A Year of Starcraft II

Hot Streak

I won five in a row in tonight’s games and earned the achievement.  It feels good to have actual proof of the improvement.  Although one game didn’t really count (a guy who was drinking quit after I GGed- whether he was just being nice, as he was talking to me afterward and going over the game, or drunk I don’t know), there is a noticeable improvement in my play.  My APM is up, my general game knowledge is helping me in picking units to build and I don’t have to quit after a semi-successful push from my opponent.  In a couple of games tonight, I was harassed but continued to build and just macro until I had enough units to kill off my opponent.

Scouting is a big area that needs improvement.  I know it’s coming up in my list of goals, probably after focusing on units, but the watchers on my stream were continually stressing how important it is that I know what’s going on.  A couple of things that I had been taught before but forgot to do (lost in the noise of everything I’m learning), I will now make it a point to do constantly: a ling outside of opponent’s base so I know when they’re pushing (and replacing it after a push kills it), and a suicide overlord around six minutes to keep myself abreast of where their tech is going.  When I do these incidentally, I can respond a lot quicker and generally do better in a game.  So now I will make it a point to do them.

My main goal tonight was to focus on supply and being sure I wasn’t blocked.  It did not go well, despite the wins.  I’m not sure why this is so difficult for me to focus on.  It’s right there in the top right corner of the screen.  But with tapping, building, teching, droning, scouting, defending, attacking, and everything going on, it’s slipping through the cracks.  For a while there when I was first focusing on it, I got into the habit of checking every time I injected with a Queen.  I stopped checking sometime, but will go back to this.  I did it in the last game and did better with supply but still was blocked a couple of times.

I received my new CPU cooler the other day and installed it.  Wow, did that help.  I no longer have to keep an eye on the temperatures, as it keeps my CPU under 55 even in game, streaming with music playing.  And that’s only a couple of days in, apparently the Arctic Silver 5 I used with it needs a while to break in and work optimally.  So, computer wise, I’m all good.

Speaking of music, I have recently started listening to dubstep while playing (recommended to me by r/starcraft) and it is great to play games to.  I have had a few requests for a playlist, but am not sure how to actually do that.  I put Foobar on random, letting it play all of the different stuff I have downloaded.  I got some of it from Beatport, but blanched at buying more than twenty songs or so at $2-2.50 a song for as much music as I like to have.  Generally, I will just download as much as I can find of specific music off of usenet (broke the first rule there), but dubstep is a lot harder to find.  And I don’t want to take the time to rip 200 songs off of Youtube.  I’m tempted to torrent some, but haven’t done any of that in years due to all the problems associated with it.  I guess I’ll just keep looking, which is fun most of the time, but the quality is very spotty.

A note on days off:  I have played on the last two days off and will play next Tuesday also.  I did this without really thinking about it the first day, but the last day off I played to kind of game the system I have set up.  Next weekend I will be going away, so I will not be playing for Friday, the 22nd through Sunday, the 24th.  I’m sure I will be reading and watching videos while away, but didn’t want anyone to think I had shrugged off my commitment.  So, by playing on my days off, I am trying to make up for those days that I will be gone.  I hope no one begrudges me a few days off.  It is mostly to just get out of town for a while and see some family.

So, tomorrow I will be continuing to focus on supply.  I have a list of specific supply points to build overlords at for the first 60 or so supply and will play with it in front of me. Hopefully this encourages me to constantly check where I’m at in supply.

Goodnight and GLHR.



16 responses to “Hot Streak

  1. Dallas Wiebelhaus July 14, 2011 at 8:26 am

    omg man you need solves all those problems. cheers.

  2. Vincent July 14, 2011 at 8:48 am

    If you’re droning properly, zerg has no problems with having enough minerals. This allows you to just build an overloard or two every time you select your larvae to build something else.

    For example, I have my hatchery on 5 and once I get past around 30 supply, every time I build a round of drones I hit 5 s v v dddddddddddddddd. Same thing if I’m building a round of roaches, 5 s v v rrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.

    It’s muscle memory for me now and I almost never have to worry about being supply blocked.

  3. Tetelestia.936 July 14, 2011 at 9:25 am

    Nice to hear you are improving in the game and enjoying yourself. I’m only silver league so my method might be not great, but what I try to do with supply is spend hatch made larva on overlords as needed while the queen vomited larva is cooking. That way I can’t be producing anything and have that cook time to be aware of my supply level.

  4. Nick July 14, 2011 at 10:05 am

    You can’t go wrong with the Tasteless playlist on grooveshark, put together by some kind soul on reddit –

  5. tilted July 14, 2011 at 1:05 pm

    Haven’t checked up on your blog for a while but I’m glad to see you’re still going and embracing the game and community! I hope you had time to check out the NASL finals, some superb matches and casting, especially on day 3. 🙂

    Keep training, good luck!

  6. Jonas Eriksson July 14, 2011 at 5:31 pm

    You’re in the US, right?

    Spotify ( just launched. Epic, epic music streaming service that replayed most tech-savvy europeans go-to music player over the last 3 years.

  7. MayorMcCheez July 15, 2011 at 12:23 am

    Here’s a good tip to keep from getting supply blocked: After you get queen(s) up, every time you have a new round of larva, count up how many hatcheries with queens you have. Make that many overlords on every round of larva. For example, if you have your main and natural both with queens, when you hit a round of larva make 2 overlords. If you’ve got 3 bases up, make 3, and so on and so forth. This isn’t perfectly efficient, but you will definitely not have to worry about being supply blocked, and you can ease off the overlords once you hit the mid game as you will have plenty of supply.

  8. Ill0gic July 15, 2011 at 2:38 am this playlist and uploads from thee same guy are awesome to ladder to.

  9. Eckerdrub July 19, 2011 at 9:07 pm

    Nice job! Keep up the hard work!

  10. Shawn K July 21, 2011 at 8:26 pm Love it!

  11. Queen July 22, 2011 at 7:53 am

    Hi man! I’m a diamond-master Zerg and I’ve recently been coaching a lot of the lower-league players in my team. I’m there are plenty of people that already suggested that but if you want me to help you feel free to contact me in-game! Name : RHQueen – 622

  12. Chris July 23, 2011 at 7:28 pm

    No updates in 9 days? =(

    • comeatmebro July 24, 2011 at 5:32 pm

      Looks like he’s maintaining the theme of starting something and then failing to follow through. No wonder this guy is 28 and still works retail.

      At least some charity will get $1000 – oh never mind, he’ll probably just flake on that, too. Shame all of those nice people wasted all of that time coaching him.

      • redditpickedmyhobby July 24, 2011 at 8:18 pm

        Yeah, I took a mini-vacation for three days. I’ve played over two hours a day for 21+ days before that so I didn’t have people yelling this. 🙂 I even told everyone in the blog that you just commented on this. So, cool. Feel better now?

  13. Justin Etchell July 24, 2011 at 9:11 pm

    I went to post “He marathonned some games 2 days ago :0” but it didn’t submit for some reason.

    Don’t listen to the haters LeTemps, you’re doing fantastic.

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