A Year of Starcraft II
One Thing Leads To Another
Yesterday was yet another dismal day of poor play and okay scouting. I started off the day by watching Day9’s new mental checklist daily. I tried doing the exercises along with him, and practiced for a bit, but when I went into a game, I felt off somehow. Like I was confused as to what I was doing because of all of the separate things I was trying to focus on. I kind of feel like I was trying to play someone else’s way, or worrying about how I do what I normally do. I don’t know if that makes any sense, but I was flustered as hell in the first couple of games. When I made an effort to scout, and just scout, I was fine. I may not have won many of the games, but I did know what was coming and what my opponent was doing. Some glaring errors of unit composition ruined what otherwise would have been good games, I think. But it wasn’t until today that I hit a stride with the scouting.
Today went a lot better. Something strange happened as I got better at the scouting: I suddenly had plenty of time to drone. For example, after seeing only 5 stalkers and a few sentries, I knew I could use a round of larvae to populate my third. I think I also took thirds and fourths (even a fifth!) much quicker than usual because of this. My macro slipped a bit, as I was not used to having so many minerals so early, but that’s fine with me for now. I didn’t keep the scouting up perfectly, by any means, but simply throwing some overlords, overseers, and lings at their bases and checking for expansions kept me apprised of what was going on. I did do some attacking, using mutas as a mix of harass/scout in the mid game when it became difficult to sneak a peek with my other units. Also, along with the droning I had time to do, I made it a point to spread creep wide and far and keep control of the Xel’naga towers in most of the games. I guess it was just one of those days where everything comes together.
It sucks that I have to work all weekend, MLG Orlando sounds like it’s another great tournament. I’m going to try to catch as much as possible on the VODS, but it just isn’t the same as live.
Tomorrow, more scouting, scouting, scouting. Goodnight and GLHR.