To EA: you need to fix the arenas. they need to be arenas not informal offline guilds. Especially the ships arena. I have experienced being battle blocked for extended time periods (read 30+ min of me continuously going through the select a battle cycle) and losing control of my team while these informal guilds drive me down and out of the payouts is, using your wording, against the intent of the game. some recommendations:
1. defending teams have a 60 sec window after a battle before they can be selected for battle again
2. if you purchased a time bypass and are immediately battle locked, those crystals are immediately refunded.
3. When you lose you only drop one position and everyone moves down.
4. If you have not battled in the last 30 minutes, you dropped in position to the next position below you that has not either.
All of these are to force churn in the top 50 positions. It is disheartening when you should be battling 1vs1 and instead have to battle 1vs30 or 40.