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Monthly Archives: November 2011

Not Sure If…

I’ve failed my year or I can get a one time pass. Hear me out.

My vacation for thanksgiving was probably the biggest drain I have experienced in the last year or so.  I guess spending that much time with family (not necessarily all people I like, but still must love), and doing that much driving was too much for me.  I am, literally, spent.  Add to that giving a giant fuck you to my normal, for me, sleep schedule and I have been unable to drag myself to the computer to play Starcraft.  At first, I thought I would just marathon the hours the next day, then the next.  It adds up quickly.  I then, for a bit, contemplated just giving it up.  Which made me feel even worse.

I mean, how could I stop now?  I’m at basically the half way point.  I can do this, I know I can. More importantly, I want to do this.  Starcraft has become my hobby.  It is the thing I think about, the thing I want to talk about and watch if I’m not playing.  A week off because of outside influences doesn’t seem that horrible when I look at it like this.  But I actually feel pretty bad.  I’ve been beating myself up everyday about it.  It seems so stupid to screw up the thing I set up to keep myself working at something.  And to those of you following me, I’m sorry.  I feel I’ve let you and myself down, but I want to keep going.

So I’m asking for a one time pass on the week, and to add it to the end of my year.  Also, I will not take a day off for two months.  If I don’t get a deluge of “You failed” comments or the like, I’ll go ahead with this and be on track to finish my year on June 15 instead of 8th.

Goodnight and GLHF.

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Vacation

I start my holiday vacation with family today.  And while I thought I would be able to continue playing without anyone being the wiser, it is not going to work out like that.  So, I won’t be able to play until Saturday night.   I have a few days off after that, so I will be trying to marathon my hours Sunday and Monday, but I will keep up with my reading and watching Starcraft while I’m up North.  I hope it’s sufficient.  I will try to post blog posts while I’m doing this, showing what I’ve been watching/learning.

MLG was once again awesome.  I spent most of yesterday watching the matches available, paying most attention to Leenock’s games.  I have to say, he’s pretty great.  I was impressed at how good his early game pressure is.  It seemed that no matter how much he kept pressing on his 0pponent, he didn’t fall too far behind in drones.  And that drone split!  I got nerdchills. I will be on the lookout for more of his games.

And now I have to start with the driving.  Goodnight and GLHR.

Rectification

Working overnights at work this week has really screwed up my schedule (both sleep and otherwise); I have not been playing as much as I should.  I have probably not played more than 4 hours in the last 3 days (and streamed even less).  I’ve kept up with watching Day9, SoTG, and some streams (it’s infinitely easier to throw one of those on at 6 in the am and watch until I start nodding off than playing for some reason), but I don’t feel like I’ve done enough to hold up my commitment to this year.  So, Tuesday, November 15 I will try to rectify the situation.  Normally my day off (I’m just going to move that to today because it’s my last overnight and I am beat), I will instead be playing and streaming for five hours.  From 7pm to 12am central I’ll be on.  Hopefully it will help me reset my schedule and get back into a rhythm.

In actual SC2 news, I’m solidly back in the top of my gold league, playing the random platinum.  I feel better, back to where I was before at least, but still not good.  Working on spending my minerals (now that I’m back to droning well) helps a lot, to the point where the games in which I truly focus on it well are won handily.  Macro, Macro, Macro is the mantra, right?  Why do I suck?  Macro.  How do I get better?  Macro.  Why did my opponent win?  Cheese…  Wait, I mean Macro.  I’m going to keep focusing on this for the week, really trying in every game to spend every last mineral as quickly and profitably as possible.

Good Morning and GLHR.

Working My Way Back Up

After spending another few days raging and being on tilt (as one stream watcher suggested), I had a conversation with Combust (he of being around since the beginning and helping a lot), who, after I told him of my problems, suggested I wasn’t droning enough in the early game.   I realized almost immediately that he was spot on.  It’s not a small thing, certainly, but it was not completely obvious to me. Not obvious, because the games were inevitably quick losses or long crappy games where I had plenty of time to get up to my usual 80-90 drones.  Being low on drones in the early game throws the whole feel of the game off.  Starved is a good word to describe the feeling of my early games, until I built up a good base of drones (if I got there).

This was solidified last night when I watched Day9 go over Nestea’s ZvT.  Drone is king in Nestea’s games, and should be in mine.  I’ve been working on it, maybe even going overboard on the droning, but I’d rather lose with too many than not enough drones.  It is amazing how much my game opened up after doing this.  Almost immediately, I felt back in the zone while playing and started working my way back up the ladder.  It feels good and I am actually really enjoying playing every game, no matter win or lose.

Another thing that kind of struck me this week was a comment someone made on SCreddit (can’t remember post or situation, sorry).  They said, “Everyone starts out on an even playing field.”  I had never really thought about it like that.  I know that sounds strange, but realizing that I was not immediately behind or trying to make up for some deficiency I had, and instead playing with the idea of “stay even or get ahead” helped maybe more my mindset when playing rather than my actual play.

Now that I’m droning so much, my minerals are skyrocketing.  Seriously.  Long games can hit over 5000 minerals banked.  This is what I’m going to work on this week, trying to keep myself droning and spending at the same time.  I know it’s okay to stockpile some gas if I’m waiting on mutas, but I’d rather play with the mindset that anything over 500 is bad.  It’s a reversion, I know, to go back and work on this again.  I remember doing this a couple of months ago, but I think it’s the best thing I can think of to help me get better while playing the way I am now.   I may be better at it than I was a couple months ago, but I’m still not good.  So, that’s what I’ll be working on this week.

I will be doing some more overnights this week and the next for work, so my schedule will shift around a bit.  I did a four hour day (of play, then 2+ hours of watching Day9 and State of the Game) to make up for missing a day last week, but I don’t really want to do that again.  I don’t like missing a day, so I will instead be playing earlier, from 7pm to 9pm, on those days coming up.

Goodnight and GLHR.