Dear Flare Games, I hope that you guys have sincerely been listening to the feedback of players in regards to Alliance Wars. It is a fun concept, but in order for it to remain fun, there are elements of Alliance Wars that need to be addressed. I outlined some of these in a previous post about a week ago, but today I wanted to mention the flaw in the pairing system. In the first war, the pairing system seemed to be more fair, as my alliance was paired with 5 other alliances with similar member capacities. However, in the current war season, we were paired against opponents who were far out of our league. Take a look attachment below. The screenshots in the attachment were taken on day one of the current alliance war. My alliance did very well in the last war and won a lot of Fiefdom. However, based on the screenshot, it appears that we were paired solely on our Fiefdom count.
This is a problem because, as you can see from the images, we were paired with two other alliances in our league (Polish Warriors Meet Your Maker), while the other 3 opponents were far out of our league. Pairing alliances in such a fashion instantly sets the weaker alliances up for failure, as we are simply not capable of defeating alliances with 10+ members than us. The stronger alliances can simply pick off the smaller alliances before battling each other, which is exactly what happened. I don’t mean to sound like I’m whining, but I feel that this pairing system is simply unfair and my alliance members deserve better than this. We found ourselves “giving up” after day 2 because the other two weaker alliances had been eliminated and we knew that we stood no chance of survival against alliances with so many more members than us. I feel that alliances should be paired with other alliances who are around the same level, not based on the irrelevance of how many fiefdom they have won. I don’t know exactly what the solution to this problem is, but here is an idea. What if alliances were paired by the maximum number of members instead of by rank or fiefdom. This would be the fairest method of pairing that I could think of as you would be paired with other alliances around your level, instead of it being a landslide victory for the far stronger alliances. This would also help ensure that alliances could not exploit any loopholes in order to gain the advantage over an opponent; they would simply have to recruit and work hard to have a fair fight. The only problem with this proposal is that alliances within the top 100ish would likely be facing the same opponents often, as it is a slow process to grow and move up within that range. However, I don’t think that this is a huge deal as it would create a healthy rivalry among alliances and would invigorate them to continuously improve themselves. Of course, perhaps this is not the best method of pairing, simply an idea worth exploring. Additionally, perhaps this issue is not as widespread as I imagine because I have not seen a lot of posts about it on the forum. Forum members, if your alliance has faced a similar situation as I’ve outlined above, please post here so that Flare Games will know that I am not alone in my concern regarding the pairing system. However, regardless of what direction you decide to move, it should be known that ranking based on Fiefdom is a broken system. I hope that you guys will take note of this problem and work towards a solution in the future. Respectfully, - Chris