Meanwhile, Dr. Pepper grew unstoppable (starting the game with 3 times as many players as the two smallest teams gave them an early edge), and teams either ran for their lives or begged for mercy. Pepsi, however, refused to give up.
By turn seven, we were locked up in our fort, no other territories left. Most would have shielded. We had more faith in ourselves though, and decided to risk dying for a chance to place. Fiercely, the Pepsi team held their fort while Mountain Dew and Dr. Pepper both distracted Coca-Cola. And then we struck! With a spur-of-the-moment idea, we managed to cut straight through Coca-Cola's empire and shield, leaving a nice, impenetrable wall between Coca-Cola's rather pissed off forces and their vacant territories below.
Coca-Cola was soon forced to shield, Mountain Dew, overrun by Dr. Pepper (they didn't get a shield up), joined ranks with Root Beer and those struggling to hold anything. It was, very clearly, a fight for second. A fight which Pepsi, the smallest and weakest team right from the start, should never have had a chance to compete in, let alone win.
Yet win, we did. We wiped out Coca-Cola quickly while Root Beer counted the minutes until they would die. Then, despite Dr. Pepper's threats to kill us first if we fought back, we ripped straight through Dr. Pepper, via the Skyway. Root Beer's shield went down, and the bloodthirsty Dr. Pepper-ites couldn't resist destroying them, despite their threats against us.