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May Clash of Clans Update Frustrates Gamers



Supercell promised the May Clash of Clans update would be the biggest in Clash history. Now that the update is here, gamers are voicing their frustration. Players are calling it “broken”, “disappointing”, “a money grab” and some are considering quitting the game completely instead of being forced to build a second village.

The Clash of Clans update arrived on the morning of May 22nd, and the new boat takes players to another island. Here you’ll be required to start over on the Builder Base, which impacts the original game at the same time.

Read: Clash of Clans 2017 Update: 8 Things We Want Next

From the battle and loot limits, lack of fixes for well-known problems, or any new content for existing bases, gamers are sharing their frustrations.

While the update does have a lot of potential and adds some exciting new features, not to mention balance changes, it feels more like a money grab and a second mini-game than an actual update to Clash of Clans.

Players are up in arms and expressing how disappointing the update is on Reddit, on Twitter, and official Clash of Clans forums.

On Twitter, ROJO calls the Clash of Clans update “cool” but shares his frustration by stating he isn’t spending any more damn money on the game. Highlighting one of the biggest problems, which is a daily limit of three attacks to earn gold and elixir in the new Builders base. After those three battles, players must spend nearly $2 of real money if they want to continue playing for the day. Pay, or wait 22 hours and battle again tomorrow.

This is one of the biggest complaints from the May Clash of Clans update and something we’re seeing mentioned everywhere.

The update allows Clash of Clans players to start a new village on Builders Base Island. There are new troops, a gem mine, and another hero. It has a similar look, feel and style as Clash of Clans, but whoever you attack gets to attack you back. The player that deals the most damage wins some gold and elixir. Both are necessary to upgrade buildings, add new troops and progress in the game.

This doesn’t do anything for the original base that some players have spent over five years playing, and potentially hundreds or thousands of dollars to upgrade. However, after a certain point, the upgrades on the Builders base will unlock inside your regular Clash of Clans village. You have to start all over and play the new game to continue enjoying the original.

We’re seeing similar reports on Reddit, with gamer Chief Neaton2 coming away very disappointed. He says it feels like a new game inside of Clash of Clans. One with nothing but limitations while adding no benefits to the core game.

Players everywhere are calling the update “dumb”, and “another money-making move of Supercell” when compared to other recent updates.

After being promised a “massive” and unique update unlike anything we’ve seen before, this is what arrived. Players started voicing their complaints at the official forums too. Going as far as to say this feels disjointed from the original game and adds zero value to the Clash of Clans we’ve all played for years.

Not to mention general Clash of Clans update problems. Many users can’t install the update, others are having problems with attacks and battles, and for some, the game doesn’t work at all. Supercell will likely release a bug-fixing update within the next few days.

Read: 10 Common Clash of Clans Problems & Fixes

Another complaint is that the game doesn’t work on old Apple devices. Supercell removed support for any device running software older than iOS 7.0 with this update. So if you have an old iPhone, consider updating the software or getting a newer device.

Some players are nothing but excited though, as the May Clash of Clans update adds a lot of new content. You can have a second village and relive the early days when upgrades were fast and affordable. There are new troops with unique abilities, a third hero, and a new vs game mode. This allows you to attack others in real-time similar to Clash Royale. It’s hard to keep everyone happy after they play a game for years on end. That’s why some comments show excitement, while many others are extremely frustrated.

This Clash of Clans update didn’t do a lot to solve problems or concerns with the original game and instead added a brand new element. The original still has problems with load times or “clouds”, cheaters, engineered bases, and players still don’t have enough money for most upgrades. That said, this update could lay the groundwork for more changes in the near future to improve the entire game.

Now, players must start over in another village that’s severely limited, keep up two bases at the same time, and still grind out battles daily to earn money for upgrades. That or spend real money to continue playing. Expect more changes, features, and details in the coming days or weeks. What are your thoughts on the new Clash of Clans? Let us know in the comment section below.



  1. Bob

    05/22/2017 at 3:00 pm

    Really not impressed by the new update, it’s a blatant money grab. It’s impossible to develop the new base without spending gems. It’s designed to generate cash for supercell not to enhance the game.

    Think again guys – I’m not using the new base. Try another trick.

