I woke up one morning with a notification that I've reached Bronze
Judging by my code, the game didn't grab my attention at first, as I was just assigning drones in order (not even the closest zone). So I did that and got me to even worst result - right at the bottom of Bronze. It turns out, that opponents around me are doing exactly the same thing and we just stood there, gaining equal points the whole game
I've added simple checks for zones that I control but there is no point in just standing there and zones that I don't control and will be difficult to capture, so I've treated these drones as 'free' and seek zones that are not in anyone's control or weak zones that I can capture easily. That bumped me 1000 places
So, my implementation try-outs sort of drag me towards "Ghost in the cell" - like checking for incoming, getting there faster, and such, but I don't really have time at the moment and I really like to wait for a boss and then continue.