Arhiva categoriei: Starcraft

Dreamhack Bucharest 2013

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This was the second year that Dreamhack Bucharest took place, and surprisingly, it was „the most packed out” tournament to date, with lots of koreans and other progamers attending.
I also wanted to stream some games, the ones that were too „insignificant” for the official casters to bother with, meaning the Romanian players, besides Nightend and Deathangel, as a lot of them took the chance and entered this competition. Well, i started casting one game, and i was soon threatened by some Dreamhack admin, and i had to stop the stream. This while nobody else bothered to cover that game and since it was an „offline” event, streamcheating was out of the question…

Oh well, that’s life, who knows, maybe in the future i will be able to cast events like this, not the big games, covered by GODS like Artosis, Apollo or Day 9, but at least minor games that aren’t casted by anyone, because even the underdogs and the lesser known players have a story to tell, and i personally respect anyone who went there to face pro players, knowing his chances of advancing are close to 0.

Dreamhack Bucharest was a very succesfull event, and while i couldn’t be „in the game” i sure was able to enjoy it by watching the other streams. Not surprisingly, koreans owned everything, and the only surprise was that Innovation, my favourite, succumbed in the finals to TaeJa, 0-3.

Hopefully, next year Generalul will be there, where i will do some of my amazing allins 🙂

Starcraft Heart of the Swarm 2v2 games

Starcraft offers a variety of game modes to it’s players, but 1v1 is the defining icon of the game and the flagship of E-sports. There you can show you skills, while the other modes are for fun and playing with your friends. Still, you can play team games at a very high level as well, especially the 2v2 ladder, where things aren’t as hectic as in 3v3 and 4v4’s and coordination with your team mate is essential. Strategies and maps are different, but the mechanincs of 1v1 play makes the difference. If you can’t micro/macro decently at 1v1 you won’t be able to do it in a team game as well, that’s why the loading screen identifies the players’s 1v1 league by showing the appropriate portrait border outline.

As i have said, 2v2’s are fun, and they are part of the Starcraft 2 experience as well, not to mention you can meet a lot of pro players there as well, players you can’t even dream playing in a 1v1. Let’s see a game like that:


Watch live video from generalul on TwitchTV

and a look from the opponent’s perspective (5:34:18 to 5:50:50):P


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Generalul streaming 1v1 Starcraft 2 games

As i said, i have begun recently to stream my ladder games, 1v1 and 2v2’s alike and also provide commentary in english or romanian. It’s been 3 weeks since i started and it’s been great. I’ve had some very nice games, there was cheese as well, some macro games also for those who preffer them, manners and rage, BM and maphackers, all you could expect from playing in masters.

So, if you don’t want to miss Starcraft 2 random master 1v1 and 2v2 action, please press the follow button on my stream channel:

Watch live video from generalul on www.twitch.tv

Most of my games are also uploaded to youtube, where you can also subscribe to my channel, Generalul1 http://www.youtube.com/user/generalul1
There you can find my very own first vids, from the time i was playing the MMORPG 9 Dragons 😛

Also, if you know friends interested in Starcraft or E-sports please direct them to me. Like Jesus said: let the viewers come to me 😛

There is a sample of what you get to see on my stream, this was taken today in a Random vs Terran game, where i spawned as protoss and managed to execute an excellent harassment:

Starcraft makes us smarter

Well, it’s not only Starcraft, but computer games in general. Actually i had to do some reasearch about this when i wrote my bachelor’s degree and yes, it appears i haven’t lost thousands an thousands of hours hor nothing until now, video games do help you in a variety of ways. But hey, don’t take just my word for it:

http://www.forbes.com/sites/erikaandersen/2012/10/31/want-to-be-smarter-play-video-games/

http://www.policymic.com/articles/43027/8-ways-video-games-can-actually-make-you-smarter

And ofcourse, you can find many more refferences to this, so when your parents, your girlfriend/wife or even your boss tells you you’re wasting time, please do show them this evidence!

