Game_boy wrote:It's annoying when you think you have a good theory background from watching a year and a half of GSL, as well as a year's ladder practice, and you realise you still suck.
That reminds me of someone I played a little while ago, a master league zerg. After watching him play a few games I identified that he only knew how to macro up to 5 bases and do a hive tech attack. It's generally what you see pros do, and he apparently got master league that way, but his mechanics were terrible. He was winning and trash talking, so I figured I'd metagame him pretty hard. I challenged him and chose random mostly because I knew I could win as any race, but also because I thought it'd mess with his build a little.
If I got T I was going to get banshees then hellions to throw him off his macro mode, then expand and do a big thor push. You have to have really good mechanics to come out ahead on the harassment, and if you don't then the thors kill you. Either way it's definitely not a typical macro game.
If I got P I would FFE into ridiculous amounts of DT with a warp prism a little later. Again, you have to defend with strong mechanics and then do an all-in once you stabilise (which I knew he wasn't going to be inclined to do, because no hive tech).
If I got Z I'd ling/bling. I figured I could simply outmicro him to get a lead and win the game from there.
Anyway, I got P. I followed my plan, and he did the typical response to my FFE, which is to double expand and prepare for warpgate pressure at around 8 mins. I move out to fake warpgate pressure, exactly what he was expecting, and he meets me with a larger force of roaches. I lose some units and back out, and then he notices the 4 DTs attacking his lair. "so total garbage." The DTs barely kill his lair before he gets detection, but during all that there's a 5th DT in his third killing drones. Once he gets detection he moves his whole army to his third to kill the DT, exactly like I expected.
My gateway army is already in position outside his natural and I FF off the third. He has no way to defend his nat and he loses some drones, ovies, and queens. I probably could have ended the game there if I weren't so bad with protoss, but he cleaned it up and went back into macro mode. My warp prism finishes and I warp 12 zealots into his main and kill off some tech while more DTs are at his third killing some more drones. After he defends all that he goes after my third with his roaches but I had plenty to defend, so I finish off his main with my warp prism.
Anyway, I went up to 5 base and he was doing 3 base hive because I wouldn't let him expand and that's all he knew how to play. He had a handful of roaches and about 6 brood lords. My carrier fleet didn't care. "just need basic brain to win toss lol what a joke" and he alt+f4s.
I guess the moral of the story is that copying what the pros do does not equate to skill, even if you get to master league doing it.