I will say this map has been a lot tougher than that easy ole Kraken map. A lot of those games can be played on Vet. So far only All Star available on Central map. Now I only play on All Star when I play conquest, but still. I noticed this for sure. Mainly how hard to sim it is.
Did you have a hard time with the Eastern map?
I am speaking about the CPU’s ability to win simulations, even if it is clearly in your favor.
I usually play very conservatively. I probably could finish much quicker, but I played a ton of risk on the PS2 and got used to the AI taking out 20 troops with just 3 troops, so I generally don't sim unless I have a minimum of 15 more fans than the spot I am attacking.
Sometimes if I am getting a lot more fans than the team I am about to start fighting for space over I might actually not attack at all for one turn to ensure my perimeter is strong enough to handle an extremely aggressive AI.
That's the one thing about conquest I like the most. I don't have to race across the board. If I ever get good enough to beat all star more consistently I will consider moving more quickly, but I am trying to teach myself to do less since I am so awful at hitting.