A Year of Starcraft II

Back In Plat

It’s been a while since my last update. Part of the reason (besides my own laziness) was that when the new season started I was placed into the Platinum league. I wasn’t sure if I would stay there and didn’t want to put up another promotion blog and then be knocked down in a week. But, hooray for me, I haven’t. I’d like to say I’m solidly mid-Plat, flirting with the top 8 every couple of days. I believe there are two things that have helped me get here: the new matchmaking system and a tip that was big on reddit from Destiny.

The new matchmaking system, I think, is a boon to us mid-level players. I never know who I’m playing (I’m not one to ask at the start of a game), so I have to be on the lookout for all kinds of tactics, like a silver who goes all voidrays, or a platinum who plays a steady macro game.  It keeps me on my toes, allows me to keep, it feels to me, more even with wins losses across a day of play.  Before, it would be more like win a bunch one day, lose a bunch the next.  Overall, I like the change.  I’ve even played a few diamonds and beat two (I think).

The tip from Destiny was essentially to one-base until you can do that perfectly.  I know it was tongue in cheek when referring to Zerg players, as that’s not really feasible except for cheese builds.  But, I took this more to mean, learn one build and learn it perfectly.  I started doing this with that Roach All-in VS Protoss, and have tried to apply it to the other races as well.  The builds don’t work all of the time, but I am least working on my mechanics as much as possible.  Those first six to ten minutes are what I’m trying to focus on.  Not forgetting when to drop the pool, or roach warren, or muta den.  I think it’s helped inform my play across the board and assisted in keeping me playing steadily in Platinum.

Oh, and holy shit, ONE MORE MONTH!  Crazy to think I started this eleven months ago.  I can definitely see myself continuing to play SC2 after the year is up.  Even now, on a day off, I will load it up to play some.  It has become my go-to game.  I wish I followed the tournaments more, but I work so late and end up missing everything.  I have and will watch a few VODs, but for some reason it’s not the same as watching live.

Streams I’m watching: InControl and Sheth (when those two are on) or Fitzyhere and MsSpyte.  The last two are interesting Zerg players.  Not the best, but entertaining and educational.

Goodnight and GLHR.


11 responses to “Back In Plat

  1. Henk de Slager May 9, 2012 at 4:48 am

    Sweet, an update! I love reading these 🙂

  2. Jake May 9, 2012 at 7:33 am

    Yay, an update. Great to hear you’re still sticking with it, and are still showing improvement. I think a big issues is that the skill level for this game is still rising constantly. A player who was diamond 11 months ago, and who hasn’t changed skill at all, is no better than a low-platinum today.

  3. DL May 24, 2012 at 11:51 pm

    One thing that helped me as well was filtersc’s youtube tutorials. He has a 2 base build, but he forces you to concentrate only on macro. No scouting, no micro during attacks (until he gets to gold I believe). Only macro, and to test that you’re macroing right, you must get certain benchmarks at the 10 minute mark: 50 scvs, 2 medivacs, and stim done. I’m a terran and it helped my macro a lot. He even shows how diamond/masters level people still can improve their macro as well when you see their replays and they miss scvs and get supply blocked. Anyway he just started zerg, so it may be worth checking out 🙂

  4. Razer May 25, 2012 at 5:22 pm

    Hey, that’s awesome. You’re probably better than me now. I was never better than low diamond, and I haven’t played in months. I’m sure platinum is a better place than when I used to be in it.

    How are the hotkeys working for you. I feel like that’s the one thing I was actually able to help you with 😛

    I’m glad you’ve found a way to improve though. As you get better and better it becomes harder and harder to figure out methods that improve your play.

    • redditpickedmyhobby May 25, 2012 at 10:06 pm

      THanks, Razer. Yeah, Platinum is actually hard, and playing a diamond usually feels like playing a gold did when I was bronze…

      Hotkeys still work great. I never got the hang of the creep hotkey that you mentioned last time, but everything else is so much second nature now. And don’t forget adding units to hotkeys as eggs. Saved my ass so many times. 🙂

      • Razer May 26, 2012 at 2:41 am

        Haha, awesome. Yeah, I didn’t really get to explain the creep hotkey thing much. It works really well though. I integrated into my hotkeys extremely quickly and it made a tremendous difference with spreading creep.

        If you’re ever curious, I can let you know what it was again. It would probably take you 2-3 days to get the hang of if my experience is anything to base it off of. However, to me it feels like what backspace or double clicking queen setups are for queen injects, so I think it was worth it.

        Yeah, Platinum has quite a variety of players from what I remember. From the sounds of it, it seems like you have been in the Platinum skill level for a while but where still just playing the good gold players.

        That’s really impressive that you’re already beating some diamond players. Keep up the good work.

      • Razer May 26, 2012 at 2:59 am

        I just watched your last video actually. I’m really impressed. You’ve improved a lot since I last saw you play, which of course is to be expected though. Really, your mouse, screen movement and button mechanics are so much better than they were when you started. It’s amazing.

        Now’s definitely the time to start working out build orders and strategies for yourself. Do you play with other diamonds or platinum that you know? When you’re trying to learn about game progression strategy I find the quickest way to learn is by talking to people with more experience in higher leagues.

  5. wade June 9, 2012 at 6:47 pm

    Hey good for you. Whether you continue to play sc2 or not after the year is up, I think it’s pretty awesome that you have the dedication to stick with something for an entire year even with no one holding you to it or making sure you keep trying. Really nice, bud.

  6. markevens June 25, 2012 at 7:18 pm

    I can’t believe a year is up! How is it going?

  7. Jake July 16, 2012 at 5:26 pm


  8. ersole August 22, 2012 at 4:50 pm

    Still checking here from time to time. Please post something, now this seems incomplete.

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