Ive read as much as I can bear of your post Jezuz so forgive me if Ive missed anything.
To address what happened with barbar it needs to be noted that they continually cheated by playing multiple accounts. I would rather fight them too but there comes a time when enough has to be enough.
With regards to other comments about some LFKD players lacking quality and the plan being horrible its frankly not true.
The LFKD did have a flawed plan but not for the reasons you suggest. The plan to be aggressive and to plow through our enemies was not sustainable because about 12 months ago we ran out of nobles. This led to a loss of momentum and widespread boredom among players who then started to become inactive and allowed our enemies to get a foot in the door.
Players like goldaigel, thorstone, and oddball13 were great players but eventually lost interest became inactive and then started to get attacked by which point they didnt have the energy to defent themselves.
Inactivity leads to long posts.
I would say that the world caught up, which were to be expected in my view. Remember, the tribes and families around lfkd wasn't comparable to them. It shouldn't have been a doubt about lfkd running out of nobles. It's another reason for calling it flawed, of course it's easy to say when sitting with the answer cheat.
And who said that lfkd didn't cheat as with multi-accounting?
Otto got 8 accounts banned at the same time by logging in from the same IP address. ingame mails with passwords for account were sent around openly. Jzhens seems to have received a new owner as well. As of lately, he have been doing really good. The only time one would take notice from him where when he supported our targets, the ones you noble often had 10D heading towards them each. It's his defence which keeps Thorstones villages safe.
A lot were perm sat and it was obvious from what Nyxx said, it became to much for them and it would continue.
Thorstone was not that impressive, remember that would make most of TSE to elite players. Even Shanaras last owners would have been elites, they just didn't expect so large attacks which caused them to go red.
As long that the majority of ones villages are safe, close to anyone would be good. Being stacked is important, but it doesn't show any skill. Attacking but never being attacked isn't anything called skilled either. But being safe gives a higher morale.
What can be defined as skill is activity, endurance and motivation. I have never been so much disappointed than that of Shanaras owners, the best account on the entire front reduced to nothing. An account which had enormous amount of support everywhere. When Canuck sat it, he called it childsplay, it was a joke to defend with it.
And those owners were top players, it isn't often that I take in random players without any stats or recommendations behind them unless I'm really out of owners. My conclusion is that some players have never had a real challenge, Thorstone was one of them. Sitting with maxed out villages and sending away a few nukes isn't skilled. When we made an operation against Thorstone, he couldn't handle it and that was a part of the calculation. I expected that he wouldn't be good enough to defend, specifically when I dealing with close range at the same that which made him give up completely. The operation was way above what he would ever be able to handle.
TSE is a good tribe. But that doesn't make everyone of our players good, some are better than others. Lfkd had a lot of more players, as there wasn't any tribe or family around to compare towards the size and amount. Not all of these were good, most weren't. What remained were the most dedicated and those which it were possible to send new owners in. Lrdconqueror were one of the more impressive, oddball were most likely another. Still I don't know if what he faced were skilled.
King Benx and Canuck are most likely the most skilled left. I would say that Canuck is currently this worlds most skilled player, Sciros should be able to verify that. Shanara lost villages every time we sent new owners into that account and ended Canucks sitting, he's the one who did the majority of it's defending. With that being said, Sciros is insanely active towards TSE in the south. I would say more activity than skill. Pks down here got more skill, however less activity. They're active, but not constantly. They do however work well with Sciros. And Death will of course have a high activity since it were just formed and many of their fronts are undefended before. Anyone can imagine the situation of ones villages in-deep suddenly are surrounded by red, villages behind fronts often have less troops. Sciros north front is inactive like hell and always were, there wasn't any leadership up there (I highly recommend that they start focusing on Death instead of us).
Death will be active, due to the players they invited are active ones which received owners or are leftovers of Pks. Their players will most likely quit or delete and then get kicked once they're get overwhelmed.
A conclusion would be that, there's a few players who shine over the rest, those behind that light aren't often proven until the shiny one get busy. In the end, only the ones who shined remains, the rest gets eaten or goes grey. Lfkd needed another plan, one were they to focused on a single front where it would be possible to dig through. A large gain where it counted.
More than that, I'll soon be back and active (more than that of nobling greys). With Pks deleting it have given TSE more time, now we can focus on another front. Even with a few player nobling greys at our fronts, it'll be far easier than having a well stack tribe ahead.
And that's the conclusion post of a three weeks inactivity, if not more. These posts are wonderful, they really last without replies until I get back. And as always, nothing is ill-meant. I just work without breaks.
The problem doesn't lie in nobles or activity, but when the enemy is able to counter your plans. A good point to often take in consideration is when the enemy will catch up. And when they do, will you able to adapt and take the upper hand?