Have you checked out your clan's Stronghold lately? We hope the construction process has been going well; some of those bonuses can prove to be invaluable in future battles.
A few clans have already upgraded most, if not all of their structures to the maximum level of 4 (for now; the cap will be increased in the next Update), but there are still some of you who are still gathering the resources needed to develop a new zone. That's okay, though; Operation Upgrade Strongholds will be in effect from this weekend onwards, and will definitely boost your Strongholds progress.
From this weekend until the end of the month, any player that participates in a Skirmish battle for their Stronghold will receive a x3 Crew EXP bonus for all victories. Now there's no reason not to be a part of your clan's rise to power. Make them proud; roll out to victory!
Event Period #1:
16 August, 2014 (Saturday) @ 14:00 UTC+8 (06:00 UTC) TO 18 August, 2014 (Monday) @ 14:00 UTC+8 (06:00 UTC)
Event Period #2:
23 August, 2014 (Saturday) @ 14:00 UTC+8 (06:00 UTC) TO 25 August, 2014 (Monday) @ 14:00 UTC+8 (06:00 UTC)
Event Period #3:
30 August, 2014 (Saturday) @ 14:00 UTC+8 (06:00 UTC) TO 1 September, 2014 (Monday) @ 14:00 UTC+8 (06:00 UTC)
In case you're just coming back to World of Tanks and skipped all the excitement of Update 9.2's release, you may be interested to know that Strongholds is an entirely new gameplay feature that was just added to the game.
Each clan that has at least 20 members will now have access to their own Stronghold, a literal base to call their own. Each Stronghold initially comes with a Command Center and 6 empty plots of land called 'zones' where additional structures can be built, but it is up to the clan itself to decide when and where to build them. Structures are also a requirement for manufacturing Reserves, which can provide very useful bonuses in battle.
The structures in a Stronghold are built using a unique currency called Industrial Resource. This currency can only be earned through two different methods:
Industrial Resource are also used to upgrade existing structures, which will in turn boost the effectiveness of the Reserve provided by that specific structure.
The bonuses provided by Reserves don't work around the clock. Instead, the clan commander must manually activate them first before it comes into effect, giving them more control of when and where to deploy the bonuses.
Here's a list of bonuses and advantages that can be granted by activating a Reserve:
There are many more things coming in the near future for the Strongholds feature, such as:
Want to know more about Strongholds? Check out the Strongholds Guide for more information.