Yes - Fixed is far more strategic!
Progressive is fun to play - but depends on luck much more than Fixed... ultimately if you have a Set at the right time, then you win... and if you don't, you lose lol
It's not surprising that you're winning most of your Progressive games - as most people are used to the board game rules... so don't understand that tactics need to be different with this version
Also, in every Progressive game I've played - I've never seen anybody higher than a Beginner joining... so it's not difficult to beat everyone lol!
For a real good game of Risk - Fixed Cards are essential... however Progressive games end much quicker so are great to play when you don't have much time... and because of this, it's rare to see people leave half-way through, so you don't get stuck playing against the game-ruining Bots lol!
I just wouldn't even argue with someone says fixed is more strategic. Fixed is a mod that you sit for three hours doing nothing and hoping that there is a low iq who suicides on someone or someone gets bored. It's both boring and non-strategic. However in progressive, its like chess. you have to think ahead. You have to seek for elliminations. sometimes even if you can elliminate them, you think is it worth their cards
On balance, I think fixed is more strategic, though both have their flaws. Once progression gets high, getting caught with 4 cards that you can't trade in because you have no matches is a death knell if any good players are playing. And if there is one bot or novice in the mix who leaves themselves open with 4 or 5 cards, forget it. The player who gets the match first will just trade in cards and roll you up.