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#1 Posted by Lozz (308 posts) -

So I get paid on Friday and I'm thinking about picking up Starcraft 2. I've been wanting to play it but feeling a bit reluctant as it's been out quite a while now. Just wondering if you guys know any resources or streams I could check out as a newbie. I'm aware that for a good amount of time I'll have my ass handed to me but I played a lot of Warcraft 3 so I won't be totally new, I hope. I'm also hoping that I'm not coming in way too late, to a point where everyones so good I could never enjoy it.

#2 Posted by FluxWaveZ (19339 posts) -

The matchmaking in that game is the best I've ever experienced. You won't be going against people who are not of your skill level, so don't worry about that part of it.

#3 Posted by Aus_azn (2224 posts) -
#4 Posted by NekuCTR (1663 posts) -

@Aus_azn said:

The Day9 Daily is the prime recommendation. He makes a whole series of shows for those new to the game. After you run through these, you can take a look at some of the high-level analysis and use it to refine your game.

This pretty much. I'd recomend starting with this episode. It's gives you the basic rundown of all the mechanics. If you dig Day9s personality you should also check out episode 100. (It's quite the treat.)

#5 Posted by Lozz (308 posts) -

Sweet, thanks all.

#6 Posted by Aus_azn (2224 posts) -

@NekuCTR said:

@Aus_azn said:

The Day9 Daily is the prime recommendation. He makes a whole series of shows for those new to the game. After you run through these, you can take a look at some of the high-level analysis and use it to refine your game.

This pretty much. I'd recomend starting with this episode. It's gives you the basic rundown of all the mechanics. If you dig Day9s personality you should also check out episode 100. (It's quite the treat.)

Based on some nonscientific surveys, I think it's very hard to not like Day9's personality. Everyone that I know who's seen him loves his style.

#7 Posted by csl316 (8669 posts) -

I always found the Liquipedia to be pretty useful when you want to learn about a unit. Has stats and strategy stuff, and even stuff like build orders. I bookmarked mine on the Ultralisk for some reason.

#8 Posted by wefwefasdf (6729 posts) -

@csl316: Why would you bookmark such a terrible unit? Just kidding. :D

#9 Posted by Ben_H (3358 posts) -

Apollo, a well known caster, has a really helpful video guide for each race if you want to check it out. This stuff is for extreme beginners as opposed to Day9 who is more for people who have the basics figured out. 
 
Here's the Youtube channel with everything. 
 
http://www.youtube.com/user/dignitasApollo

#10 Posted by Bwast (1342 posts) -

There is a free version that has a few of the multiplayer maps as well as the first 5 single player missions if you want to try it before you commit to buying.

#11 Posted by yoshisaur (2723 posts) -

@Lozz said:

So I get paid on Friday and I'm thinking about picking up Starcraft 2. I've been wanting to play it but feeling a bit reluctant as it's been out quite a while now. Just wondering if you guys know any resources or streams I could check out as a newbie. I'm aware that for a good amount of time I'll have my ass handed to me but I played a lot of Warcraft 3 so I won't be totally new, I hope. I'm also hoping that I'm not coming in way too late, to a point where everyones so good I could never enjoy it.

I honestly don't follow much SC2 casting other than Totalbiscuit and what he does, so I couldn't help you there. However, stick to chat channels or just plainly asking for help when you finally get a league. Generally at the beginning of the match I will tell the other player(s) that I am new and could really use some help. Sometimes (not always) they will help you with tips (one guy actually told me how he was attacking, and how to counter it. He even stopped mid-attack to show me.) or at the end tell you what went wrong and how to fix it. It's not full-proof, but the SC2 player-base is generally extremely generous and helpful.

Send me a f-invite at csoup and I can help you when I can in some 1v1. It's a lot of microing, learning hotkeys, and just knowing what you're doing (minions stats and etc.)

Hope you enjoy it! Fantastic game.

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#12 Posted by Lozz (308 posts) -
@ccampb89

@Lozz said:

So I get paid on Friday and I'm thinking about picking up Starcraft 2. I've been wanting to play it but feeling a bit reluctant as it's been out quite a while now. Just wondering if you guys know any resources or streams I could check out as a newbie. I'm aware that for a good amount of time I'll have my ass handed to me but I played a lot of Warcraft 3 so I won't be totally new, I hope. I'm also hoping that I'm not coming in way too late, to a point where everyones so good I could never enjoy it.

I honestly don't follow much SC2 casting other than Totalbiscuit and what he does, so I couldn't help you there. However, stick to chat channels or just plainly asking for help when you finally get a league. Generally at the beginning of the match I will tell the other player(s) that I am new and could really use some help. Sometimes (not always) they will help you with tips (one guy actually told me how he was attacking, and how to counter it. He even stopped mid-attack to show me.) or at the end tell you what went wrong and how to fix it. It's not full-proof, but the SC2 player-base is generally extremely generous and helpful.

Send me a f-invite at csoup and I can help you when I can in some 1v1. It's a lot of microing, learning hotkeys, and just knowing what you're doing (minions stats and etc.)

Hope you enjoy it! Fantastic game.

Thanks :) I will do when I get it.
#13 Posted by blacklab (1553 posts) -

Good thread and tips, I'm probably going to pick up SC2 soon.

