the chronicles of nautti – StarCraft 2 blog

What makes SC2 so special?

Ok, we all know it's a great game, no doubt! It demands a lot of skill to be really good and you can't beat a pro with just pure luck. SC2 fits for everyone, young and old and you don't even have to play it by yourself to enjoy it. Just spectating the games can be very entertaining. These things make the game good, but what makes it special? I like how Jeffrey Alejos said it on the SonsOfStarcraft: "It is a top down game that spawned a bottom up society, where the stars are the fans and the fans are the stars." The stars are truly the biggest fans. They spent most of the time with the game and in the game. But the real stars are the true fans, that follow and support their favourite players. Mimic their plays, spectate and cheer, support and live through their idols. But still, it's not the pros and fans who makes this so special - it's you!

Since the SC2 community is so huge there are bigger variety of people and persons. The two sides of the coin can be easely seen. If we put all the all-knowing insecure brats that are still searhing themselves, all the trolls and E-penis boosters aside there are so many great people who are working to make this community even better. Ofcourse community this big have bigger stars, those great nerdballers, who bravely guides us and spreads the word of Esports. Thank you day9 for your great shows and castings. Thank you Artosis and Tasteless for making spectating so entertaining. But you don't have to be huge nerdballer to make SC2 so special! It's even more important what happens on the lower levels of the community. How to get more and more new players to be interested about the game. How players treat each others. Ofcourse there are competition and large emotions involved but still, you can always try to give something back. So far SC2 community have exceeded all my expectations.


Feel the adrenaline!

I finally start to understand what makes this game so good. Not just for the spectators but for the players too. For these first 14 games I have been 1on1 laddering have been really amazing and so instructive. Everytime I push that "Find Match" my heart starts to pump faster and my palms are starting to sweat. I like this feeling. It's like I'm child again playing for the first time. I haven't had these feelings for a long time when I have been playing other games. But it gets more intence. When the game actually starts you go for weird hyperactive state of mind where you are multitasking and doing things so fast. You are so focused and concentrated. If you happen to lose you, just GG and be thankfull for a good lesson. Time to think through what went wrong and how to prevent that happening again. But if you win, it's a totally different story. All that concentration and adrenaline blows up after seeing the GG - I feel great. My hands are shaking and my pulse is closer to 200. Can you get addicted of this feeling? Does it fade away after a while?


What a lesson!

Finally I managed to get the courage, will and time to play my placements matches for 1on1 ladder and o-boy what a ride that was. How much you can learn from a 5 placement matches? Well, more than you can ever imagine. If I could take back time I would play those placement matches way earlier. This way I only managed to create the worst enemy for myself - ME!

So, I decided today was going to be the day I start my journey on 1on1 ladder. I have been saving those 5 placement matches so I could learn more stuff. So I wouldn't be such a noob. The competetive side in me made me to learn more stuff and study all kinds of things. I wanted too much too soon. I was practicing so I could be better at practicing. Sounds weird, doesn't it? By all this studying and learning I was only doing harm to myself. I know that now. I was stacking up my expectations and build up an illusion that I have learned so much and I might be even placed in silver or what the heck, why not even gold? Seriously, I somehow managed to turn things inside my head that way. I thought that if I do know all of these things and have practiced with my friends and AI, I could really be better than bronze. How wrong was I ...


How to get into SC2?

Well, for few days I've been studying SC2 hard and trying to find all sorts of articles and quides to read. Desperately tryed to find different streams and matches to watch. Why? Most of you will ask why I'm not playing? Those are really good questions. I started to think why the heck I'm not laddering 1v1 yet? Why I feel strange need to be "better" before playing my placement matches? Why on earth I'm afraid to go ladder? The stats and win/lose ratios shouldn't mean a thing so why I'm thinking about them. We all lose games. Thats part of the learning process. I googled a bit and was a quite surprised how many topics I found about fear of laddering. I somehow understand the situation when you achieve certain spot on ladder or a league, although you still should overcome it easily.

But how to overcome that at the start? All you really need is to do is watch our beloved mentor, the mighty professor of SC2, father of all inspirations, mister Sean "day9" Plott's daily number 269 - How to get into SC2.

I don't know how Day9 does it, but he already reads me like an open book and is many steps ahead. We haven't played a single game against each other. Never...  in any game.... Seriously! How he is in my head then!? That must be the difference of a guru and a noob! I couldn't believe my ears when watching this episode. Laughed and shaked my head so many times. Sean mentions things after things what I have been doing, thinking or struggling with. But hey, huge thanks! You gave me so much to think about in this episode. Playing SC2 really should be fun. FUN!

So, watch that daily and start having fun! Start playing with your friends, share thoughts and interact. Make small goals to yourself and don't be too hard on yourself. You'll get better. No doubt. And it's much more motivating when you are actually having fun at the same time.

In case you have practised so hard that you can't click a single click anymore or videos are blocked in your browser by some weird setting or you just can't stop reading my blog - here is the main things gathered for you from daily 269.

Continue reading for my main notes from Day9's daily number 269 »


I need backup!

