that's the idea of it with this change. On the normal servers the tactic is to start with a low as possible level the endgame. I'm glad with the change that you need to keep leveling.
I am baffled by how some users here, and also by players that don't visit the forum, interpret the EG changes and make judgement calls that affect the majority of players that don't really understand nor read the changelog.
Let's take an example from the Einstein server, we have:
1. Petertown - now ranked 1st with 203 players - who will most likely hit level 45 when entering the EG.
2. Westhill - now ranked 6th with 111 players - who will most likely hit 39 when entering the EG.
Because of the EG changes, Westhill's quota has shifted from 124791t, which they would have had on a Classic server, to 155989t which they forcibly have on Platform X server.
Keep in mind that Westhill has a bit over half of Petertown's player base. Them being a smaller town HAS NOT increase their chances, but on the contrary, decrease them. And it's already difficult for them to level at the pace of Petertown.
So no, these changes DO NOT incentivize leveling a city as much as possible, it ONLY incentivizes a city being 1st, that's all.
This community is seriously lacking analysis.