A Year of Starcraft II
Scouting and Patience
I spent some time today on scouting, as that is what I’m working on this week. It actually seems to be going well. In particular, in a game vs. Zerg I continued to poke and prod with lings (okay, I took out an expansion which is attacking, but it was there and looked so easily grabbed), used overlords, overseers and changelings. I knew pretty much what was coming at all times. I still lost, though. I had too little gas to deal with the giant ball of mutas he had at the end. I think I wasted the gas on ultras and also took my fourth’s gas way too late. I’m not going to worry about the loss, though, because the scouting was good.
I also had a chance today to play a couple of games against OnYourWifi (link is to his stream), another redditor. He was kind enough to give me a few games and some tips (he’s in diamond league). I can’t say I did great (I didn’t), but it was fun and he gave me some things to work on. Most importantly, I think, was having patience in game. I wasn’t doing the heavy scout/no attack in those games, but I might as well have been. I spotted his push and then just sent each wave of units in to die. Had I waited, letting him slowly work his way to my base and then attacked en masse, it would have been a much better engagement for me. Another good point was my penchant for just making units to feel safe. It is nerve wracking for me to just sit there with a few units, waiting for attacks, so I make a few units each round of larvae. This is cutting into my drone output and has to stop. Scouting should help me feel safer, I believe, so this is part of that. Also, I needed to take more bases. This is, I think, part of that nervousness of not knowing what’s coming. So, as I’m scouting, and when I have the minerals, I need to expand. OnYourWifi was saying that some master’s Zerg will have a third by 9 minutes vs. Terran. Crazy quick, maybe, but at least a good benchmark to keep in mind.
I’ve started learning some of the timings, and continue to work on my notebook. I think it’s going to be a constant thing I have to go back to, to get all the timings memorized and know what to look for. Not a quick glance and I’m good thing, but a good long while of studying. And then the metagame will change and I’ll have to learn what else could be coming and when. It’s actually pretty cool, because I like that kind of game. I’ve always been looking for a game that’s deeper, that I can figure things out on. I guess I should’ve been playing RTSs sooner.
I finally purchased a mechanical keyboard and it came in today. I have to say it is pretty damn nice. The clickety-clackety (and that’s exactly the sound now as I type) is addictive. I went with the SteelSeries 6Gv2 and I’m liking it. I was actually kind of confused as to which keyboard to purchase and kept putting it off. I knew I wanted one, but they are kind of expensive and I didn’t exactly need one. But as soon as the spacebar on my old keyboard started sticking, I knew it was time. After looking at a bunch of keyboards, I finally just went with this one because, honestly, it’s the one Idra uses. That is such a fanboy statement, I’m kind of embarrassed to say it. It’s actually the first time I can think of where I purchased something based on someone else’s use. Kind of strange, but, hey, I can always say I’m supporting a Starcraft sponsor.
That’s it for now. I just wanted to point out, 3 blogs in a row. I’m trying to make myself do this more. I know I let it slide, and that sucked, so I’m working at it.
Goodnight and GLHR.