A Year of Starcraft II
All Day Long
I played a number of ladder matches today (points not working, so I’m still in Gold), a few customs to practice, and changed up my hotkey setup. All together probably 7 hours or so. Like I’ve already said, I’m having fun with it and it’s not something I have to force myself to do. I don’t know that I would be devoting this much time if I was learning the piano. But I am kind of fried after the long day of gaming, so this is going to be a quick update.
I’m building a lot more, so that goal is coming along. I wasn’t expanding fast enough, though, not getting a third until very late in the game if I got there at all. I was given a little general guideline for this today, which is to have a third before ten minutes. I tried it in a couple of games. One game vs. a Terran I did this but didn’t have the banelings to hold off his attack. The next game vs. Terran, I had the banelings. I expanded and I kept building. I was then attacked with a drop, which took out my main base. I went after his base with lings and banelings, which worked and I was in. But after losing my main base’s drones, I thought I had lost. So, I GGed out. I was told after that he didn’t have anything else, and with the expansions I could have probably won making just lings and finishing him off. The thing of it was, I had felt good throughout that game. I thought I was winning. Oh, well. I learned not to do this again. I will take a while and evaluate what I have vs. what he has before just leaving.
The hotkey setup was given to me by my sensei (as I like to call him). It is a setup that keeps all the keys close, even putting the 6-0 control groups on a, s, d, h, and g respectively. I was surprised how quickly I got used to it. I was having trouble hitting the number keys to the far right when I had a number of queens to inject with, so he offered his setup. This works very well with that. I’m putting hatches and queens on the number keys, and the army units on the letter control groups. I will keep using it instead of the standard or grid. With a little more practice it should be instinctive.