I am sure this topic has been covered before but here goes. I recently turned level 50 and very quickly I am becoming disenfranchised with the game. I used to attack and get attacked by players my own level and since turning Level 50 that is no longer the case.
As soon as I start a ritual, my gem almost immediately gets stolen by players with levels as high as 1072 ( how is this even possible without cheating). Anyone my own level who attacks me doesn't normally fare well on my base with 1 star or less.
Since the update to the expense for throne upgrade; those of us not leveled up to Wise Seer 5 are screwed . Upgrades are incredibly expensive and difficulty completing rituals only compounds the problem. For example, for me to upgrade from Wise Judge 3 to 4, the cost is 120000 gold, 18 purple dust, and 4 mushrooms. At this rate it will take me years to get to Max Wise Seer.
My statement is this: With such incredible disparity between older and newer players, does Zeptolab even care if players are in for the long haul or are they content to make their money and have people bail once this inequality gets prohibitive (level 50).
PS: I have taken great care constructing my bases and this is evidenced by my success against similarly ranked players.
Please comment if you have similar problems, suggestions. If anyone at Zeptolab is listening, please respond.