Week 2 of a very long CL season, will I remain looking better than you let's fight? Not a chance!!
3v3 Europa Magna pip, Banana, SerFen
defeated lineal2012, Vindude, Easyfragger
Gotta love a bit of INSS teamplay, some of the hardest picking around. And with Magna being new to many of us there's a lot of play testing going on. Here VIW went for a good spot, good combo and block routine.
Easyfragger going 1,2 is powerful assuming he gets his one, but is Paraitonion even close to a 2 pick when it's just blockaded? Turns out Easy doesn't get his first pick and so his first on board pick is a -3
Vindude going for a more classical 1,2 in the black set of Italia, getting half. He also goes for a nice backup C set combo in the NE.
Lineal another 1,2 Black set and bordering, but Galatia Et Cappadocia (B set) is worth a 2nd pick and he gets his combo
1:3 combos does not a win make
Blitz Spread the black sets, Pip in the Italia combo sharing half with Vindude
Pip and Banana going 1,2,3 in the others.
Of the 5 black A set picks, Blitz get 3
Of perhaps the 2nd best sets, the E sets VIW get 2 to Blitz's 1
Blitz however do pick up a combo block with Illyria
But what does the board look like after picks?
VIW have got limited knowledge of the board, Vindude has a very slow 3 turn take to get 2 income and is else wise stuck
EasyFragger has a good spain and french start, but has a -3 that needs to counter Egypt
Lineal far ahead of their teammates with his combo and a nice Germany minor to counter Germany Major.
For Blitz the board is a bit better,
Pip starts on 2 but has FTB for no deploy +2
Banana has the East, two B sets when he wants and Egpyt, i like these 3
SerFen Africa is a good start with a fight to come in Germany
Everyone does sensible stuff and 4 blockades from poor sets reduce civilization. The barbarian neutrals are retaking the board!
Even a sensible gift in Italia to get their other player into the game
Each team has the intel the NE C set is shared, each retreat and block with a spare to leave it with 8.
I like VIW's position but already Vindude is massively the short runner
Vindude makes the most of their minor holdings, advances in his slow safe +2 and blocks Carthage hard. Certainly looks to have needed a blockade there, I doubt Corsica holds and if Carthage attack was blocked you're going nowhere anyway.
Easy does the best they can in Alexandria, takes a card piece and blocks but only 8 is not the set destroying heartache in MME. Italia is again gifted with Easy the third VIW to hold it in 3 turns.
Lineal passively watches Germany Major get away but gets good growth
Blitz and Banana gets the most kills possible in Alexandria, leaving a small blockade to deal with and moving to 11 income
Pip fires late into Corsica for an easy break
SerFen works Thracia but his greed costs him carthage.
VIW have the income advantage here, but i like Blitz's position. There's not much needed for significant revenue swings
Third turn in a row that VIW gift Italia, it's a game of musical chairs and it's back to the original owner. I'm sure they were expecting to defend with +8 next turn but nobody told Vindude that Banana is counting and waiting. Aktau is Blitzed away and already Vindude is an elimination prospect.
Lineal finally uses his great income and slams the single Blitzman holding Germany Major. and is met by a blockade. Last turns hold has cost the chance of getting a +2, momentum was lost. The blockade of 12 isn't insurmountable but that's 9 free troops working for Blitz. Germany Minor is also added and Lineal is the game's biggest army
With no enemy Easy takes another +2 set and advances toward Carthage and the fight, the 2nd biggest player.
With the two biggest players have VIW set themselves up? I do not think so, this template has a sanction card, this template has +6 base and they are not going to finish the game with 3 teammates also costing them card pieces.
Blitz count out Vindude's slow trek across the steppes and counter, i guess it could be argued they over edged but Banana had nowhere else to drop a man, they start chipping away at the 8 in Alexandria.Pip works Corsica and SerFen grows
Vindude blocks his last territory and starts to run his commander, but by running he also gives up 2 income to the enemy holding 3/4 A set Italia.
Lineal pushes back against the barbarian hordes and borders Banana's +2 from either side.
Easy adds another +2 and tops up his border stack.
There's nothing here I see as bad play, but there's no questions being asked of Blitz. The Media Magna being approached from both sides, Blitz can't defend it but they'll turn it into a Lineal counter otherwise just small stacks. Blitz are going to take out Vindude and there isnt a plan to get more borders on Pip (Massalia). The fog covers so much of the map, but they do have the income and a large Spainish/French/German empire.
Blitz, Pip going for blood with Vindude, Banana growing and takes Alexandria and Serfen growing and supporting Corsica. Their board position, equal income and growth prospects are looking great!
Vindude's options are now limited to the chat box
Lineal gets it wrong and doesnt kill Banana's stack but does get the break and adds 4 income
Easy drops a tonne on the border and gets rewarded with a stack kill
Pip gets a kill badge but fires his stack off for no reason, i can't think of any scenario that works. Why would Easy not deploy 2 turns in a row? If you have intel you have to know where they are, Easy has nothing useful to take, pairs of +1's or slow take C sets.
SerFen starts growing like he's already got the win
Banana guesses right with his stack but is a little short and doesn't break through with 3 more delays he could have. But on these settings there's very little point. He breaks the +2 and gets -2 for his efforts, net swing none!
End of this round and Blitz are 3 matching Princes with 13 each. Only 5 ahead but we're about to see a sanction knock 5 more off the income and the board is Blitz's for growth.
For a moment i thought Banana had played it right and held onto Rhaga with his stack, but no an aggressive attack that will gain net nothing was made. There's no need for solo heroics here, follow through the 3v2, card piece them to death.
SerFen leeches like a plague all around him sending 6 to Corsica where he does something for the war effort
Pip does the only thing he can with his kill stack and takes S italy.
VIW fightback with a block of Ibitha/Ibossim and transfer their stack to pressure Carthage. Move order lines them up perfectly for next time. Lineal hammers Banana but finishes the turn with a case of the just one more man syndrome.
We're here, it's been going since early, some say the picks but finally the game can be called for Blitz. They get Banana's spot, they chip away at Easy's stack the simple and standard whoever commands the most troops wins, starts to bite. Blitz finish the turn +11 with a 2v1 to retake carthage an an unchallenged +2 to come.
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1v1 Malvia We ride!
This looks like a game for the mathematicians. We Ride! gets his first 4 picks and his first four picks give more and faster income than pignouf71's. Pignouf71 also got his first four picks, but still ended up with 2 counters, but crucially, each counter knocking on a single border and not supplying any income till halfway through the match. Well picked We Ride
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