I think the retaliation system is needed, but let's keep it to 1 retaliation per person. If you are attacked, you can retaliate once and that's it. No more back and forth between 2 people, it gets tiring and frankly quite annoying when you're trying to gun for the top spot
thats a step but it still doesnt solve the underlying math issue. once you hit the top 10, around 1000 pts, if you attack and win 10 pts the retaliation attack makes you lose 30-40pts. thats what is at the heart of making this formula broken. it actually makes more sense not to attack so you arent a target and thats broken.