M-x Kelsin

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ROOT ESEA Match and 2 z33k games

So last night the first match was me vs ROOTslush (from ROOT gaming). I was super excited to be able to play pros that I watch on a regular basis. My teammate Rob played ROOTCatZ.

The matches were both fast. The first game was on iCCup Match Point. Slush 10 pooled (I think) and while I held it, it set me back. I then made a weird decision to expand even though he hadn't yet. He then attacked with a ton of roaches and won.

The second game I picked iCCup Valhalla. Slush did a roach build with very fast burrow and roach speed which worked great. He came and attacked and while I "held" it via two spine crawlers and my own roaches while I got an expansion up he eventually just had too many roaches and was able to kill me. He was constantly picking off one of my roaches via targetting and then burrowing again. I didn't have any detection this early in the game. It was pretty effective. I actually copied the build in my one ladder game (just happened to be zvz) and won!

After the ladder game I played in the NE Sc2 League online qualifier #1 and got beat pretty quickly by a 5 gate. I was a standard game for me cause I forgot to pull guys off of gas and got supply blocked so I had no hope of holding off the 5 gate.

Lastly I played my z33k league match vs Zoltan (3k master terran who is 3-0 [not 4-0] in my group). The first game was on Lost Temple and we got close positions. He bunker rushed and while I killed the svc and one marine, he got 3 more marines and 5 svcs to come and finish the bunker and I quit.

The second game I got close positions on Metalopolis and he assumed I was going to 14 hatch again so he built a bunker at my natural. I'm so bad when this happens. I see the bunker, send guys to attack it then realize I have 500 minerals. I need to build my pool RIGHT away if something is blocking the hatchery but I never remember that first thing. He eventually just ran the building scv away and then canceled the bunker so I got my hatch down. Then later he pushed with 3 tanks and marines and I just didn't have enough to hold it at all. Spines are worthless vs tanks and roaches and lings can't get close to the tanks without taking heavy losses so I just need A LOT more units from better macro up until that point to matter.

At this point it was enough loses to make me not want to play anymore. I want to get more ladder games in tonight so we'll see if that happens. I'll also try to update this post with some shots from the games later as well.

Trying some 2v2 random

So tonight I took the plunge and tried 2v2 random with my friend James.

Game 1 I got protoss (James plays protoss as well) and we didn't wall in and died to mass lings. No problem, only the first placement match after all.

Second game I spawned terran and we were vs a toss/terran team as well. We died cause they know how to make units faster. Again... no problem :)

Third game was finally a win! I spawned protoss and we were able to overwell our zerg/protoss enemies. The first attack looked grim (and I tried to get VR's which didn't work against the opponents stalkers), but after that I focused on macro and making units from my 7 gateways which ended up working out ok!

Last game I did spawn as zerg but we were against two zerg. One tech'd to ultras (which we just let him do, stupid us) while the other just got roach hydra. It didn't work out in our favor when we finally attacked since we had a ground army (him stalkers, me lings/roaches).

Definitely learned some things and had fun playing random!

Here are some screenshots from the game we won:


Two days in a row?

We went to the gym again today. For now we really want to try and start a Sat/Sun/Tues/Thurs schedule. The only issues are Tues and Thurs mean really early morning if we want time for cardio and strength training (which I really want to keep doing).

Today was pretty much the same as yesterday but I used 4 upper body machines and did 4 sets of 5 reps instead of just 20 in a row. It's so weird how you can be extremely tired from one machine, but then the next machine you're perfect fine cause it's using different arm muscles.

Anyway, short and simple post but going to try and keep it up.

In other news we bought a electric fondue pot, and chocolate mix and cheeses. So tomorrow is going to be cheese fondue followed by chocolate fondue. I know very different strain from the gym, but it's valentines day... not that we wouldn't do that dinner any other day of the year.

TL Sc2 Open #13

Today I played in the Team Liquid Sc2 Open #13.

The first game was vs a diamond protoss and I ended up winning. I scouted a 4 gate early on (picture below) so I canceled my natural expansion and planted down 4 spine crawlers and pumped out lings. I'm not sure if this is a good response or not? I'll have to ask some master league players that I know.

When he came to attack he didn't plant a proxy pylon, poked into my natural, saw that there was nothing there and pulled back. Since I probably overmade lings at that point I decided to just follow and trap his army. This worked very well and I killed off what he had outside of his base. I began roach production and took down his natural rocks and also killed his natural nexus. Soon after he pushed with his whole army and void rays but I just had too much.


The second game was vs a master level protoss and didn't go so well. The main mistake I made was accidentally right clicking on a gas when I had my hatchery selected. This meant that all of my drone production was going right to my gas geyser as you can see in the first picture. This took a LONG time to find and correct. I kept going "Why are there guys mining gas again???". This slowed me down a whole bunch.

The opponent pushed with a stalker and zealot and while I held it off, I lost some lings needlessly due to a waypoint mishap and also never canceled my expansion hatchery costing me a lot of money. I also planted the hatchery at about 25, way too late.

When he pushed finally he had 3 void rays, I had 3 queens and a bunch of roaches. I crushed his ground army with the roaches and spine crawlers due to him focus firing my queens down. So end the end I had about 5 roaches and he had 3 void rays killing them. I had no queens and decided to gg instead of dragging it out.

 All in all a good tournament for me, excited for the next one and very happy with how I did (even with the darn mistakes of the second game).

First real workout

Today we went to the gym (on a Saturday!!! WTF???) and had our first "real" workout. The past two times I just used the bikes and that was it. Barely even broke a sweat actually. This time I used the elliptical for 20 minutes which actually had me completely worn out. After that I did 20 reps on one upper body machine, and 20 on another.

The doctor recently told me I should try to strengthen my upper body and shoulders so we'll see how that goes. Also quickly seeing that we really need to come in the morning with like an hour of time, so maybe the weekend + two days a week (for like 45 minutes) is the best route. We'll just have to see.

Either way today felt good and I got some upper body work in. Now time for a shower. Today I'm going to play in the TL Open (with bo1 rounds though it won't take very long) and then we're going to go buy some groceries and a fondue pot.