Yes, it is a clickbait title and no the mechanics of raiding haven’t changed as far as I can tell.
But I have a story to tell the folks that probably clicked on that title in a rage (looking at you raids are unfair, the game is cheating, color staking has been nerfed crowd).
TL:DR Ask for advice. Listen to said advice. Use said advice. Love raids.
I made this post about 60 days after starting E&P. If you go back and read it, you will see that I had progressed fast, pulled too much to early, made poor leveling decisions, and was a bit lost.
BUT…I was having lots of fun
Raiding was miserable for me. I hated that aspect of the game. Hated it.
So what did I do?
I came to the forum and yelled at my computer screen/other players about how the game is cheating.
I asked for help and the E&P community delivered in spades.
@Rigs answered my question immediately with A+ advice.
So what did I do with that advice?
Ignored it. kept doing the same thing and returning to the forum to yell at you all.
I took most of the advice but augmented it with other items I picked up here and at my new alliance (shout out to Helios, @PeachyKeen, and the rest of the Helios alliance family). Here are my results.
-Within a week of getting my new leveling/raiding strategy (via LISTENING more than I was talking) I had improved my offensive win rate from 40% to 53%.
-1 month in, I was able to raid up into platinum most days.
-2 months in cracked into diamond for the first time
-3 months in could stay in diamond overnight
And today 5 months post advice and 7 months since starting down this rabbit hole…
-I routinely wake up to more cups
-I haven’t dropped out of Diamond in 30+ days
-It’s not terribly uncommon for my defense to carry me up into the top 200 (three times into the top 100)
-I got up to #14 global with pretty minimal effort and cracking the top 100 (if only for a few moments) is no longer difficult and happens 5 or so times a week.
and probably the most important point
-I LOVE RAIDING. My offensive win rate over my last 50 offensive raids is 92% and they are the flags that I most look forward to burning.
So stick with it. Read more than you post. Ask questions. Listen to the answers. Think about your strategy and test it. Track your data and react to it.
But mostly, have fun with it.