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Nexus Season 5 Results!

The fifth season of play in the Nexus Diplomacy league just wrapped up. Congratulations to Kutusov, who won the $50 prize pool, instantly catapulting them to the vaunted post of world's most financially successful Diplomacy professional. Get yourself in the Nexus mindset by watching
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The Champions Corner is where recent tournament winners share a specific move or strategy that helped them emerge victorious.

Nexus' Fifth Season culminated in 
Kutusov piloting a Germany to victory after a successful English stab on a stacked final board.

Der Sieg in Nexus Season 5

The Nexus S5 Final Game has come to an end after almost two months, concluding a long and emotional journey that culminated in a hard-fought battle for first place. Now that the end is here, we can evaluate in hindsight how I managed the ultimate victory.

This game was not won with outstanding tactical maneuvers (although a solid base is always necessary) but with two main elements: exploitation of all available diplomatic leverage, and intense effort in the Social game -- essential in the Finals.

The German Stab

Fall 1905 is undoubtedly a key moment on my path to victory. This is when I decided to stab England, with whom I had had a stable and fruitful alliance up to this point. Two reasons that lead me to this decision: stabbing him later would have been virtually impossible, and my position was becoming vulnerable to an attack from him. Before the stab, I had a moderate amount of diplomatic leverage as part of the most feared alliance on the board. I was in good relations with England and Italy, had an ambiguous relationship with Austria, and was not on good terms with Russia. France, on the other hand, faced with annihilation, became my Janissary, another useful strategy always worth considering.

After the resolution of this turn, relationships changed all over the board. I took the lead at England’s expense, while the East became a convoluted mess, with Austria -- attacked by Russia, Italy and Turkey – on the verge of collapse. England tried desperately to rally support against me, but it was clear that a Grand Coalition against me was impossible. Italy was not yet in position to attack me, and Austria and Russia were busily fighting each other. From this moment on, I nurtured a close collaboration with Austria. It was essential for me as Germany to have a viable Austria, but I was also making a long-term investment in a relationship I considered would prove crucial in the endgame.

Following my stab of England, my diplomatic leverage was not as reduced as I had expected, but it wasn’t sufficiently great for major interventions. While Italy joined England against me, and the Austria versus Russia (and Italy) conflict raged on, I waited for the perfect opportunity to consolidate my lead. And it came.

Biding My time

Fall 1907 was Austria’s masterpiece, with perfect planning and coordination he makes a comeback at the expense of Italy and Russia. Austria then became one of the major contenders of the game and attracted the attention of the entire board. Although I remained board leader, Austria had a higher potential center count, causing my diplomatic leverage to skyrocket. I had to create and identify opportunities. Russia asked for a cease fire and support against Austria. I accepted but presented conditions, such as a renewed Italian collaboration. At the same time, I maintained good relations with Austria, partly because I was not sure whether Italy would accept my terms and partly because I still wanted to maintain good relations with him. For these reasons, I informed him of my retreat to Bohemia and reassured him that this army would not pose any threat.

Casually Wandering Around

The following turn I decided how I wanted to proceed and to set up my move. Italy, Russia and Austria all agreed with my move to Tyrolia, and Italy and I stage a battle in Paris intended for England’s eyes. At this point, Austria feared that Germany would collapse and Italy would grow excessively (with Greece and another center from me). Austria therefore offered to support me into Venice, an offer I happily accepted. At the same time, a fundamental objective was to ensure that Italy did not turn on me. To this end, I made Italy an offer he couldn’t refuse. He asked me to move Munich to Bohemia against Austria, and I agreed on the condition that he stab England. I also offered to support him into Brest from Paris and to demilitarize Burgundy. This deal was tantalizing for Italy as he would gain three centers (Spain, Brest and Greece) and would be able to stab me for the win in my now undefended back. However, I had no intention of supporting him into Brest. Instead, Italy did a one-dot stab against England that broke down their alliance, I got Burgundy back and even gained a center at the end of the year: Venice.

Spring The Trap

After this turn, victory appeared on the horizon. I had the lead in the center count and a strong social advantage since both Italy and Austria preferred me to win instead of the other. In addition, I still had a collaboration with Russia. Although I was never able to make peace with England, at least I prevented him from wanting to help Italy to win.


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