Real effort would be placing more than 1 DA and using up some time boosters. I rather keep those and do a consistent 8k or more. I think it gives me more KP and RP in the long run.If you normally do a lot less, (7500, your average in the last cycle) getting and calling a 1 out of 9 tournaments 14K push "without any real effort" a strange way to describe the issue.
I have a level 32 simia, the needles only level 17. I have 2 brown bears, but I rarely use them nowadays. I use the polar bears and a level 21 timewarp to have zero cooldown. I could get rid of the timewarp too, because it is a luxury to have 21 AW levels for nothing, but I like to do almost everything on tuesday or wednesday and do a little more on saturday before it ends. I agree that the simia makes a difference, but I have an abandoned 200k city without it and even there I could do 10k+, so it is not everything. Fighting skills and booster buildings matter a lot, not to mention having an optimal city layout.I survive on owning a level 35 needles(accedentely destroyed it almost back to 35), victory springs, flying academy and sapiens.
A tournaments optimised town and a strategy that has developed over the years and the kicker 3 BROWN BEARS!