|As one of the targets of the Crystal retribution in Libra, I've given considerable thought to the recent debate about changing the game mechanics. This applies to oversharing of tech, multi-way alliances, and vassal situations in solo-win games like championships. Especially at this level, strategic anticipation of possible outcomes, flawless execution, and shrewd diplomacy are minimum requirements to even have a chance at earning the mantle of Emperor. The interpersonal aspect in diplomacy and negotiation is usually the most important factor, though. The fact that @Hiko (and to a degree, @Greywolf ) have convinced multiple other players to provide considerable support in a solo-win game is a testament to their capability. The other players are (or should be) savvy enough to know when they are being manipulated against their own best-interests. If they don’t, that’s more evidence to Hiko/Greywolf’s diplomatic prowess.|
Another measure to look at is if this dynamic could happen in the real world? Could a persecuted group assist a larger friendly power to exact revenge on a common enemy nation/group? Absolutely. Could nations align themselves with others in a way that is not in their own self-interest? Happens all the time... One of the things I like about Planets in general, and this championship in particular, is that it is a microcosm of geopolitical power struggles and influence that in some ways isn’t too far removed from reality (although I’d like to think that we are usually more cordial chaps than Messrs. Trump, Xi, Putin, Erdogan, Modi, etc.) Generally, I'm in favor of leaving the game configuration as-is, since it allows similar situations to develop when compared to the real world. Lone/Public Wolf certainly have their place, but I think that implementing even subtle aspects of those formats, or otherwise limiting cooperation further, would unduly restrict the diplomatic dimensions of the game.
The primary reason why webs are a plague is because of my failure early in the game. I was somewhat purposefully indecisive in attacking the Crystals after I got caught just outside their HW going for a headshot. My strategy was to let the Crystals and well-equipped Robots fight it out a bit to try to whittle-down the growing Robot threat (sorry Elvon). That was a mistake. I also may have been able to thwart the Crystal exodus via probe, but did not make the attempt. I kept Elvon (Robots) at arms-length for too long, preventing the consolidation of our strength against the real threat(s) in the west. The point of this is that this outcome is the result of several strategic, tactical, and diplomatic errors on my part. I have been weighed and found wanting in this championship, and again realize that I have much more to learn.