  2. Brian

    05/22/2017 at 3:33 pm

    Hi all
    Well now i’m rather screwed cant upgrade for some reason and after being on clash since it started and spending a lot of money, i am starting think why did i do it, hope there is a fix for it soon

  3. Mark Bell

    05/22/2017 at 7:49 pm

    The changes are immaterial to me: the update will not load on my phone. Bye-bye Clash!

  4. Clxssic

    05/22/2017 at 11:59 pm

    im using a 2015 model samsung and every time i go to attack a base i lose connection!!
    this update is the shittest thing to come to COC not only cant i attack iin the new base but i am stuck in the tutorial for it and can not get back to my main base

    • Cory Gunther

      05/24/2017 at 12:15 pm

      This is a known problem that they are working on. Try backing up your village and re-installing the game. It should restore with Google Play Games so you don’t lose any progress. Then try attacking.

  5. ClashHaterNow

    05/23/2017 at 2:39 am

    Greedy company tries to get more money from us. It’s time to quit this game. Anyone recommend any phone games to try?

  6. John

    05/23/2017 at 6:47 am

    The best complaint or observation I have seen so far is that the new functionality looks and plays like a bad Clash of Clans knockoff from the app store. You have 5 minutes of playability each morning to do your 3 attacks that require no skill and then nothing to do the rest of the day unless you spend cold hard cash. I still like the core game but this new addition is just meh.

    • Cory Gunther

      05/24/2017 at 12:16 pm

      Agreed. There are dozens and dozens of knock-offs, but they built their own right inside of the game. It’s like a mini Clash of Clans 2, but severely limited. I hope something changes, and soon.

  7. Kevin

    05/23/2017 at 11:17 am

    Remove or lengthen daily loot limit, this article is spot on. It’s a money grab not an update to the original game

  8. Joe B

    05/24/2017 at 2:49 pm

    The issue I have is that I don’t see any value to the original base. This is a completely separate village with no way to send resources or troops back-and-forth. This “update” leaves me whelmed… I’ll keep playing, but I sure won’t waste my time and money on the “builder base”

  9. Vijay

    05/27/2017 at 10:30 am

    Similar thoughts like most of users. But am just playing to get the double cannon to level 4 so that i can install cannon gear up on my original village. And if in future coc made more restrictions in main village that require use to play more in that builder base am gonna say bye bye to coc.

    • Abid

      06/05/2017 at 11:42 am

      Yes.but no changes to main village

  10. Abid

    06/05/2017 at 11:38 am

    Yes.we saw that this update bigger in coc history.but its changes in main village.replay guys

  11. Bryan T.

    07/02/2017 at 3:47 pm

    I was trying to be understanding with this article until the last paragraph. I don’t see what is so hard with keeping up two bases. I play with two main villages and keep up the builder base on both accounts. All you have to do is use your 3 attacks on the builder base and go back to your regular base. And who said you HAVE to spend money on a game? Patience is key in this game, both on the builder base and the main base

  12. Walter JB

    08/17/2017 at 7:45 pm

    For the first SEVERAL emails where I pointed out obvious flaws in their coding, they kept responding that the problem had to be me. The game was fine. Then after an apparent flood of criticism they responded saying that they know it’s a problem and are attempting to fix it. Even some of their staff who play the game are not happy with it. I even offered to refer them to capable coders (who laughed when they saw how bad the builder side troops are and that the programmers are sadly under qualified… Lol). Some said the update shouldn’t have been released yet since there were too many obvious flaws. Graphics are nice. Overall mechanics fine. But the troops are horrible. Kind of an important element. Also, they should have released the clock tower at 4x boost then played the hero card by doubling it to 8x
    ….. Not 10x then nerf it TWICE! Time and boost.

    Supercell seemed to think this new update would hook alot of players and double their profit. However, most of the top players and whales leave it alone and the increasingly fewer players have little good to say about it. Except for the [email protected] players who defend Supercell no matter what. (Wonder what it’s like to be a pawn?… Lol)

    Anyway, If Supercell did not make money their god and increasing profits their angels, then maybe they can actually design an update simply out of gratitude for the years of support they have received. Instead of focusing on trying to keep players from leaving while simultaneously trying to rip them off.

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