I don’t understand why wouldn’t Blacklist in duels be added. I’m not that happy with the “enjoy dragging or leave” attitude and I’d rather have a choice in how I’d like to play the game. I never asked dragging elitists about their ideal gameplay vision, yet they are forcing it down my throat because I was not given much of a choice in-game. I know I could just challenge players I played with but that’s simply impractical.
And just as you said about the honorable duels OP that still happen sometimes: they are so insanely immersive it literally breaks your mind, the long fights with the steel ringing nearly all the time while the stamina slowly drops down, forcing you to change tactics into retreats or rushing; risking your hp in the process. Those fights are incredibly satisfying and purely fun for both sides, too bad all those competitive elites with “insane skills” just can’t understand the idea of losing fairly being fun. I’ve played for 400h mostly for those moments, which happen all the less with the flow of time.