I just attacked a Novice who held a territory of 2 troops with a 7, and I lost!
Then, he attacked my territory where I had 15 troops with a 6 and he won!!!
I have noticed that Novice players have EXTREME power if they dare to attack a Master.
Also, when you are a Master, everyone on the board appears to unite to kill you, even if they have to die trying. I have elected NO ALLIANCES in my filter settings, but the game allows them anyway. This game is broken in so many ways.