“Always search the root target” in everything.
The high Leadership gives you the opportunity to produce and sustain huge offense armies. But what is the effectiveness of a huge army on a very narrow road to the castle?.. Most of the troops just get clogged in the tail, doing nothing, cause they are out of range and far away from the active front.
High leadership is only significant if you need to use expensive troops combos which includes Mummies, Wolves and Ogres. But these are not ranged troops, so they are useless on the choke points or against adjacent lanes. Therefore, you usually need to combine them with cheap effective range troops like arbs/archers, frosters/pyros, cannons etc. What brings us back to the jamming on the narrow roads.
Eventually, the effectiveness of high leadership is lost here.
One word must be said here about different raiding techniques. In some situations against certain bases, you use combos of non-ranged troops, like knights/paladins. There, huge clumsy armies is the only thing needed to win.
Adam, you were asking what’s going wrong in offense, despite of your high leadership. So, this is probably what’s going wrong there.
I suggest looking at the root target:
Q: Why are you raiding (excluding wartimes)?
A: To get gold…
Therefore, your target is not winning, glory, trophies, position, rank and all the rest of the Ego stuff (some will disagree with me at this point). Your target is gold for upgrades. You need to max the gold you earn from each raid.
The best way to max your gold is by using gold boosting equipment.
For example, my king wears gold boosting equipment giving around +80%gold. Combined with the alliance gold boost it’s more than +110% in total. It equals to double the amount of regular gold % won raids.
But there is a disadvantage here - you have less Leadership, scream and speed boosts. So, you need to learn good raiding techniques to complete.
When fighting the seasons, the target is different, you need to win only. Gold does not matter. For example, my king has a second set of outfits for this. The difference in Leadership between my both sets of outfits is 1,500…
Surprisingly, with this 1,500 leadership addition, the ability to beat high rate bases is increased only just a little bit… Probably because of the clogging and jamming problem discussed above. So, most of the time I continue using the gold equipment.