OK, been a few months since I last played any StarCraft 2 and here we are with Season 3. Didn’t even realize season 3 had already started but in case you aren’t aware, with each new season comes a new placement match to get re-ranked in a league/division. My season 3 placement match, a TvZ played out very slowly, still managed to pull off a win to start the season though. Still lots to learn, and still need to practice using more hotkeys. Last season when I was playing a bit more I was getting better using them, but now as it’s been a while I’ve gone back to my old ways…very very slow.
OK, 5th video in this Learning from Bronze “series” documenting my struggles through the bronze league in StarCraft 2. Apologies for the poor sound quality in this video, it’s still ok but was experimenting with a few different options. I’ll go back to my regular 128bps MP3 encoding for next time.
Was a bit better this game with my scouting which is nice to see I’m learning! I’m usually not too bad against Protoss opponents but I usually get killed pretty quickly when they go Dark Templar. I’m usually focusing pretty hard on getting my army size up and my macro that I completely forget about the possibility of early stealth units from the Protoss.
At least this game I was able to scout somewhat to realize he would probably be going down this road so was able to get up a few missile turrets to detect cloaked units at my base. As I didn’t have any mobile detector unit with me in my army push I remembered to keep a few scanner sweeps handy in case I ran into cloaked resistance. It was lucky I did because my opponent most definitely did go with Dark Templar and I was able to render them pretty much useless and took him out quite decisively.
Lessons learned this game:
1. Scout: Again as it seems true with most games I play, I don’t scout my opponents base as much as I should be. If I had seen the baneling nest he built I would have realized earlier he was going banelings for this match. Also I didn’t have that much sight over the rest of the map so I didn’t see the banelings coming.
2. Protect against the baneling bust: To protect against a baneling bust I should have moved my stronger structures (factory/starport, etc) over to my front entrance and double wall. This would have provided me enough time to build a counter attack force to strike back.
The whole game he pretty much used speedlings and banelings with no further tech to higher units. Because of this, if I had amassed a larger force and not worried about his banelings as much, I might have been able to get a few medivac drops in his base or something.
Lessons learned from this game:
– Remember to scout often!: I did end up winning this game but I could have ended the game a lot sooner than what I did if I had scouted what he had more often. I scouted his base with my SCV but apart from that initial scout, I had no clue what he was doing.
I am currently ranked 13 in my bronze league division in StarCraft 2. I usually win more games than I loose, but every loss there is a lesson learned and this is partly the idea behind these videos. I have to say I’m not a professional player (obviously) and I’m not a professional StarCraft 2 commentator. These videos are simply a ‘self-help’ idea I came up with and by sharing my learning experiences with others I might find some new and interesting tips along the way.
There aren’t a lot of useful video guides out there to help Bronze/Silver leaguers get out of those leagues but Total Halibut does a great series “I suck at StarCraft 2 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=92Rv-s-7rNk. I’m hoping to be able to share my Bronze league experiences with others and maybe I’ll learn a thing or two along the way also!. I’m always looking for great beginner SC2 vids so this is my contribution.
My goal is to record a bunch of my bronze level matchups and review them try to find out what I’m doing right and what I’m doing wrong and to see what my opponents are doing that work well for them. Chances are others have already made the same mistakes I have and if not, maybe my videos will help them out!
There’s always something new to learn with StarCraft 2 – let the learning begin!