Element Of Surprise

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The element of surprise was historically thought to be an important aid to victory, but research has found it has almost no discernable affect on the outcome of a battle. In laboratory conditions, several scenarios, some involving surprise, some without were run; producing a cake or present had little affect on the outcome, as did unexpectedly yelling, or suddenly revealing oneself from places of concealment. In fact, even the element of chance was proven to be more effective. Here are the findings shown in decreasing importance of element:

  • Violence [73%]
  • Skills [23%]
  • Desperation [12%]
  • Confidence [8%]
  • Chance [7%]
  • Surprise [~2%]

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