So my server is relatively new. Almost 3 weeks now. I'm mainly a F2P player and i've ranked in the top #20-30, sometimes sniping into the #11-20 since our server began.
I tried challenging the Top 10, but i had no luck against a lot of the P2W teams. Additionally, as the server gets older, the Top 10 are getting more resources:
1) 800-1000 arena tokens
2) 250-500 crystals
Sure, it's only a slight addition in arena tokens and crystals, but those add up over time and allow the Top 10 to get more refreshes for shards and gear.
So how do you break into the Top 10? I only see myself getting into the top 10 towards end game when i'm on equal footing with them in terms of maxed gear and stars.