League rules finally updated for 2020. One minor addition - one sentence added at end of 3a so that excellent players from more than 1 year ago are not assigned the default tier level 3. I think this is minor enough and popular enough that no one will object to the addition at mid-year, thank you.
We only have 1 player in tier 4 and he has only 3 games completed. With the addition of the Master tier, it is pretty clear that tier 4 is obsolete.
I am amending the rules (3 players will gain a point for playing the only tier 4 player and it will not even cause them to rise a tier or anything) to eliminate tier 4 effective immediately. Tier 3 will be 0.00 PPG to 2.499 PPG from now on.
Thanks, Zhukov, it was an honor to play you in the playoffs. You already said everything really very well, so I will be brief.
I also think I won the game in the bidding, because I saw your Axis play and it looked great. I think I had an advantage of more G40 experience. However, I was really pretty stunned that Japan did so well so quickly, going on the offensive after only about 6-8 rounds. I think you split up your Chinese and Indian units around round 4 to go farther north and that was maybe a mistake - they needed to stick together and I was able to split them.
Thank you for sticking with me through the long delays of the spring when my work schedule was busy, and you kept up a good pace when I came back, considering you were playing from behind for many rounds.
Yes, I have learned in recent games that Japan’s fleet is more important than quick short term gains on the mainland, and like you, I think, I am a big believer in transports over complexes. I knew I was playing a grizzled veteran of A&A, so I gave this game my 100% best. I am maybe just a little farther down the G40 learning curve than you right now, and you of course will continue improving your game. I am relieved to advance, and look forward to trying to defend the title.