Some people swear up and down that it’s a bug and that they are battling, not flagged, and it’s just not showing up. Mods and Devs will not confirm or deny.
You can give them the benefit of a doubt, but it certainly does pay to be a skeptic.
There are PLENTY of casual alliances out there that will take them in and not care.
Here’s the way I look at it.
I am not a fan of the current arena, however I know that the alliance CANNOT pick up the slack on DBI’s. I need to do my part. I’m getting cash, coins, and DNA, if I’m not doing my part I’m dead weight.
If DBI’s are holding you back, they need to go. Battles the rest of the alliance that loves it can pick up slack, but DBI’s should be a deal breaker for you if that’s the issue.
And if they have a big fat zero for trophies, no one will think you did anyone wrong at this point.
No one should ride for free.
EDIT: With the current state of the game, it may be a good idea to grandfather current members, but make discord mandatory for all new applicants.