You're very right Tony... I started a guild in over 1.5 years ago and about two months ago we got into the diamond league for the first time (we didn't get many 1st places like you did, just a lot of #2 & #3 spots). We had no illusions that we were going to triumph in diamond and saw that just getting there was a huge accomplishment for a junior guild. What I didn't like was getting threats from guilds that if we didn't participate in their checkerboard scheme they (meaning multiple guilds) would bury us so we wouldn't even get to play for rewards (and they did). That bothered me. Do what you have to do, but don't threaten or repeatedly taunt guilds that are just trying to have fun. Collusion (not alliances) between guilds defeats the GBG concept in my mind. What's happening now is an exploit, but I do not blame anyone for doing it. I play in another guild that follows these cooperative rules and I have enjoyed up to 300 battles and the rewards each day.Based on the league points system it does not take years to start a city and make it diamond league. Without paying real world money it can be done in less than 8 months. I started a city and a guild to prove just this is possible. All a guilds needs is to be able to place P1 or P2 for 7 seasons. This gets the guild to diamond league. Because of the league points system, it does not mean the guild will be competitive and/or able to stay in diamond league.
Also, I haven't heard much discussion on the treasury disparities amongst guilds. I know in GE the more members you have and the more advanced the age, the bigger the cost to your treasury to open up each level. We wouldn't mind playing along with the checkerboard scheme, but like two or three siege camps built and our treasury is toast for at least the next two rounds. It was too easy to get to diamond so I see both sides of the argument here... the top guilds shouldn't have to worry about junior guilds. What I wish they'd concentrate on erasing are those guilds with only 2 high score players that are probably the same person.