I have always prefered 2v2 over 1v1 and after stopping Sc2 i wanted to give it a shot again.
My max on Iccup was C a couple of seasons ago but now my old ally is playing Sc2 UMS so i was alone on Iccup without any partner to ladder.
After getting back in shape ( lol ) with some Race wars / BGH / Hunt games i started to ladder a bit in 2v2 with random allies.
D ranks were really easy for me. People here have serious macro issues, poor unit control, bad build orders but even worse they have 0 teamplay. Sometimes it almost feel like you are playing an FFA.
So i was able to hit D+ quickly even if my allies were terrible. I was just macroing and rolling over them with zealgoon. The players here are what i call the "first group", people with poor knowledge of the game and atrocious mechanics. Those guys are between E and C-
D+ was a bit harder and i started to drop more games and because i had to play people who belong to group 2. Those guys have usually some experience with the game, they know the basic 2v2 build orders ( 9 pool speed, 2 gates zeze etc ... ). However their knowledge and their mechanics are far from being perfect. They will often try to attack a ramp with a lot of sunkens, they will have trouble to macro properly when they get their third, their muta micro is mediocre etc... Usually their rank is around C- / C+
The teamplay is also quite poor. It is basicly rushing or trying to get map control. Coordination is really lacking.
I think that i belong to this group and all my previous allies too.
I started to lose more and more especially after getting to C-.
At that point you have to realize that it is really hard to climb up the rank if you are not picky about your allies.
When you play with a C- Z with a 40% win ratio who dies to a 9 pool + 1 zeal poke you know that it won't be easy to beat a semi decent C team.
Got some really bad allies but i also managed to get a game with a good C+ who had a B+ rank the previous season. Sadly i didn't ask him to add me to play more. I have missed an opportunity...
After more terrible games with players of "group 1" i got lucky again i joined a game with a C- Z. Game went pretty well, my ally gave me some really good tips and he was always pinging the right place to attack.
He asked me to play more and i started to chat a bit with him. Basicly this guy had a lot of accounts and it seems that he stops to play when he gets to B-. I guess he waits the end of the season to get to B or higher but i'm not too sure about it. Maybe he doesn't like to play people higher than "group 2", the experienced 2v2 players who have their own regular ally. I will call them group 3 ( b- and higher ). There are probably some others groups with better players ( Let's say A- and higher ) but i haven't played with them so i don't really know what's the main difference between A- and B- 2x2. Well actually i know the difference it is better knowledge and mechanics but what i mean is that i haven't experienced it yet.
Anyway we started to mass game and wow i really felt the difference. We were still playing guys from "group 1" and "group 2" but it was really one sided. We went 19-3. The 3 losses were one disco and two games where he played PP ( really bad combo compared to PZ in my opinion, especially on gaia).
I have never played games like that. I just had to macro and micro he was telling me everything, where to attack, what to do next etc...
With previous allies we had no idea about what to do, we would just try to kill one player ( usually the z) and basicly if we could not break the ramp it was game. Now with this guy i know when i have to back up, when i have to trade my zeals for drones or for the spire and when i have to expand or to switch to goons. It is hard to express but it is a huge confidence boost. Even if you don't always understand what is going on you know that your ally will tell you the right thing to do. It is an amazing feeling to play with a 2v2 player more experienced than you.
I told him i have always wanted to hit a blue rank and he was like "okay let's do it you will be B- soon". He showed me a weird way about abusing the ladder. It seems to be a known trick among 2v2 players. One guy level this main account and the other guy keep playing with low D/D+ alts. This way you can get quickly to B- by Playing C- <-> C+ players. I kinda feel bad about it now since it means that the B- will only mean C/C+ imo. But well i'm still learning a lot with this guy so i'm still happy.
However i have a problem with this guy... he is from Peru... if you have some experiences with South Americans players you know that there are a "stigma" around them. Furthermore he doesnt use AH
Now it gets really suspicious eh ?
I have tried to ask him why he doesn't use AH and he aswered in broken english " i use Spanish 1.5 ".
Really shady eh. Now if the guy was bm or if i had some concrete proofs about a possible maphack i would stop to play with him immediately. But i have none and the guy seems really gm and friendly (maybe it is the "jajaja xD" type afterall... ). I had also some problems to make my French hotkeys work with the Iccup launcher so well i guess i will give him the benefit of the doubt. Innocent until proven guilty. I mean yea his game sense seems amazing for me but i have never played with good regular 2v2 guys so i can't tell if it is a maphack or experience.
I will try to take a look at the replays with bwchart and tell him how to use his Spanish hotkeys on Iccup with the launcher if i can remember the trick tomorrow.
I don't really want to /f remove him because he is my first ally of "group 3" and well i'm learning a lot
Anyway since there are some people here who know a lot about the 2v2 scene ( i'm thinking of metal[x] for example ), i wanted to know if you have more infos about that guy:
Most of the accounts in the team are his alts.
If he is a known hacker i will insta /f remove though.