A Year of Starcraft II
On Making Time
As I have tried to expand my game knowledge of timings and builds, I was struck with how hard I find it to make time for Starcraft II outside of my allotted two hours. I want to spend more time on teamliquid, learning the prevalent builds, counters and what has been used before and may be worth trying now. I want to analyze all of my replays, going over them in minute detail to pick out the small and large holes in my game. I want to study pro games (Nestea, Idra, Sheth, Stephano) in depth and mimic what they do and how they do it. All of these are things I could and should do, and they would, without a doubt, help me in my effort to become a better SC2 player. But (yeah, there’s that but), I find myself distracted by the ephemera of the game, and all of those shiny things in life that have longed distracted me from actually working on anything. Hopping on Reddit for 15 minutes at the end of the night turns into two hours of mindless surfing. Sleeping in a bit on my day off turns into vegging for a few hours while watching television, dragging my ass out of bed, and then again with the Reddit.
For the first two or three months (not exactly sure where it cut off), I didn’t play any other video games except for SC2. I feel I made the biggest strides and gained the most knowledge during this time. But when I started playing other games, I felt like my progression slowed and I wasn’t thinking as much about Starcraft. It’s not so much that it’s a bad thing to play other games, but that it takes away from what I’m trying to focus on. I have stopped playing other games, now, as I have been trying to focus more, but, like I said, other things are still getting in the way. Really, forcing myself to do something is apparently the only way I will actually do it.
So, I’m going to add an hour to my requirement. An hour of study, be it reading actual game related posts on teamliquid, working on learning builds, studying timings or analyzing replays (both mine and pros). I have the time. Shit, I have nothing but time. I work, go out with friends occasionally, but otherwise don’t have much of anything requiring my attention. It sounds kind of pathetic, but I actually like it like that. And it allows me to devote even more of my time to Starcraft. That desire, to get better, to see this year through to the best of my capabilities, is still there. I just have to make myself accountable to it.
Goodnight and GLHF.