distance? how many openings you got?
his prestige is a pretty significant, but not overwhelming, advantage. what gives him a huge edge is the (at least) 90k he started with. you can get a guy to consider you for very little, he could have as little as 2,000 dollars into those 18 recruits, but even if he has a couple k each, that might only be 36k. so, even if hes spread out, he probably has more than enough money to bury you. that said, being after 18 recruits, theres got to be a decent chance he doesn't even want the guy, right? and if hes in other battles, and you have a lot of money to roll the dice with (10-20k, or a good amount and a substantial distance advantage), he may just not want the guy bad enough to fight you for him. basically, if he really wants him, you have zero chance... but thats a big if :)