A path to Starcraft 2 mastery
August 4, 2010 10:58 AM Subscribe
Now that Starcraft 2 is out, how do I go from beginner to skilled amateur or semi-pro?
posted by splice to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation (18 answers total) 13 users marked this as a favorite
I recently got Starcraft 2 after a long wait. I played the first game but in a very casual fashion and mostly centered on single player and games with friends. Now that I have the sequel, I find myself wanting to learn more and become better, at least enough to understand the core of the game and have some solid skills. I have no real intention of competing in big tournaments or being the best there is, but I enjoy learning the game and getting better.
The problem is that so far I haven't found a good, solid site where I can start from the very basics and progress through various skills, learning more as I go. Most of the sites and forums I have found so far are very disorganised and don't present any linear plan to improve. Sure, if I wanted the exact details on a "3 tank push" for terrans or a "3 gate robo" build for PvZ, I know exactly where to look. But why do they work, how they came about, why they are logical, how do you adapt to changing conditions, how do you choose an opener and a build order, all of that is fairly vague and not outlined clearly.
Message boards are fun but also suffer from being disorganised. I've seen a few youtube videos but there again, they're mostly short, specialized videos.
Strategy guides? I've seen the brady games guide on the rack and it seemed a bit basic (and already out of date in some respects). I've tried searching online but all I find are stupid SEO pages about the same damn guide, the results are completely polluted and useless, and I can't find any real review of that guide. So I have no idea if there are any real good guides out there.
I've downloaded a few custom maps meant to be trainers, but again they are overspecialized for my needs. I have a multitasking trainer which is tons of fun, but it is again context-free and provides absolutely no advice as to how to gain and improve multitasking skills. It just presents a scenario and leaves you to your own devices, which is great for those who know what to do and how to best do it, but leaves me hanging.
Ideally what I would like would be Starcraft 2 101, followed by 201, all the way up to a Starcraft 2 GED or even a masters'. Input? Ideas? Links?