Vov often comments that people fail to leave when they are not pointed and instead die. This puzzles him endlessly. He spends a lot of time kiting and leaving is one of the strategic choices that he likes to give to himself. Similarly, often we have lost a bit more than we might have if we had left the field when we had a chance. Then someone gets pointed and the choice has been made, be it good or bad.
Withdrawing is a tactic but it seems to be one that few are willing to use. Reading the PL announcement and Grath saying that he is going to make the choice that is best for his people, and that means withdrawing had me throwing respect points his way. Leaving when it is best to leave creates a lot of feedback, on the field, in conversations, and most certainly by the public forum.
I often listen to the arguments from people who want to brawl. Spaceship to spaceship is the only way to go, I often hear. Kiters are ridiculed for possible sexual open mindedness. They should come fight in the face because that is the best thing ever.
It is a matter of tactics. The joke about Sun Tzu quotes and such is an echo of the tactical aspects of Eve. Despite the "Eve is easy just press F1" there are a lot of battle tactics used. The game is a spaceship simulator and some people are playing that game. But it is also a game of tactical decisions and choices with a broader picture that we call the meta, other's are playing that. The bulk, however, sit inside the two areas and drift one way or another.
Screaming for blood is easy enough. Violence has long been a spectators sport. From gladiators to boxers people enjoy watching other people get hurt from a safe position. The clash of alliances and the screams for them to shake it off and keep fighting has a similar tone to me. It is easy to goad another and let them take the fall.
I respect the honesty of PL saying they are going to withdraw and heal. I may not understand posturing well enough. Maybe some people do drink of that kool-aid. I may just lack the proper, aggressive attitude. I have a lot of belief in supporting the corporation and that means taking care of the people that surround you everyday and mold the game for you.
Withdrawing is s tactic too. It isn't some terrible, unacceptable thing. Not from wars, not from fights, not from situations that are only going to cause damage. Because, there is also the fail cascade and it lurks under everything. People need to be treated like people, not autonomous objects. Corporation members can always leave. To have them is not to own them. It is a partnership.
I've never questioned if PL had a strong leadership before. I'm a spectator in this sport after all. However, today, I'd say with certainty that they do and applaud them. Some may approve of how well they have handled their loss. That to is well done. But to me, out of this whole fight and the limelight that comes with it I find the most interest in the care that PL has demonstrated for its members.
Of course, there is also a lovely ring to legion on legion action. The boys have decided that they should have said action in Legions and make a holy trinity unlike anything ever seen before.