With the new “Hard” mode, it seems that every battle is very brittle. Either I get a bunch of extra turns via 4 in a row, or the opponent does. Once you get on a roll it’s just about over. I was using a few exploding troops and it seems that I was relying on the old AI to not give the enemy bonuses, because now I get clobbered. So, I’ve got to a more controlled set of troops. But, it still seems that only the first few moves matter and after that the game has been decided.