Kakita Ijiwaru wrote:If you would lose the duel then it is no longer a choice to lose the duel. How could this be used as a focus effect?
Focus Effects resolve before the duel does, so you choose to lose with Spirited Dispute and then resolve the duel which you were losing anyway.
Asahina Shimato wrote:It doesn't seem to touch the consequences for winning though.
Correct, winning is still winning and you still lose the duel, it's just that you don't suffer the consequences of losing.