Up until now, clans with an insufficient number of players or Tier X vehicles successful game in battles for Strongholds, could not use Reserves above the fourth tier. Now everything will change.
In the upcoming 9.8 Update, a Champion division format will be added to battles in Strongholds (maximum of 10 vehicles, each limited to Tier VIII or below). It will be available for clans with a Command Center level from 5 to 7.
More clans will soon be able to activate the Defense period and fight in the usual Champion format, level up their Stronghold and get better bonuses.
At the same time, all clans with activated Defense hours will still be able to fight each other with some restrictions on Battle Reserves usage:
|#||Attack Type||Participating vehicles for both sides||Battle Consumables usage|
|1||Tier V - VII (Attacker) vs. Tier V - VII||8/10 (from 1 to 10 vehicles, with a maximum of Tier VIII)||
|2||Tier VIII - X (Attacker) vs. Tier V - VII||8/10 (from 1 to 10 vehicles, with a maximum of Tier VIII)||
|3||Tier V - VII (Attacker) vs. Tier VIII - X||10/15 (from 1 to 15 vehicles, with a maximum of Tier X)||
|4||Tier VIII - X (Attacker) vs. Tier VIII - X||10/15 (from 1 to 15 vehicles, with a maximum of Tier X)||
In Update 9.8, a restriction for Defense hours will also be implemented for Strongholds from 01:00 to 10:00 UTC+8.
This change is needed to prevent possible clashes between scheduled battles and planned server restarts, as well as to avoid night battles in order to seal gaming sessions.