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Clash of Clans is the big boy of freemium gaming. It’s sat proud atop the top grossing charts on the App Store for practically centuries, which not only means that it’s very popular, but also that lots of people are spending lots of money on in-app purchases to boost their chances. If only there was some other way to gain an advantage…

WithoutTheSarcasm.com has compiled a very useful top ten of lesser-known techniques to give you an edge over the competition – without having to open your wallet. The game can be made a lot easier by playing smarter and getting to understand the mechanics better. We really like the suggestion to use your Barracks to queue troops to help protect your precious elixir from being stolen while you’re offline:

“When you queue troops in this way the elixir you need to train them is “spent”, but you can cancel training at no penalty for any queued troop. This means you can queue all of your barracks till they are full, and Elixir spent this way will be “banked” safely away from would-be attackers. When you return to your village, you can cancel the queued troops and recoup your “banked” Elixir.”

Smart stuff. Also suggested is using hidden traps and the element of surprise when planning your defenses:

“Traps and the defensive Hidden Tesla do not appear to opponents when they look at your park, and while there are tricks to figure out where they are, a matchmade opponent will only have seconds to try and figure it out … use this to your advantage. Funnel units through a weakness in a wall, then blast them with bombs.”

If you’re not already hooked, Clash of Clans is available for free on the App Store.

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