Why don’t the free win 100% of games in 1650?
It seems to me when I play a Mordor DS, in some of my games, all the free throw everything at Mordor. And when they do - especially in GB or the new form of GB with Rewards and diplos ever turn – Mordor always seems to get overwhelmed. The number of FP troops is staggering, counting NG, SG, Dunland cavalry, Iron Hills Dwarves, Northmen from 3108/3108 and of course Eothraim. On turn 4 there is the huge battle at 3124 or 3224 with the Blind Sorceror and CloudLord armies which are never enough, and then turn 5 the FP are in. Eothraim may have made it to IK capital or Morannon. In these games, they seem unstoppable and it would seem that the FP should be able to win every game this way. Why don’t they?
Of course, one reason is that the FP don’t always play this strategy. Sometimes the Dun’s don’t send cavalry, some SG players send their troops to help Harad (not unreasonable), or the Eothraim play more cautiously and defensively against the DogLord troops, or go help the Northmen.
I would suppose that another reason is that every few games, either Din Ohtar or the Cloud Lord agents – perhaps bolstered by generous DogLord/DarkLts players with their artifacts – can take out key armies, though it seems to me that early in the game JI Indur is more likely to fail than succeed, against NG/SG Lords and Regents; and the Eothraim usually have several backup commanders.
It doesn’t help that so many Blind Sorcerors, having launched their initial army, don’t continue to recruit at 3627 and so many CloudLord players, loathe to have to name commanders, don’t recruit at 3630, so there is often no defense inside Mordor once there is penetration… I’ve even seen DarkLts nations not doing much recruitment after the first few turns. But I’m not sure that overall those troops would do more than defend a few popcenters, after the main damage has been done at 3122, 3224, 3426, 3423.
Maybe in those games when Din Ohtar is positioned and used right away to take out the bridges?
I don’t know. But it certainly seems to me that the FP going after Mordor is like the tide coming in, when I’m on the receiving end!