I don’t think the system is broken any longer, it can still use upgrades but it is much better than the original system and FAR greater than the weekend fix they did. Also they have stated in the update that players with high trophy count can now find themselves on a map of a much higher level player. Its meant to use ascension level and trophy level to decide your opponent.
Also I fully believe KFoolington abused the old broken system to get where he is and now that he is there he needs very few attacks (due to gold based on trophies) to afford upgrades at his level and yes max defense will and should be able to hold off most attacks at your level. If you can’t win at your level with max defense what would the point of having a defense be?
Now as a lower level player than you I will say it sucks having people up to 17 levels higher than me on my map. The average is 10 levels higher than me when an opponent appears and very infrequently are they lower than me. You show on my map and last time were 11 levels higher than me. That means a higher wall, more defenses and barricades and higher level troops to beat. I have to use invocations to get through even using Helen. As a paying player its not a big deal but imagine a non paying player. I dont mind the 21 trophies you give but really I would like a wider variety of opponents as I am starting to recognize you guys defense by name due to the repetitive nature.
I like the advantage of paying but also want the game to give those who dont pay a chance. The game is new, what now 34 days old? Its going to have a lot of updates to come and many, many changes. I look forward to it.
Good luck to you and please stay off my map for a while.