Death Striker and I have similar experiences. I also started in the very beginning of the SWC but on Windows. And I ate the devil's bread on Windows until Disney pull the plug, and nothing can be worse than play this game on Windows... I already had a Rebel base on Android, but only bases created after the Windows game closing announcement on May 2017 were able to get the crystals compensation. I started my Imperial Base
on Android and got the crystals, and now, one year later, my Imperial base is maxed out, reaching HQ 10 in less than a week.
I started my 1st Rebel Base
on Android during the Windows bug known as "The Groundhog Day"
on August 2016 (any Windows player remember that?), and everything I did wrong in my Imperial Windows acc I did different for my Rebel Android acc. I played for the Armory, I lost all attacks to drop medals and get only the loot to pay the upgrades, and max out my base, all my attack and all my defenses, and then upgrade HQ, and do everything again. WIth a strong defense and top north layout I won all Bronzium Crates and built a well upgraded Armory -- what I didn't have on Windows. Only when I did not have anything else to upgrade at Level 8, I started upgrading HQ to Level 9. I'm going to HQ 10 only to build and donate level 10 troops to my both HQ 8 accounts. Game is unplayable at high levels.
When I started my 2nd Rebel Base
, my intention was build troops to donate to my 1st base. First bikes and tanks, until it reaches HQ 5 and max out everything to Level 5, then I rushed its HQ from 6 to 8 only to donate Jets for my 1st base. At Level 8, I had a sandbagging base
being matched with lower rivals. But sandbagging bases don't work if your number of medals is too high, and suddenly I started to be matched with Level 9 rivals. I started to upgrade everything else to Level 8. Now this base is near to be maxed out. Just need a few turrets and resources generators to level 8. But the current matchmaking system has made impossible play with this acc due to my high number of medals and Level 10 rivals to attack with Level 8 troops.
But i needed perks to relocate and do HDs and I needed to play Wars to get resources and Elite Units, then I started my 3rd Rebel Base
to keep my Squad alive while I was out joining a level 50 squad and playing wars with my other two acc. While I was reading about mini bases here, I decided to do an experiment and built my 3rd Rebel Base as a mini base
. It grew up alone, and fast while attacking rivals 2 levels below, and got all dedication as possible when I saw how game was working much better with a mini than with my other highest bases
It's possible keep winning HDs with a mini base at level 6 and 7 if you have a top north layout, some GR, high Level troops in your SC, and use heroes and some air, and it did well until reach HQ 8, then I gave up of HDs. I keep my 6 turrets at Level 1, and no traps, but going to max out walls and shields among a few last buildings to upgrade, and trying to max out all my Elite Units and upgrade my Armory equip one or two levels playing events, before start upgrading HQ to 9.
Due to all stupid changes in the matchmaking, have a mini along with my highest accounts, is the only way to have fun in the game now. That's all, this post resumes all my experience with SWC since the beginning, almost 4 years ago.