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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.

Climbing Back Up

I knew last night that the season started today, but when I sat down to play tonight, I had completely forgotten about it.  I was nervous again.  I don’t normally have what I’ve seen referred to on Screddit as Ladder Anxiety, but throw some consequences on a game and I get all jittery.  The game went well and I placed Silver.  It was really just a straight game vs. Terran, with the only weird thing being my opponent’s large group of reapers.  Freaked me out for a bit, but I had popped his wall off already and had lings and mutas taking down his base, so I just kept at it and took him down.

For the placement game, and the rest I played tonight, I was simply trying to focus on spending my minerals.  In a comment on yesterday’s blog, Joakim (the swedish dude with good advice) said I was focusing on my little “tricks” too much and instead should just be spending my minerals constantly.   The comment really stuck with me, and reminded me a lot of Razer’s advice.  He was right and tonight that’s what I did.  Forget specific builds, forget little tricks to try and out think my opponents, instead I would just spend.  I need to know how to do this, I need to keep my minerals low.

I’d say it worked pretty well.  I had a good night, and for the most part kept my minerals a lot lower than I normally do.  It didn’t matter that I didn’t have a specific time or composition to shoot for, I had to keep myself building, teching and upgrading to get rid of those minerals. And that meant I had what I needed to win.  Usually.

I’m going to keep working on this.  I know I can improve.  I still sit on a lot of gas at the moment (heh) and I need to get rid of it.  I guess that means that once I have more than two gases going, I need to start pumping the units that use up that gas, as it can’t all be used in upgrades.

Thanks to all the well-wishers tonight.  It amazes me that Screddit is still interested in my little experiment, but it’s awesome.  I’m having a lot of fun and glad I can share it.

Goodnight and GLHR.