I’m seeing the same thing the past few days. I’m having to put a lot of effort in to find bases worth even 200k. Before the most recent update (the one that turned elite boosts back on), I could find 300k+ bases fairly easily.
It feels really broken right now. Hard but beatable bases in the 300-400 medal range are only giving 100k-170k in loot. It will go up to around 250k for the 600-700 medal bases (which are flat out impossible without scrolling). The matchmaker also never gives me players above my trophy level anymore – only ones in a range of about 100-300 trophies below my current level.
I hope this isn’t the new normal, because grinding out the gold for high level upgrades is pretty unpleasant now.
I’m wondering if this is to offset easier raiding due to elite boosts now or something? Like if your alliance has active boosts (which mine does) then you get a loot penalty for not raiding other boosted players? I’m not sure because I can’t find anyone who’s boosted in my trophy range.
The other thing I noticed is that since recently joining a top alliance, the matchmaker seems convinced that I should only be fighting players that are ridiculously strong (in my trophy range that means all the 4k+ players who trophy dumped) and therefore only cherry-picks those players for me – sometimes offering me the same players repeatedly. I have to manually find opponents from the leaderboard now to end up with a reasonable chance of victory.
I’m actually wishing this update never happened. I was having a lot of fun the past few weeks, and even bought more gems because of it. Now it just feels like a grind again.