As I found in my game, the problem is that vs. M's concentrated forces, the Red Army, no matter the formation, gets mown down like wheat. The early techs/quality advantages are such that standing and fighting in anything but the most defensible terrain is just a slaughter; and the most frustrating part is to see how few are the casualties inflicted in return. And even in the vast woods around Moscow, because of M's massive Korps army and his ability to outflank by pressing his advantage in open spaces, eventually the Moscow sector turns into a death trap.
Supermax has got the best analysis so far on what would actually work in response to the M attack plan:
supermax wrote:Well its not really hard, really.
First and foremost, we dont need to change the rules... Please stop changing them because of supposed play imbalance...
So, its not rocket science.
moriss has clearly demonstrated that he cannot be stopped before stalingrad and caucasus.
Given that assumption, player just need to accept this, and plan accordingly.
For example, it can be as simple as planning and organizing a major fall-winter counter attack at the fartest- most limit of german possible advance ( in this case the germans wont be able to do more than stalingrad), as moriss brillliantly demonstrated in earlier games as allies with his rostov- kharkov counter attacks.
One thing is sure, the germans cannot be stopped when they are concentrated, but as they advance on a widening front, opportunities arise... Like when he split his forces to do stalingrad and caucasus. With a serious counter- punch east of stalingrad and out of reach till october- november, the germans wont be able do to a thing against concentrated armor, air and mech russian units.
Ok, so when yo play against someone like Joe Rock or Plaid for example, a counter offensive strategy just wont work, because they are constantly ready for it, in the sense that when they are on the offensive, they do it on a cohesive matter and never advance too far for units to be in danger...
But Moriss is something else. He will just attack and attack and attack until he either wins or get destroyed. For the ones of you that followed my last aar with him can clearly see that with a carefully planned offensive- defensive strategy, you can blunt, and defeat moriss unstoppable hordes.
Its the same play against me. If you are on the defensive as the allies, you will loose.
Does that help?
Now, with 2.1 going live, of course quite a bit of our travials will be somewhat dated, but even with the tweaks I'm convinced that anyone playing Morris needs to be incredibly careful about how he plays his hand. I speak from painful experience (see my own AAR).