Im going to think out loud to the forum about my recent ladder games. http://warlight.net/MultiPlayer?GameID=5618642
Against marc I use a motif that I learned from dunga in this game: http://warlight.net/MultiPlayer?GameID=3659636
At first glance it may seem that Marc is in a better position than Me after picks. Marc can use his warlord (the green starting territories are called warlords) to attack both Scand and central Russia. I have a handful of advantages that I must play to, very accurately from turn 1.
1) I cannot be eliminated in the north and marc can.
2) My first bonus (the one I want to take first) is scand, a small bonus that gives me a little income to play with in the first 2 turns.
3) I am in aus as opposed to Antarctica. This is useful because it means that if I eliminates marc in the south then I will be able to use the leftovers to take a small bonus. Small bonuses are preferable in games like this one where there is contact early on. If I had started with ant then clearing marc in the south would not be as good an option, instead I would use the threat of completing ant to try to eliminate him in the north.
4) We start in contact in the north.
On turn 1 notice that marc makes a 5v2 into mexico. He wants to make sure that he has atleast 2 armies on mexico at the start of turn 2 so that he can make two 3v2s. Getting a bonus by the end of turn 2 is very important.
Edited 4/14/2014 04:50:59