As emphasized elsewhere in the rules, Midian City is NOT a combat sim. It is a roleplay sim. Combat is acceptable so long as it is a part of the roleplay. The MCS system was designed to assist you in determining an outcome so that nobody "wins" all the time. It was designed to be a dual of sorts to determin the outcome if the roleplay reaches the point where both parties are continualy "one upping one another". If you loose be fair about it. Accept the humiliation of your defeat and what may lie thereafter. Which leads to point number three.