honestly i'm not sure how we're holding up against them. they know more. Our players are way less experienced and haven't won as much and are constantly doing noob mistakes. we just play as a team and are active. compared to their pro tactics btw LFS (led by @Pocono) is in the middle and hasnt chosen a side. waiting to see who wins so they can try to suck up to them and get top 3. because instead of choosing the side that has already been ganged up against or the cheating alliance, they are just waiting to see who wins so they can have an easy top 3.
my opinion throughout the era:
in the beginning i was kinda iffy about playing with players that aren't that experienced. i was very skeptical about our chances of winning this. throughout the era as diplomacy was done with other alliances, i greatly disliked our leader for his inability to do diplomacy and constant mistakes he was doing. i even reached the point when i was planning on leaving the alliance, which i notified our leader about and asked him to find a replacement. WBP asked me to leave the alliance and join them. this was before the war. i figured, why not? then they changed their minds and i'm like, ok.
after the war already started and we were facing off on two outposts opposite each other, WBP members contacted me and asked me to turn my army when i'm attacking them, so my alliance would crash into them without me. and WBP was trying to convince me to either get my alliance killed or do some other dumb shit that would hinder my alliance, and join them. I told them i wouldn't mind joining WBP, but not during the war. and i sure as hell wasn't about to backstab. their requests made me lose my respect for some of their players.
the player that was meant to replace me ended up replacing another member of our alliance (an inactive) so i ended up staying a bit longer. i told Haze that i would leave the alliance after the war whether we win or lose. i've fought together with these guys and have seen the harmony and teamwork. barely anyone missing a move, doing moves with all 10 members of the alliance, everyone being helpful. and i currently love this team. i hold no grudges against my leader (who i kinda hoped would die earlier on in the era) and i think he's a pretty swell lad now (as a player, of course. not a leader) i'm glad i stayed with them. i enjoy playing on this team. (unlike most of my previous team experiences)