#14 Posted by csl316 (8669 posts) -

@SpikeSpiegel said:

@csl316: Why would you bookmark such a terrible unit? Just kidding. :D

Because I like to pretend that ultras are unstoppable. Except this always happens:

"Oh shit... ultra cavern!!"

"Oh shit.... shoulda went brood lords."

#15 Posted by Slag (4366 posts) -

as others have said Day9 and teamliquid have all you need man.

Have fun!

#16 Posted by MacEG (254 posts) -

@Lozz: Had the game for a while but never got into the multiplayer stuff. Would like to. Let me know if you're down and I'll PM you my info.

#17 Posted by Lozz (308 posts) -

Ok so I got it ahead of time and I'm just downloading the client. Got a bit confused as I had the starter edition but apparently when in EU that doesn't upgrade and I need to download the EU client for battle.net to realise I own the game. Still, gonna take a whlie to download so while I'm here gonna say I'm definitely up for grouping and practicing with anyone. Not sure how it works in SC2, I know in WoW it was with your battle.net account name. This is open to anyone, just post if your up for it below and I'll send a group pm once I've figured the best way to friend each other or something. It'll be way more fun to get better with a friendly crowd me thinks :)

#18 Edited by Lozz (308 posts) -

@ccampb89: That would be awesome. My char name is MoonDisco and code is 420. Anyone else feel free to add me and play. On EU servers.

#19 Posted by yoshisaur (2723 posts) -

@Lozz said:

Ok so I got it ahead of time and I'm just downloading the client. Got a bit confused as I had the starter edition but apparently when in EU that doesn't upgrade and I need to download the EU client for battle.net to realise I own the game. Still, gonna take a whlie to download so while I'm here gonna say I'm definitely up for grouping and practicing with anyone. Not sure how it works in SC2, I know in WoW it was with your battle.net account name. This is open to anyone, just post if your up for it below and I'll send a group pm once I've figured the best way to friend each other or something. It'll be way more fun to get better with a friendly crowd me thinks :)

I'm not sure if we can play since you're on the EU servers and I'm in the US :(

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#20 Posted by Lozz (308 posts) -

@ccampb89 said:

@Lozz said:

Ok so I got it ahead of time and I'm just downloading the client. Got a bit confused as I had the starter edition but apparently when in EU that doesn't upgrade and I need to download the EU client for battle.net to realise I own the game. Still, gonna take a whlie to download so while I'm here gonna say I'm definitely up for grouping and practicing with anyone. Not sure how it works in SC2, I know in WoW it was with your battle.net account name. This is open to anyone, just post if your up for it below and I'll send a group pm once I've figured the best way to friend each other or something. It'll be way more fun to get better with a friendly crowd me thinks :)

I'm not sure if we can play since you're on the EU servers and I'm in the US :(

Yeah just googled, it seems you are right. Pretty annoying.

#21 Edited by tunaburn (1890 posts) -

@Aus_azn said:

@NekuCTR said:

@Aus_azn said:

The Day9 Daily is the prime recommendation. He makes a whole series of shows for those new to the game. After you run through these, you can take a look at some of the high-level analysis and use it to refine your game.

This pretty much. I'd recomend starting with this episode. It's gives you the basic rundown of all the mechanics. If you dig Day9s personality you should also check out episode 100. (It's quite the treat.)

Based on some nonscientific surveys, I think it's very hard to not like Day9's personality. Everyone that I know who's seen him loves his style.

i cant stand day 9. his jokes are awful and hes always telling horrible stories. sorry :( i wanted to like him

although he did help me when i first started playing. i just couldnt stick with him.

#22 Posted by DoctorWelch (2774 posts) -

Get it, it's great. And for a newbie I would say you need a two things:

1. Look up what Macroing is and just do that, Day9 always talks about it

and 2. Find friends or people you can play with or talk about the game with because if you dont it will get boring and you will just give up

#23 Posted by NekuCTR (1663 posts) -

@tunaburn said:

@Aus_azn said:

@NekuCTR said:

@Aus_azn said:

The Day9 Daily is the prime recommendation. He makes a whole series of shows for those new to the game. After you run through these, you can take a look at some of the high-level analysis and use it to refine your game.

This pretty much. I'd recomend starting with this episode. It's gives you the basic rundown of all the mechanics. If you dig Day9s personality you should also check out episode 100. (It's quite the treat.)

Based on some nonscientific surveys, I think it's very hard to not like Day9's personality. Everyone that I know who's seen him loves his style.

i cant stand day 9. his jokes are awful and hes always telling horrible stories. sorry :( i wanted to like him

although he did help me when i first started playing. i just couldnt stick with him.

Some people just don't like funny anecdotes. I like to call those people soulless bastards. Nah jk, as long as you like Starcraft your alright in my book. ;)

#24 Posted by tunaburn (1890 posts) -

@NekuCTR: lol well i think hes a good instructor / coach / whatever he is. the humor is just to nerdy for me :P

#25 Posted by Spectreman (232 posts) -

Play and watch games online. Look at simple building order for the first 10 minutes of game. Do that to avoid be kill for 20 marines in the first 5 minutes while you are building missile turrets. Even bronze league will not be easy for who don´t have online experience. And multitasking requires practice.

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