In my opinion, dead man walk should be illegal in airball, but legal under certain circumstances in woodsball.
When you're playing speedball and you see someone walking, you really have no way of knowing whether or not a player is out unless you shoot them for insurance. Dead man walking is a big way of defying somebody's trust and disrespecting them. They trust you not to pull something tricky when you're walking out, and DMW is like giving them a giant middle finger. Plus, the person dead man walked will no longer be trustworthy of anybody on the field, and they will end up giving everybody walking
to the deadbox a few extra rounds.
In woodsball however, you can make a good strategy out of it. Everybody in woodsball is usually required to do the whole "gun up, barrel cover on" thing when they're out, so there is a definite way of knowing whether or not somebody is out. I will admit I've tried dead man walking in the woods, and I usually get 1 or 2 people before somebody catches on and I get lit to hell and back
. Dead man walking and other "tatics" put an interesting spin on slow woodsball games.
I once heard the story of a "lethal camera man". A guy walked around with a camera taking pictures of everybody, so people just assumed he was media. He had a colored armband, no orange or yellow clothing, and was following all the rules of the game. Eventually he made it to the other team's base, took a picture of the general, then tagged him and said "You're out." I've also heard about a guy just walking around wearing a necklace with a barrel tied to it, and he would walk up to people and tag them with his barrel necklace, creating a successful barrel tag. Like I said, dead man walk just makes woodsball more fun.