A Year of Starcraft II
Slugging It Out
It’s been a few days since an update here, and once again I find myself apologizing. I feel bad for not updating this as often as I should. I know that the faithful readers out there deserve it, and I know I should do it simply to coalesce what I’ve learned in one place. But it’s incredibly hard after having a few hours of fun playing SC2 and then doing nothing but trying to think of something to say for two hours and writing this. Reddit calls, and other things beckon, and I simply put it off until the next day. So, again, I will try to make this at least an every other day thing.
I am still learning a lot about Starcraft 2. There’s so much going on at once, I don’t think I’ll ever get it down. Lately, I’ve been focusing on spending (still, yes) and scouting. I also spent a few hours throwing myself up against a Protoss 4-gate. Damn is that a scary build. Done right, it is fierce. A kind of modified Spanishiwa build seems best to counter it, at least with a crapload (4 or 5) of spines with it.
Spending wise, one game will go great, but the next I’m back up in the thousands. I think my goal, from here on, is to never have over 1000 minerals at one time. Once at 200/200 I don’t know what to spend on except for upgrades, but by that time I should have most of them. I guess I can dump them into others I won’t really use or throw down multiple macro hatches. I may make an exception for any game that reaches that point though. I’ll have to work it out as I play.
Scouting I also spent a few hours on, to a little bit of success. VS Protoss, which I practiced most on, I can do fine. Most builds are easy to spot and the gas is a tell-tale sign of what they’re doing. Terran, though, is harder and needs more work. Overlords, though, are harder to use vs Terran. But I guess that’s really if they’re going heavy bio, which will tell me that anyway. But, still, I need work on it.
I feel like I’m flailing around, though, to be honest. It’s hard to know where to go from here. I’m hovering at the top of my Silver league, which is great, but I’m not improving much. I’d say that my mechanics alone are getting me there right now. Sitting at 90 APM can be a huge advantage vs a 50 or 60, it seems to me. And I believe that makes up for my lack of solid macro and micro. Well, that and the little bit of game sense I have right now. I may be beating myself up for nothing, I don’t know. I just realized I’m not even at two months yet. That’s in four days. So, in two months I’ve gone from complete noob to actually doing okay. Wow, that makes me feel better about all of this. With a little more focus and study I can pull myself up. I can do this.
I guess that’s it for now. Streams are here. Goodnight and GLHF.