A Year of Starcraft II
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I liked the single use of the hard consonants in the comment left on my previous post so much I used it as my title (:p). I agree, it’s been way too long since I’ve updated this blog. I’m still playing, streaming even. I got away from streaming for a few weeks, taking kind of a break. It allowed me to just play retardedly for a while and I enjoyed it. But streaming again feels good. I’m going to try and stick to the usual schedule, from midnight until around 2 each night except Tuesday for the next 3 months. That’s all that’s left.
The last 9 months have gone by very quickly. And yet it feels like I’ve been playing Starcraft forever. I am actually surprised I still enjoy it, still laugh at the BM, still get pissed when I miss-micro and a bane pops 1o of my lings or cloaked units catch me unawares. Each game is so different, it doesn’t get boring. I think my only problem was giving myself the goal of making it to Masters. I think I secretly believed (I guess we all do) that I’m better than I actually am. I’ve not resigned myself to gold, but feel good just for playing and am not worrying about promotion. I’m not pulling a Naniwa and throwing games because I “have to play”, but am not so down on myself with each loss. I learn something each time, win or lose.
I’ve been sticking with 14/14 for the most part in all of my match-ups the last month or so. It works to keep off the fast rushes (if I catch them), and doesn’t stunt my economic growth either. In ZvP, I’ve been using Leenock’s 10 Roach Rush to great effect. It is a fun build that, to learn and get down pat, I used in all the match-ups for a few days. That was actually hilariously fun. Vs Terran it is horribly inferior. I may have won two against opponents who just weren’t ready. The rest held it off easily and probably laughed when I GGed out. It is also useful vs some Zergs. Roaches just aren’t used that much in the early game lately. I do believe that when I started they played a much bigger role in early ZvZs. I actually prefer it to banes because I don’t have to worry about my crappy micro tripping me up. “Oh, you have five banes? Sure, throw them at my roaches. lol” I have to be quick with the hydras after I have the roaches, though, or else mutas will slaughter me.
The consensus on the games I put up for review was two things that I agree with and am trying to work on: Macro (SPENDING) and Teching (TIER 3). In games that go on longer than around 10 minutes, both of these problems hit me hard. Floating thousands of minerals and still being on tier 2 units hurts me badly in almost every match-up. My goal is to be on tier 3 by 15 minutes if possible. This helps somewhat with spending, but getting those expansions up will help more. Also by 15 minutes, I should be on at least 4 bases, if not 5. If I find myself hemmed in, I will throw down a macro hatch or two to be safe and pump units.
So, until next time (shooting for every Saturday update until the year is up), GLHR. 😀
Oh, and a fun stream I’ve been watching and thought I’d promote a bit: inVader’s from Bronze to Masters. He’s pretty interesting to watch and is already in Gold (I know the feeling).
First off, I find it pretty damn incredible that Screddit is still interested and cheering me on. I mean, perhaps it’s only right since you are the reason I am sitting where I am today, but still, pretty freaking cool. I also found it hilarious that little old LeTemps’ promotion post was one of the top posts of that day on WordPress with 40k+ hits. Someone somewhere was scratching their head at that.
The other night, after a few practice matches with some friends that I have played with since the beginning of my year, we were talking about something or other and got on the subject of the game Go. If you are unaware, it is a great board game invented in Japan (I believe), that is usually compared to Chess in its depth and intelligence (not sure if that’s the word I’m looking for). I brought up an old manga I used to read that got me interested in the game- Hikaru No Go. The other two had not only heard of it but read it, and played Go. I mention this because it is a very peculiar thing for me, both to find someone who plays Go and who also read the manga. I had this feeling, after that, that perhaps Starcraft II is my home, as it were, in a community sense. Similar interests, great people, and I feel like I belong. After a few months, I know that after a year I will continue to play and keep myself in the family of Starcraft.
Game wise, an interesting thing has happened in the last week, along with the promotion, I have become more confident in all of the match-ups. The promotion actually came on the heels of 4 wins Vs. platinum Terrans, what I considered my worst match-up. I don’t actually know what’s changed, and to be honest that is one of the most confounding aspects of this game. I believe it to be because I’ve picked a progression and tech path for the match-up, like I did vs. Toss and Zerg, and that has let me actually play as well as possible without having to think of what to do next. But I’m not sure that this is the case. I’m not suddenly winning every game vs. Terran, but a larger percentage of them. Early hellions is annoying still, as I don’t like roaches vs. Terran, but with a few just to hold them off if I scout it early enough, it’s not that bad of a tech offshoot. Just as a note to anyone wondering, my build for T is 15 hatch, 14 pool, 14 gas, ling speed, bane nest, lair (generally). I will go mutas mid game, then switch into Ultras with the ling/banes.
Vs Zerg I’m still trying to end the games early with a mass ling and banelings. If I face too much of a defense, I can generally move into a macro game, so I think it’s a good build for now. I try not to go mutas every game that stretches into the macro, but it really seems to be a good mid-game unit, a kind of buffer until I get to Ultras. Yes, I do Ultras here too. I don’t really mind that it is considered a crap unit, I like it and it’s working for me at the moment. Build here: 13 pool, 15 gas, 15 overlord, 15 queen, ling speed, bane nest, 21-25 hatch.
Vs Toss I do a similar early hatch build as I do with Terran, but instead of ling/bane, I go roaches. I get a few lings for scouting, then mass roaches and try to get the upgrades as quickly as possible. After the lair and roach speed, I will throw down a spire to get Corruptors if I see or suspect Collosi. Then it’s on to Broodlords.
The depth of this game amazes me, after looking over those builds that I put up. I mean, even with a set progression, each game is completely different. A few seconds late on a drone or building and I am put in a completely different situation than I was facing in the last game that I either hit the timing or did it early. It’s pretty crazy and kind of scary. I guess that’s what makes it so addictive. There’s perfection there, somewhere. I just have to find it.
My first day of platinum was kind of kick in the face. Game after game of just being creamed. I remember a similar feeling after being promoted to gold, so I wasn’t too worried, but it did kind of feel like I didn’t belong. Today, however, I was doing well in the couple games I played after watching Day9’s latest Newbie Tuesday about timing attacks. I thought it was interesting how he said the viewers that sent in replays were surprised with how well the timing attacks actually did, because it coincided with a kind of realization I had myself. The other day I realized I was doing well when I attacked and not so well when I sat back for a longer time. It was surprising because of how I was told to, and generally do, play: macro, macro, hold off attack, macro, attack. At least something similar to that. I think I’ve actually passed that point where that is the best strategy as Zerg, and now it is time to do my own attacks as I macro. It’s going to be hard to make myself change the way I play so completely, but it should at least be fun.
Goodnight and GLHR.