So I have been thinking that match making and scoring are the problem. Its a combination of the two things. This whole difficulty bonus is ambiguous and has made no sense so fa. It also is somewhat subjective to a point.
SO I have a proposal.
Rules are announced and defenses set.
End of the day…
All defenses are locked and can not be improved or changed in any way.
all defenses are ranked from highest to lowest in TP
The defenses are placed in 10 groups based on TP.
Group 1 is the lowest 10% of the teams based on TP
Group 2 is the next 10%
etc etc etc
Group 10 is the top 10% of teams based on TP
Everyone is given 12 flags to use
The first flag you attack group 1.
If you win you get 100 points
if you lose you try again until you win or are out of flags
After you beat someone is Group 1 you move on to Group 2.
You win in group 2 you get 200 points. you lose you try again until you win or run out of flags
etc etc etc
with each successive group awarding 100 more points then the previous
Any unused flags give you a 100 point bonus so an extra 200 points if you go 10/10
Your defense can only be attacked once until everyone else in the same group as you gets attacked. This insures everyone gets attacked about equally. after being attacked twice you can’t get attacked again until everyone else is attacked twice in your group.
Your defense scores you 50 points for every hero they kill. that’s it nothing else. Revived heroes only count once.
Just an extra day to use your 12 flags
End of the day rewards are given out
You ran out of flags… OH NO! Pay 100 gems get 3 more flags. Oh NO ran out of those pay 150 gems for 3 more… Have a bad day and ran out of those pay 200 gems for 3 more flags. Having a really bad day pay 250 gems for 3 more. Ran out again - TOO BAD SO SAD You are done.
Now of course you can only Win once in Each group and you can’t buy more flags once you have a win in all 10 groups.
Now everyone has to face the same quality of teams to get the top scores. I am not positive if my idea about defense will work out but I think it will average out to afford everyone the same opportunities to earn defense points without making it randomly allowing some weaker teams to out score more powerful teams.
Tournament takes 3 days not 5. Now we can do 2 tournaments a week with a day off in between, so more opportunities overall for everyone.
A very simple solution to what seemed like a massive issue to everyone. Nothing complicated.No mysterious bonus points, no mysterious matchmaking system.