@Eqqman When I was playing this heavily (played a lot in Season 1 and got to Platinum, got too busy with IRL stuff + got fed-up with bad dice luck Season 2 and haven’t played much past my qualifier games) Players didn’t start becoming competent until like high Gold Tier in Ranked. Especially the Axis Players, as the balance in 42SE (even the Gencon Rules, which is what Ranked uses exclusively) is in-favor of the Axis to the point where a lot of Axis Players can do totally wonky stuff and still win through the sheer advantage (at least on-paper) that the Axis have in the starting setup (win rates in Platinum Tier are probably more even, but the Allies are much harder to play at a high level in 42SE than the Axis are, IMO).
Wrote up a document regarding changes between 1942 Online and board game
Wrote a document a while ago regarding changes between 1942 Online and board game. 41 pages long, though I ended up cutting it short.
The development team needs to go in and test rulebook implementation line by line. There are just loads and loads of little things all over the place that I didn’t even get to in that document.
My impression is there’s a real possibility 1942 Online is only ever going to be a compromised version of the board game.
On another note, I started writing an AI for Axis and Allies. Which is fun for me, so there’s that at least.