You're quite right that it is never said that Shockwave is a faster thinker than anyone else, and you're quite right to call me on my statement about him picking up on these properties quicker than anyone else. That would be stating that he has a background as a scientist before the war, which only happens in a couple of the continuities, so it shouldn't be used here. His bio only notes that he uses a scientific approach to how he does things. However, I disagree with how you depict using logic during a battle. Time is an important factor in battle, so logically one must suspend consideration of many factors, relegating them to low-priority background processing tasks, in order to deal with the important factors of the combat. While the blinding tactic that I have suggested would be best implemented ASAP, Shockwave need not be locked into that course of action and may instead choose to destroy any shield that Megatron picks up or hides behind with a Gamma Ray laser as that would also damage Megatron at the same time. Due to the penetration ability of a Gamma Ray laser, if Megatron is holding this shield near his head, then that shot may interfere with all of Megatron's sensors anyway due to his head being in the area that the laser hits. It is true that Megatron can attack in the meantime, but he would be assumed to be trying to do so whether or not Shockwave was attempting the original blinding tactic. Shockwave would also be maneuvering to attempt to avoid being hit, regardless of which method he is using to attack, so even a milli-second to consider which method of attack that he is using next gives Megatron no real offensive opening. It is all but certain that there would be a delay. At this point, though, nitpicking over whether it would be microseconds, milliseconds, or a half-second doesn't amount to much. Technology dealing with photons is generally just pretty darn fast. Saying that delay isn't going to be long enough to be a significant factor in this fight doesn't seem unreasonable. Oh, just a wee l'il bit. Still, bringing in some real life adds a little bit more structure for making these comparison, at least IMHO. Granted that that is a possibility, but my answer to this is that I clarified above about the rigidity (or necessary lack thereof) in sticking to the scenario exactly as I wrote it out. Shockwave thinks like a cold, calculating machine, but he's not a cheap desktop computer. With his intelligence level, it seems reasonable to assume that he's not going to waste the majority of his energy trying to blind his enemy, when his objective is to defeat him. That should be an even more reasonable assumption, when one takes into account that Shockwave's gamma ray based laser shots can shut down Megatron's ranged offense, thereby obviating a need to blind Megatron. Well, bringing real-life back (sorry), his nuclear reactor is probably less-efficient, but as long as he topped it up recently enough it would have no problem supplying him with the needed energy. The reason for that is because the nuclear reaction cycle is independent of the energy one chooses to harness from it, since energy supplied from a nuclear power source is collected passively. I could get into specifics, but that's more real life that we don't need to bring into here. I'll just leave it at Shockwave would get a bare minimum of a day of his optimum power flow. After a fashion, yes. The versatility of his armament makes him more formidable than a cursory evaluation would suggest. That versatility is the primary reason why he is capable of winning this fight. No, definitely not all directions, but if he disengages the focusing element(s), you would have a wider wave propagation for the beam than simply the width of barrel opening. The barrel opening would still restrict the propagation of waves in those frequencies, but you still end up with the wave propagating through a firing arc. I could only guess at what the actual angle of the arc would be, but even if it is as small as 30 degrees, Shockwave would have little difficulty hitting with his blinding attacks. Of course, this does introduce a notable delay for firing a Gamma ray laser if it uses the same focusing element as the other wavelengths. It would likely take on the order of one or two seconds to properly re-engage the focusing element (unless disengaging the focusing element only requires cutting power to it). I don't think of either of these combatants as their cartoon version, so both would be operating with their full intellect and skill. With Megatron's intellect and skill intact, I would expect that he would be in motion almost constantly during this fight. Megatron should know Shockwave's capabilities fairly well (maybe not the blinding tactic that I outlined as it would only be effective in 1-on-1 combat), and therefore know that there is no terrain that could provide effective cover from Shockwave's attacks. Actually, I just didn't state all the assumptions for the terrain. The tournament has no restriction on the terrain in any way. It could be any terrain you like. Given that, I chose to present things as if the terrain were blank. Every set of terrain offers moves and counter-moves for both combatants. Listing out every possible variation and how it would be countered takes far too much time and typing. It's just not worth it. The first time it is done, Shockwave would logically fall for the deception. However, I stated that under the assumption that Megatron would have such tells. Reconsidering his intellect level, he may have no such tells. Additionally, I don't think the fight would last long enough for this tactic to be of any use. I would agree that Megatron likely knows more about Shockwave, than Shockwave does about Megatron. I just don't see that making a difference in this match (since it's a match, rather than more normal circumstances).