Now, more than many other games, Starcraft is a complex strategy that requires not only good hand-eye coordination, as your average shooter or car racing game, but great tactical analysis, decision making, the ability to think in deepth, the same as in a chees game where you can make some sacrifices having in mind the bigger picture. Starcraft 2 manages to create a balance between 3 completely different races with various play mechanics and strategies, leaving it to the player to choose a play that suits him best and still having an incredible durable gameplay.

So, if you want to be smarter, just play!

Another day, another maphacker

As the title says, another day, another maphacker in Starcraft 2… Ofcourse there are many others who cheat in a not so open manner like these idiots, and those are the most dangerous, as you will never know what hit you and they won’t be banned at all! Unfortunately for them, these noobs here played against me and Micky in a 2v2 while i was live streaming:

Thread on TL for maphackers: http://www.teamliquid.net/forum/viewmessage.php?topic_id=340614&currentpage=350#6994

Pretty obvious stuff i might say:

They didn’t scout the entire game vs 2 random players, and from the vod you can see other obvious signs: moving void to ninja expand just as it’s completed (11:50), not having a single unit at the central watchtower but moving in to take it just as we are going there as well (12:18), moving pheonixes to intercept a doom drop that wasn’t scouted at all (14:57) and then coming back to lift a mine near the same location (15:25) not to mention his pheonixes „mirraculously” avoided all the mines i had placed in strategic spots.

So, if you meet these retards on ladder, please check your replays for suspicious actvity and IF they used it again, report them, maybe in a few months (thanks again for the promtitude Blizz) they will get banned and their mommies will have to buy them a new game…

Again about maphack and NRS

A few days ago i happened to see on the dreaded Team Liquid thread, about the GM/master hackers that the owner of the only Romanian Progaming Team, NRS (NewRoSoft), Andrei Gireada Egomancer or [NrS]LionHeart was accused of maphacking by several other players.
Maphacking is a serious offence for any player, but for someone involved in esports, especially the head of a progaming team this is 10 times worse. Since i have some experience with both the game and maphacking, i decided to check for myself the replays submited by the accusers:

http://drop.sc/352984
http://drop.sc/354364
http://drop.sc/354369
http://ggtracker.com/matches/3883079

First part of the stream covers some maphackers i met in the past

And the second part is dedicated to LionHearts case, where I analyzed 3 of the replays and this is was the conclusion:

I have said it and i will say it again, i have nothing to do with NRS, i have no problem with the team or it’s members, on the contrary, i would love to see Esports grow in Romania, but having the owner of the single professional team cheat in that manner doesn’t help things at all… Not to mention that he made matters worse, and instead of manning up and admiting, he started accusing others of maphacking and being BM towards any critics. Ofcourse that is not the way to go, and even if Blizzard didn’t ban him for now, TeamLiquid staff sure did. There should be 0 tolerance towards this behaviour, as this can only damage Esports and it’s credibility.

More about this subject can be found on yet another dedicated thread, here: http://www.teamliquid.net/forum/viewmessage.php?topic_id=426019

Generalul live streaming 1v1 starcraft 2 ladder games

Finally the great day has arrived, armed with a new pc i have begun streaming my starcraft 2 ladder games at

Watch live video from generalul on www.twitch.tv

So if you want to see a master random 1v1 player in action, don’t forget to follow my channel in order to get notified the second i come online. Alternatively you can check out the vods posted on the „videos” section of the channel or the ones uploaded to youtube generalul1

Any observations, suggestions, requests and so on are welcomed 😛

Starcraft 2 2013 season 4 has begun

The old season is over, and season 4 2013 has started! I think you have noticed by now that Blizzard is alligning the season duration with the WCS, so we now have somewhat shorter seasons.

