I know these disscussions about protecting "new" players from getting shattered into the ground by high level "pros". I fully agree.
But I can't find the reason why a level 54 mech operated by a level 60 player
should start first in a battle vs a level 51 mech operated by a level 80 player.
I think there is no difference between the playing experience (and the players ability to earn money for rare items), and if there is a small, little tiny one, it's not worth the first move.
You are NOT ! able to beat him because of this advance (3 level lower mech and loosing 200 health pts in first round).
Maybe this should be limited to a player level of 40 or 50.
After passing this point of exp, vs level of the mech should decide who starts first...
Otherwise its pretty unfair to players who are in game for a long time,.....