I have no early, mid, or late game strategy, just get expansion, make tons of shit and harass where i can.
But i came across some fantasy replays a couple of months ago and one in particular really stood out. It is clan.by vs [s.g]brave on python where Fantasy goes 2 fact>starport and then harasses like mad. I've seen him do several variations of this on different maps. Sometimes he'll port after 2 facs, sometimes 4 facts.
Anyway I'm in love with Fantasy's TvP style because it's so much fun to watch. And having read how strict progamers are with their build orders and strategies, I decided maybe to have a plan during an actual game.
I didn't practice the build order, just watched it a few times and got the generalities of it. The first P I played was kind of newbie, so even though I was really sloppy I rolled over him. But I can tell that Fantasy's build really focused my strategy, helping me to build more units and to harass just as the strategy was intended.
The second P I played was way way better. I think in 10 games we would probably go 5/5. Anyway he opens with templar rush which i neutralized with 1 fact(mines)>CC. 2 factories and then a starport. From here Fantasy just harassed, macroed, and took third base.
I was surprised by how well Fantasy's strategy worked. My dropship+2tanks managed 31 kills before they were killed, having lasted about 6-7 minutes of life. I was ALWAYS ahead in supply count, usually ahead of my opponent by about 20 supplies. We had several battles, almost all of them won by him, but even when he decimated my army I was still ahead in supply. Eventually my dropship harass and vulture harass pulled me ahead macroed wise and I won.
I think if I play another 100 games I could refine my play where I can be really efficient with it. Right now it's very sloppy because I'm not use to this strategy.
But it has occured to me that following a very strict strategy/build order is completely more efficient than just playing by feel. What I'm saying is obvious to many of you, but I bet there are countless players who are just winging and think that it makes no difference. I beg to differ.
I really suggest what everyone like Artosis and Idra have suggested, and that is to follow one strict strategy over time. I can't believe how much of a difference it is.