A Year of Starcraft II
Drinking From The Firehose
The title is meant in jest, but at one point tonight there were three or four people giving me advice on play all at the same time. It was a crazy night. A lot of fun too.
I started with a pick up game vs. a high rank player, just to play something. I knew it would be over quickly and it was. After this, a bronze level player offered to play, and a player who had been helping me observed. It was over quickly. He did a Dark Templar rush and I had no response for it. We played a few more games, and I lost often and early. It was fun to play the games, don’t get me wrong, but I still feel very far behind.
After a little break to watch the Game of Thrones finale (one of the best shows ever) I was back to playing. This time, there were about six guys online who offered to help. With a big map, a 1v1 Xelnaga where you can have a bunch of people watching and betting on the outcome, we set up matches where one of them would try cheese and I would try to defend against it. Even knowing it was coming, there was little I could do to stop it. This was the first time I actually got upset and raged a little. After trying to defend a proxy gate 5 times, I still couldn’t do anything against it. If I saw it, I didn’t have lings in time. If I didn’t see it, I was caught off guard with too few lings. I guess I should have just made a shit load of lings. But it’s impossible if they get to my base early. I was told to put 4 drones per pylon. It seemed to work, but I couldn’t do that, focus on making lings to kill the probe and deal with the zealot that popped. It drove me crazy.
After the cheese “fun”, the bronze level player I had been playing earlier came on again. We played a couple games together, with an audience of diamonds and platinums. I didn’t do as horrible. The last game I even had a little momentum with some roaches in the middle game. But I still lost repeatedly. I think it’s a problem of focus. If I’m trying to focus on injecting (INJECTx2!! will be popping up in my head for many, many games) I lose sight of upgrades and the like. If I focus on the damage units, my worker count drops into the low 30s. And I know as Zerg I need to take more expansions and make macro hatches if my money gets too high, but it is hard to remember in the middle of the game.
All in all a lot to work on before I do the placement matches this week. And it looks like the card won’t be here until Tuesday, so I’m thinking to stream placement matches on Thursday. I will put up a definitive date and time once I make sure the card is working and everything is set up.
A big thank you to everyone who played and helped today. Hope to play with you again soon!