mm3100 had Mexico, actually.
Right, but the point is not to hold a bonus, but to block a bonus from going into enemy hands, which he could have done pretty well. Niklas also has 60% more income than mm, so the longterm holding out would definitely end in Niklas's win.
Niklas had 5 income. mm3100 had 8. It's the other way around.
Moreover, you don't win games by blocking bonuses when:
1. You're far away from your opponent's core bonus
2. You have no ability to actually expand yourself- so, even if he managed to block some bonus, he won't be able to get the income to hold it long-term
Edited 6/19/2015 22:40:49