I've never been a huge 1v1 fan and obviously it shows from my 1v1ing skill. It seems now that I'm in good company though.
There's still some really good 1v1r's here like Slashed, Nudes or even Debuff but they are few and far between.
While I've never been a big 1v1er, I've taken good advice from folks like Vinner and Greens, who explained that 1v1ing was an excellent way to hone ones skills when it came to player vs player. They also taught me to make a gaming challenge of it by using or not using certain skills to make a fight as challenging as possible.
There's always been unwritten rules for engagement that had that spirit in mind but it seems all those rules have gone by the way..
Because of the Over-power situation that now exists in the Moors, Most (not all) Freeps seem to use 1v1's as an easy way to farm renown and that is a shame.
Still, Slashed rarely uses Wrath in any of his 1v1's simply because he finds it a challenge to see what he can do without it.
Now I'm not familiar with most Freep classes and I'm sure others can add a lot of other skills or buffs that a freep or even a creep shouldn't use but I have made a couple of observations:
Debuff doesn't 1v1 from stealth and I rarely get him below 2/3 health. Any burg that 1v1's from Stealth is fail in my opinion.
Do you really need bubbles during a 1v1?
What about a LM that spams windlore?
Why 1v1 with your reflective damage jewlry equipped? (I laugh everytime I get incapacitated by that silly necklace.
Greens use to say, during a 1v1, use whatever skills you need for your personal skill level to be competitive, but when you start overpowering your opposition, limit some of those op skills and see if you can improve without them.
I do enjoy 1v1ing from time to time and it's a good measure of how bad or good I really am and I can stink up the field from time to time. With that said, I may not be that good but I do recognize those who are and I get a really good laugh from those who think they are but really aren't any better than I am. That's why they play their OP classes though..
You don't have to be the best to enjoy playing. Two evenly matched opponents fighting a really close fight can be very fun, even when loosing or those times that both die at the same time.
I enjoy fighting someone a lot better than me just to see how far I can get them down and see if I can do better from one fight to the next even though I know I won't win. Success can be measured in different ways after all.
I also realize that those good players would rather challenge themselves with someone better also, so out of respect I don't push too far.
My last point is that folks bore with fighting the same folks over and over with the same results and if they are OP to start with and tend to exploit their advantages, what little 1v1ing we have won't grow and will dwindle just as it has in the past.