I have to agree, ladders really are crazy OP. To be honest I think raiding in general is OP. There’s not much skill in it anymore since Turrets became powered.
It’s purely now a game of how much sulfur and time are you prepared to invest in a raid (unless the occupants happen to be online).
Even speaking as someone who loves to do a raid, it would be great if better offline-defence options were available to help your base withstand attacks. Would make building those defences (and raiding them) a lot more fun.