The Noob Report Vol. 1
Hello out there fellow noobs and pros alike!
I would like to welcome you to the first installment of the weekly “Noob Report.” The goal of this weekly discussion is to bring up some interesting topics, and break down some of the nitty gritty about this fantastic game that we all love so much. I will do my best to give you grade A strategy tips designed to teach you how to crush your friends and enemies alike.
I’ll talk about state of the game, new meta-game strategy, and I’ll break down some of the game mechanics to help steer you in the right direction. Oh, and I’ll give you an update as to how I’m playing and I promise to tell the truth.
To start off, my name is Zack “FuriousCrumble” Koenigsberg, and I’ve been in love with Video games since day one. I was never the best one in my family, my little brother wiped the floor with me most of the time, but I couldn’t stop the addiction.
I’ve always been a closet nerd but I’ve decided it’s time to bust out and give the people a fulltime noob who loves nothing more than to get home from work and play some Starcraft 2.
I was an athlete for most of my life, went to college at NC State University, and now run a bar here in downtown Raleigh. I think that eSports are the present AND future of gaming worldwide and I’m awfully excited to get my foot in the door. So without further ado, let’s get learning.
The GSL Round of 8
Holy freakin’ non-Korean Batman, Liquid`Jinro is in the Ro8 in the GSL and he didn’t do it with some cheesy BS SCV rush!
If you didn’t catch the GSL Ro16 matches, check them out on VOD or hop over to teamliquid and check out this sweet recap done by TrueRedemption. It really is incredible to see a foreigner this far in the GSL, seeing as how dominate the Koreans have been in, well, forever.
Still, I stand by what I said in the beginning of this little chat. Jinro did all this amazing winning without any all in nonsense. I won’t go as far as to say he didn’t use any cheese, but at least he did it with a super aggressive proxy rax, followed by powering economy and hard macro to pull out the win. On a side note, EGIdra and Jinro were the only two Anglo’s to make Code S for the upcoming 2011 GSL.
These last 3 GSL seasons have been open, but players have been accumulating points for their progression in the tournaments, earning them a ranking in Code S (the top 32) or Code A (33 and below). The upcoming GSL seasons will now feature separate Code S and Code A tournaments and probably a tournament where the lowest players in Code S will have to protect their ranking from high level Code A players.
This should make for some incredibly exciting SC2 play and I know that all of you are just as thrilled as me to stay up to late, drink lots of energy drinks, and ride the inflections of the Korean commentary.
Update: Jinro made it all the way to the semi-finals (GOSU x2!) but was boat raced by oGsMC 4-0. I'll have some more info on the GSL in next week’s addition.
Dreamhack Winter 2010
I’ve given you plenty of time to watch the Dreamhack VOD’s so I don’t feel cruel giving you a few spoilers. This tournament was fan-f’ing-tastic, and if you still haven’t seen the matches, go to Day’s VOD’s and you can see every single one brought to you by the one and only Sean “Day” Plott.
There were a couple stars of the tournament, and no I’m not talking about ActionJesuz. I don’t have the time to go into all the matches so I’ll do a quick breakdown of what I saw from the finals featuring MouzNaama and MouzMana. Game 1 and 2 went to our Terran friend Naama with the first game featuring some great bunkers harass into a large tank push. Game 2 focused more on Naama’s usual insane banshee play. Naama literally forced Mana to spend money on observers and keep stalkers at his expo and main.
I think Day put his best when he said, and I paraphrase, “Look at how much damage this banshee is doing just by sitting there!”
Game 3 and 4 were undeniably epic. Each game was back and forth to the point where it was impossible to predict who would win. Game 3 saw some ridiculous map control by Mana, which let him spam storms onto Naama’s gold expo (they played on Xel’Naga Caverns) and kill multiple SCV’s each time.
His ludicrously high APM kept him all over the map, even storming Naama’s Vikings who got caught out-of-position. I felt like I learned some interesting things about when Mana felt it was ok to lose an expo because he could gain so much more control by pushing farther up the map. I promise I will explore this later in another Noob Report. Game 4 was more of the same intensity and we got to see lots and lots of nukes!
Naama used defensive nukes, nukes to take out huge parts of Mana’s zealot heavy army, and just Nukes to light up the screen with a massive explosion (much to the delight of the very Swedish fans. Seriously, they have some weird looking dudes in Sweden. Even some guy wearing a shirt that said I like Swedish boys. Strange)
Game 5 was similar to games 1 and 2 as Naama was just too damn powerful with his banshee harass into tank pushing up the map, especially with this map being Delta Quadrant. Mana tried to take his gold, got it up and running for a good long period of time, but Naama used the high ground over the gold expo to exploit Mana’s economy and eventually break the gold all together. With that, Mana was forced back to his natural where he tried to re-expand but the damage had already been done. With a brave smiley face to the crowd, he went in for one last push and gg’d shortly thereafter.
Absolutely stunning play by Mana, who made it all the way through the 512 man BYOC tourney to even get into Dreamhack. Naama, of course, left as the winner and walked out with a fat 100,000 SEK (Kronor) or approx. $15,000 in CASH MONEY. His play was also amazing in the tournament as he had to knock out some of the best players in the world, including oGsTOP. In closing, watch the VOD’s if you haven’t yet. They’re ridiculously good...seriously, go watch them now.
Let’s Learn A Little
So for the first report I'm going to spill a little knowledge about a little PvT action that I keep seeing on the ladder and all over the forums. The army composition that I have been using against Toss, and I've found it to be crazy effective, is this 10-15 Marine, 2 Thors, and a couple SCV's to repair. With good push timing, this works incredibly well against most any three gate robo or four gating Protoss and I've seen it work well on some replays against VR's (Void Rays).
Is this build going to continue to be a viable if there is any shift in the meta-game? What happens when we start seeing Protoss early aggression with DT's (Dark Templars) or a massive transition into Phoenix/Immortal play?
Side note, I don't know if you've ever seen this, but Phoenix/Immortal lifting micro is INSANE. Try it out on the test maps and see what I'm talking about. You will start seeing more and more of this as the game evolves, mark my words.
Personally, I think the best way to beat this is the “Iron Zealot” army (props to my buddy Turman for coming up with the name).
This guy's a badass.
Day mentioned this build in his dissection of one of the Newbie Tuesday replays, where you get a fast forge and upgrade +1 armor right away. If you get a couple sentries out, which is easy because you're only making zealots, cast a Guardian Shield and now it literally takes a marine 60 shots to kill one zealot!
I'll break it down like this for ya with help from the Team Liquid forums:
Vs marine: 20 shots + 8.3 shots = 28 shots
w/ Guardian Shield: 34 + 10 shots = 44
Iron Zealot (+1):
Vs marine: 25 + 8 shots = 33
w/ guardian shield: 50 + 10 shots = 60
The first time I saw this build I couldn't understand why my hardcore stim marines did ZERO damage. I was blown away when I started to do my research and saw this. Stupid fancy high tech aliens killing all those poor defenseless marines...
Thanks for reading! Please comment and give me your answers to my questions. Go test out your builds and get back to me and let me know what you think.
Ladder at ya!
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