@Weebo … or maybe the top 10 player have become a little bored of just attacking one another night after night, day after day. The trophies they can gain in general come from other top players alone. A, takes 15 trophies from B in three raids, B goes and gets them back again. Its the same players in general playing against each other, most of the time having to use scrolls to get the 98-100% success that they need to actually gain trophies not lose them.
Bear in mind that these players can normally get an absolute maximum of 6-7 trophies off another high level opponent, its normally 2-4 though, and that they get attacked and stripped 14 trophies at a time by some lower level players gemming from start to finish, who they in return cannot get any trophies from. Many of these kings have been here since day one, so yes some do have max towers and moral etc, but not all of them. Don’t forget if and when they top out in towers and moral they have nowhere to go, as such lower players coming up will eventually catch them up.
Also bear in mind not all kings want to be #1, its hard work to maintain and you are a sitting target for continual attacks from kings who you cannot get any revenge against in terms of medal trophies and worthwhile gold.
The algorithm used by the system will ensure that there is plenty of opportunity for any alliance to do well as it limits the ability of top players to run away with trophy gains as it tapers to 1-2 trophies per win the more successful and higher you get. I have seen it where one particularly strong king could only get 1 trophy from 3 top players the rest gave 0 Don’t forget that we are looking at todays top 10, go back four months and many names have gone missing from the top, this will happen again as new kings come through and old kings head for pastures new.
I’d advise you to work on your hero’s strength and your kingdom and not worry about those above you, over time you will be in a position to challenge any king, but bear in mind that nearly all high level kings have to use gems to beat another high level kings base, victory doesn’t come free.
@anonymous, high level kings in general don’t care about gold boosts, they have very little to spend it on, this was discussed in an earlier post, to my knowledge they also don’t in my experience club together to destroy kings coming through the ranks, it is normally the other way around.