Since it's usually pretty boring for people to talk about when they've been BM'd on ladder, and I figure most people don't give two shits about some mid-masters player switching races, I figured I'd provide a battle-report type of blog, while sharing a pretty funny BM story I think TL will appreciate.
I finally broke into Master league in season 4 playing as Zerg. Zerg is a great race - don't get me wrong. But at times I find myself raging over the silliest things. Here's what Zerg comes down to: What is my opponent doing? Okay, how do I stop this while making as many drones as possible, so I can run him over in the lategame? Zerg is a difficult race, but to me, it was just too one-dimensional. I want strategy, I want variety, I want micro!
It took me almost three seasons as a Zerg player to come to that conclusion. I broke into Master league that season and only played one game - I was on a crappy computer and didn't want to risk ruining my MMR, plus I liked looking at that shiny little Master's symbol.
I'm now in the process of switching to Terran - I love the race. It's so versatile, and so incredibly difficult! Yeah, I said it. A zerg player, calling the Terran race difficult. But Zerg is difficult too- but for different reasons. A good zerg player needs to know when he is safe to drone, and when he needs to be making units. When he needs to expand, and when he needs to sit back and use his advantage in tech, or army size. A terran player doesn't have to worry about when to make SCVs - he should always have them in production. He also doesn't have to worry about when to make an army - he should always have army queued in all of his production facilities. What he does have to worry about, however, is micro, unit composition, and maneuvering of his units across the battlefield so that he doesn't get caught unseiged and overrun.
As I'm in the process of switching from Z to T, I find myself falling in love with marine tank. I love the strategic placement of tanks, the slow-choke pushing across the map, and the multi-pronged drops on opponents bases. I watched a replay of a TvZ that I won a few hours ago where I simultaneously managed to drop his third, his main, his natural, all while scanning and moving forward onto his creep with my main force and a bunch of seige tanks. Watching from his view, he had four pinging !!!!! marks on his map at once. As a Zerg player, I know how alarming and disorienting that is.
I encounter some BM from time to time - actually, pretty often. Which is surprising considering how standard I try to play. Usually the BM is from Zerg players calling Terran OP, which I usually just laugh off. I even messaged a guy once after a game and tried to help him out, saying I felt his pain. We ended up becoming friends and playing a few practice games. Yay friendship.
Anyways, on to the battle report. I've never done one of these before, so it should be interesting. But it ends in some pretty funny BM Karma.
We start off our battle on the lovely Cloud Kingdom LE, a map which I hated as Zerg, but I'm starting to really enjoy as Terran.
Aw yeah, it's me! Wishing my Zerg opponent some fun!
I scout a hatch first build, but no response from my opponent
I decide to open up reactor hellion - even though I usually only make four and immediately swap off for a barracks. I've been using a 3-rax factory seige-tank marine stim push. No idea if its actually a legit build, and TvZ is by far my worst matchup so it's probably not.. but it works in diamond!
Made four hellions, moving my expansion down and starting siege tanks!
At this point, my hellions scouted roaches. This was fine, as I never intended to stay on hellions anyways. I didn't want to run in and sacrifice them, so I held them at a watchtower and prevented map vision instead. It turns out my opponent only made a few roaches to hold me off, and then switched into infestor/ling off 3 base.
I moved out for my marine/tank stim timing attack, and as usual I botched my siege/unsiege micro, and ended up losing most of my army, but I took out his third and some drones!
Sorry buddy, I just couldn't let ya keep it up
I'm still on two base, but so is he! I'm feeling okay about this trade, as I'm working on my upgrades and now have medivacs to do some multi-prong aggression. Cool! I drop a CC near the rocks by my natural and begin to sneak my tanks up to provide a larger wall off of siege tanks.
After a really long game, about 35 minutes later, my opponent eventually overwhelms me. However, I do manage to land a nuke that killed 37 of his drones. Pretty awesome. I was definitely still in this game, but his army was just too large for me to manage. However, I was try-harding until the end, because I really didn't know how many drones he had left. I know Terran can make some sick comebacks if you just play smart! So I was being cautious, kept my units alive, when finally he came crashing into my third and destroyed a bunch of my stuff. In my head I thought, "Yeah, this is probably over", but I stuck with it and killed another two hatcheries. Then I got this nice little message!
Okay man, really?
I was almost more offended by the fact that he ignored my hf, and then said nothing all game and offensive gg's me. What an ass! So this only makes me want to stick it out even more. I killed a bunch of his ultralisks with my ghosts. The game was definitely still close! But then... the broods came rolling in and destroyed the rest of my army.
At this point, I get a little "ding" notification on the right side of my screen. I look at the clock. Holy shit, it's almost 6am. The notification says, "The system is shutting down in 5 minutes". Instinctively, I alt-tabbed to make sure my computer wasn't doing some kind of stupid auto-update thing and shutting down on me (it does that, pretty often!). But I couldn't find anything. Then I tabbed back into the game to find this zerg still cleaning up my buildings. Ding! 3 minutes until the system shut down.
GENIUS IDEA ENGAGED.
