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ChoGall gameplay Heroes of the Storm

Let’s get this straight, considering equall skill for all players, 2 decent heroes will always be better than a ChoGall, even if he has his perks. Still, practice makes perfect, and even if at first i sucked with this hero, who according to hotslogs has a 44% win rate, now, while playing Cho, and with a decent Gall partner, i manage to get 70-80% win rate 😛

See here what i mean:

Now, to explain the skill choices:

I always pick the ones who augument “consuming blaze” (W), as you really need all the protection and healing you can get, and many fights will be melee, “rollback”, to make the bomb come back to you and better clear waves, plus get some funny kills, “upheavel” is the only ulti you need, as it can disrupt enemy casters, prevent enemies from escaping or just pull them near your towers or to a more favorable teamfight spot. I always get invulnerability (“molten block”) as you will need it, and “favor of the old gods” because when you pull enemies towards you, you will need to fight and 50% damage reduction for 5 seconds is the best thing you can hope for.

For Gall, the most important skills to get are “bomb’s away” (bomb range) and “dark descent” (bomb damage). Although “twisting netter” works in some cases, i preffer “shadow bolt volley”, as it fits better with my skill choices.

Hearthstone The Grand Tournament is here!

The Grand Tournament, the expansion to Blizzard’s popular card game, Hearthstone, came out on august 24, but, as you can imagine or know from experience, the game wasn’t quite playable until the following day, due to connection errors and all that.

I began by testing the waters in the arena, followed by the opening of some packs. Again, Blizz trolled me hard, as you can see in this vod:

Still, i had a divine inspiration to get some more packs, and i was rewarded for it 😛

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:


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


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GG= Gosu Generalul Grandmaster for the first time

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Well, it’s only in WOL for now, but i’ll try in the future to get it in HOTS as well. It was easier to get Grandmaster in Starcraft: Wings Of Liberty than in the last seasons, but sadly a lot of players use maphacks, and some are even high GM now. Why Blizzard doesn’t take action is beyond me, especially since the Grandmaster League should only represent the top players of each region, not some platinum noobs who can use a cheat program. Anyway, since at the moment i am the only random GM in WOL, and i got there by playing ONLY random, it does feel good indeed!

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God i love that gold outline, makes me look like a fucking saint, Jesus got nothing on me nabz!

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So, don’t dispair if you are nubz, i was a noob too (well, i still am :P), i never played Starcraft 2 beta, i mostly played BGH in Starcraft 1, i am quite old for your average progamer (29 this year), my pc sucks, i don’t have as much time to play as i would want, and even when i do manage to find some, my 6 cats make sure my gameplay won’t go unhindered 🙂 So yeah, you can be a Grandmaster as well, just play, have fun, and don’t forget to GG!

Maphacking in Starcraft 2

Until recently i always thought maphacking is very rare in Starcraft as, Blizzard protects their games and have no problem in doing massive ban waves (5000 accounts soon after the release of WOL). The problem is they have gone soft, and due to that, i faced 2 cheaters in 2 days, and this are only the dumb ones that were to blatant. I became aware of this after one opponent openend forge expansion vs me, WITHOUT scouting, considering i play random, and this time i got zerg. After this he doesnt scout AT ALL but prepares for my roach allin with 5 cannons and setryes.

But hey, convince yourselves here:

http://www.starcraft2hackerdatabase.com/replays/rep-jq2adbvubpsbq94bitwb-out.html

After this i became suspicios of players blind countering me, and soon after i ran into this retard:

http://www.starcraft2hackerdatabase.com/replays/rep-3dvqukd2fvk5s2ci32ba-out.html

The problem is that i have lost games before in the past, but i never blamed it on my opponents cheating, and i assumed my failures. Some were legit, as they have scouted me and reacted properly or just outmacroed me, but i am 100% sure that many other games were lost to frustrated kids like this, with no skill that use maphacks. Still, these aren’t even the most dangerous ones, as they are too dumb to hide it properly, but the ones that do know a bit of Starcraft and are less obvious in their cheating.

