As strength is the true indicator, war matching should be based on powers. I like the idea of taking into account the top 30 heroes of each war participant with additional emphasis on the strongest team. However, this part still needs adjustments, especially when including powers as the results of troop boost. The current troop boost adds 1 point for each % the troop offers. In actual battles, each % may account for much bigger power boost. If a hero has 700 attack point, 1% gives additional 7 attack points, which translates to about 2~3% of power points.
In addition to that, difference in team powers, especially the war defense teams for strongest members, should not vary by over 300 points between the strongest team, and no more than 1000 points in total between the top 5 members of each side. The deciding battles have mostly depended on the strongest members.
I have been doing tons of raid battles, and since my best team is just maxed and partly talented 4* heroes, I have never been able to beat a team with over 3900 power (mine is about 3630 max) with hero skills on AVERAGE speed. I have only once beaten a 4k team but the heroes were low on defense and skills between AVERAGE and SLOW. Not only do defending team gets additional 20% defense boost, it gets additional 20% attack boost which affects poison/burning damages too.
Power gaps from 4* and 5* heroes alone affect the battles so much already, not to mention the existence of Overpowered heroes (Last month’s HotM Grazul is insanely strong). War boosters like healing aids (the worst) make it even worse nightmare when doing uphill battles.
@Ozy1 we won the last war before this, but lost 3x in a row before that! I have almost always been the top damage dealer in my alliance despite having only the 7th strongest team, thus my position of Leader now (given to me as recognition by actual owner and older members). Trust me, I have practiced enough to make the most with whatever heroes I have, but bad boards occur more than good rolls with combos. I once lost a battle with my 3600 team against a 3200 team with 2 avg + 3 fast skills, and I kept getting tiles of colors I didn’t have in the roster.