From: Marseilles, France
There are some pretty interesting Avatars in play here. Can I ask people to say why they have chosen their particular avatar - Patrice for example, why Manstein??
[Not yet at home]
I picked him, because I played Germany and found out that this counter is by far the most important and powerful in Germany's order of battle. Pretty much everywhere you're in difficulty as Germany, just send Manstein with or without an Offensive Chit. Adding +2.5 (2d10) to a Blitz or assault Combat is a killer, even more if he is with an offensive Chit.
I'd even say that this counter is too powerful.
In the last game I played, he helped take Moscow, Rostov, Sevastopol, pull out the Allies from Venice and the Italian city in the alps setting back their reconquest of Italy to a stanlemale in the mountains of Florence, and then Leningrad in 1945. It was a blast, and I felt it was too much, too easy.
Put Manstein, 2 PARA, flipp all defenders with Stukas, and you've got +9.5 already.