League lock is about to hit, so I'm going to wrap this up.
I originally called it "A-moving journey" but now in the interest of sounding less hostile, I'm calling it my "Hakuna Matata Project."
Playing protoss with No Worries.
Here is my original thread when I started, about a month ago.
Over the course of this experiment, I have made some abrasive and harsh comments concerning balance in multiple threads. I apologize. I'd prefer for you to read this with an open mind and come to your own conclusions about what it means about balance or race design.
I'm a former many time master league zerg player. I went inactive, then I lost all joy in playing SC2, because when I tried, I sucked compared to my own expectations, and felt overwhelmed by how much work I'd have to do to catch up. I didn't have the time or inclination to re-learn, nor did I get any enjoyment out of playing zerg and being bad. Having been good (in relative terms) at zerg in the past ruined being bad at zerg for me. But I do love SC2 and wanted to be able to play a few games here and there and still enjoy it.
So I switched to protoss. I have no qualms about being bad at protoss. Instead of investing energy into learning how to play properly and understanding all the ins-and-outs of this brilliant strategy game, I was going to just play a few games at a time with No Worries.
It turned into an experiment to see how far you can get playing with No Worries.
Here are my baseline guidelines for how I was going to play Protoss:
- Don't make this game harder than it needs to be.
- A-move. If units don't work well when a-moved, don't use those units.
- Taking a 3rd base isn't part of the gameplan, unless it can be done comfortably.
- Hakuna matata. It means No Worries.
and I'd find out where it takes me. My fingers and mind have macro'd in master league before, so presumably I'd catch up with that, but I wanted to leave my brain in gold league.
My MMR had reset, so I placed in gold league by default and I'd just play it out from there. The most important thing is "No Worries." Win/lose, big deal, I might as well be against the AI. I'm just making units and attacking and seeing what happens.
I played builds and styles that required the least thinking, least problem solving, and least battle micromangement.
PvP: 2 base immortal archon speed zealot
PvT: 2 base archon speed zealot (no storm)
PvZ: I couldn't really settle on a single unit composition that satisfied my requirements and could still win games. There was too much diversity for me to handle. I avoided storm, forcefields, blink and phoenix which are high skill units. That didn't leave much. Sometimes I did immortal archon speed zealot. Sometimes I did void ray colossus. Sometimes I tried basic robo ground army.
I did not execute sharply refined timing attacks. I massed units and attacked. Usually in the ballpark of 16 minutes. Most games were 19-21 minutes long.
My APM average stayed about 60 for the whole journey. I had big spikes for mass warp-ins, but it was not mechanically demanding in the slightest.
If I took a 3rd base, it was because I was floating minerals when I moved out with my army, so why not? Early 3rd bases were not in the plan, because they bring Too Many Worries. If you don't play well, you will spend more trying to hold it than you get out of it. I wasn't planning to learn enough to figure out how to hold an early 3rd. This caused problems in PvZ.
I placed in gold, moved to plat, then moved to diamond league. I'm not in the very top of diamond league, and my winrate is finally sinking and stabilizing.
Games played: 203
Maps came out pretty even. Best map was Bel'shir at 64% and worst map was Yeonsu at 48%.
Here I am on sc2ranks:
sc2 ranks put me at 2441th out of 11,648 diamonds globally.
I did a little math and that put me at top 3.4% of the playerbase. It's not that close to master. It may have been enough when master league was at its most bloated (the era of "fake masters"), but shouldn't put me there now.
Here is a pile of replays with statistics: http://ggtracker.com/players/13503/Oboeman#?race=protoss&page=1
It's not every game, but it is a bunch of them, mostly from platinum and up. I wasn't cherrypicking wins or losses, I just did a few big batches. I think most games in there would be good representation of how I played.
Here are example replays, one of each match-up, that I think exemplify how things felt:
Not every game was exactly like those, but many felt like that.