I notice that Asia has no wastelands, so thats the obvious starting choice, specifically India and East china.
So i let him take India and I take West China to deny his india bonus. West china as pick #3 because its generally not a popular pick and im not worried about it getting taken.
Knowing that we are going to meet at turn 2 or 3. I need to pick up a fast bonus, so i take antarctica and scan as my 1st and 2nd pics. Safely assuming that i will get at least one of them.
I took east china as #4 and central russia as #5 for a safe turn 4 or 5 bonus. Looking back, i probably should have taken Indonesia or Caucaus as my #4, so i wouldnt be too clustered if i got east china and west china.
Opinions? What would you have done differently?