In our last article we explained what type of work Supercell is doing to the shield system in Clash of Clans. They explained that this new system will better support player’s daily schedules. As Town halls come back into villages, players will have to actually defend their Towns to gain a shield. This will also encourage more attacking seeing as people can now attack when they have shields, and they keep their shields to an extent.
In this article I will discuss the new sneak peek that Supercell has come out with. In this new sneak peek they talk about something called Village Guard.
“Village Guard is a new, short-term way to prevent attacks on your village while your shield is down:
While Village Guard is active, your village acts as if you are online, even if you close the game or get disconnected
Players can freely attack through Village Guard with no penalty
Free Village Guard time activates automatically when shields expire, from 15 minutes to 3 hours long based on League
2 hours of extra Village Guard can be bought for 10 gems every day in the shop, when your shield is down (23 hour cooldown)
Active Village Guard can be dismissed at any time
Buying a Shield from the Shop will dismiss active Village Guard” (Supercell Forums: forums.supercell.net)
Village Guard is basically like telling your little sibling to get on your clash account and just click around to keep you online. Village Guard works even when you close the app, so if anything important comes up there is no need to worry about keeping yourself online.
Personal Breaks place a time limit on how long you can stay on Clash of Clans without a shield until the game kicks you out and basically tells you that you need to be attacked. While you are kicked offline people can then have a chance at attacking you.
“In line with our other shield system changes, the Personal Break system will also be undergoing some changes to make sure all Clashers participate in regular defending as well as regular attacking, and in a fairer and more flexible way:
A player is forced offline for 6 minutes after 3 hours of cumulative online time (or Village Guard time) without shield
This Personal Break 3-hour limit is only reset after getting a shield, or in some special cases covered below
Buying the 2-hour Village Guard from the Shop will extend a player’s current Personal Break 3-hour limit by 2 hours
The Personal Break 3-hour limit for online players is paused during server maintenance, but not reset” (Supercell Forums: forums.supercell.net)
Differences between shield and village guard:
-No penalty when attacking
-Free Village Guard time improved with League
-Only available to buy while shield is DOWN
-Extra time for 10 gems in shop
-Always counts towards personal break timer
-Short period (15 minutes to 3 hours)
-Get free village guard automatically when shields expire
-Costs shield time to attack
-Shield can be bought ANY TIME instead of just when shield expires.
-Doesn’t count towards personal break timer.
-Get free shield after defending
-Extra time available for 100+ gems in shop
-Longer period (12 hours to a week)
“Keep in mind that active Village Guard time will ALWAYS count towards the Personal Break 3-hour limit, even if the player is offline for all of it. However, buying the extra 2 hours of Village Guard from the shop will add 2 hours to the current Personal Break 3-hour limit to make sure it can be fully utilized.
Shield allows players a chance to take longer breaks from the game, the Village Guard helps players stay online reliably when they want, and the Personal Break system makes sure everyone defends fairly. The three go hand-in-hand with the overall goal of supporting Clashers’ existing game play strategies, and to do it in a fairer and more flexible way. Changes to multiplayer matchmaking, loot and Trophy offers, covered in our next post, will help balance things even further.” (Supercell Forums: forums.supercell.net)
Everyone knows how annoying it can be when you are just opening the game after your shield expires and you get attacked right in the nick of time. Well Supercell has come up with something to prevent such things from happening. An automatic Village Guard period will be activated every time a players shield runs out.
“The amount of Village Guard awarded is based on the player’s League:
Master I League players and below get a free 15-minute Village Guard when their shield expires
Champion League (all levels): 30 minutes free Village Guard
Titan III League players get a free 1-hour Village Guard when their shield expires
Titan II League players get a free 2-hour Village Guard when their shield expires
Titan I and Legend League players get a free 3-hour Village Guard when their shield expires” (Supercell Forums: forums.supercell.net)
This will give players more of a incentive to get to higher leagues. A lot of good players would usually drop their trophies to be in lower leagues to prey on lower townhalls and accounts that are inactive, but with this new update they will now actually try to raise their trophies and stay within their own skill range!