Besides practicing, what are some great ways to become a better player?

Besides practicing, what are some great ways to become a better StarCraft II player?

Off the top of my head I can think of:

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  • How can I teach my less-skilled friends the value of scouting and aggression?
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    • Watching replays with commentary from and
    • Watching live gamecasts on Team Liquid’s user streams page
    • Following the Team Liquid Starcraft 2 Strategy forum


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  • 8 Solutions collect form web for “Besides practicing, what are some great ways to become a better player?”

    So I wrote this post a long time ago and everything here still applies, however, there is one Day9 Daily that has happened since that deserves mentioning:

    • The Mental Check List

    I’ll admit its a really good one, but not so good that I couldn’t just add it to the current list of Dailies. To be worth its own section I would need something like:

    • The Day9 Coacher

    That’s right, someone took the mental check list daily and made it into a program you can use… to get better. Now I don’t mention this a lot but my day job is a programmer, so the first thing I did was crack it open and start adding new sounds:

    • Spreed Creep
    • Vomit Larva
    • Stop Playing So Badly

    These are trivial to implement and since he provides source code, you can even toss in whatever you think is appropriate.

    I learned large portions of my knowledge by watching the Day9 Dailies. I believe he not only offers a steady supply of high level play and in depth analysis, but he also highlights issues that newer players often have.

    As a starter I’d suggest the following:

    • Idra’s solid ZvP opening
    • Brat_OK’s TvP Special
    • White_ra’s PvP Blink Stalkers
    • Back to the Basics
    • Gold Level 2v2
    • Plugging Leaks in Silver level play
    • Learning from a loss
    • Fine Tuning an Opening

    Among other things he’ll stress the importance of:

    • Splitting and rallying workers
    • Sending builders prior to having the minerals
    • “Normal” build orders
    • Having lots of “stuff”
    • Keeping Minerals and Energy low (for macro)
    • Powering drones
    • Transferring workers
    • Expanding when you attack
    • Timing pushes

    I’d also avoid anything with TheLittleOne (TLO) in it. While his style is amazingly fun to watch, he plays on such a high level that little can be learned from his replays until you’re more advanced.

    Now once you’ve watched all those and practiced your builds my next advice is PRACTICE MOAR. To help with this I suggest YABOT. It’ll allow you to practice your builds again and again without having to load a new game (it has an in game reset). Smooth out your builds till you start playing like Machine

    After that you can look at Gosu Coaching to help bring your play up to more competitive standards.

    Also, if you need a practice partner my Starcraft 2 account email is

    There are also a number of good articles here on

    • What build order should I use for Zerg in Starcraft 2
    • What are popular opening builds for Terran in Starcraft 2
    • What are popular build orders for Protoss in Starcraft 2
    • Scouting in Starcraft 2

    There is also a good article on SC abbreviations on as well as a Beginners Guide

    Complete the challenges.

    For example the “Harbinger of Death” challenge will only allow you to use hotkeys to issue commands. To win you will have to learn the hotkey commmands, and in theory become a faster player once you’ve mastered the challenge.

    • Learn all hotkeys.
    • Train, train and train. Play as often as you can.
    • Watch replays when you think you struggle with something. There’s no point to play if you are frustrated that you are losing and you know you are doing something wrong.
    • Follow various forums about the game.
    • Talk with fellow players about the game, share tactics and tips.
    • Learn from your own mistakes.

    If your are new to the Starcraft universe, of even RTS at all, watching Pro-Replays is not the best choice to start. Trebis started the SC2NoobSchool project on TeamLiquid (the biggest SC/SC2 Community on the web). He describes the relevant basics like Macro, Micro, Scouting – all these are basics to understand the Game.

    In later videos Trebis comes to more advanced tactics like BuildOrders Timings and I suppose he will introduce strategies for the Matchups.

    Without this knowledge all the mechanics like hotkeys, splitting won’t help a lot – but they are very important to learn too!

    Also it looks like MC (oGs) takes “hand warm up” pretty seriously.

    One is to do a runthrough of the campaign. Even though playing single player is much different then multiplayer you’ll at least learn the units and learn how to deal with situations you rarely run into in multiplayer.

    Run though campaign at least once.

    CecilSunkure over at Teamliquid has posted an excellent guide aimed at those players who are not masters level but who are willing to put effort to get there.

    How to Improve Efficiently at SC2 1v1

    Become a better player ? Don’t get upset if you run into a wall and get the hell shot out of you and have to start again. If like me you hit the wrong key just when it matters, don’t beat the keyboard up. It’s supposed to be fun and it is if you stop caring too much when you get it wrong. Look it up on Youtube, then get to the next level, but it’s sort of cheating. Not cheating the game, but cheating yourself. I am the worst gamer in the world, I don’t have a clue. I don’t get it, but I do find it fun. Don’t take it too seriously. Take it seriously but don’t beat yourself up. It took me over 40 hours to complete Dishonored without killing anyone. I have spent the past 2 weeks on Deus Ex Human Revolution on Hard and I am not sure if I have killed anyone. Its an old game, but I am still trying. When I get to the end, when I get to the end, if I have killed someone (WHO ? it wont tell me) I will start again and probably mess it up. So what LOL. Just have fun with it.

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