Friday, 29 April 2011

It's come to my attention that some people who may be reading might not be sure of how the ladder system works, or if a casual gamer can get into it and not get punished for not putting hours and hours into the game. So here's an explanation of how it works.

There is a ladder system which has different leagues. There is Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum, Diamond, Master, and Grandmaster.

Before being placed in a league you do a few qualifying matches to see what level you play at. So you can be number 1 in your league, but that being said it might be the silver league which means you still have room to improve, yet should be very happy about your successes! 

Master League

After a while, it will place you against people from a higher league than you to test your skill and see if you need to be moved up a league. It would be unfair to be practised enough to be in Diamond league and be in the silver league dominating everyone that stands in your way.

Grandmaster League

I plan to achieve Master/Grandmaster level of play, as I said in previous posts. At the moment I play at Gold/Platinum level which is quite low considering my aim. But hopefully we'll see the improvement along the way.

Because of this ladder system, I believe Starcraft 2 to be quite accessible to a wide audience. From casual 20 minutes a week to hardcore hours and hours a day, there's a space for everyone in Starcraft 2. Even if you just want to mess around and play, there's always custom games too. Which I will explain in the future, as that's a whole other section.

Thursday, 28 April 2011

A Slow Start...

So after playing some 'warm up' games to get me into I find myself having perfect starts. My supply doesn't block, my drones in perfect timing. I do different builds to get me into each one. After it goes well in warm up I decide to go straight into my first ladder game.

Oh boy the pressure got to me. I mess up so badly that I lose the first 4 games by simple rushes, I got a bit disheartened to the whole idea to be honest. But I must continue my quest to the top! I ended up winning the 5th game, I got 4 gated by Protoss but this time I scouted more with my Overlords and placed Spine Crawlers. Success! Turns out these bad boys are better than I first thought! I must use them more... 

I ended up using them so much in game 6 and 7 that I didn't actually have any units and got destroyed by Siege Tanks... Excellent.

I must do more research and learn some more techniques... 

Ladder 1 - FailGamer 0

Wednesday, 27 April 2011

The First Step

This is my first blog, and I plan for it to be epic. My plan is to document and blog about starting my career in Korea's national sport. Starcraft 2. God I love Korea just for that fact alone.

I currently play at about Gold standard as I haven't played in a while, but I'm still in Platinum league. I plan to end up in Masters or Grandmasters and this continued blog will be following my success and failures. Mostly failures I imagine.

We shall see!