I’ve really enjoyed watching the alliance tournament the last few weekends: the silly commentators, the surge of reactions during various upsets, various alliances trying to surprise people with new or unexpected compositions, and betting a little on matches to make some minor pocket change.
Sometimes, I feel that many people in EVE would like to see combat in EVE become more like alliance tournament combat:
They want to control the size of the engagements, and have fair ‘teams.’ People complain of getting ganked, or blobbed, and many pilots who consider themselves ‘solo’ pvpers often display a sense of entitlement toward getting ‘solo’ fights.
They want to control what people can fit and what advantages people can have. People complain about ECM, about links, and other things they feel are force multipliers or some sort of ‘unfair’ advantage that makes things ‘uneven.’
They want clear cut killmails so that they can make clear cut battlereports that show cleanly defined fights with all factors involved.
However, combat in EVE is messy and complicated. Engagements can have multiple parties and facets, with smaller fights happening side by side, and groups merging in and out of the fight at different times.
Furthermore, the entire scope of the ‘fight’ is rarely restricted to the engagement itself. There is what happens leading up to the fight, and often what happens after. You have different groups trying to bait each other, or a pilot carefully hunting his prey. There is intel being passed, and spies, and complicated loyalties, and political decisions that FCs often have to make subconsciously.
EVE is not the Alliance Tournament. Faction War plexes are not tournament arenas where some specific thing is supposed to happen. Low-sec was not ‘meant’ for small gang pvp, and the low-sec community is not entitled to specific gameplay void of intervention from things we do not deem ‘acceptable.’
Often, when I see people insist that warp core stabs should be removed from plexes (or the game) or that some contrived thing should be put into place in low-sec so PL can't drop supers on destroyers, or that CCP should implement plexes where only battlecruisers and nothing else can enter (or where only some specific gameplay can occur) I think that these are people that do not really understand the game.