holy shit, the gold mine disparity on the last game of the 08 final was insanely unbalanced against h20. Like 7 mines on grunts side, 3 on h2os. I wonder if that ultimately tipped it in h2o's favor because he transitioned faster to paddies and was more set up for the long game.
my question to everyone is, would the current meta easily defeat the strats played in these 10-11 year old games? Or would that meta still be the top meta if we were playing on that patch? i.e., do we know more about the game now than we did then, all things being equal?
and then I was just wondering if @_H2O
feels like this was when he was at the all-time top of his game, or if he thinks he's improved since then. Could 2019 _H2O beat 2008 _H2O? Mad respect btw.
Having less mines definitely sucks. In jap mirror it's probably not that much of an issue because you can put your shrines on gold, which is enough for the ashi production (H2O prefered to put them on food though because you can delay the 2 orchards which makes sense).
The patch was different back then, shrines were better, and ashi stronger so the mankle build was probably the best build back then, but on the current patch it can lose to semi FI builds, especially on Siberia. Blackstar and nagayumi showed that semi FI is better than the bank build on the current RE.
_H2O said multiple times that he was better mechanically back then, but had less knowledge about the game of course, so 2008 _H2O would lose to 2019 _H2O if they were to play a serie without preparation. Given some time, 2008 _H2O would probably copy the meta builds and win though.