I lift all of my buildings and send them to opposite corners of the map. GO GO FLOAT FLOAT!!
My opponent is baffled, he doesn't know what to do. So he resorts to being manner. Good try man.
I was having none of it.
The system shut down with one of my buildings still floating. DRAW!
Apparently, BM Karma bites you in the ass sometimes!
I haven't played starcraft in about a season and a half but when I was, I was near the top of my diamond divison (That doesn't mean anything I know but let me talk a bit here!). I have been playing since beta and about 85 percent of my play time was zerg, 13 percent protoss, and 2 percent random. To be perfectly honest, Terran was the most fun I had while playing, a side from getting rofl stomped because I didn't really know what I was doing as a Terran, the part of having to mirco one's marines so fucking hard, positioning tanks and stuff was insanely fun! After this semester I will be coming back and it will probably be a switch between zerg and to a lesser part terran to just learn the race.
dGHaiL United States. April 04 2012 07:19. Posts 173
On April 04 2012 07:12 Shelke14 wrote: I haven't played starcraft in about a season and a half but when I was, I was near the top of my diamond divison (That doesn't mean anything I know but let me talk a bit here!). I have been playing since beta and about 85 percent of my play time was zerg, 13 percent protoss, and 2 percent random. To be perfectly honest, Terran was the most fun I had while playing, a side from getting rofl stomped because I didn't really know what I was doing as a Terran, the part of having to mirco one's marines so fucking hard, positioning tanks and stuff was insanely fun! After this semester I will be coming back and it will probably be a switch between zerg and to a lesser part terran to just learn the race.
I really enjoy the race - it makes me much less likely to BM or rage when I lose. I feel like the zerg mechanic causes people to rage the most. The fact that you have to know what's coming and how to stop it, and usually if you don't, you lose, induces a lot of rage. IMHO.
I have much more fun experimenting with new build orders to try to achieve the same purpose. If I swap this addon now, will I be able to get tanks faster? What's the drawback? How often do I need supply depots? etc. etc, I've only played about 35 games as terran but I already feel a vast improvement in my play because I'm not upset after losses. I actually enjoy watching the replay and seeing what I could refine to make myself a better player. Zerg just made me rage about blah blah protoss 1 base 2 base all in A move, all that nonsense.
OmniEulogy Canada. April 04 2012 07:50. Posts 2192
Agreed, there is just something about the terran race that actually makes it quite a bit more interesting than the zerg race! I totally understand the feeling when you play zerg and you're there just to figure out how to counter what ever he is doing. Can be quite frustrating!
Cheater23 United States. April 04 2012 08:27. Posts 34
On April 04 2012 07:52 Hulavuta wrote: Erm, the system shutdown was them taking battle.net offline to lock the servers, right?
Yeah sorry, I should have specified that! They brought the servers down for maintenance.. so I just so happened to survive until the servers went down. I felt a little like that one campaign mission.. evacuation or something like that...
neoghaleon55 United States. April 04 2012 08:53. Posts 6292
nobody claimed that Terran is an easy race to play. But it's widely considered the most complete due to all the options they have very early game. Terran has AOE damage, instant-detection, higher economy, the best anti-air all from early game. A Terran player is virtually cheese proof...and that's the difference between Zerg and Terran.
Playing as Zerg, I feel the need to actively scout more in order to tech appropriately or else I risk auto-losing.
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TylerThaCreator United States. April 04 2012 09:10. Posts 780
On April 04 2012 08:34 TORTOISE wrote: He delivers an offensive GG, so you float all of your buildings. Classic move. You really showed him.
AND then drew a draw, thats the karma, good for him. I personally don't care if people manner mule or manner pylon, but BM-ing through offensive GG-ing, etc. its on another level. Yeah what he did is kinda BM, and yeah idgaf about people BM-ing me, but its some good karma to see that it doesn't always work .
I hate offensive GG-er. Last time, in a TvZ (i'm Terran), this freakin' guy baneling busted me and i barely hold but then a few minutes later mutas in my base wrecking everything and i had stim delayed (baneling bust shot my tech lab down =[ ), he tried to offensive GG me but i had stim finishing up and a lot of rax on two bases, i stayed in the game and timed an attack on stim. The guy was so sure he won he didn't make any units other than mutas and i don't need to tell you how well mutas deal with stimed marines^^ So i walked in his bases killing everything he had and throwing manner mules all over the place (i didn't use mule for a long time since i didn't want to die from baneling landmines or mined out too quickly). I felt so good i ended up smoking a cigarette.
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Chaggi Korea (South). April 05 2012 01:30. Posts 1132
my best one for an offensive GG was when this guy was about to baneling bust me, and apparently he'd been doing it all night to Terrans and had like a 100% win rate that night. But I scouted him early and saw that there was no hatch, early gas and for some reason, just felt like a baneling bust. I do the normal hellion build, but instead of making a CC, I go for a marauder + hellion 1 base play, and I throw my marauders at the front of my base. He types GG and goes for me, and sees my marauders, instantly pulls back but I spend the next 2-3 minutes picking his stuff off.