Vengeance Event Tips

Vengeance Event Tips

Answers to common questions that have come up during Firestrike‘s second special event:

Rewards

What advantage do I get from unlocking the special reward units?

The reward units have a unique “Superior (1.3x)” damage bonus that gives them +30% DPS against the unit type they counter. Plus, they also get an “Excellent (1.15x)” +15% DPS bonus against buildings, which regular units do not have.

These bonuses are shown in the four “Damage vs.” icons underneath the unit on the Train and Research menus. Hover your mouse over each icon to see the exact damage bonus.

Aside from these bonuses, reward units have the same base HP and DPS as regular units that unlock at the corresponding TOC level. Check the Research and Event Prizes menus – the unit descriptions there always mention which TOC level(s) a unit is designed for.

Difficulty

I’m at TOC level 5/6/7/8 and this event is way too hard!

Are you fighting the event at the right level? Vengeance has three difficulty levels: Bronze (TOC L4), Silver (TOC L7), and Gold (TOC L10+). Harding’s bases should be about the same difficulty as an ordinary Single Player base of the same TOC level. So a TOC Level 5 player will have an easy time fighting Bronze, a difficult time fighting Silver, and will probably not be able to complete Gold this week.

How can I get all the event rewards? I can’t fight these L10 Gold bases!

Don’t worry! The reward items from this event will still be in the Prizes Store during future special event weeks, available for similar Prize Tokens. You’ll be stronger then, and you will have more chances to get the rewards you missed this week.

We designed Firestrike special events with enemies and rewards for all different levels of players. We don’t expect that anyone will be able to gather ALL the rewards in a single event, especially the ones far beyond your current level. Win what you can this week, and stay tuned for the next event!

Yards

Why are my Supply and Fuel Yards collecting resources slower than before?

(Not related to the special event, but this has come up often): Check for a “low power” status message in your base. When your Generators are off-line, or not upgraded enough to provide full power for all systems, this slows down resource collection at Yards (and also the rate of fire of your turret weapons). This is indicated by an on-screen message like “Low Power – Buildings operating at 66%”.

For planning purposes, you can check the current and future power requirements of each building on its Upgrade menu. The power output of Generators is designed to tightly match the power draw of other buildings at each TOC level. To power a fully-upgraded base at any given TOC level, you will need to build and upgrade Generators to the maximum allowed at that TOC level.

We’re eager to hear your feedback – please join the discussion in Clan HQ!

Firestrike: Vengeance Special Event

Firestrike: Vengeance Special Event

VENGEANCE

Thursday, Feb 16: Welcome to the second special event in Firestrike!

Scientist-gone-bad Anneka Harding returns to Gundar in a one-week scramble to defeat Single-Player and Multiplayer Map bases before time runs out.

Each of Harding’s special-event bases gives Prize Tokens which can be redeemed in the Store for exclusive rare items. Prize Tokens will only be available until the end of the event, February 23!

New Prize Tokens

The Vengeance event is available at three difficulty levels: Bronze (TOC L4), Silver (TOC L7), and Gold (TOC L10). Bronze-level bases give Bronze Prize Tokens as loot, Silver-level bases give Silver Prize Tokens, and Gold-level bases give – you guessed it – Gold Prize Tokens.

The more powerful event rewards require higher-level prize tokens. For example, the BRDM-3 can only be purchased with Silver tokens and the Mi-24D Hind can only be purchased with Gold tokens.

Higher-level prize tokens can be exchanged in the Store for lower-level tokens, so you can purchase more rewards in case you’ve finished the event at your level and have tokens left over.

New Rewards This Week

In addition to a return of the Stinger Gunner for TOC Level 4-7 players, this week marks the release of two new units for higher-level players:

BRDM-3 – Anti-Infantry Unit for TOC L7-9

Mi-24D Hind – Anti-Armor Unit for TOC L10+

Event Tips

During the Single-Player sequence, the 8th and final base gives many more Prize Tokens than earlier bases.

You can see the exact Prize Token reward amounts for upcoming Single-Player bases on the “progress” screen after conquering each base.

For veterans of Thunder Run and Days of Valor, please note the following differences in the Vengeance event system:

  • The Single-Player portion of the event can be played more than once. After the final stage is defeated, it resets back to the first stage, and can be fought again for more Prize Tokens.
  • Prize Token amounts are “back-loaded” – the final stage of the Single-Player event gives a very large amount of Tokens relative to the others. This rewards players for fighting through all the levels.

We’re eager to hear your feedback – please join the discussion in Clan HQ!

New Hardware Prizes: Advanced Turret Blueprints

New Hardware Prizes: Advanced Turret Blueprints

New this week in Thunder Run and Days of Valor!

Are you ready to begin using advanced turrets, but haven’t been able to collect enough ONP?

Now you can use Hardware to purchase Level 1-10 blueprints for the following advanced weapons in the Hardware Prizes Store:

  • FASCAM
  • M45 Quadmount
  • C-RAM
  • High Energy Laser
  • M777 Howitzer

Plus, in an update from earlier this week, Turret Emplacements at Levels 11-18 gained more HP than before (increases ranged from 7% at Level 11 to 20% at Level 18).

Good hunting, commanders!

