Game 1: (Sergey Piatkovski, Tulan, Vladimir) vs (Vanguard, Botanator, A10D10)
Winner: (Vanguard, Botanator, A10D10)
The territory distribution was interesting. There were 2 exceptional lands with 2 picks each - namely South Africa and Tanganika. There was additionally 1 exceptional land which with a single pick, namely Egypt. The guinea area had a grassland, a forest, and also an island with 2 picks each.
The western Sahara desert was a double pick and the Namib desert (south) was a triple pick. There were some single picks in arid lands around the map, and some single picks in mountains and swamps.
(Sergey Piatkovski, Tulan, Vladimir) were uncordinated. The only sensible picker was Vladimir. Sergey and Tulan both mirrored egypt first but then sergey picked a desert as second pick and didnt pick any other picks what was he thinking??????. Tulan picked about 8 picks, but an island was second pick and i guess he wanted to go for the north, but it is still not wise. But his third pick was an arid land.. that was very bad... I have seen Tulan play before and was surprised that he picked this poorly since he has played well in previous games. Vladimir, as well as the winning team, prioritized the South Africa and Tanganika exceptional lands.
The winning team's strategy was for botanator to go for the guinea area, Vanguard to go for the ethipian mountains, and A10D10 to go for the arid lands. This is a reasonable strategy. A10D10 blundered and picked the arid land next to teh mountain but they were lucky and vanguard g\ot both these picks.
In short, picks were quite one sided in favor of the winning team.
Sergey didnt blockade the desert!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Tulan used 2 cards and chose to go for Morocoo instead of completing the island, and took 3 spots of arid land.
Vladimir used 1 card and wasted it. He didnt move in the desert!!!!!!!! Since Vladimir didnt take a territory, he didnt get a card piece.
Botanator used all 3 cards, and cleared Tulan.
A10 and Botanator had tanganika split between them, and instead of choosing to gift, they chose for botanator to leave teh exceptional land for the highland (reasonable choice).
Vanguard went for the arid land (this means he had -2 from the mountain and +1 from the arid land) and the end of the turn.
To be honest, i would have preferred the winning team to have given vanguard the card and completed the mountain.
After the picks and turn 1, the game was basically over. The losing team was stuck without a card on turn 2, and also with terrible spots, and their strongest player Tulan cleared from a critical location.
Summary: Although I initially thought this game was not one sided because i only looked briefly at the incomes, but in retrospect, it was very one sided and probably not worth analysis. The losing team's picks were absolutely terrible and this costed them the game.
Edited 7/10/2017 07:05:13