explosion when even a cannon can take the wounded hog riders out with one shot.

    Other than that it's a very good guide, and congratulations for hitting the master league! From the experience of my clan leaders which are all TH10s, I can suggest you master the dragon raids, which can help you get to masters 2!
    Posted 45 months ago

    not available

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    I personally think balloons r better (i got to 2654 with them at th9) but good guide.
    Posted 45 months ago

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    I just raid farmers the whole time. That way u can loose less troops and save them. Once you run out u could gain 100 or maybe 200 trophies
    Posted 45 months ago

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    24/02/14
    !!!!PLEASE NOTE!!!!: I am no longer using the "hog krytonite" base and have switched to a southern teaser base. This new base will be titled "TH9 Southern Teaser" and can be viewed under my profile. I am making it now so please wait 15 minutes for me to post it.
    Posted 45 months ago

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    I apologize guys if this guide is not applicable to you, but it was meant as a story of my journey and my thoughts and suggestions to any others who are in my same boat. I appreciate the feedback though :)
    Posted 45 months ago

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    Thanks for sharing with us your knowledge about clash of clans
    Posted 45 months ago

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    hey this really was a waste of your time because like you said this is for town hall 9 mostly well most people if they can save up for all those upgrades they probley now how to good in a trophy push i dont recemend you wasting your time with advice
    Posted 45 months ago

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    Oops I am in the low levels and my TH is lvl 5 this guide is useless for me I am low leveled and getting to master is no good for me