Here is a brilliant idea:
First: calculate average gems spent on conquests per every alliance/player.
Second: Start conquest. Pair alliances in groups of 4. Choose the winner and boosts by a random draw. Give out all prizes, or close to it, to all alliances. Players will have the option to pay gems to activate boosts and receive prizes. End conquest.
This way, flare gets what it wants - gems - and we get what we want - prizes - without the hassle of a broken conquest that is a stress to both parts.
To top it off, result would be just as fair as the results we get now. No give or take. I will take 50k gems for the brilliant idea.
Here is a short account of our previous 2 conquests.
We get thrown in a map where 3 alliances are “friends” with each other. We are the 2nd strongest in rank and players, but hey, 3 friends decide they will take 3 first places and won’t attack each other.
We get hammered all conquest, manage to screw with the most pretentious of the allies (which clearly was not the strongest but intended to be in 1st place), and make them get 3rd. We go 4th.
We get thrown in a map again with pretentious ally from conquest 1 + another friend of theirs, this time significantly higher ranked than us. We rain upon pretentious ally and start destroying them, but friend comes to rescue. Alliance 4 adopts peace stance and settles for 3rd, can’t blame them. We end in 4th again.
Now everyone is saying conquest core mechanics is broken from day 1, and Flare has been throwing crumbles at us as if they made any difference “Oh, we put an order system in place” “oh, we stopped pinning strategy”, like ANY OF THAT MATTERS WHEN 2 ALLIANCES GANG UPON A THIRD ONE.
“Oh forget that, here is the rune system”…
The really annoying part? Our alliance plays their ar.ses off even when losing, but the stress on everyone is tremendous. We lost yet 2 more VERY LONG TERM players to last conquest because of the frustration.
Don’t get me wrong, when stars aligned and we got decent matchmaking and no deals were made that left 1 alliance in a big disadvantage, we had a blast. Only that happens way too rarely to make this something we look forward to.