: so if you would like to talk about the game, would you like to hear what I think about your play?Guy
: Yes please.Koa
: I guess I'll spill it on you after this
were you avoiding queuing?Guy
: I try not to queKoa
so watching your games, I tried to understand what you were thinking
and why you were making poor decisions
and while I think it's complicated, I kind of reduced it all down to one sentiment
you focus too much on doing the right thing as opposed to doing anything at all
a lot of the time you'll find that making a wrong choice is better than making no choice
when I watch you play I see a lot of hesitation, a lot of babysitting, a lot of downtime where you would just watch things occur
too focused on whether what you're doing is right, and missing the big pictureGuy
: So basically stop staring at things and just do something with everything?Koa
: something like that, I could point out every mistake you made but I'm not sure how useful that would be to you
a lot of the time I'd see you staring at your units, or staring at your base, neglecting one or the other when there were more useful things for you to be doing
you need to identify when there's downtime and then make use of it
it's a difficult skill to learn though I suppose, but hopefully I plant some ideas
sometimes it's fine to be staring at your base when you know there's nothing better to be looking at, i.e. the first few minutes
but obviously it gets more complicated later on, and identifying when you should look away is a very powerful skill
when you should switch your focus
not sure how much that makes sense to youGuy
: It does make sense.
I haven't thought about where I am looking in a long while.
I started getting better at it and chose to focus on other parts of my play to improve.
The easier to identify parts.Koa
: such as your build right?Guy
: yeah that's kind of a trapGuy
: build, macro, those things.
making sure that I was getting close to a "standard" unit compKoa
: I find that a lot of people stuck in plat are so narrowly focused on their buildGuy
: having enough units.
I try not to be focused only on the build, but I can only improve so many things at the same time.Koa
: how long have you been playing?Guy
: almost a year now.
I started in practice league and played that too long.
Which put me in bronze at a disadvantage.
I had no idea what I was doing, and eventually someone mentioned day9
so I started watching dailys and getting better, but there is only so far that I can get watching those.Koa
: I have been platinum 3 times
gold 4 times
silver 2 times
and bronze only once.
I have been bouncing between gold and plat for a while.Koa
: that's kind of irrelevant to be honestGuy
: I understand a lot of the concepts in the game, and units and that sort of thing.
I can tell when someone is doing something mechanically wrong.
but I am still struggling with my own play.Koa
: you said in the first game that you failed your split or somesuch
to put it a different way
everyone makes mistakes, even pros
the difference between you and a pro is not necessarily that you make mistakes that they don't
but that they fix the mistakes they do make better, faster, and more oftenGuy
: that makes sense.Koa
: and to that point, just don't get hung up on doing the right thing
just work on doing lots of things wrong
and fixing them quickly
don't get bent up on making sure things are perfect
sometimes you need to use broad, inefficient strokes
and then switch brushes at the moment when it really counts
that's the true concept of micro vs macroGuy
: I can get that.Koa
: Thanks for the advice Koa
I could also point out basic small mistakes you do, but like I said I'm not sure how much that will helpGuy
: I would like to hear them.Koa
: I prefer to teach people overarching concepts
and let people figure things out using them
: I don't know why I let that happen to me
I get flustered after something like that goes wrong.Koa
: well I'd say it's as I said before, with focusing on doing things right too much
sometimes things go to shit, and how you deal with it is what makes you a good player or not
sometimes people get 6pooled
it screws up their planned build, and they dont do much and lose
and cry imba or cheese or whatever they want to wash it away
but then the pro gets 6 pooled
and they handle it really well, micro workers, keep macroing behind all the action
the 6pool doesn't look so bad anymoreGuy
: that makes sense.Koa
: you don't even need to be a pro to do that either
you just need to have that mentality
what makes a pro a pro isn't how they defend that 6pool, defending it is actually pretty easy
it's their massive amount of knowledge from playing the game so much, crisp execution under different pressures and in different situationsGuy
: I am trying to gain that knowledge, and the composure is something that I am heavily missing.Koa
: yeah, composure is necessary to gain the knowledge
otherwise you're just throwing shit at a fan and seeing what sticks
and not really getting anywhere because you're getting a lot of false feedback
well I think I've exhausted everything I was trying to get across, but you can always bounce stuff off me if you wantGuy