We aren’t quite done with the first League War in Clash of Clans, but I already have thoughts to share, so here goes. Overall I like the feature, and some warts aside, I think it makes CoC a better game.
The big things for me are the fact that every attack, from all 15 participants, matters. The wars are no longer about the upper bases cleaning up, or about the lower bases not mattering as much defensively since they will get rolled anyway. Now everyone matters, and not only do you have to execute your one attack well, you have to do so in all 7 wars for the clan to overall win.
The second thing I really like is watching the League leaderboard and seeing which clans are doing well, and which ones are closest to challenging you. This makes eventually facing a clan close to you in standing matter that much more, and during the war you get a good feel for how competent (or not) the other clans are. I expect that once rankings settle and everyone is more or less in their correct bracket, League wars will be intense and very close. Right now we are steamrolling our league, but I know that will change.
As for the warts, the big one is having to fill clan castles every war. Doing this daily is just annoying, and hopefully the system gets changes so that you can fill once and have the troops stay for the whole week, with the option to remove and edit troops should you want.
The other wart is the 15 person limit, as it excludes basically anyone lower than the 15 highest people in a clan. I know the system wouldn’t work if they didn’t set a specific amount of people, and 15 is likely ‘fair’ based on their metrics, but it still feels bad to leave clan members on the outside looking in. Yes it should motivate them to upgrade and get into the top 15, or to be a viable swap (if we had 20 near-max TH11s for example, that would be easy to swap people in), but at least short-term it still kinda divides the clan into the upper 15 and everyone else.
Likely more to share once the war is over, especially around the rewards, since we will finish first in our league and move up.