Currently, resource payouts from raids are scaled based on the primary attacker’s level relative to the defending base’s, to incentivize hitting at your own level or higher. This is a good idea, but it has a loophole in that the primary attacker can just invite a high level backer along and get unpenalized payouts.
Here are the three types of raids you face if you’re a mid level with a good base:
People your level try to hit you. You defend. They all die. All of them. It’s glorious. This is your reward for building a good base and then defending it.
People 100 levels and 1-2 dragon tiers above you hit you. They win and get small amounts of resources. This is common and dumb but also largely without consequence.
People your level or lower hit you with a backer 2-3 tiers above you. They win* and get resource payouts as though they were David killing Goliath, when in fact they are Goliath killing David. This is a bad dynamic.
* Unless their backer has an emerald Avyx or Ferga and somehow manage to get shot down on e.g. a level 122 base, but hahaha how would that even happen?
#3 is a bad dynamic and seems like a loophole in the mechanics. It’s particularly annoying for low and mid-levels, since the power scaling is such that skilled defenders versus unskilled attackers still might not be able to hold a base if said unskilled attacker is 2 tiers above them. It tends to happen a lot in resource events (fort or feeding), because most high level players finish the event early and then have nothing to do.
I’d propose that we use the maximum level among all attackers who actually attacked to determine raid payouts. I.e. if you defeat the base in round 1 with 2 backers, payout is based solely on the primary attacker. If you defeat the base in round 2 or 3, payout is based on you and your first backer’s levels, whichever is greater. If you defeat it in round 4 or later, payout is based on the maximum level of you and your two backers.
Anticipated objection: But doesn’t this mean I could get less resources than advertised, if a high-level backer joins my raid?
Response: Indeed it does! You could resolve this problem by either not pressing the “invite teammates” button or managing to defeat the base on your own.