You still have to have right of way to score, but you can, as allways, riposte to score.
Riposte grants right of way. It's not often you see a point annuled due to right of way anymore, but the rules are still in effect.
Sabre has right of way, also, a little diffrent than foil, but the same idea. Epee never has, and does, indeed look much sloppier.
People who fence Epee would argue it's purer because of the larger scoring area, and the increased complexity. A stop hit will or won't score in foil or sabre depending on right of way which is about the only time you see it come into play any more, but in epee it will.
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