New changes brought by season 4:

New map pool

and a shitty commercial move to force noobs to buy HOTS by removing GM league in WOL and take away their chance of getting that desired shinny portrait outline. Pfff, good thing i got it last season, but i don’t see how it is fair to take away the joy from others wanting to do so. This is a subtle martketing move, not in the sense that WOL players will all rush out and get HOTS in order to get the GM achievment, as they are aware of how hard it will be to get in, but while the GM league was there, HOTS owners would have come over to still play the game in order to get it and so the ladder was more populated. As it will be from now on most likely only the WOL owners will remain, and finding a game would take ages there, so they will be forced to buy HOTS if they want to have a pleasant gaming experience…

Anyway, $ still rules the world, nothing that can be done about that…

My season 3 global 1v1 Starcraft 2 career finish for my EU and NA accounts, no 20 and 23 world random player in WOL and 77 and 90 world random player in HOTS:

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So yeah, i can fucking rule even without the shinny GM badge that made me look as a saint 😛

Barcraft in Romania

For those of you wondering what is „barcraft”, i think the urban dictionary describes it best:

Originally spawned from a post in the reddit sub-community r/starcraft (user o_Oskar) as well as a post on TeamLiquid by primadog. Barcraft is the term for the new movement of showing professional Starcraft 2 matches in bars. This phenomenon popped up in the spring of 2011 in the US, with the start of the NASL. The first barcraft event was held at Chao Bistro in Seattle. There have subsequently been barcraft events in most major US cities as well as abroad in countries such as Canada and the UK. The Starcraft 2 events that are covered are typically MLG, GSL, NASL, or IPL. With its new found popularity bar owners have also started showing other games such as Marvel vs. Capcom, League of Legends, Heros of Newerth and Dota 2.

In Romania there have been few barcrafts, but as of late, the movement is growing. To keep track of the following events, you can see these pages:

https://www.facebook.com/BarcraftRomania?fref=ts

https://www.facebook.com/BarcraftCluj?fref=ts

Here are some photos from the EU WCS Finals barcraft held in Cluj, at Old Sheperd’s Pub, that Generalul and his beloved fiancee attended 😛

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What can be more fun that watching amazing Starcraft 2 action, drinking a beer or a negus in my case (the classic romanian „vin fiert”) and talking with other players/fans of this game?

eSports, Idra, rage and mentality

I dind’t want to write about this subject, as it was discussed over and over again on many Starcraft 2 forums and not only. Also, i don’t care about Idra that much, as i have never been a fan of his BM and constant QQ about balance and what not. Not to mention i don’t rage in my games and i only BM idiots who start BM-ing me in the first place so that kind of behaviour isn’t something i can relate to (even if i lose to cheese or some kind of game imbalance) or understand.

Unfortunately, his spoiled brat actions and other similar ones made by other players, pro or not, ruin the reputation that eSports is trying to build. This article was triggered by a post on another forum, where because of this, constant ladder rage and kids crying all over about imbalance, one race or the other, it was said eSports will never be REAL sports, as it is reserved mostly for immature children, whereas in a real sporting competition you would never see all this indiscipline, BM and so on…

Now, this is wrong, on so many levels!

First of all, eSports is a serious thing, with strict regulations and should not be confussed with player’s own streams and with the ladder system, who are the equivalent of a let’s say a schoolyard football game. Now, by the actions, skill and language of some boys playing football can you judge the Champions League or the World Cup competition? It’s the same here, ladder is accesible to all, and that is something that makes eSports so popular, the fact that you can actually play the starts you see in the big tournaments either on ladder (granted you have a good enough MMR) or in various online cups. That doesn’t mean that all these fans act in a mature, polite way towards their oppoents, but for their credit, they haven’t up to this point killed anyone for their favourite game, and sadly that cannot be said about other more popular „traditional” sports.

It also a well known fact that high level cheaters are banned for life from the big competitions, who have very strict rules. Also, don’t forget that Naniwa lost his code S seed for his infamous probe rush vs Nestea, as it was considered a lack of respect towards all the viewers who expected to see these 2 battle it out, even if the game didn’t have any stake left. Also, when he participated in the GSL, MLG, or other tourneys, not even Idra dared do more than rage quit without a gg. His swearing and BM is reserved for stream and ladder games.

Also, considering in eSports, especially in Starcraft players need to use their brains, adapt to changes, devise strategies and not only relly on repetition and hand speed, i will gladly watch games like these vs your average sports, where mostly physical atributes reign, perfected by constant mindless practice. And i won’t even bring up gymnastics here, where children are robbed of their childhood in order to bring glory to their country and their parents. I am yet to see a child tortured in order to become a succesfull progamer…