So I have been playing for about a year and a half and have been struggling to get into the top thousand of my leader board/shard group of Squad Arena.
At first I thought it was normal, being surrounded by players who were all gear 12, zetas and good gear.
How wrong was I? I have looked at my guild team mates who some of them are up at like 200 with zero zetas, no gear 12 etc. Whereas I have several gear 12 and a few zetas and I'm still around the 1100 rank?? There is no way they would be anywhere near that rank in my leader board.
So it appears that there are many leader boards where it's a breeze to get lots more rewards for low characters whereas someone with pretty decent teams (my best is around 101k) gets rubbish rewards being stuck with total tough opponents.