Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Absent but still Active

In the new season I have been demoted to Gold. It is because I suck, but still pretty annoying. Opponents all around has gotten harder and even in bronze, people are fairly accomplished. It makes me feel less good about my skills, but is probably only what we can expect by now. I hope that it is not a sign of the scene fading away.

This weekend I think I'll watch as much Dreamhack as possible and cheer for my favorite Zergs. I hope they do well, despite the problems that I think the race is suffering at the moment.

My own goal is the same as when I started this blog: To play a hundred ladder games per season and win more than I lose. I might have to improve if I want to achieve the latter goal.

Friday, December 28, 2012

who the fuk ataktks main?

I haven’t posted here in a while, but I thought I would finish of 2012 why some screenshots to demonstrate the Christmas Spirit of the Starcraft community. This is from a game from the the 27th of December.

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I’m not really certain that he honestly thought that Zergs have the duty to attack Terran armies head on at all times? It just seems to weird.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Teaching Starcraft

This is a hard subject that I have been struggling with for quite a while. I have a handful of friends who are in silver/gold and while I suck at the game, I am still doing a little better than them. They are not new to the game, they just don’t improve that much if at all.

In itself this is not strange. Improvement is rarely gradual. Most often it is in jumps. For instance, my ZvP improved dramatically when I realized that versus a fast expanding Protoss it was safe to do nothing but drone until 6 minutes in the game. From one day to another, my win-rate went from 10% to 35%. Much better.

If you are in silver or low gold you are probably having problems with the following:

  • Macro, basically building workers and spending your money
  • Basic build orders
  • Scouting – not enough
  • Scouting – seeing something but unaware of its implications
  • Certain categories of cheeses
  • Bad engagements

If you have 1000 games behind you and still are in the lower leagues, then you are probably aware of all of the above problems and yet seem unable to step beyond it. So what to do?

Things I have tried:

  • Concentrate on one thing at the time (usually macro, build orders or scouting)
  • Training certain situation: i.e. how to defend a specific cheese or how to deal with a 4-gate
  • How to works toward a late game goal

None of it reliably works. Any ideas?

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Heart of the Swarm

I got a beta key last night. Wuhu!image

I just played my first game where I random’ed against a zerg and lost. I ended up as Terran and of course I had to see if I could rely on widow mines. They are kinda fun in large numbers, but they probably still take some knowledge to use efficiently.

In the end I lost to ling/ultra and then he switched to swarm hosts for the humiliation effect.

The things I wondered about the most was whether there were any general improvements to battle.net in the beta, but unfortunately no. No shared replay watching, no automatic mini tournaments. Basically just the plain old battle.net. Hopefully they will add that later and the game I just downloaded just tests the multiplayer balance.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Season 8 Status

According to tradition I kinda owe a posting on how Season 8 ended for me. End result was about 150 1v1s plated and a end result as around #15 in my Platinum division (not that you really can compare that to anything).

I think it was a confusing season. Statistics shows that I did slightly better against Terran and Protoss compared to in Season 7 (and slightly worse against Zerg, which is annoying as ZvZ for a long time has been my best match-up).

I still find it extremly hard to beat both Terrans and Protoss as they can be so passive and just roll me over in the late game. In ZvZ I’ve decided to become better at taking my 3rd base, as I’ve run into some limitations to my 2-base muta opening. Not to the extend of it costing me games, but because I can see an opportunity to be even better at this matchup -- I wish I could see similar oppertunites vP and vT.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Total Career Games 3000

Finally:

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Still in Platinum though… Will I ever learn?

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Streaming Sucky Games

I’ve been playing around with xsplit and twitch settings a lot and finally made my stream work. The key breakthrough as actually been something so simple as to clean out the fan attached directly on my aging HD4870 graphics card. Yeah I suck at cleaning up my computer cabinet too.

In order to celebrate this amazing feat, I’ve redesigned my stream logo.

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The channel is located at http://twitch.tv/fafnerx . Go Subscribe if you want to have a cheap laugh at my expense.

Just to show how amazingly bad my play can be, check out this recording where I can’t even select the correct race and end up playing as Protoss.