"Come on folks it is a game and there is no penalty for getting killed. Attack!"
"The open field combat is fun even if you get stomped a couple of times."
This is the stereotypical outlook of an empire player who's tired of not having anyone to zerg. Getting "stomped" 5:1 isn't fun the first, or second, or 3 millionth time for ANYONE. A true competitor enjoys a fair fight, NO ONE wants to get beat down all the time, and only cowards like winning unfair fights and zerging people.