Game link (still on picking stage): https://www.warlight.net/MultiPlayer?GameID=8986305
I don't like FTB West Africa strategy. Works well only if you get all 3, you don't lose 3vs2's first turn, and opponent is in SA. Otherwise you are in not so great position.
I think even East China FTB is better than africa, but again only if you get all 3, and manage to capture it 1st turn. But the chance to get all 3 is lower than for Africa.
SEA FTB is good, but also most likely to be countered.
So I wouldn't try to get any of FTB, I assume my opponent won't either.
I think in most scenarios you want something in Asia, EC being the best here.
Same for Africa area, but since no pick is dominant here it have lower priority.
Russia is highly underrated area (look how many people picked it so far), so pick there might give relatively safe bonus - I suspect fight will start quite early, distance to other picks is large enough to prevent the attacks. So, ideally, I would like to start with EC, WR, and something in Africa.
So the idea I'm thinking about now is
1.EC or 1.EC
With 1 scenario I would try to capture WR first, unless I don't get it, or I get SEA FTB. If I don't have SEA nor WR, I go for something in Africa.
Similarly with 2 scenario, but here I may go for EC first if I get 1 and 2, if I don't have EC I use Indo as late counter.
East Africa for 6- so I can take West Africa quickly.
If you got East Africa(6) you don't have West Africa(4).