The Counter-Rocket/Artillery/ Missile, or C-RAM, gun fires during a weapons test at Joint Base Balad, Iraq, Jan. 31, 2010. The C-RAM has the ability to fire up to 4,500 rounds per minute to protect the base against incoming projectiles. (Photo Credit: Senior Airman Brittany Bateman)

Firestrike: Fuel & Supply Yards Accelerated

Firestrike: Fuel & Supply Yards Accelerated

Firestrike patch note for February 10, 2017:

  • Supply Yards, Fuel Yards, and Hardware Yards now produce resources at a faster rate, and can hold more resources before collection (increases range up to 70%).

These updates are part of our ongoing work to support a fun and rewarding pace of level advancement in Firestrike.

A line of U.S. Air Force Type-A Jet Fuel trucks sit on the flightline at Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., during Checkered Flag 17-1 and Combat Archer 17-3 Dec. 13, 2016. More than 90 aircraft participated during the concurrent exercises and were fueled with a total of 1.84 million gallons of aircraft fuel by the 325th Logistics Readiness Squadron and other squadrons over the span of two weeks. (U.S. Air Force photo by SrA Solomon Cook)

Upgrade to the Latest Defensive Technology

Upgrade to the Latest Defensive Technology

New this week in Thunder Run and Days of Valor!

The following turret weapons can now be upgraded to Level 18:

  • FASCAM
  • M45 Quadmount
  • C-RAM
  • High Energy Laser
  • M777 Howitzer

Look for new Level 17-18 blueprints in the Event Prizes Store. Good hunting, commanders!

Marines with Charlie Battery, 1st Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment, fire an M982 Excalibur round from an M777 howitzer during a recent fire support mission. The artillerymen spend hours each day running through dry-fire training drills to keep their skills sharp in preparation for requests for fire support. (Photo: Cpl. Jeff Drew)

Firestrike: Difficulty Balance Update

Firestrike: Difficulty Balance Update

Gather resources more easily in battle with today’s new updates:

  • Turret DPS and HP lowered by 37%
  • Chance of security team guards appearing on Single Player enemy buildings lowered by 20%

In addition, we found and fixed the problem with inconsistent reset timers for Single Player enemies. All Single Player enemy bases will now reset once per week, on Thursdays at 1700 GMT.

These updates are part of our ongoing work to improve the fun and rewards from Single Player and Multiplayer battles.

Updates took effect February 9, 2017 in Firestrike.

Thunder Run: Last Day of the Tournament!

Thunder Run: Last Day of the Tournament!

Less than 24 hours to go before the top Clans of Thunder Run claim their places in the Season 5 finals!

Winners will be determined by leaderboard standings at 1700 GMT today, February 9.

Some quick technical notes:

  • If you plan to change Clans before the tournament ends, you may do so, but don’t wait until the very last minute. Please join your final tournament Clan at least one hour before the season ends (1600 GMT). This will ensure that points are credited to the proper Clans.
  • For similar reasons, if you plan to change Clans after the tournament, please stay in your tournament Clan for at least one hour after the season ends (1800 GMT).
  • The battle log database is under heavy load today due to many players checking their battle logs. If your battle history seems to freeze at the “Loading…” message, just be patient, it may take a minute or two to load the battle data.

Good luck, Commanders!

Non-final standings, as of February 8 at 2150GMT

Days of Valor: Last Day of the Tournament!

Days of Valor: Last Day of the Tournament!

Less than 24 hours to go before the top Clans of Days of Valor claim their places in the Season 1 finals!

Winners will be determined by leaderboard standings at 1700 GMT today, February 9.

Some quick technical notes:

  • If you plan to change Clans before the tournament ends, you may do so, but don’t wait until the very last minute. Please join your final tournament Clan at least one hour before the season ends (1600 GMT). This will ensure that points are credited to the proper Clans.
  • For similar reasons, if you plan to change Clans after the tournament, please stay in your tournament Clan for at least one hour after the season ends (1800 GMT).
  • The battle log database is under heavy load today due to many players checking their battle logs. If your battle history seems to freeze at the “Loading…” message, just be patient, it may take a minute or two to load the battle data.

Good luck, Commanders!

Non-final standings, as of February 8 at 2150GMT

New PvP Level Limits for Thunder Run Season 6

New PvP Level Limits for Thunder Run Season 6

We are thrilled to see an ever-increasing number of players reach the highest TOC levels in Thunder Run!

From time to time, as the player base advances, we need to update the game rules to keep up.

Since more than two years ago, players who are level 30 or higher have been subject to attack by any other player, including those many levels above them. In 2015, this was fine because there were very few super-advanced players who could dominate a L30 base. But today, there are now significantly more high-level players, plus new offensive units and upgrades released over the last two years that carry more firepower than ever before. The L30 player of today stands in a relatively weaker spot, compared to the average enemy, than the L30 player of 2015.

Therefore, we are updating the level at which you become open to attack by all players from level 30 to level 33. This change takes effect starting with the opening of Season 6 on February 9th at 1700GMT.

After the change, we’ll watch closely to make sure the new level limits are working as well as possible. We know this change will slightly reduce the number of low-level targets available for L35+ players to attack, so we’ll be watching out to make sure the downside is limited.

In case you’re curious what kind of analysis led us to make this update, check out this graph showing the relative population of players at TOC levels 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9. In 2015, a TOC level 5 player was at about the 50th percentile of combat power, but today you need to be an advanced TOC L6 player or early TOC L7 player to be in the more powerful half of the game world!

Changing trends in player TOC levels over time

Don’t forget that this week is the final Clan tournament of Season 5!