I ended up getting roughly around half the spinner sets from that era. I didn’t have that many friends that were also interested in the game, so I staged massive tournaments where I would play as two at a time. The winners would get to trade weapons and take half the cards from their opponent, the other half would go to their challenger in the next round.
I think I discovered early on that, with the way the spinners were designed, whoever hit the opponent first was more likely to be uprooted from the spinner, rather than their opponent being knocked away. Thus, my playstyle favored shorter, weaker weapons as well as the build cards that would make it easier to ensnare an opponent.