A Year of Starcraft II
Closer and Closer
After taking two days off from this blog, it’s hard to get going again (and think of a title). Where to start?
Monday I was itching to play a few games. I decided to try the practice league. Big mistake. Everyone had told me to stay away from it, but I didn’t understand the hate for it until I tried. Jesus Christ, is that a slow game. And the rocks blocking the ramp! It drove me crazy almost immediately. My opponent was also playing Zerg, and was I guess used to the practice league because he was sufficiently turtled with a bunch of spine crawlers and happily making mutalisks. Before anything else. I GGed and left. I can understand the point of the practice league, but it seems a lot slower than even the campaign. I won’t be going back. The rest of that night I played a couple games with a few higher level players, just to have some fun. I lost but still did pretty good and got a few nice attacks in. I then watched the finals of Dreamhuk, I mean Dreamhack. I am really enjoying watching the Starcraft II games. If nothing else, after this year is up I will have a new sport to watch.
Tuesday was my day off. I received the video card (Finally!) and my new computer is up and running and Starcraft II looks great at Ultra settings. However, I do think I may need an aftermarket heat-sink and coolant as the processor seems to run a bit hot. Not horribly hot, but more than my Google-fu leads me to believe is normal (around 50-55C in a game, 40-48C idling). I tried re-seating the heat-sink, which seemed a little loose, but it didn’t change much, maybe a few degrees cooler. I think I should be fine for now, but I have added that to my to purchase list. I also spent about 4 hours last night playing around with Rainmeter trying for a nice Starcraft desktop, but couldn’t make anything look like I wanted it to.
Tonight I started trying to set up everything so I could stream my placement matches. It is exciting to be getting closer and closer to finally playing some ladder matches. The guide I was using worked up to a point, but the audio part of FMLE would not work. It wouldn’t recognize that there was an audio “device” on my computer and I could not figure out how to fix it. As it was getting late, I wanted to start playing some so that I could be sure finish my two hours. I will keep trying to figure out the programs, so I can hopefully stream Friday night.
Tonight I played a few games with a higher level player who was helping me get some build timings down. Specifically a 5 minute roach attack build. I think I like this more than the heavy ling builds. It doesn’t work well against early attacks, but I should be scouting for those and change my build accordingly. This build allows for that and I like having a specific time to do that first attack, something to work towards. I can then branch out to whatever build I think is necessary for the matchup.
Like I said, I will try to stream the placement matches on Friday night. I’m going to work on the streaming programs now, and tomorrow if necessary. Hopefully the streaming will be interesting enough for those of you losing interest in my rambling posts. Goodnight and GLHF.