Well they're laying it out plain and simple for us.. Bellow is the FAQ sheet on the fighting structure for mafia wars and why it gets so difficult when you reach certain levels. But now they've restructured the system and come out with some new tiers they believe will work out better.. Now players hitting 450 won't be slaughtered like baby lambs anymore.. They'll have to wait to 601 instead! The game will actually give you an option to Opt-in to the "Shark Tank" if you're below level 601! Whether that's a good idea or not is really on you, but if you've got cahones then go for it! Just remember that there is no backing out after you have opted-in!
Shark Tank 411
The newest fighting achievement is called the Shark Tank Achievement. Prior to this achievement, all players above level 450 were accessible to players above level 450 on the Fight List, so it was possible for a level 456 player to see a level 1234 player on their Fight List. In fact, one of the biggest complaints was from players having opponents thousands of levels higher than them on the Fight List.
Now Mafia Wars has grown in total number of players, it's time that there are two additional tiers to balance out the fighting. Players above level 401 will now be split into two groups -
Level 301-400, 401-600, Level 600+
Players between levels 301 and 400 will only see other players within that level range on their Fight List.
Players between levels 401 and 600 will only see other players within that level range on their Fight List.
Players reaching level 601, officially graduate to The Shark Tank. In the Shark Tank, you will no longer be in the 'kiddie pools'. It will be possible to see your Fight List populated with players hundres or thousands of levels above yours. If you want to improve your chances of survival in the Shark Tank, you'll want to improve your items with rares, superior, and ultimate rarity items, and make sure you have plenty of skill devoted to Attack and Defense.
After you win your first 10 fights while in the Shark Tank, you will earn the Shark Tank Achievement and the skill point that comes along with it.
Q: Can I go into the Shark Tank if I'm below level 601?
A: Level 601 is an absolute requirement for admission into the Shark Tank. We're researching the possibility of allowing lower level players to 'opt-in' to the Shark Tank, but at the moment, that is not an option.
Q: Can I back out of the Shark Tank if I'm above level 600?
A: Once you're in the Shark Tank, there's no backing out. Our game is called Mafia Wars for a very good reason.
Q: I'm above level 600 and having a hard time finding live opponents.
A: This is something the Mafia Wars team is closely monitoring during the first few days of this update. We want to ensure that there is enough 'bait' for higher level players to attack, as well as preventing players that illegally use attack-bots from 'eating all the bait'.*
Q: What are good ways to improve my attack and defense skill stats?
A: Convert Reward Points into skill points is one way to do so. You should also remember to craft your daily items in the Weapons Depot, Chop Shop, Armory, and Private Zoo, as some of those items come with permanent attack and defense skill additions. Attack and Defense boosts also offer temporary help.
Q: My attack and defense skill displayed on my Fight Page sometimes goes up and/or down. What's happening?
A: This is because your attack and defense boosts are being used in current fights. Please refer to the following support article -Click here.
Q: I think another player is 'unfairly' attacking me or their stats seem really high for their level.
A: If another player's attack or defense stats seem high, please look for the presence of Loyalty Program Mastery Items on their account. This will usually indicate if a player has spent money to improve their stats beyond those of non-paying players. If you feel 'unfairly' attacked, please read this support article thoroughly before submitting a ticket.
*Update 1/22 - After initial data analysis, the updated Shark Tank is temporarily closed while the designers are discussing how to ensure there is enough 'live bait' for players attacking legitimately.
*Update 1/27 - After analysis of the player distribution, the Shark Tank will be reintroduced at a level 601 threshold. This should ensure there are more 'live' players on Shark Tank Fight Lists. The Shark Tank will reopen today.
Customer Support is not authorized to offer any compensation for players who are afraid of sharks or being in the Shark Tank with other high level players, or want permanent invincibiliy to shark attacks. If you have any feedback or opinions about this achievement, please visit - http://getsatisfaction.com/mafia_wars/