A Year of Starcraft II
Thoughts on the First Week
Today being my “day off” from Starcraft, per the rules, I am going to write down a few of my thoughts on how it’s going and what I think this year will be like. First, though, a little bit on yesterday.
I played a LOT yesterday. I was on and off from about 6pm to almost 4am. I completed four missions. Two were missions where I controlled a single person (Tosh and a Protoss guy). These, well, I won’t go into detail with them. I liked the change up from normal missions, but it was jarring. Each one took me about half of the mission to get used to the abilities and main objectives of the character. They were more of a hide, then activate special and attack, then hide again. Probably a really good intro to micro, now that I think about it. I will say that the cut-scene with the Protoss character and Queen of Blades was crazy. I would watch a movie of that shit.
I started with the mission where siege tanks were introduced and you drill with a laser. I was having fun on that one. I was in the swing of things with macro, keeping up with building. I even hit the 200/200 about 3/4 of the way through. I can see how it is said that people who play the campaign are far more likely to play as Terran online. I’m forcing myself to learn Terran as I play, and when I go to something else like Zerg, it’s a hard switch.
The other mission I did was the one where the Protoss want to destroy the colony relocated from the Zerg infestation planet. I did well on this one also. I think I’m starting to get the hang of the basics, at least. Once again, I kept building. Only in this one, I didn’t sit on the base as much. I sent out one army at a time to the three nexuses, while building the army for the next push. At the end, I converged what was left on the giant mothership. It’s nice when a plan comes together.
The rest of last night was spent with another player helping me learn more about Zerg and how best to play as them. We played a few games with him teaching me as we went. It was fun and very informative. He had a whole list of things for me keep in mind in the beginning. These included a macro hatch if making a lot of drones or lings, expanding quickly for Zerg, spreading creep, and scouting. Most of his advice was basic and exactly what I needed. Now that I understand a little more of the race, it’s a lot of fun to play.
On The First Week
I’d like to start by thanking r/starcraft, both for picking this game as my year’s focus and for all the help and support you’ve thrown my way. With the many ‘We’re with you’ messages I get in game, offers of help, and reading and commenting here, you guys are great. It makes keeping up with this extremely fun and easy. I can’t wait to play some of you when I start online.
The game itself is blast. There is so much going on, if I get bored or annoyed with something, I can move to another area. The e-sports aspect of it is something I never would have imagined myself enjoying, but I spent hours watching the MLG and even tried to get the GLS (I think it’s called) working on this computer with the GOM player (wouldn’t work for some reason). I wanted to watch it. I was interested, even after my two hour obligation was fulfilled. I spend my breaks at work reading through the comments here and going through r/starcraft. I like keeping up with what’s going on, even if I don’t understand everything or know any of the pro’s names (except for the GG guy, Idra).
For the coming week, I plan on finishing the campaign. I think it’s a reasonable goal. I’m at 12/25 for the missions, but someone said there’s 29. I will at least be very close. Two a day for six more days will put me at 24 missions completed. By the time I’m done, I should have received the new video card (and hopefully a new desk and chair). I will try to get everything set up so that I can start the streaming with my placement matches. It would be fun to let everyone see exactly where I’m starting at in the leagues. Maybe I should even schedule it and let everyone on r/starcraft know when it’s going to happen. I will not be talking, though. No one wants that. I have a very monotone voice. Think ‘Bueller… Bueller… Bueller…’ monotone. Maybe I should play some dubstep? 😉