I would like to be the first to extend a hearty congratulations to MAD for their gold fueled victory. It must have taken you a lot of time and planning to use your bank cards to strategically to merge hammers every few days. Paying employees to play for you and support you with private farms, was I have, to say an inspired idea. All in all, you proved your travian skills without a gold doubt. And multiaccount, scripting and botting, I mean I don't know why the rest of us did not think of that. Just bad leadership I suppose on our part.
Of course MAD could have probably been defeated if the rest of the server had banded togather, but TM and TKW couldn't grasp the insane cheating and golding since it didn't happen to them, until of course it did happen to them and then it was too late. I hope those leaders have lived and learned. Think big, think strategically and adjust to facts on the ground. The facts were in broad daylight and you all whistled past the grave yard.
Anyways, enough crying over spilled milk.
Shame on MAD. A bought victory is meaningless, the point of playing games is to prove strategy and game skill. Yes, travian must charge for some things to pay staff and developers, but a game should not be pay to win so directly. But Thank you for using insane amounts of gold on this server to subsidize other travian servers, where poor folks like us do not spend ridiculous amounts of gold.
Shame on Travian and your failure to stop the rampant cheating and encouraging pay to win servers. I do hope Travian realizes how broken the merge function is. However, I doubt it since I am sure travian accountants love seeing the $$$$ spent on merging armies. Seems this game is more about making money than giving us a quality product. Par for the course. The regions concept is fabulous, merging instant armies is decidedly not.