What to do when you want to play but you are still a bit insecure about your "skills?" You haven't started your 1vs1 laddergames but AI doesn't give you excitement enough? Grab one of your friends who has played more than you and start playing 2vs2 games! Luckily my friend sChNike, aggressive zerg who have experience from gold (1vs1) and diamond (2vs2) leagues, is playing with me and carries our team through battlefields. We were placed in bronze league in 2vs2. All because of me since I got my ass served on a plate in the ranking matches by far better players than me. Who said learning was going to be easy? There is no easy way!

Now after few 2vs2 ladder games in bronze league have really teached me alot! We even won few matches tonight and I managed to keep up somehow with the rest. Ofcourse these easier matches gives also sChNike a change to try around different and weirdest strategies ever. But isn't that great? Both get a change to improve their game and have fun. It was surprising that in our last match there was 2 players against us and they both were playing 1vs1 at silver league. This made me wonder a bit. What's the level amongst bronze league players and would I survive there with this knowledge I have for now?

One thing is for sure. I really need to learn few basic openings and stick with the plan until I get some information that I need to adapt to my enemy. Now I'm just building quite randomly everything and almost at the same time. I need to find the red line in my builds cause you can't have everything. This means heavy studies on differend builds and what works against what!


Assembly Summer 2011 – ASUS ROG SC2 Tournament

I wanted to say a few words about the ASUS ROG SC2 event at Assembly. This tournament really made me want to start playing again and learn all these great strategies in the game. It's really something to stand few feets away from the players you watch online all the time: LiquidHuk, oGsNada, mTw.DIMAGA etc. Also a huge thanks to Assembly organizers who have listened the players and fans and improved the conditions for SC2. This time the event was much more spectator friendly than the previous ones. For the next Assembly SC2 tournament we would like to have even more seats where to watch the games.

There was many good matches and some surprises like Huk not moving up from group stages or NaDa dropping at first round at best of 16 games. The final between mTw.DIMAGA and mouz.MaNa was also extremely entertaining, especially the first match. It was 45 minutes of fireworks. How often do you see builds like that in a final game? Watch first map here!

Here you can find many more casted games from Assembly Summer 2011:

And ofcourse the final games:

There is also a really good post on TeamLiquid - ASUS ROG - Assembly Summer 2011 Aftermath


A day well spent

Phew, what a day! I should remember not to overload my mind with the information I should know and learn about sc2 all at once. I should take my time and work the things I'm about to learn but where is the patience? Well, I think that's ok for now as long I'm having fun.

I started my day by watching some GSL matches from Code A. Great games and got a lot of good ideas from there. Although I miss the Tastosis, the great casting duo of Tasteless and Artosis.

After that it was time to go practise against AI. I beat normal easily, hard almost every time but the very hard gives me hard times. I know, what is the point playing against cheating computer? I should go laddering but I just want to learn a bit more before that. My competetive side is messing with my mind. Luckily I got few tips and found the more realistic AI. This Fyn AI is way better and does things that normal players would do. You really should try beating this if you want good practise. You can find these by searching maps with the word "fyn." Check the Fyn AI topic also on TeamLiquid

I also watched some tutorials how to do cannon rushes, 2 gate rushes and how to stop 6 pool but I have to work on those quite alot more. Time to go grab some sleep so I manage to wake up early to watch Huk fighting in Code S.

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Second try

For some unknown reason my first attempt to start playing SC2 actively didn't work out like I planned. I think there was some information owerflow because other games started to feel more fun. This should be fun, so note to myself: don't try to adapt everything at once! It just doesn't work that way.

Learning SC2 take time and hundreds and hundreds of practise games. So, after 4 months break I decided to try again. Now I have to find the spark again and maintain the flame. The SC2 tournament at Assembly Summer 2011 was pure gasoline. It was amazing to watch the matches between the top players live and same time on a huge screen. I also bought a season ticket to GOMTV's Global StarCraft II League August. Looking good so far. Hopefully this time I finally dare to start my journey on 1on1 ladder too.


Replay and learn

One thing that everyone should do right from the beginning is to record demos and watch them later. Try to analyze your games and pick things that you'll try to improve in further games. You can also time your builds and polish them out. Find and download replays from the top players and mimic their play.

But when you start playing more and more games it would really nice to automaticly get those replays saved. Oh, and how about those statistics from the game? Great informations but how to save those?

Sc2gears is the answer!


Me, myself and AI

I really have to start playing and learn the units, maps, keys and builds. I know that I don't want to just start the 1vs1 league with zero knowledge and experience, so those games are out of the question. I want to know more about the game and know what I'm doing or what I suppose to do in certain situations. Too bad I don't have any friends whose are about to start the SC2 from the scratch. All my friends already have played quite a while and much more experienced in league games than me. I do get a lot of great tips and learn good tricks, but when we tried 1vs1 game I was beaten up so badly I didn't even know what happened.

So, I tried to start the campaign but I hate the fact that I would have to mostly play it with Terrains. Not something im too happy about when I suppose to learn the gameplay of Protoss. Lets forget the campaign and start learning the stuff in 1vs1 games against the AI. There are six levels of AI script difficulty: very easy, easy, medium, hard, very hard and insane. The easiest is good to start with. You have enough time and space to learn the basics. I was surprised how fast I managed to learn the basics and try the Easy AI. I know it's really easy for almoust every one but still - I am total noob in this.