When you're picking work out how to get a win from each permutation of your 6 picks. http://warlight.net/MultiPlayer?GameID=2126650
Look at Zaebans picks here. He makes a fairly standard late game counterpick to the first turn bonus. Im going to run through how he intends to win from each permutation of his picks, watch the game before you read on, or i will be even less comprehensible than usual.
If Zae gets his 1st,2nd,3rd picks he will aim for 11 on turn 2, taking siple last. If the enemy is in south america then woohoo! turn 3 they will start on 8 or 9 income and zae will start on 11. It should be an easy win once zib is cleared from south america and zae takes east china. If theyre not in south america then it likely indicates that theyre in russia or africa. So turn 3 he will start china and probably take south africa. If the enemy isnt in africa then head to georgia.
If Zae gets his 1st,2nd,4th picks this probably means that zib had the same idea and picked scand, west russia, antarctica, south america, and then a counter to the FTB. Zibiks plan is going to look like zaebans plan above, so simply play the counter to that... on turn 2 complete South East Asia (SEA) and go into siple with 5ish.
But Zae gets his 1st,2nd,5th picks this is what he was hoping for, and you see it played out in the linked game. Unfortuantley Zaeban decided to go and kill neutrals on turn 4 and threw away an easy win. Killing neutrals is often the mistake that turns a win into a loss. I might do a thread of games where the win is thrown away by good players who cant resist killing neutrals when there is an enemy to kill instead. I will call it STOP KILING NEUTRALS. This is the new 'master race'.
1,3,4 and 2,3,4 complete the FTB with 3 3v2s. If zae gets in first turn then its a straight forward win, if not then it gets quite complicated, but solid play should lead to a win through clearing zib from asia.
The other permutations all result from 2 players having very similar picking strategies. These situations test a players ability to order the picks correctly. Unfortuantely theyre way too complex for me to get into in detail =( and ive basically said what i wanted to, so ill stop writing.
Edited 5/26/2014 07:26:35