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Three heads are better than two #1: Game Analysis: 7/10/2017 06:17:50


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Hi guys,

For the coin tournament series [[Three heads are better than two]], aoc Juan and I will be analyzing all games that are not completely one sided thoroughly in this thread in order to add of the experience of this tournament series and make this series unique among others.

This is the game analysis thread for Tournament #1: Africa: https://www.warlight.net/MultiPlayer/Tournament?ID=23181

Noteworthy games (in order of completion):

(1) (aoc, Juan, 90) vs (fireice, LeQuebecoisBenoit, NoMercy).

Link: https://www.warlight.net/MultiPlayer?GameID=13653716

(2) ..

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Edited 7/11/2017 03:42:09
Three heads are better than two #1: Game Analysis: 7/10/2017 06:18:22


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Game 1: (Sergey Piatkovski, Tulan, Vladimir) vs (Vanguard, Botanator, A10D10)

Link: https://www.warlight.net/MultiPlayer?GameID=13653719

Winner: (Vanguard, Botanator, A10D10)

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Distribution:

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.

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Picks:

(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.

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Turn 1:

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.

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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.

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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
Three heads are better than two #1: Game Analysis: 7/10/2017 07:04:49


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Game 2: (Kelevra, celticfringe, matrixtch) vs (Timinator.apex, Wini, master of desaster)

Link: https://www.warlight.net/MultiPlayer?GameID=13653720

Winner: (Timinator.apex, Wini, master of desaster)

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I will do the analysis a bit later. This was still pretty one sided but i would say less one sided than the previous game so i feel obliged to do analysis.

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Next game: The next game to analyze will be (aoc, Juan, 90) vs (fireice, LeQuebecoisBenoit, No Mercy). This was a much closer game and (particularly because of 90's blunder in picks hehe), and Juan will do the analysis for this game. There is a lot to discuss here.

Edited 7/10/2017 07:07:04
Three heads are better than two #1: Game Analysis: 7/11/2017 01:18:11


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Game 1: (Sergey Piatkovski, Tulan, Vladimir) vs (Vanguard, Botanator, A10D10)

Link: https://www.warlight.net/MultiPlayer?GameID=13653719


Turn 2, Sergey had a little "present" for his teammate Tulan, pretty sure not much appreciated.
Three heads are better than two #1: Game Analysis: 7/11/2017 03:41:01


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hehe yes Norman :D (turn 3 though)

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Three heads are better than two #1: Game Analysis: 7/12/2017 15:19:59

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Game 3: Team A (aoc, 90 \(ºº)/, Juan) vs Team P (NoMercy, LeQuébécois_Benoit, fireice82)

Link: https://www.warlight.net/MultiPlayer?GameID=13653716

Winner: Team A

Prologue: I think I'm objective when I say that this game was THE (or at least one of two) highlight that the first round had to offer...

Distribution: The distribution of the territories was quite generous, you could choose 18 territories without incurring much negative income. Team A opted to divide the first picks of each player in the Northwest area + north mountains, High Plateau + Guinean Gulf and the center (Lake Victoria)... After that, mirrored the picks of the teammates (which had as consequence the error that 90 spoiled previously) and the rest of good/decent picks.
Team P did something very similar. They split up their first picks prioritizing the same areas than A (northwest, center, highplateau, guinea), but they didn't pick the mountains and after first picks, they didn't exactly mirror.
As result, the exceptional lands ended up contested, as expected, and basically every other zone in the map... Team A got the mountains, but in different players!. Team A got High Plateau that was the safest bonus in the game and practically, one of the keys to victory, possibly along with the mountains.

Gameplay: Team A started with very low income due to the mountains's mess, but after turn 1, with the use of a gift card, they'd get ahead on income for the rest of the game's development. I highlight two mistakes in the game of the team P: fireice forgot to complete the bonus of the islands in Madagascar and did not give to Benoit the grassland. Later, the development of the game continued like this: 90 fleeing of Nomercy to survive in the center. Juan, with more income but with two opponents limiting to defend himself in the center and in the northwest and stopping the expansion of his opponents. aoc and Benoit expanding, but benoit couldn't resist in Guinea and the islands during the process, which allowed aoc a faster expansion.

Summary: As I mentioned before, the difference was that Team A was able to get two full bonuses (High Plateau and West Sahara Mountains) while Team P only got a 3-turn bonus in Egypt.

A little gem: On Turn 3, 90 gift an exceptional land to his opponent! This prevented NoMercy from increasing his income and taking the full bonus for the rest of the game.
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