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Game Design, Psychology, Flow, and Mastery - Playing to Win Index. Playing to WinBecoming the Champion In the year 2000, I wrote my first article about Playing to Win and it has since become an internet phenomenon, at least in the gaming circles.

Game Design, Psychology, Flow, and Mastery - Playing to Win Index

The article and its sequels are linked to across countless gaming sites and forums, often for games I've never even heard of. The central premise is that playing competitive games is one way to walk the path of continuous self-improvement. After the huge response to the articles, I wrote the book Playing to Win. I polished the language from the articles, clarified the reasoning, provided more examples, and added many new concepts. Buy a physical copy: from Lulu (better for me, better shipping for you) from Amazon (if you must, Kindle version available there too)

Arcade. YaoYuan.Com - 中国星际录像下载网 - 星际录像,星际视频下载. - Starcraft replays with english commentary. ! [G] Walling. RepDepot. Rwalinks. Unit Dancing. Army Positioning. Positioning Your Army in StarCraft Overview[edit] In StarCraft as BOs are revealed and each side deploys, the amount of units increases drastically and each side has an Army ready to fight for the map.

Army Positioning

The ability to place this Army and use it to its fullest to control the map and fight the opponent is one of the most important skills in StarCraft. Factors that determine where and how to place your army[edit] The stage of the match. You should note that all these factors are not independent on each other, and your army positioning should be dependant as an overall result on them. The Importance of Upgrades. Upgrades are one way to make your units more effective than your opponent's units.

The Importance of Upgrades

Remember that the more units you have, the more cost-effective and important upgrades become. Generally, attack upgrades are more important because of the fact that attack upgrades often add more than +1 damage, whereas armor upgrades always remove one point of damage (with the exception of units with multiple hits in their attack, discussed below). Shield upgrades are rarely invested in since shields take full damage from every type of attack.

However, there are exceptional cases where upgrading armor would be more beneficial than upgrading attack. In one case, an armor upgrade would increase the amount of hits an opposing unit (usually one with relatively high cooldown) has to land in order to kill a unit. Sliding through Mineral Lines. On some maps it is essential to be able to get your Workers across a Mineral Line.

Sliding through Mineral Lines

Some of these maps include Neo Requiem and the 2v2 map Iron Curtain. This technique exploits stacking, but is perfectly legal in all tournaments. The technique is also known as Mineral Hopping or Glitching. Magic Boxes. The term "magic box" refers to one of the less-known peculiarities of StarCraft's game engine that allows for high level execution when understood properly.

Magic Boxes

In StarCraft, a group of units will maintain formation depending on how far apart they are from each other. Said simply, if you keep your units close enough, they will stay in formation, move in formation, and cast spells in formation. If your units are too far apart, they will lose formation, converge onto one location, and try to cast spells on the same location. Sometimes you want a group of units to stay in formation, such as when blanketing the screen with Psionic Storms or when laying fields of Spider Mines. In other occasions, it may be optimal for units to clump as closely as possible -- for example, Mutalisk harassment. How to Improve by Legionnaire. Pages / Starcraft - Getting started. ! [G] Stylish's FPVods [06-10 Update] Ret. Starcraft and Starcraft 2 Live Stream List. Artosis's Terran Tutorials. Oystein FPVods [04-04 Update] ! Day[9] Podcasts E14: TvZ on Heartbreak Ridge.

Day[9]TV. Day[9].tv Daily. Team Liquid Progaming Database. How to practice. When learning StarCraft, what's more important?

How to practice

Mechanics? Strategical knowledge? These issues have been discussed to death, but there is one general consensus by now: In order to improve, you need to become mechanically flawless. [edit] Developing a Practice Routine Starting in 2008 foreigners have gone to Korea again, starting with the acquisition of IdrA by first eSTRO, then CJ Entus, Tasteless as the commentator for GOM events, later Artosis as another shoutcaster and finally NonY as a recruit for eSTRO. The general doctrine about progamer practice was confirmed when foreigners made it back to Korea. The anti 3-Hatch Mutalisk build order given ... is an exact build order used by one of the best Terrans in the world. As you master this build order in TvZ you will have to learn how to adapt to various things different zergs do. The point of this:Mechanics are more important than any other aspect of the game currently. This view is by now the general consensus about how to improve.