Here is some pics to better explain, it seems like ASCENSION is your worst enemy because your power level gets a huge boost.
Notice power level 4800 being rank 62, why ? Because no one below his power level can beat him which means he barely loses any points (lose 2 or 3 pts on defense) if someone 4800+ attacks him … And that guy when he invades is able to beat higher power level then he his and get a ton of pts (50+ pts depending on power lvl of opponent)
I am @ 5500 power level and rank 56 and can beat potentially up to 8K power level depending on the team (there is alot of power level 7-8K that is ranked over 10K!)
Someone that is 8K power level and CAN only beat much lower power levels like 6K or 7K at the most will barely get any pts for invade and will lose way more pts on defense, basically he needs the best of the best in troops & synergy or fail miserably
(I can get up to 53 pts on invade and just lose max 4 pts on defense, same for that other guy @ 4800)
I don’t know how there is 8K+ power level in top 10 because when I WIN a defense, I don’t get any pts so I’m not sure how they’re climbing with so many pts, are they just invading 24/7 ? (rank 1 is about 50,000 pts more then rank 30 on last day of reset…)
Basically I can create a new account, NOT ascend anyone and just max my magic cities and maybe HP and my power level will be super low but I’ll be able to beat much more difficult opponents and finish top 100 within the first week… while Joe shmoe has been working on his team for months and because his power level is too good for his own good, he can’t compete with this system…