A Year of Starcraft II
Early Morning Update
I started late, so I’m only going to write a bit here seeing as how it is almost 6am.
I started tonight out by watching a Day9 video, specifically #252. It has been suggested to me often, and I was in the mood to watch a video before playing. It dealt with mouse and keyboard control, hotkeys and, funnily enough, stretching. Fresh off of my complaining yesterday of a sore arm, the first thing he brought up in the video was stretching before playing. Sweet Jesus did that feel good, especially where you twist your arm inward while pulling back on your hand. I will now be doing this constantly. And if that was the only thing I got from the hour long video, it would have been worth it. It wasn’t however, and I got a lot of different tips to practice as I keep playing.
I made myself go back to the lava level in the campaign, knowing that if I started on anything else I would just skip it. Going with the tips I got, I kept a bunch of Reapers moving, and called in some mercs when I thought I needed them. It worked, although not very quickly and only by a slim margin. After having stupidly lost a command center (I had it lifted while waiting for reinforcements but some of the ranged Zergs took it out when I wasn’t looking), I had maybe four hundred minerals to go. I was down to the one command center and a few marines when a bunch of zerglings started to attack. I didn’t want to reinforce with units because I was so close, so I took my chances. With about four orange bars left on the command center, I got the rest of the minerals I needed.
The next mission was a similar one, where I had to get the Taldereen (sp?) gas before the Protoss closed them off. I got down to only one more needed, but couldn’t build units fast enough to stop them. It was my own damn fault for not building enough drones throughout the mission. I kept getting mineral blocked (I guess it’s called) and couldn’t build the units I needed to protect the gas and my SCVs.
After losing I was ready to quit, but wasn’t sure I had fulfilled my two hours of Starcraft II yet. So I played the Zerg challenge to do something quick and fun. I still could not get to silver or gold, and don’t really know how I would do so. Unless it takes an ungodly amount of micro, I don’t see how to prevent that many units from dieing. I can usually keep it under 20 for the first two rounds, but am always over by the last. I tried burrowing the near dead roaches on one round, which worked to a point, but it seemed very slow. I also did some of the moves that Day9 talked about in the daily, like slicing off the front units and moving them to the back. Even with all this, I still lost about 15 units on the last round. I think I’m probably just not quick enough yet.
Tomorrow I will do three missions, no videos or challenges. I need to keep myself going and power through if I want to finish this game. Multiplayer is calling…