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Official Starcraft II Strategy

Hello everyone and welcome to the official starcraft II strategy class! Here at official starcraft II strategy, we will be holding classes and coaching sessions of all levels all throughout the week to make sure there is something for everyone to learn; even the higher league folks.

Introduction: If you have never played Starcraft before, we would like to introduce to you the world of Starcraft! The game can be very intimidating and overwhelming at first, but anyone who has played the game consistently can tell you that you will get better with time and winning ladder games can be extremely satisfying.

Basics (Bronze and Silver): Everyone starts somewhere and personally when I first started I was placed in silver. With tips from forums and my own individual practice, I was able to reach Masters league fairly quickly. The most important part we can focus here are mechanics and macro. Once we have that down, the fun strategy portion begins! (You can't start playing Jimi Hendricks without learning a couple of basic chords!)

Fundamental Strategy (Gold-Platinum): After mechanics are strengthened, players will need to able to react and read their opponents. This portion will show the basics of how to scout effectively, how to react once you have figured out what your opponent is doing, and executing your game plan.

Fundamental Strategies II (Diamond League) Anyone who is in Diamond league can tell the leap to Masters league is a tough one. You may have the mechanics, you may have the correct strategies in your head, but you might not know how to pinpoint exactly what you are doing wrong or how your opponent is taking advantage of the situation. This is the area to tighten up your basics and fundamental strategies.

Advanced Strategy: (Masters and Grandmaster's) Your mechanics are good, your strategies are good, but like everything else in life, there is always something new to learn. In advanced strategies, we will break down professional play, learn to set up your strategies, and focus on specific ways on how you can improve your play (eg: Focus on better creep spread, harassing as protoss, etc.)

This is a large project and I am willing to organize all of this but I cannot do this on my own. I need a community to help me develop this into something special. Please let me know if you are interested and I can get started on scheduling, staffing, and getting this whole thing rolling!

Lectures
  1. Your first assignment is to watch MLG this weekend!

    Whether this is your first time experiencing Starcraft II or a veteran who has played since the beta, everyone who enjoys this game should check out Major League Gaming this weekend.

    Major League Gaming is a American organized that host multiple tournaments throughout the year for multiple games. Starcraft II has seen tremendous growth since its release and now boasts a huge audience at each event with the best players in the world fighting through a grueling tournament for some serious cash prizes. It is a very exciting time to be a fan of esports!

    Please check out the reddit post below for everything you need to know about the event. /r/starcraft typically makes one "survival" post that is extremely helpful to figure out the fastest way to get connected to the event and what to expect.

    http://www.reddit.com/r/starcraft/comments/yr4ak/mlgraleighsummerchampionshipaugust24262012/

    Expect more updates from Official Starcraft II Strategy after the event is over!

    • Scouting Basics As Protoss

      The first VOD is now up! Last week we reviewed 3 replays for each race and what to look for as a protoss player while scouting your opponent. The VOD starts the lesson right away and I can assure you that nothing was discussed beforehand so there is nothing missing.

      The first 35 minutes are dedicated to the basics of the early game. I later revisit the replays to give a further advanced analysis of the rest of the games.

    • Gemini Streaming 9/19/12

      Gemini provides some great macro style games, commentary on his thought process, and replay analysis. Check it out and give some love and follow him on his stream!

    • Protoss basic mechanics by Gemini

      Gemini goes over some very important tricks and tips when it comes to making good habits. Going over topics like hotkeys, how to practice multitasking, where to look on your screen, and much more! This is probably the MOST important lecture when it comes to learning the basics and I encourage everyone to check it out.

    • Our first Zerg lecture!

      Schnieder goes over the how to scout in the early game as zerg and build optimization. Be sure to follow him!

      http://www.twitch.tv/schniederzsc2/b/335255165

    • PvP Lesson with Gemini: Phoenix Build

      Gemini goes over how to approach the phoenix build which is becoming more and more popular.

    • PvT Lesson with Gemini

      Gemini goes over some PvT tactics and how to stay safe in the early game to prepare for the mid/late game.

    • Schnieder goes over ZvP!

      Grand master zerg player Schnieder goes over how to play ZvP.

    • kamikaze DT expand build in PvT

      I have been refining my build to make DT's work in PvT.

    Prerequisites

    Introduction to Starcraft:

    Day[9] Daily #132 - Back to Basics: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m36BSwQY0Ag (Skip to 7:22 to get straight to the fundamentals)

    Day[9] Daily #252 - Secrets of Hotkeys, APM and Mouse Movement: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RUohpQKVf_A

    Day[9] Daily #312 - How to Learn and Improve: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i3WCoUlic

    dapollo's Protoss Tutorial Working up from Bronze League: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zdGC4nfM56Q

    dapollo's Terran Tutorial Working up from Bronze League: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yFQEQ255Kio&feature=relmfu

    dapollo's Zerg Tutorial Working up from Bronze League: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ux_nslpWqaE&feature=relmfu

    Syllabus

    Schedule:

    Tuesdays and Thursdays @ 10pm EST

    Some coaches will have their classes held at a different time. All details of when classes will begin will be officially sent out through mass messages if they do not meet at 10pm.

    Additional information

    Great subreddits below that focus on strategies for their respected races.

    http://www.reddit.com/r/allthingsprotoss

    http://www.reddit.com/r/allthingsterran

    http://www.reddit.com/r/allthingszerg

    Teacher qualifications

    1000+ Protoss Master on the North American server that is currently recruiting players that are higher level than myself to help coach and provide weekly lessons.

    You can check out my profile out below. http://sc2ranks.com/team/338697

    If you would like to help out please contact me at senseigamingceo@gmail.com

    Latest Update
    Hurricane Sandy messed us up =[ (2012-11-05 18:44:23)

    "Hey everyone, so I'm sure you all noticed that there have been no updates and that is because I just got power back at my house earlier today because of Hurricane Sandy. I have nothing prepared for this week and I have still yet to speak with the rest of the coaches so I will update you all as soon as we figure everything out. Thanks for the patience guys."

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