A Year of Starcraft II
First Days Back
As if a looooong day back at work after over a week’s vacation wasn’t enough, today’s SC2 matches did not go well. I didn’t lose them all; it didn’t go that horribly. However, everything seemed off.
For some reason, I keep going back to the Spanishiwa build. I know it doesn’t work well for me (for the most part), but it’s stuck there in the back of my head. I can get the open down, up to around 40 supply. Then I’m lost. I don’t throw down enough spines, I float gargantuan amounts of minerals, I don’t tech up quick enough. When my opponent is slow or turtle-ing, it all evens out for me and I can pull out a win, even with some late-early or early-mid (lol) aggression. But an early push, or a heavy mid push, and I’m done. So, I’m telling myself once again, I’m just going to drop it for now.
What I’d like to do, and I know I’m probably not mechanically or macro-ly at the best point to do this right now, is have a set build, that is not the Spanishiwa, for each match-up. I think this will take the guess work out of my mid-game, give me something to focus on and practice a lot, and help me progress overall. I’m not talking 7RR or 6-pool, but something that will get me into late game, and allows me to begin working on specific timings. I will be looking on TL and any suggestions you, faithful readers, may have are welcomed. I’m not going to do this immediately, but familiarize myself with what’s out there. Perhaps even give each build I’m curious about a full day of play next week. Actually, that sounds like a good plan.
For now, I will return to the way I have been playing: 14 pool, 14 gas, and maybe 18 hatch. I had a moment tonight where I could’ve done this, but the first inject was finishing so I didn’t put it down. I thought about it, but wasn’t sure which was worse, having to wait on using that larvae or expand later. It would help later in the game, and I would have had a larger army to fend off the push that killed me, but I’m not sure if it would have actually worked out that way. So, now, after writing this out, I think tomorrow I will try the 18 hatch on all of my games and see if I can make it work. At least this way I’m working on my own build. Refining, as it were.
On another note, I changed my stream to include mature themes. I was semi-actively avoiding music with profanities because of not having that setting on Justin.tv, but got annoyed with having to switch songs when I noticed. I’m not sure anyone cares, but I figured I’d put it in here.
Goodnight and GLHR.