"If we find a cat I'm going to kick it!"
-- (Terry Pratchett, Only You Can Save Mankind)
I offered a 1v1 to a Dramiel pilot, my Jaguar against his Dramiel, which he declined stating "I don't trust you"
Something about having friends in system and a command ship pilot in the next system.
Well, I was rather insulted.
1v1 to me is sacred, I have never and will never dishonour them. This is something taken very seriously by Mean Coalition too.
I take great pains to put my opponents at ease, letting them form gang, choosing the safe spot etc.
The fact that dishonoured 1v1s have become such common place that even those that follow the unwritten rules of 1v1 are left being ridiculed as untrustworthy, is in my opinion a sad state of the universe and the game in general.
When I say unwritten rules of 1v1, it means those often agreed to before the fight, such as: To the ship, to the pod, no ECM etc.
I quite often offer 1v1s, as I find them a good test of my abilities and skill. I have in the past had some epic fights in such situations.
Now, the other nights insult got me a bit riled up and I had a small outburst in local chat, something about the Dramiel pilot lacking balls. On reflection this was not how I should act, even as a pirate I hold myself to a higher standard.
1v1s, much like ransoms have been spoiled by others, to the detriment of those that feel honour, even amongst thieves is something to keep.
(Highsec ransoms then gank are a different kettle of fish, I understand the reasons of these kinds of actions)
1v1s may be a lost art, but there are those out there who will honour them and I salute you and I for one will always hold them sacred.
Disclaimer: Well, the art isn't really lost, we know exactly where it is, now just to convince others to enjoy it.