Maphacking is also more prevalent in Starcraft WOL than it is in HOTS, as the first game is cheaper to buy in case they do eventually get banned. So, a friendly advice, check your games again, look at the opponent vision, and how he moves his camera. If you see him looking at your base or army in the fog of war, or blindly countering a push he hasn’t scouted, then please, report him and upload your replay in the dedicated section of Team Liquid

http://www.teamliquid.net/forum/viewmessage.php?topic_id=340614&currentpage=288#5743

or at

http://www.starcraft2hackerdatabase.com/

Also, don’t get mad, the fact that they hack means they are already losers, no matter the result of your game. Yes, it is even more fun when they lose despite their cheating, but even if you do, think what sad little fucks they are if they need to resort to this to win. Most probably they have a very small dick and felf esteem and this is the only way they can feel some achievment in their pathetic lives. 😛

I will update here more replays of the retard maphackers i meet:

http://www.starcraft2hackerdatabase.com/replays/rep-xnwrxdghuo9nq5vp4dls-out.html
http://www.starcraft2hackerdatabase.com/replays/rep-tsmleag4qnpbyyldk42l-out.html

The Lan experience

Since i’m not a progamer and i don’t live in the capital city, Bucharest, i haven’t participated in many offline events (held mostly there) and i played mainly from home, especially since there were a lot of online cups to choose from everyday, like CraftCup, Playhem, GameCreeds, Zotac, ESL Go4SC and so on. Still, i decided to go to Arena Cyber League’s Season Finals, that hosted many games, including Starcraft 2 for the first time, a lan held 500 km away from my location.
Now keep in mind i went there for fun and for the experience of it, as i know my limitations and what expectations i can have from the time i have allocated to laddering and training. Still, even for a hardened progamer, waking up in the middle of the night and spending hours on the road to reach the lan destination can’t possibly be easy. Also, since i lacked offline experience, i had some trouble with my settings, so here is my advice to fellow gamers that attend similar events for the first time, no matter their game:

Bring your own keyboard, mouse and mousepad (i did that), even if they are low-tech, cheap ones, they are the ones that you are familiar with. A 5$ mouse that you play with everyday is better than a 6k dpi one that will fly out of your hand 🙂 Check the settings of the computer you play on, both in windows and ingame, other players change it for their own play style, so be sure to go over everything (mouse sensitivity, shortkeys, gameplay options etc). For example in my first games i had a problem that i couldn’t identify on the spot: the monitor i played on was smaller than my own, but the mouse settings have remained the same, so while the cursor was set to work great with my widescreen, on a smaller resolution it jumped more pixels than i intended. On a side note, my first game was against Romania’s second best player, Deathangel, so i would have lost anyway, this isn’t an excuse in no way.

 

Pro gaming in Romania

Romania, the land of choice, as one tourism spot advertised it…

But is it also the land of choice for progaming? Even today, sadly, gaming is regarded as “a waste of time” or something suitable for children, and by any means, not something you should do as a full time job. Esports in Romania is more popular in the Counterstrike, Fifa, Dota areas, with Starcraft lagging behind. Despite some other new promising emerging talents, the international community knows this country by it’s top 2 players, Nightend and Deathangel and by the Team NRS, who even recruits foreign players.

Still, in a country of over 20 million inhabitants, this is but a drop in an ocean. There have been a few attempts to develop a strong Starcraft 2 community here and a few leagues and contests organised by PGL, Pet, ACL, but still, we light years behind the korean progaming scene. Yes, there is the fault of a society that lived decades under communism, a doctrine that has corrupted the minds of the people beyond repair (some of them still vote the communists parties that go by different names today), but there is also the matter of the players and their commitment. I have seen the lack of seriousness of some in regard to the cups they were entered in, that led eventually to their exclusion or abandonment. I have seen rage, insults and a general lack of maturity both on forums and ingame coming from pro and wannabe pro players, an attitude that only comes to support the general bias that gaming is for spoiled kids and can never be compared to a real sport.

My oppinion is that players that start early (in highschool for example) when they have the time and there is little pressure and responsability about having a job and providing for a family, have the best chance to make it big. Winning in international cups and tourneys will give them the boost to go forward and if they are good and maintain a solid work discipline can be recruited by foreign teams.

So, do you have what it takes?

Here is a little something to motivate you:

Generalul and Starcraft 2

For those who don’t know me (that must be everyone, except a few nubz i raped on ladder), I am Generalul, fan of strategy games, rpg’s and of some MMO’s. In Starcraft 2, i got the Id-ul Generalul (how else :P) and atm i am master random (about mid level one), although the first seasons i was top master terran, playing gm’s and all that shit.

Update: I am Grandmaster random (is true only in WOL atm) on both EU and NA servers 🙂