A Year of Starcraft II
Boost of Confidence
Tonight’s games, found here, were a lot of fun. I got a couple good wins in and generally felt a lot better about what I was doing.
The quicker games, mostly ZvZ, I am still having trouble with. Mainly, I think, because of being a lot slower than most players. Also, the early pool ZvZ is killer. I don’t know if I should just throw an early pool up in all ZvZ or what, but I will keep working on it. Even in those games, however, I felt better about what I was doing. In one game, I was harassed pretty quickly by some lings, but dealt with it for a lot longer than I would have before. I pulled some drones, trying to keep them safe before my lings popped and kept going.
In a couple of games, I was handling, I guess you could say, what my opponent was throwing at me. As in, “Oh, you’ve got Banshees cloaked? I’ll throw up some spore crawlers.” I should have made hydras too, I was told, but it felt good to respond to an attack instead of just watching everything die and have to GG. And I was having fun using different units. I actually got a few infestors out. I didn’t use them well (I should have used the fungal growth to hold the enemy’s units in place), but I enjoyed popping out the infested Terrans to use against Void Rays. And it wasn’t something I was told. I had to think for a second, “What do I have available that will help against these?” I’m starting to understand more of the game and what I can do. I guess as it continues, it will be more of what I should do.
On my list of three things to work on, I have gotten the first two (getting control groups and rally points on hatches and queens up quickly, and using the hotkeys exclusively) pretty well down. I am still having issues keeping my army control grouped, both in doing the egg add and boxing and adding. I know how useful this is, and it helps a great deal when I actually do it. But it’s something I forget often and will have to continue to keep working on.
After the ladder games tonight, a few of us played some 4v4 (I had no idea how this worked and thought they were talking about customs where two of us would play the other two). I had a blast just building and building while the others took control of my units. It also really helped to focus on what I was doing and not having to worry about attacking.
Tomorrow is another day of laddering. Friday I will be off of work so around 8pm Central US I’ll be in the chat room “Temps” in game, hoping to do some of the free-for-all type matches I played last week where everyone observes, bets and plays. It was a lot of fun to just watch games, chat and play without too much pressure. I’ll be streaming it too.
Goodnight and GLHR.