Beatdown is an informal name for a common type of Shadow strategy which aims to win skirmishes with high-strength minions, slaughtering its way through the Fellowship until the Ring-bearer has no protectors left. The idea is simple: play minions with high strength, often supplemented with Fierce or Damage effects, kill companions dead. Eventually the ring-bearer runs out of protectors, and has to deal with the same powerful minions all on their own. Victory may come through wounding companions to death, or it may come through overwhelming them instead: the important thing is that they die in skirmishes. Frequently.