Berliner is only in your bracket because we kicked their butts so badly in Season 1 and Season 2. Sorry about that!
On Topic: The pairing based on trophies won’t work, period. Trophies can be actively manipulated by players, and strong kings will gladly drop trophies before a war, just so they can abuse lower ranked/level alliances. Forget matching based on trophies. Fiefdoms seems to be a more reasonable and balanced way to handle matchmaking, but again, higher ranked alliances with low fiefdoms will end up in a weaker bracket. This isn’t fair to the alliances they have to fight, as they will have an insurmountable advantage. That being said, the only fairly logical way of handling this is to match us based solely on strength. That means matching us based only on our number of members, with a 1-3 member difference to leave room for flexible match making.
This will completely eliminate the advantage gained by dropping trophies to cheat, as your number of members will not change. As I type this, it has occured to me that there is STILL a loophole, even with this. I will say it now, because if this alternative is actually put in effect, people will find the loophole, use it, and abuse it all the same. Here it is: If this were to be implemented, I can already see certain dishonorable alliances (No names) kicking members to get into a weaker bracket, then inviting them back after the season has started. However, this problem can easily be fixed by LOCKING alliances at the start of a war season. This means that as soon as the season starts, no one can join an alliance. I see no other alternative if we want to make wars as fun, and as fair as possible. We know exactly when the war is going to start, so there should be no reason that an alliance can not figure out who will be able to participate, who they need to kick, who they need to invite, etc. BEFORE the war season begins; as we have advanced notice.
Please take this into consideration. The current matching system is making wars a tedious chore, not an exciting part of Royal Revolt. It is no fun when you go into a war season just to find that it is going to be completely one sided, and you already know from day 1 who is going to win, because they have 15 more members than everyone else on the map.