I got matched up with this team today. As you can see they are top 200, yet they kept swapping back and forth and not hitting me very hard, obviously to let me win. Because they are top 200 I seriously doubt they were de-ranking.
This is my team.
I mentioned this in alliance chat on Discord and one of the regulars said that they probably felt sad for me because mm pitted me against them. If this is the case, I sure wish I could thank them! It’s not often that somebody is so considerate that they would do that.