It would still need to factor in the item count of the attacker, they can't lose what they don't have. The formula would need to include the ratio of what the defender could win if attacking back, but I don't want to over-complicate the post. Haha. But I don't think it would be any more exploitable than the current system was as far as farming alts go. It would actually benefit spy builds in my opinion, as I failed most of my steal attempts on spy builds. I actually would have had to steal them less if I had a chance at losing shards on my steal. Not to mention I would fail steal if I needed a quick self-pin.