A agree a lot of things in both of your thread, I just want to add one thing : In pvp between army or city, you 've the choice to accept defeat paying a little amount of gold or units
In fact if you've critical units (leveling 10) and if they are near death you just have to accept defeat to save them.
I do that often for saving my units, i prefer paying to heal them that paying for having new level 1 units.
For exemple I do that when Arasm attack my city for saving 6 units of great master level 10, I pay 800 gold, I think it was a good deal no ??
Another exemple yesterday I made a PVP against Konstantin, I lost the PVP and I lost only two units because the game caculate a too big amount of dead im my army, so the game help you to save your army too.
I lost yes, but it's a game, nexte time I'll win !
(when you play a lot of pvp you often win and you often lost; equivalent strengh of armies allow each time you to win ^^)
See you all in game !