"You cheesed and won. I hope you feel accomplished"
"Enjoy forever bronze cheesy noob"
"proud u cheesr?"
I'm gonna be honest; I really like what is typically called "cheese". My goto build for ZvZ from Bronze to Gold was the 7-pool. I just love all of the advantages Zerg can get by going for ridiculously early pools. Against a Hatch first it's more or less a BO win, and against anything other than a "cheesy pool"(6-8 pool) I've been able to kill enough drones to make my opponent and I more or less equal on drone count. Thanks to my fast pool though, I've also got a queen, and so I've got a huge advantage; most of the time.
To be clear: I don't cheese to win, I cheese to mess with my opponent. I wouldn't even call it cheese, to be honest, it's just early aggression in the purest form (I'd say cheese is almost always an all-in strategy where you are 100% comitted to it. If you're planning what you're going to do afterwards? It's not cheese)
After getting hit by a 7-pool, any general, non-food based timings my opponent might have are useless, because at my level players can't estimate how much I've thrown them off. Getting pressured just completely throws off their mid-end game strategy, which leaves them wide open for my favorite mid-game roach push.
More important, however, is that my opponent's mental game is now very thrown off.
If you're in a game where neither side is really pushing out, you can usually get a general mental picture of what he could have at a given time, but once you get hit with an attack, it starts to get harder to tell; especially with Zerg since we have explosive production.
It's also pretty natural for people to feel threatened after they've been attacked. What do you do when you don't feel safe in Starcraft? You make some lings and throw down a spine or two. The problem is that early on, Zerg can't really afford to do that. Making some defensive lings and throwing down a spine? That shit is hella expensive; 100 minerals, and the lost drones from the lings and the spines. That adds up pretty fast.
So my 7-pool goes something like this: pool, make two drones, make and overlord. Pool pops, make 3 sets of lings, then drone until about 15 food, when I naturally stock up minerals for a queen. I'm not comitted to this push; in fact I'm assuming it's not going to straight up kill my opponent off (unless I see hatch first, in which case I start reinforcing my lings). So I start macroing out of it. Meanwhile, my opponent is sitting there freaking out about these lings in his base. Sometimes there will be some cute micro, but usually there's just an A-move on all the drones.
So we end up on equal footing, right? Except now he's freaking out. Yeah, he held the shit out of those 6 lings, but there HAVE to be reinforcements on the way, right? Spine crawler. 3 sets of lings. Now he's safe. Great. Maybe another spine for good measure, whatever. Now he finally starts droning again, meanwhile I'm in my base with 6 more drones, a queen, and a single spine, macroing up for a pretty standard macro-game. I usually opt for ~8 Roaches, expand, and aim for mutas, and by the time I roll into his base he's just started mining from his natural, he's maybe got Lair, but nothing frightening, and I easily secure the win.
And without fail, my opponent tells me how bad I am for cheesing. Usually I ignore it, but sometimes, late at night I lie awake and worry...
Am I really a "cheesenoobscrub"?