A Year of Starcraft II

Monthly Archives: December 2011

Six Months

The halfway point.  It seems crazy that it has gone by so quickly.  And yet, I feel like I’ve been playing Starcraft II for a looooong time.  My head is packed full of timings, builds, pro games, names, tournaments, and lore.  It has truly become a part of me.  There are very few people in my life to whom I have not mentioned SC2.  Some probably roll their eyes when I bring it up, but I don’t really care.  It feels great to finally have a “thing”, a hobby, a passion.  It is a nightly struggle to turn off GSL, knowing I have to be up for work in eight hours.  My “day off” has turned into a night I look forward to, not to get away from Starcraft, but to be able to watch State of the Game live and in its entirety. I have participated in tournaments (even won a game or two), had coaches, made friends, and been entertained and educated for countless hours (somewhere around 400 I guess).  It’s been great and I’m looking forward to the next six months.  Back to Platinum and beyond (-_-).

It’s been awhile since my last update (I suck, I know), but I’ve been going at it pretty steadily the past week or so, after my vacation.  I have become a bit more addicted to streams and watching games rather than playing them.  It was something I was warned about many times when I started, and I guess it took me a while to finally appreciate the warnings.  I feel like I’m at that point where I can see the differences between great play and my own play.  Rather than getting disgusted at my own games, I watch the pros and higher level players do it all correctly.  I’m attempting to remedy it, playing more games each night, and just letting the streaming take over more of my free time instead of my prescribed playing time.  There has honestly not been a day since I returned where I haven’t watched and played at least 3 hours, usually more.   Take now, for instance.  I have played a couple hours and am getting ready to watch the Blizzard Cup Finals (Awards show is okay, but when are the matches?!?!).  Like I said, I’m loving all of it.

Game wise, I have been feeling a lot better in all of the match-ups, especially ZvZ.  It feels like I’m on my way up, hopefully in this next season.  Once again, I’m trying to focus on droning, with the addition of trying not to spend so much time microing, which was hurting my macro.  It is still hard for me to do many things at the same time and, while I am getting better, it is one of the biggest blocks I have in moving up.  I believe I’ve said this before, but it really is a weird kind of limit I’ve reached on splitting my focus.  I’ve been told it’s something that comes with time and I am better now than I used to be.  It’s just a kind of strange thing I worry I can’t do.  I’ve actually been trying to speed up my play consciously for the last few days and it seems to be working for the most part.  I guess those are the three things I’m keeping at the top of my TO DO list this week: drone, focus and speed.

Goodnight and GLHR.




LeTemps Returns

Thanks to everyone who commented on yesterday’s post.  I’m going to go along with the unanimous decision that it was cool to  take a week off.  And I’ll just keep my normal days off.  I guess I didn’t need to punish myself.  I take things too seriously sometimes, especially when I think someone might suggest I’m being less than honest.  I’m even worse about being “correct” online.  Weird, but whatever.  I’m happy to keep going and jumped on tonight and had a lot of fun, once again.

Tonight was a night of basically all ZvZs.  I think there was one Protoss game in there, but it was over quickly.  I am always happy to get away with a ling rush vs. a toss, and with the prevalence of FFE and general FE builds in the match-up, I pretty much try it every game.  A quick 13/13, hatch on 20 after Queen and one ling.  I pump about 16 lings and try to attack.  Unless the toss blocks off completely or walls off perfectly, it is a cinch to run in.  Cannons at the natural mean I just go straight for the main.  It’s fun, has the chance to end the game quickly and doesn’t really put me all that behind.  The lings I can use, if I can’t get through a wall, for map control and to keep an eye on pushes.  I think it’s a good build for the current metagame.

My Zerg games are pretty much a coin flip, which is I guess what it boils down to most of the time.  Early lings can be good here too, but banes shut that down hard.  Roaches, while good for defense, pretty much melt to ling.  It seems I should play a bit more defensively in this matchup, instead of going for the win.  Setting myself up to get ahead on economy and tech is preferable to either a quick win or loss coin flip.  I’ll try to keep this in mind going forward.

No Terran games today, so I’m not sure where I’m at there.  Usually ling/bane/muta.

A quick little story before I retire for the night:  I have actually gotten someone else interested in Starcraft 2.  I’ve been talking about the game to a friend at work for a while.   I finally convinced him to watch a little of a tournament, MLG Providence, and he loved it.  When we were talking about it, he was all excited about it and telling me the stories of players and games that he had watched.  He was particularly impressed with Naniwa.  It was great to finally have someone to talk about the games and players with and do what I can for E-sports.

Goodnight and GLHR.