It feels like a lame lost opportunity. The devs are rewarding the wrong thing.
Sure, it makes sense to get a bonus for successful defense teams. It’d also make sense to get more rewards if you participated in the event. Maybe 1 snotstone per successful defense with the event team, but IMO there ought to be something neat you can ONLY get via successful defense participation. It’s really easy to get players to do things if you put incentives on them.
I can’t really abuse the “reject PvP” trick because I’m still trying to max out my kingdoms so gold’s still precious to me. I’ll be remembering that one, but it’s still dumb because it’s the devs’ jobs to make players do more than just pick the easy way.