This thread just proves what nonsense this game has become. If you think about it, what really is the objective? Trophy level means nothIng because people trophie surf, player level means nothing because everyone if free to attack everyone. People that spend hundreds of pounds a year play against people who spend nothing. The fact that you can make more gold attacking someone 10+ levels lower than you than some one at the same level is illogical. The fact that people 10+ levels above you can gain trophies from raiding you when you are powerless to stop them is also illogical. This game encourages you to fight weaker players were this is little to no risk of failure.
For me even now with festival and ninja ongoing there is no money via matchmaker nor via manual searching.