I am no longer an active brood war player, however, I still sign into TeamLiquid and watch VODs. If any moderator wants to edit and improve this guide, you have my permission
BrainClan is back up!
This thread is a work in progress. If you have any suggestions, please reply and/or (preferably and) PM me with the information. I want this to be a complete resource.
I state, by divine proclamation, that users from TeamLiquid shall henceforth use the channel "op teamliquid" for all chatting activities on the Fish and BrainClan server. op teamliquid shall be the channel you shall use, and the channel you shall use is op teamliquid. Other channels thou shalt not use, neither op teamriquid, op tl, op pony, or any other sacrilegious channel name which does not match op teamliquid. [I be trolling. But srsly, you can find us in op teamliquid]
Coming soon: - Fix broken registry hack to stop Fish from changing permissions. - Add some more information about Fish as Brain is still down. - Explicitly separate information about BrainClan and Fish.
Although the .reg file includes all gateways, I will focus discussion on BrainClan, as they do not nuke your server list on connect (Fish is evil... ;P)
With the foreigner scene moving more and more towards SC2, it is becoming difficult to find decent games on iCCup, especially at C+ and up. Korea still has a very strong Brood War community that one can tap into and practice with. Terms like "practicing with Koreans" exist because, in general, they often have more refined builds and play. iCCup is a prime example, play during Korean hours and see how much more difficult the average skill level becomes.They are better mechanically, and at the lower levels you will quickly realize strategies which are only working because you are playing poorer opponents. If you are ready for the challenge, and feel that stronger opponents will increase your skill level more rapidly, or if you're a higher level foreigner struggling to get games on iCCup, the Korean servers may be your best answer.
The Registry File - Adding Servers
I have created a registry file that includes all the major servers below, including: - iCCup - Brain server - Fish server [with a second domain to access] - MapZine Sever [included with Brain, I'm not sure the difference ? nic.brainclan.com] - Fish & Brain "test" servers [Try these when Fish/Brain main servers are down] - All the default Battle.net gateways
I have discovered that the Fish server will AUTOMATICALLY modify your server list to match theirs. You will lose your list of servers every time you connect to that server, and will have to run this registry file again.
Warning... Here be dragons... Editing Registry Permissions
I done goofed. It's not working. Anyone who has a good knowledge of Windows access control, take a look. + Show Spoiler +
There is a work around for this. It involves editing the permissions for accessing the registry key which has your Battle.Net gateways. This edit will allow you to connect to Fish without them changing your servers on you.
Some Notes: - Once this process is done, it must be undone if you wish to change your gateways again from the user account you disable write access to, or you must login/run regedit scripts/regedit as Administrator in order to modify it again. - Replace "Melf" [not my computer... don't ask], or "Jon" depending what video you watched, with your account name. - If your permissions screen looks different or you run into problems, reply here before changing.
Windows XP: Video is here . I have also uploaded a copy to YouTube.
Windows 7: Video is here . I have also uploaded a copy to YouTube.
If you can download the registry file, simply right click on it, and select Merge [default action for double click on most machines], and click YES to the prompt.
Otherwise, copy the text from the pastebin and/or plain-text paste above, paste into a new document in notepad, File -> Save as, select All Files from the save-as-type, and name it "allscservers.reg". Now, follow above directions.
BrainClan and Mini-launcher
- Used by all the Korean servers in this thread as their loader - Mini-launcher does come bundled with some spyware baddies if you don't disable them on install. The actual application, however, is clean. Please follow this guide carefully to avoid this.
I have heard mixed reports as to whether or not you can use iCCup launcher (Chaos) for Korean servers safely. The guide below is for installing Mini-launcher, the launcher that Brainclan uses from its website. This launcher is also used by MapZine and Fish. If anyone can get a more English-friendly launcher working, please reply =)
Please ensure you have BrainClan in your list of gateways, by following the instructions in this thread.
