A Year of Starcraft II
Another Week Down
I honestly can’t tell if this is all going by quickly or slowly. I’m having fun at least, and had to stop myself from playing Starcraft tonight. I think a day off should be a day off. A break is good. But there wasn’t much else to do when I got home from work tonight, so I watched the latest Day9 daily and some of Destiny’s stream. I think the whole Judge Judy thing is hilarious. I can’t stand the show, and the fact that she has more viewers than Oprah is either a great thing or a sad reflection on daytime television. At least Judge Judy doesn’t have a book club.
Last night’s games went okay. I’m trying not to worry about winning. I know the losses are going to keep coming and that wins will be few and far between for a while. Right now I am focusing on mechanics and getting a few basics down to the point that I don’t have to think about them, I just do them. My coach gave me three things to focus on in the game yesterday.
First up is the opening setup, which is getting everything from starting the first drone to sending out the overlord and setting rally points done before the first drone pops. This also included setting up the expansions in control groups and setting those rally points, something I forget more often than not. I did a lot better at this yesterday, forgetting maybe once or twice, but rectifying it before I had units just sitting there not doing anthing.
Secondly, I was working on learning the new hotkey setup and only using the keys instead of clicking. There were a number of comments about this, here and on the stream. I have to say, it is a very intuitive setup. I had very little trouble switching over and not having to hit the 7 and 8 keys in the late game works better for me. The highlight of this setup, though, is having better finger groupings. Putting army units on A, S and D, for instance, instead of 1, 2 or 3, and attack on F instead of A, allows me to hit A-F in quick succession, with two fingers, instead of 1-A with the same finger. This is one of the main ones that I find quicker and easier to hit. I know it’s not going to make a huge deal now, but I like the setup and figured I’d go a bit more in depth since people were wondering. I’m doing very well with this. The only thing I have trouble with is not clicking the upgrades. I guess I’m already used to clicking them and did it once without realizing, and had to stop myself another time. Another day at focusing on this and I figure I’ll have it down.
Lastly is control grouping and keeping all of my army units in control groups. Not one big blob, but separate groups for separate units. A big part of this was also adding the units to the control groups as eggs. I had a lot of trouble with this. I just did not remember to do it in any of the games. After the games, my coach set up a game for us to work on it, and he explained the two ways to do this. He had previously told me about CTRL-clicking the eggs to get down to just that unit, but I had thought he meant the actual eggs next to the hatch. Whoops. Turns out, it’s down in the bottom part of the screen. This is a lot easier. After a little practicing I was doing much better. I should be able to keep this up in game with a little focus. He also showed me that this works with selected units. So, if I select a bunch of roaches, lings and banes, I can CTRL-click the units and put them into control groups. This is a lot easier than double clicking them, where I always seem to misclick. For right now, he has me focusing on adding units to the groups as eggs, so that I can get the mechanic down to where it is instinctual. He explained when to do this and not in a game, but that I should try to add all units as eggs right now so that I learn the technique well.
It helps immensely to have specific things to focus on as I’m playing. I know now that even if I’m losing games, if I do what I”m supposed to, it’s a good game because I’m slowly learning the techniques that will take me farther. Better to learn them now than screw around for three months and have to unlearn bad habits.
I will be back streaming tomorrow night and I’m looking forward to it.
Goodnight and GLHF.