A Year of Starcraft II
Reflections On A Month Of Starcraft II
I’ve been trying to write this post for a few days. I’m sorry about the delay. I’m actually, as of now, three days over a month. Writing this blog, without a doubt, has been the most difficult part of the month. It is hard to put into words what I’m experiencing in a way that’s not boring as hell. And it takes upwards of an hour to write, so most nights I’m still working on it past 4am after playing all night. In the interest of keeping myself sane and getting sleep, I’ve decided to alternate days with blog posts straight about what I’ve been doing and the next day a replay that I go over briefly to illustrate what I was thinking in a game and how I think I can improve.
On the actual Starcraft side of things, I’m having a blast. There’s so much to the game, that I have yet to find myself bored. I even skipped last week’s day off because I wasn’t thinking about it and simply wanted to play. All of my in-game friends and those who watch the stream have been nothing but helpful. I am actually surprised. People told me that posting my character code was a bad idea and that I would be spammed or trolled. But only a little bit of stream troll chatter is all I’ve seen of it. And even that was kind of eh. I’m almost disappointed.
There are a number of people who I’ve played games with and are a big part of making every night I play a blast. Espera is a great 2v2 partner and always there with a word of encouragement on the stream and in game. Lucidburrito (one of my favorite names) is another who’s always watching the stream and helping and playing in the couple of 1v1 observer matches I’ve played. OSJP has also been a lot of help with practice games and tips as I’m playing. RNA, Combust, Lykkin, Justice, Skitzor, HTMC, Krispy and a lot of other people have helped and played with me over the month. I thank all of you for making this an incredibly easy and fun month.
Razer, my coach, has been the biggest help by far. Since I began playing online, he has been online almost constantly watching my stream and giving me tips as I go and telling me what I missed on my goals. His progression of things to work on and teach me has worked better than I could have hoped. After only working on mechanics and macro for a few weeks, I believe I’m headed out of bronze (I’ve begun playing silvers and golds). I was sorry to hear today that he won’t be on as much in the future, and it feels strange to say this about someone I met online only recently, but honestly this makes me sad. To celebrate with or knock me back down when I thought I was hot shit, and just someone to talk to, Razer was always there. He’s not gone completely, but I just wanted to say how much his help and friendship has meant.
All of this is just part of what I’ve gotten out of letting Reddit pick my hobby for a year. I also feel excitement about something again. Even if I’ve not had a good day, I’m looking forward to playing. Not just to play a game and escape, but to improve and work at it. I’ve had to hold myself back from trying to learn everything all at once and instead focus on my goals. Here is the passion I was looking for. Like I said originally, I wanted to focus on something and luckily the thing chosen was exactly what I needed.
In the last week, I finally got a new desk and chair. I’m playing in a correct position and my hands don’t hurt after playing for hours. I have also ordered a new CPU cooler, which should cool the computer down a lot. A headset with mic is next. I was going to just buy a crappy one, but decided against it and want a nicer wireless headset with mic, hoping it makes the dubstep I’ve been listening to sound even better. Also on the to purchase list: a mechanical keyboard (everyone talking about click heaven has convinced me), perhaps a new monitor (not sure if I really need one), and a Starcraft II poster to complete the battle center I’ve got going.
Looking forward, I hope to keep progressing steadily. I could put a goal out there, like Masters by the end of the year, but I don’t know if it would help or hurt. Putting a final destination doesn’t seem like it would do much other than to make me feel bad if I failed to accomplish it, but there’s always a possibility it would spur me to work harder. I will at least continue to work hard and try for this. If nothing else, I can say I tried. As it is, at the end of the year I’m sure I will keep playing.
Goodnight and GLHR.