Thank you to user fold for allowing me to use these pictures
The Ten-Hour Rule There is a policy in place on BrainClan which requires you be online for 10 hours or so before you are allowed to make 1v1 ranked ladder games. This is to avoid multiple accounts and smurfing. You must remain logged into an account for a total of about 10 hours before you can ladder 1v1. + Show Spoiler [Details and Korean Language Pack] +
BrainClan has a policy in place to avoid people making multiple accounts: you must remain logged in for TEN hours before you are allowed to play 1v1. Idle, go 2v2/3v3, whatever. I recommend you leave it open overnight, then you should be fine! =)
Note: The in-game command /lgame will let you know if you have enough logged hours. Below is a dude that actually knows Korean telling you how to use this . I'd still recommend just idling overnight to be safe
On February 25 2011 14:54 sCCrooked wrote:
I apologize I should've made sure you could see the Korean. I will repost here, as I provide the exact text to look for (in case you don't read/speak Korean). At the least, with them here you can just match up the characters and see which one is being said to you:
There's a way to check if this process is finished or not. You type in the command /lgame. If it says: "레더게임 가능 합니다" (You can play ladder games), well duh it means you can play... well ladder games! If it says "레더 게임 불가능합니다", (You can't play ladder games) it means the 10 hours isn't complete yet and you must wait longer. I still just recommend setting the thing up before you go to bed at night. So much easier.
If you need Korean language packs installed so you can see Korean and not a bunch of random symbols (Euro, Zeros with slashes through them, question marks, boxes, etc), these links will provide you with the step-by-step instructions as well as pictures:
If you have an older OS or a Macintosh, I'm sorry but I don't have experience installing foreign languages on those systems.
Korean Still Doesn't Display? Crooked and I had both originally thought that this was enough, however, it isn't. This is for enabling unicode support for Korean. Unfortunately, Brood War is ancient and does not use unicode to display characters.
In Windows 7 or Vista, I believe you can set it to display non-unicode characters in Korean. This will make some strange behaviour, such as not making the slash keys show up properly.
In Windows XP, it's even worse. You will have to change your location to Korea in regional settings, effectively changing all menus in Windows to be displayed in Korea, in order to display Korean in Battle.net.
I don't know of any other way unfortunately, sorry. If anyone has a more elegant solution, please let me and others know.
Further aside, for you Linux users, I am quite proficient with at least Debian based systems, so if you want assistance installing Korean (if you're running brood war with wine or something), then PM me.
The Fish server has a similar policy. There's is you are required to play 30 games [up from their usual 10 due to server load, Brain is down] before playing a ranked match. Again, the focus of this thread is Brain, registry edits every time you connect because they change your servers is annoying.
As far as I know, any non-ums game should count, including comp-stomps or something silly. Most people use melee
Getting Korean Versions of Maps All maps used by Brain can be accessed here. As far as I know, Fish uses the same maps. Cheers to user fold for this information
I've been busy lately. Directly quoting a PM so the information is here. Will edit into thread in own words later. The majority of this information is for Brain, not Fish, though they are similar AFAIK
from sCCrooked Every 100 points is another rank. They keep changing how many you get/lose per game so I can't tell you what will change after this very long maintenance is finished. I'd say you probably could play about 4-5 games though and get another rank (if you won 100% of course). The ranking system is as follows:
Loser (Yes your icon actually changes to the word "LOSER" in caps) > F- > F > D > C- > C > C+ > B- > B > B+ > A- > A > A+ > S- > S > S+
Each rank has its own channel and you'll be constantly moved up in the channels vs more skilled opponents as you improve in rank. As for Fish, I believe the ladder works similarly (I stopped playing fish several months ago and haven't followed it since. Its a huge pain to keep re-activating all the reg files). On Fish I believe its 10 regular games before you can ladder. Not very much to ask people to do. Right now with Brain down though, Fish got all the extra people, so there's literally HALF A MILLION over there.This will probably stay the case until Brain goes back up.
There is also a rumor going around that Brain will never go back up because Blizzard is pressuring them. This is of course, just a rumor so far. Although, its a bit strange there's no information or word from anybody on the Brainclan site about why the server is down, when it will be back up, or even what they're doing to it that's taking so long.
