Sunday, May 8, 2011

Punishing Others for Taking a Risk

Today I have been laddering a lot. Well, what amounts to a lot for me, as the total number of games were just 14. I lost the vast majority of the games, which of course annoys me a lot. I don’t think I should lose this much when I am not even in Diamond yet.

I’m still learning Terran and there are certain things that I just don’t seem to be able to get right. Today my pet annoyance have been people who have done risky things and when I tried to punish them for taking those risks, I got rolled. Examples includes a protoss that fast expanded on Delta Quadrant and so on. I’m of the firm belief that that should just not be possible to get away with and yet he did.

I have also tried to loosen up my Terran vs Zerg game play which has a tendency to become a little passive while I max out on two bases. But apparently moving out early is something I haven’t mastered yet.

I streamed a lot of the games I played to, but I don’t think my loses are especially interesting to watch as they are not even close games.

Here are a couple of the good games:

Terran vs Terran on Shakuras Plateau

And another which was also kinda okay:

Terran vs Protoss on Scrap Station

If I have to mention anything positive from today, it should be that my Terran vs Terran is still my best matchup and the games I won against Protoss were all due to good use of EMP.

EMP is currently the corner stone of my mid to laIte game vs. Protoss and I wonder why I didn’t see it more back when I played Protoss?

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Streaming Games

I find setting up a solid video stream to be one of the most frustrating exercises possible. And yet I have actually managed to set one up. Quality is not fantastic as I am limited to uploading on a fairly crappy ADSL line, but the quality is acceptable.

I’m playing very casually these days, so actually catching a moment where my stream is online is probably not that easy. I can however upload the videos to YouTube after the stream is done. JustinTV has that nice feature.

TvT on Backwater Gulch – Opponent is in Platinum.

So far I’ve recorded one ladder game. I’m mostly talking to myself in Danish though, so it might not be for an international audience.

The game is quite good I think. At least there is a lot of action all around and while I am sure my gameplay can be criticized for a lot of things, I’m actually mostly satisfied with it for now.

I especially like some of the big battles where I have to counter a ton of siege tanks using mostly marines. Coming from a Brood War background, it really surprises me every time it works.