Hello. Most (war)games have a “critical path” (often called META though this is inaccurate and a backronym).
This means that if you play the game so much, you break it down into its core points, you can exploit this as much as possible in order to win.
However, when you are playing with people of varying skill levels, just having fun, or trying new ideas–the game is perfectly balanced and great fun.
Imagine riding a bicycle at 20mph with friends. Keeping up is easy, being ahead is easy. Now imagine riding a bicycle at 50mph with the most conditioned guys with the best bikes…I’d fly off the track.
That’s balance. You may find that the game is easy to win with one side or another, or impossible. That’s only bc its new, and you havent raced against 100+ other people.
Wait for it…