wondering what I could have done in this game. I seemed to lose a lot of points and lost out on fuel because of it. early on I failed to take out halftrack with stuart then I just seemed to bleed a lot of mp with no map control from there on out.
Usually when I watch these I see the same mistakes. This one is a good replay to talk strategy.
You played well, very well in fact. Your micro is good, only a few mistakes tactically. Strategically and operationally some critical errors. In a 1v1 it does not take much to put you in a hurt box.
He was complaining in the first minute about your blobbing. You did not blob, neither did he for the most part. In a 1v1 for the first few minutes most players have a schtick for each map. He did. He got the most out of his kubel in capturing the map, then locked down both fuels.
He chose where to fight and you fought him where he wanted. You went to his forces and fought over not as important points half the time. He locked down one fuel with the flak truck. You didn't have any meaningful AT until almost 18 minutes when you got an AT gun and zooked up. It was too late. He had locked down the other fuel with his Schwere HQ and was building a second PIV by then.
You stopped laying mines. You fought some battles from the middle of the road and took unnecessary casualties. You did not bring up your ambulance until after 16 minutes to reinforce from the front. Each time you would retreat you would have to find again his MG's and forces. He had a better idea where your forces were than you did his.
When his PIV's came out they rolled where ever they wanted as there were no mines. The Stuart was a misplay but you could have recovered. Your micro was better than his as you won most engagements. You lost a couple of squads by inattention. You took unnecessary casualties by running new squads into the Schwere. If you have to take that point use smoke from your Mortar.
What you could have done different.
1) Move your ambulance up early. Your micro was better so use that to your advantage and don't lose all the time to go back and reinforce. You made great gains only to give them up by retreating.
2) Focus on one fuel instead of all points. That kubal won him the early map dominance as your forces were with his forces, but you did not challenge any economy of force moves he made.
3) Mine farther back. Don't be surprised by a 16 minute PIV. Use one MG to protect the flank and the other to help win against the 4 volks and sturms. Take points with minesweeper so he does not see all your units with the flares. He won because he could dumpster dive with PIV's with no consequence.
4) If you build a bunker, you know what he will do after his first retreat. Put it in a place you can protect it and get the most out of it.
He clearly had a strategy for locking down both fuels and waiting for armor. You either didn't read the signals or got lost in the timing because when his armor came out you had no AT and no mines that were still down. You clearly have the skills to have easily beat him if you had a strategic plan, a recon plan, and a counter recon plan. Many with a schtick lose as soon as they get thrown off their winning strategy, their pre-planned schedule. It is easier in 1v1 as you can anticipate the variables.
When you play the map and anticipate and counter his strategy as well as you play the game you will throw off guys with a schtick. The good players will adjust fire, the others will learn or quit the match.
Actually pretty well played, just played to his advantage.
You will do well enough at 1v1's. They can be very stressful.
With your playstyle I think you would greatly enjoy 2v2's with a dedicated friend on voice comms. Not only is it more fun than playing with guys that call you a noob for their own character flaws, the world of tactics better expands to operations and strategy. Every game you play will build on the next.
2v2's are this games strength. Look me up on steam. I play with 40 or 50 friends who are all over the place in skill. We just have fun. The only criteria is that you have to carry me ;-)
Remember one of the first rules of combat.... bring big guns, bring friends with big guns.
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