If there is one thing that is disappointing in the forums is this statement, "character x beats character y with prep". I am writing this to say that prep is not enough. It needs to be specified. I am guilty of this myself and look forward to changing how I make and answer battles.
For example, if the op says a character has prep he needs to state three things: how long is the prep time, resources, and what knowledge the character x has on y.
The prep time is all but mastered, however the knowledge factor needs to work. The op should state whether character x, has standard knowledge, ( what the character already knows via canon for example, Cyclops's standard knowledge on Emma frost would be high, because he works along side with her very much. On the other hand, Cyclops standard knowledge on sailor moon would be absolutely zero considering the two never met or have heard of each other, and exist in two completely different meta series), informed knowledge ( what the author dictates the character to know, for example: Dr. Doom will know that super man is weak to kryptonite), no knowledge (character knows nothing on the other) or all knowledge. ( the character would know everything about the other character)
Now for the resources.
The resources is the biggest part of the prep. The OP must state where the character is prepping himself ( for example: in home depot) and whether he is limited to that area. The OP should state if the character can help themselves to anything or if they have a budget ( in home depot, with a budget of $10,000). The OP should state whether they have help to help them prep (in home depot with a budget of $10,000 with black panther to help him prep).
And now to the commentator, when a character has prep, it should be standard that you state how that character wins by telling what he can do with that prep based on the time, resources, and knowledge.
Just a suggestion I hope you all will appreciate.
Since I made this a battle thread here's a battle.
Captain America is bloodlusted and is trying to kill Tony stark.
Tony stark doesn't have his suit.
Tony is in character and has prep. He has $2471.53 and is in home depot for 2 hours preparing.
He has standard knowledge on captain America.