Keeks your advice is good and I agree that there's too many recruits - but:
At this point all non-prem PvP-ers have their PvP gear at 1/20 durability repairing items for 1T after each fight - so it makes no difference if they lose 1 or 20 units - they still have to pay that extra Tribute every game even if they are skilled enough to not lose their troops otherwise. Because of that one stupid precaution.
Brandt admiting in the chat that he's making them lose their Tribute on purpose (this precaution really doesn't give anything else) or removing his orbs/scrolls so he no longer drops superiors knowing he's certain to lose isn't really a fair play example either.
Maybe COOs shouldn't be harsh like this but seriously, they feel exploited on purpose and it'd be nice if the problem was adressed somehow for the future eras - for the sake of DG activity alone.
Because of your relative inactivity this era - maybe you have no idea how much positive influence Klaaj, Tryrion, Rethulion and other COOs have on the DG in the game despite their lack of premium/T - how many people they trained inside their CV and - imagine that - outside of it. If we let premiums use one silly exploit to bully them out - we lose as a community and we should be smarter than that.