I will give you my opinion based on playing the game multiple times. I am the designer, so take that into consideration.
As in most card games, managing the cards to their full effect on the game can make a big difference in Panzer General. The luck of the draw can be a big factor, but you can influence that by using your cards and resources wisely.
The game mechanics and cards definitely provide a see saw, ebb and flow affect on the game. With the right cards you can make a come back. I have seen the same map tiles be traded back and forth between the players multiple times. There comes a time, however, where domination of enough key map tiles will sweep you to victory.
Hi Chuck, I am always amazed who answers your questions on the internet. I watched your piece on youtube about the game and you mentioned your involvement with SSI. Can I just say I had such a blast playing the Panzer General games not to mention the "gold box" rpg's. Taking Tobruk in the wee small hours of the morning with the last move of my last turn in one of the PG games is without doubt one of the best moments of my gaming life. Thank you so much for your contribution to these outstanding games, you will never know the enjoyment you have given to so many.