In a game like Evony it seems like the higher prestige players always seem to win. But the players with the troops are the real troublemakers.
Another Tip: Trouble is fun!
If your going up against another alliance, make some trouble. Steal their valley's, take their colonies, move in next to them and make the worst neighbor ever. Anything to annoy them will bypass their better judgment and make them do something foolish. Its simple