It’s probably safe to say that it won’t be very long before we have 25 alliances that reach max level with 40 players. Eventually there will probably be many more than 25.
Once that happens, it’s probably also safe to assume that the top 25 alliances will have enough clout to only allow players who have a max level alliance tower. This ensures they will maximize their daily alliance gold income (to keep as many boosts up as possible, all the time).
So basically that means players in the top 1000 will probably be heavily boosted most, if not all, of the time.
To fully upgrade the alliance tower costs a bit over 4000 gems – roughly $25 if you purchase those gems. Or a massive amount of grinding. But unless my math is wrong, it seems like this is going to be the new cost of admission to have a fair chance at competing in the upper end of the leaderboards.
I hope I’m wrong, and there are things that still aren’t obvious about how the elite boosts work. But it’s a bit worrisome.