If you plan to use your weapons only for offense and trapping and not for defense, and use lotto, you can only be successful if you bomb in, and leave some baby pieces back to guess at miners to hack at even if you lose the piece to their higher piece.
It helps if you hide your bombs while they guess at where to invade at.
Also you needn't engage every trap you form, you can simply diagnol and hold the pieces for awhile, and protect all 3 columns.
It is still likely to win with an early successful lotto ,and not fall prey to this author's once in a blue moon win.
But from experience at the European stratego website lotto only succeeds 25% of the time. Here it is higher but that is because most players are not yet skilled enough in countering a lotto attack.
But yes I agree there is always the chance so never give up.
In a game I played yesterday I got the opponent to come over the spy with him just taking a captain to do so, and when it came time to click the spy to conquer for some reason the colonel was highlighted and I hit with colonel instead. He backed away then. In my rampant response then I just ran the marshall down the 2nd column after I sprung a bomb at the 3rd row 2nd column, I followed thru with lotto marshall across his 3rd row and as he moved pieces out of the way I just kept going. Since I knew the general was the right lake I just kept going with this lotto to avoid the spy and just keep on plundering. I got a major at the 6th column at row 2 (Now my marshall has gone 7 squares already from his right side to his left side and as his marshall came at mine to swap I went one more row down and hit the flag. Certainly lucky but not adviseable strategy as the game was still early. Just an early xmas present.
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