-- Tobias -- wrote:In short, forget about cities until you have defeated his naval.
That advice isn't always applicable. Plenty of high-level games lack any sort of dramatic or conclusive naval clash. It's very dependent on the players and the territory setup. If anything, Tom is too focused on the conventional fight right not. I think he should do the opposite since, if we're being blunt, there won't be many games where he is going to win at sea. His best bet, especially with default populations, is to go full counter-value. He should just rack up as many points as possible and hope that hooru tries something a little too cute and messes up. It would really help if he put some effort into learning how to launch silos, didn't waste subs with predictable push attempts at defcon 3 and started using bombers to nuke cities instead of fighters.
Anyway, I'm pretty certain that, and any other advice offered in this thread, is going to fall on deaf ears.