> incidence of "drunken master" syndrome, where two masters with 1W
This is not a real problem, it just needs appropriate narration. Rather than Master A failing and thereby missing, Master B was JUST fast enough to get out of the way of the almost-certainly-fatal mystic punch o' death. You could freely narrate a "fumble" by someone with many masteries as an outstanding success by lower standards. Or, the actual fumble can be be moved to another combatant, so long as the narrated outcome reflects the loss of AP's or whatever is determined. In the master vs student duel, frex, a fumble on the part of the masters players roll and a success on the students players roll could be narrated as the student tripping over and "actually" fumbling, which knocks the master down too; the student is merely fortunate to be in the better position after they both fall (or, the students success reflects their faster recovery).
As long as the final narrative result of the exchange plausibly reflects the mechanical results, it all works.
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