Back to the explanation of the rankings: A lot of people will ask for the comparisons of iCCup to Brain Rankings. The answer is difficult because often there are many styles that are being played. Bad players vs bad players still move up in rank sometimes until they reach a point where the players know how to severely punish bad play. You might find someone at C- who's really playing a bad style but nobody in D could punish them enough. Then they reach C and suddenly every game is a brick wall because their bad playstyle is punished repeatedly and harshly. My best answer would be the following chart:
iCCup Rank ---------------- Brainclan Rank
E ---------- Loser D- ------------ Loser D -------------- Loser D+ ------------- F- C- -------------- F-/Low-F C --------------- F/Low-D C+ ------------- Mid-D B- -------------- Low-(C-) B ---------------- C-/Low-C B+ ---------------C A-/A ------------- C+ A+/Olympic ---- B- and higher
Pretty much anybody reaching B-/B/B+ on Brain belongs to a massive group of people numbering in the thousands that try out for B-team spots on Progaming teams every season. Anybody A-/A/A+/S- is most likely an accomplished B-teamer on an actual progaming squad (or was a B-teamer such as Terr0r[f0u]). S/S+ in Brainclan history has almost always been exclusively actual current progamers. You can think of Brainclan as the Minor Leagues if Proleague is the Big Leagues.
IMPORTANT BrainClan Etiquette, or "How To Not Be A Foreigner" It is absolutely critical that foreigners do not stick out too badly on the Brain server. Foreigner IPs were banned from Brain before for this reason. A lot of behavior used on iCCup is considered too rude for the server. Overall, I feel they are more professional than iCCup, and this must be taken into account.
I urge you to read the following if you intend to play on Brain at all, so that everyone may enjoy the benefits of having unbanned IPs for us foreigners:
- The overall idea is blend in, don't piss Koreans off, keep us unbanned. - Wait a good ten hours after making account (policy, you must in order to play a ranked ladder match 1v1). - Make games with mini-launcher and #LL or #L2 for LAN latency. If you do not know how to use LatencyChanger for Chaos/minilauncher, practice on USEast to make sure you have it working.. ;p - Do not smurf or make multiple accounts (for the purpose of stomping n00bs anyway). Koreans hate this. They say this is what iCCup is for. - Do not chat in the ladder channels. Find someone near your rank, and whisper them the gamename/password. They will say "go" or something similar if they agree. - Have the Korean maps. [See just above this for link] - From my personal experience with having Korean friends, they take swearing, especially f-bombs, a lot more personally then we do here. It means more. Respect that, and only drop BM if you really, really mean it, and be prepared for the consequences.. (including getting us banned again you jackass. ;P) - I am unsure if installing a Korean language pack is actually necessary. If you want to host a public game, it may stand out to use the English alphabet instead of Korean. See under "Details and Korean Language Pack" spoiler above.
For information about ChaosLauncher/mini-launcher's "LatencyChanger", please see this Liquipedia article. The quick and the dirty of it: Run the plugin (see mini-launcher screenshot, tick box for it there), add #L2 to end of game name for LAN latency, as long as both are running plugin, it works, if one isn't, they will crash. #L1, L3-L5 are possible, but most Koreans will probably use #L2, which is the "same" as LAN latency (I believe that #LL is the same as #L2, but most use #L2 on Brain it seems). If you are hosting, this is the most acceptable setting usually.
Fish Downtime The regular maintenance is done everyday to make sure everyone online is active and to update the AH everyday so they do not have to have long maitenances like ICCUP. The maitenances only last an hour or two. If Fish is down, cool it for an hour or two instead of spamming the thread.
A HUGE thank you to sCCrooked for a lot of information about Brain. As mentioned, I have never played on Fish or Brain, just doing this for the community. He deserves a lot of credit for this. Give him some PM luvin
you can play on the test server for brain whenever the main ones goes down, but during maintenance they are both down. on the test server, you also only get half the points as you would on the main server.
This is the main page of Brainclan. The MINI launcher includes chaos and a number of other plug-ins like APM Live and Obs Mode along with W-mode much like iCCup's launcher. It is downloadable from the button with a blue registry file symbol on it labeled: "브래인접슥 레지스트리" .
When you install Brainclan's MINI, you need to be sure to not include ANY of the additional components it will attempt to put on your system. After that, my recommendation is to use "Brainclan" from the selectable gateways and not touch "Fish". It tend to mess up your registry and tries to delete other gateways from foreign servers like iCCup.
After that, enjoy playing. Brain is a great deal more difficult at every level, and grows exponentially harder as you ascend the ranks. Pretty much everyone B-/B is semipro, and any higher often means you're facing ex-progamers or something ridiculously skilled of that sort. Good luck. You'll need it.
Last edit: 2011-02-23 08:19:33
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