I playtested the WEur IC against KGF last weekend. I donâ€t think itâ€s that powerful. Hereâ€s how it went:
Buy BALTIC ac and IC, MED fleet moves west.
Buy 3ftrs or 2 ftrs and 1 trn. Fleet stays in sz2. Egypt counter depends on German survivors. Kill Jap trn with des. The UK Indian ftr can land in Africa, in position to strike sz7 on UK2.
Buy ac, ftr, 2 subs. Starting Atlantic fleet goes to sz9.
Russia smells blood after G1 so they switch to aggressive mode against Germany. Theyâ€ll have to do the ground fighting for a few turns. Ftr(s) land in London (if needed & applicable). Sub blocks German fleet in sz12 â€“ if the Russian ftrs can reach London the sub can be spared.
London has 2inf, 2arm, 1rtl, 5-8 ftrs (4-5 UK, 1 US, 0-2 USSR) 1-2 bmrs (the UK could be missing). It canâ€t be taken.
The fleet is merged. It has 1ac, 2 ftrs, 1bb, 1dd, 2trns, 3subs = DPunch 26 Count 11. UK can hit it with 4-5 ftrs (Indian ftr not included, so it may be 5-6) 1bmr 1bb 2-3 trns = Opunch 20 â€“ 23 (23-26) Count 10 (11). US can follow with 4ftrs 1bmr 1dd 2trns = Opunch 19 Count 8. Normally the fleet will not last against the double attack.
I donâ€t know whether Germany should choose not to reinforce it but I bought more navy in sz7, specifically a second ac â€“ better than 2 subs â€“ increasing Dpunch to 37 and Count to 14. Thatâ€s 47$ spent in the Atlantic.
Germany could avoid the double attack by blocking sz8 with a sub. This means that theyâ€ll lose the sub but they can avoid buying navy in G2. I only did one game so I couldnâ€t explore all possible paths.
Buy fleet (3-4 trns). Move fleet in sz8. You can buy the UK carrier instead to play safe. Germany wonâ€t attack a double carrier fleet.
Buy 2bmrs, 1ftr. Move fleet in sz8. Land units stay in Canada to discourage Japan. The Allied fleets consist of 1ac, 2ftrs, 2dd, (USA) 1bb (UK), 2-3 subs (2 US, 0-1 USSR), 7-9 trns (2 US, 5-7 UK) = Dpunch 32 - 36 Count 16-19. If UK bought the carrier the Dpunch is increased by 9.
The Allied fleet can be attacked with fleet and Luftwaffe adding up to a total of 2ac, 5-6 ftrs, 1bmr, 1bb, 1dd, 2trns, 3subs = Opunch 34 â€“ 37 Count 16-17. Itâ€s only worth against a single carrier fleet.
Assume you donâ€t do it. Should you buy even more navy?
USA can attack sz7 on US3 with 1ac, 2dd, 2subs, 2trns, 3bmrs, 5ftrs. = Opunch 38 Count 15. You have D 37 C 14. Itâ€s a close one but the US will attack anyway and withdraw if they have to. Also, on US4 the attack against sz7 will have an increase of Opunch 14 and Count 6 (for a total of 52 and 21 respectively). Thatâ€s because the Pacific bb and trn and the US3 buys (2ftrs 1bmr) are added.
If you want your fleet to survive, you need more navy or you must withdraw to the Baltic or Med. In any case I think that the Allies are ahead and will win the game.