A Year of Starcraft II
I was placed in the Gold League! Here’s the video from justin.tv.
Stream-wise everything went smoothly, although at first I had the webpage running in the background, and someone had to tell me to turn it off. I was trying to keep it open so I could read the chat later, but no worries. I was surprised there was very little lag (I remember one stutter), and my processor stayed below 60C so all in all a good first try at streaming. I was told that there were a lot of viewers, over 200 at one point. It did not help that I was told this in game, as it made my hands shake even more than they already were. The support and interest boggles my freaking mind.
Game-wise, I know I didn’t do great. I also don’t know if I will last long in gold. It was just very cool to get placed there. As soon as the screen came up and I read it, I was stunned. If you watch the video, my mouse even stops moving all together for a bit. Then I let out a “Hell Yeah” and circled it with my mouse. Like Day9 said to, I celebrated my victory and I like to think some of you celebrated with me. But I will keep what I did wrong in mind.
I won’t go into detail on the matches, there is a video of it, but I will point out what I thought were my biggest mistakes. The most annoying for me: I KEPT forgetting to set my worker rally to the minerals. I don’t know if it was the nerves or what, but that has never happened to me before. Certainly not in three games in a row. I raged a bit every time I noticed it. Also, my macro is still very far off. I was missing injects (although not as many as I used to) and, if the first push didn’t succeed, was generally behind on everything because my focus had gone to the attack instead of keeping up with the macro. I had been working on the stutter step with the roaches the past two nights and had gotten it down pretty good. I think I like doing it too much, if that’s possible. But while doing it, I completely forget about tapping to check injects or building.
This brings me to the build. I started with this roach rush build two days ago. It fit well with what I was looking for: something easy to remember, an attack point to shoot for, and it seemed to work well. I won’t be sticking with it, though. My main “tutor” has another, more zen guideline for Zerg that focuses on learning how to adapt and play a better Zerg game. I guess I was initially overwhelmed with having to do everything he suggested and so jumped at the first strict build I was given. I know the roach build works, but it is a bit cheesy, and it doesn’t give me much room to grow or learn. By that I mean, if that first push works, the game is over and I didn’t learn anything. If it fails, I’m kinda screwed and have to pull something else out of my ass. The last match vs. the Terran really highlights this point.
I won’t completely abandon it, but it won’t be the build I do over and over again. I will instead focus on keeping my macro going which includes expanding and building what units I discover I need with scouting. This will probably come with a lot of losses, but I think I will be better for it over the long run. I could probably go pretty far with the roach build, but at the end I’ll just be stuck doing one thing well and not be very good at much else. The point of this year is not just to win, but to learn something and have fun doing it.
It was pretty goddamn fun to win though.
After the placement, there were a number of people online talking to me and we started an impromptu pick up game on the betting Metalopolis map. A fun time was had by all. There was even talk of having a King of the Hill match like this every Friday. I for one would love that. It was great to see how others play and have some fun while doing it. There was cheese, some interesting builds (the Queen Swarm, ahhh!), and a bunch of “Holy Crap” moments. I think it would also be pretty cool if I stream a match like this. So, those of you there tonight, and anyone else who wants to play, let’s do it. Let me know what you think time wise and how to work it, I’ve never done anything like this before.
Goodnight and GLHF.