So if the veterans don't mind I'd like to deconstruct my latest GAC loss and see if my original strategy was incorrect. It was a close loss (by one node) so there's something to be learned here I think for me. If it was a blowout loss I wouldn't even bother. Situation: His GP is 170K more than mine. I entered his roster and on first glance, I kinda crapped my pants, as his roster's top is way better than mine. 6 G13's and I don't have a single one, 4 of them R7s. Good toons for G13 too, JKR, DR, GG, GMY, Jolee, Bas. However on closer inspection I have more G12s and for some reason he never focused on fleet much so I know I can hold the fleet zone. I was hoping to stack a layered defense in depth, so I put 5 of my best defensive squads remaining and stacked them in the bottom zones, and hoped that I could pick of 5 attack nodes to maybe eke out a win. Didnt quite happen that way, he was able to clear all 3 non-fleet zones, and he went surprisingly offense heavy. He took his best squad which I knew I didnt have a shot of breaking (R7 JKR, R7 GMY, R3 Jolee) and protected his weaker fleet zone, so I was only able to clear the 6 other nodes. He went what I would say VERY defense light in the other 6 nodes, and clearing them was no problem even for my leftover squads. In this situation I thought he would have tried to deny me access with more of his squads, and expected a tougher defense than he placed. When outmatched at the top like I was, should I just go offense heavy and try to clear as much as possible?