Personally those in the top 10 now are going to suffer a little later. Probably have no troops. I got 300 slings and 100 hops already under my belt to start farming neighbors. Plus 6 farms conquered.
It is always troops before points, but you need to remember to also build. I will not be the first person with a second city and that is fine with me. But I will have more bp, than the first person and I will quickly surpass them once I get CS ready.