Well, he might have evolved into a brutal foe only in the recent times. He has probably the worst timing I ever saw, when he took over one of my villages, about 2 months ago. Yeah, I remember the part where he was in FIGHT, and then overnight moved to -R- and started attacking all the FIGHT members
Nobles hit about 2 mins apart.... and that was just a 4 noble train, back when he had ~ 100 villages. I dodged the clearing force, and then took out his noble train. Cant say it wasnt fun though. sia 2008 and vikvis had better timing than him at that point of time.
Powerful yes, only due to sheer size.... elite? not even close. Yeah, he is someone who relied on tribe support to grow early on, and then hit those tribemates back again. I am glad that his #1 rank was taken over. In my opinion, he dint deserve it at all