Revised Tournament Of Champions
Deltium (Allies) defeats Blasherke (Axis + 10) in Round 18. First and foremost, Blasherke is a professional and very friendly player. Axis purchased a transport on G1 + 2 IPCs for Germany, and quickly secured an Axis presence in the Med. Due to the closure of the Suez, this became a potential liability though, as Allied navy and air were building in SZ 12, threatening an attack, which Germany responded to by buying additional navy. This allowed an opening for the Allies to stack W. Europe in Round 8, putting pressure on S. Europe, which fell in Round 10. The Japanese, on the other hand, were moving toward Russia swiftly, and the UK needed to assist. Ultimately, the Allied units held the line and the Axis forces could not advance materially. A good and deep game for the both of us. Game file attached.
bayder (Axis +9) defeats panpal (Allies) after round J13 in a game played via PBEM. Game file is attached. Thank you to panpal for a fast-paced, friendly, and exciting game!
Stroid (allies) defeats Dirty_Tirpitz (axis, 8 bid)
Early dice swings the game heavily in allies favor. Allies just kept pushing and dice kept rolling. Japan spread nicely against russia but then allies stacked EE and russia started pushing japan back. GG WP!
Straha (Axis +10) defeats AdamF (Allies).
With the 10 bid, I placed an artillery in FIC to help J get a quick start in Asia. Allies committed a fair amount of R & UK effort to set J back, neutralizing that bonus. But with R having less forces facing G, WR had to be abandoned early on, which led to a "Fortress Europe" situation, preventing UK / US from ever gaining a foothold in Europe. G put enough pressure on R to allow J to bounce back quickly. Axis abandoned AE around round 5, giving all Afr income to allies for a few turns. The continued G pressure on R, and the ever growing J tank stack forced R to abandon Caucus, which J took on round 7.
But R was nowhere near done, having big stacks of both US & UK fighters in moscow, offering great defense as well as a threat on axis fleet in SZ34, and the never ending threat of fighter support for an allied smack of a one of G's stacks in europe. R's income was also still good, J was focused almost entirely on the southern path to caucus via persia (with factories in FIC & India), and so with minimal commitment of R ground troops, and well-timed US/UK air strafes of lone forward J inf, R was able to continue producing around 6-7 units per turn, further adding to the Moscow defense. At the same time, US was marching strong across Afr, and eventually put some direct pressure on J in persia. Axis was able to counter this by using a lot of G troops to defend caucus, while the J tank stack was sent to Afr, eventually breaking the US forward push.
Around the same time J started their Afr push US began building a pacific fleet. J still had their original fleet intact, minus the starting sub, and axis also had a German fleet in SZ34, consisting of trans, sub, DD, BB (from original baltic & med ships). So J was able to continue building tanks in cauc, and finish off afr, while also building a few more fighters and a 3rd AC to fend off the US fleet.
With the J shift to afr/Pac, G began building primarily tanks, and was able to stack Ber, Se, Kar, & Arch, setting up for a hit on moscow. At this point (round 10-11) the time to play expired, and the game was judged in favor of Axis. AdamF played a great game, allies were just unable to overcome G's early advantageous position. Looking forward to a rematch!