@James_Brannock more than half your team is the same as mine, with the exception of Blue, Allo, and Einia-thingy.
Now I’m also level 8 and you can see my team below.
I’m currently at 2,919 trophies, never hit 3,000 before so very close. So if I go back a few weeks, I was constantly going back and forth between 1,900 and 2,400 and it was infuriating mainly because I kept going between arena 4 and arena 5 constantly.
Back then, and this is only a couple of weeks, if that, I had Blue lvl 12, Nundasuchus lvl 15 and Ankylo Gen 2 lvl 12 on my team instead of Stegoceratops, Kentro, and Amargocephalus, mainly because I didn’t have any of them unlocked.
I knew Blue had to go as having Vraptor and Pyro was enough raptor for my team, and I knew Nundasuchus had to go because it had become too basic.
Once I unlocked the 3 epics, I chose them because I realised I was missing dinos that had counter-attack, and stun. For a while I had Dimetrodon in, then replaced with Ankylocodon because they have passive immunity, but ended up replacing it with Stegoceratops.
Once I had got rid of Blue, Nunda, and Ankylocodon I found that having the 2 dinos with counter-attack and one with Stun has helped me a massive amount, and now I have shot up from between 1,900-2,400 upto 2,919.
Of course I only do battles whenever I have a incubator slot, so I do between 2 and 5 fights a day, unless it’s a 24hr incubator.
So just looking at your team, compared to mine for now, you have too many raptors, blue needs to go, but you did say you just had it in there for a strike tower so that’s fine. But you have no counter-attack dinos, these can help greatly particularly at times of swapping dinos, you also only have one slow-down dino, the Stego.
How your team looks right now I’m a little surprised you almost made it to 3,000, but i’m not surprised that you are dropping down more than you are rising. I think you need to give more time to getting DNA and fusing some dinos, than be concerned about getting back up in the ranks.
That’s my thoughts anyway, you can do what you want with it, but i’ve been in your shoes, and i’ve seen how beneficial changing my dinos to have new ones that have special abilities like counter-attack and stun really do help. I’m expecting, if I reach 3,000 soon, that i’ll get to a point in early in Sorna Marshes that I will start dropping more than I rise, and that will be a point where I need to improve or change some dinos, but that may not be easy until I unlock them.