This has been our guild’s experience as well, and it’s incredibly frustrating.
3/4 weeks, we have the ability to put in effort and get rewards for doing so.
Every 4th week – and it’s not that we don’t like GW itself! – there is literally nothing we can do to improve our rewards in the (largely) foreseeable future (see next paragraph) beyond getting a bonus 50 Seals/day and a largely useless experience bonus.
We’ve been moving up the brackets for about 14 months now, and are yet to receive an increase in rewards. In perhaps another 2 iterations we’ll receive our first (our first!) increase (from 3 to 6 troops, 10 to 25 Gems) – but for now, we still get 3 measly copies of the GW troop, 10(?) Gems, and bleh. It’s quite frankly unacceptable, ridiculous and disgusting – and realistically, if this does ever get addressed, I’d like Gem and Troop compensation to match the new expected time for improved rewards. I placed a lower-level alt in an open-invite Guild that was much higher up in Brackets (~40), but much less active, and received better rewards for months without even really trying. Very un-Australian (read: unfair).
We don’t even get the chance to test out defences or acclimatise to tougher guilds – I was Paragon last war and I had somewhere between 0 and 2 (can’t remember exactly, but I do have the screenshots) people attack me the whole week.
I’m also scared I’ll lose my good players to the established guilds whenever the topic comes up in guild chat. It’s demotivating for everyone.
Comparing scores from setting defences/participation
Something that I think hasn’t been taken into account by the Devs when comparing the scores of guilds in higher and lower brackets (at least when responding here on the forums) is points earned from setting unique defences.
There are 360,000 points available to every Guild that are 100% unaffected by the strength of your competition, and solely by your own Guild’s participation (and understanding of the rules…).
There are still quite a few Guilds in the top 50 Brackets, as evidenced by the data on Taransworld, that score under this margin, and I think that is also quite unacceptable and ridiculous.