I’ve been away for a while

Things had gotten a little crazy for me, school, life, etc. things have gotten crazier for Broodwar. Some of the most interesting things in Broodwar’s recent history have happened since I’ve been away. Sonic, the owner of a shoe store and now gaming studio, has decided to put a whole lot of money into a new iteration of his starleague, this one called the Sonic Starleague 9. This is made more interesting by the fact that Bisu, Jangbi, and Jaehoon are playing (their first SSL), the prizepools is over $20,000 (US). 

(full player list and prize info here)

I would have been really excited for this tournament even before the fall of televised Broodwar, but the fact that a tournament of such prestige is occurring now is absolutely great. It’s being casted by TheMarine and GoRush, who used to commentate for OGN when Broodwar was on primetime TV, as well as being really good players in their day. The SSL9 is slated to start around mid-January, so get pumped.

But that’s not the end of the great news from Korea. Sonic has been running his own Proleague featuring most of the big-name pros and streamers, and that’s been going on for some time. Bisu stands at the top of the list as going 14-4 at the moment. Proleague is providing endless SC and it keeps the players on top of their game between tournaments and keeps their wallets full.

Sonic has been running SOSPA, neo-KeSPA, since early 2011.With the advent of all the tournaments he’s been running filling in for KeSPA’s in their switch to SC2, he’s now creating another. Courage, the tournament whose prize was a progaming license, went away when ESF made it pretty clear that you can play any game you want and KeSPA sleeps on it unless it’s Broodwar. Sonic’s bringing it back. The prize? A brand new gaming PC and the right to compete in proleague and SSL’s. Just like it used to be. 

There’s also the Swedish Broodwar Initiative, which is a government-supported tournament infrastructure for foreigners. It’s only recently come into relevance for non-Swedes, as the SBWI Teamleague (STL1) is open to any foreigner, and draws from the same pools as the now-defunct Gambit’s Cup. For the first time in a long time, I have more Broodwar than I can watch.

That’s a pretty good Christmas present.

What do Frisbees and Baseballs have to do with muta stacking and unit clumping?

Big list of Bisu FPV games

Bisu’s heart is a void when he plays SC2. I can’t blame him. SC2 killed the real game.

A used car E-shop has sponsored a Shanghai-based Broodwar tournament. ~$25,000 to the winner. For context, that more than 2.5 times Dreamhack, and more than half the winner of the GSL. Not quite the BW OSL, but this proves that BW is still the king of RTS and esports.

Q

Anonymous asked:

What are your top 5 BW tournaments out of OSL, MSL, and the GomTV Classics, and why?

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I don’t have a definitive top 5, but I do have a bunch of tournament series that I think are really really good. In no particular order…

 

Firebathero vs Savoir, in the 2007 GOMTV S2 MSL Ro8. A great upset, the pinnacle of a rivalry, some of the best TvZ of the era, and a true David vs Goliath story. Except David didn’t dance around after he beat Goliath.

Boxer vs Yellow in the 2004 EVER OSL semis. What a cliche, I know, but this was only a few months after I started playing starcraft. I felt like I had the protoss race under my control, and I was feeling good about the way I was playing. I was beating my friends and their older brothers. But then I saw this series. I knew who Boxer and Yellow were, but this cemented for me who they really were. I immediately switched to Terran. I found the race hard. Boxer was my inspiration. I watched a bunch of his games and realized how good he was. I saw him as a god until I saw him mortalized in…

Boxer vs Iloveoov 2004 EVER OSL finals. It marked an end of an era. Really, I came in right around the time that a lot of the big name first generation of progamers were starting to fall. Boxer was one of the last. The main thing that caught my eye, caught everyone’s eye, was the fact that Boxer cried at being surpassed. To this day I don’t know if he was crying during the ceremony because he was sad, or because he was happy that his student had defeated him. Either way, Boxer was my inspiration, but oov was my teacher. I watched a lot of oov and nada to learn from, and this was the series that started me watching oov.

Savior vs Bisu 2006 GOMTV MSL Season 1 finals. Come on, you knew this was coming; this is the series that revolutionized starcraft. Even playing terran, I knew this was huge. I felt my zerg brethren cry out in great anguish as we watched the greatest of the Six Dragons rise to claim his throne. I was a magical moment that Savior never recovered from. From a gameplay perspective, you can see in the vod I linked that it showed that Savior was jsut too slow, and bisu was too fast. Between two slow players, Bisu’s play wouldn’t work. It signaled that you had to be fast. This was the end of the era when you could get by with less than 200 APM. 

Jangbi vs Zero 12 OSL semis. To me, this felt like the real finals of the last OSL. There was so much… Finality to it. Like each player was fighting for their last game ever. Not in a disheartened, despairing, “I might as well win, but to help me cope with losing the right to play the game,” way, but more of a “I will win. I will be the ultimate champion” sort of way. It was like watching two men fighting for their families, even if victory meant never getting to see them again. It was so bittersweet, but it was one of the best series I’ve ever had the privilege to watch.

Q

Anonymous asked:

Can you explain how the metagame evolved in BW? Ive seen some early replays of fairly long games where we just see 1-2 bases, was this normal pre 2004?

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To be honest, I can’t really say too much about metagame pre-2005. I was playing since 2004, but I didn’t really get an understanding of the “metagame” until around mid-2005, when Savior showed everyone how to play Zerg. I think that was what took me from “build shit in this order and attack now because Oov, Nada, and Xellos do” to “this is why I build this now, and I understand what Oov, Nada, and Xellos are thinking.” 

Since then, there have been countless developments, as the metagame likes to move in trickles. A drop here, a drop there. For example, it became popular to get vehicle upgrades faster right before Flash became popular. Flash popularized the use of super-fast double armory vs carriers against protoss. It’s all very situational and hard-to-notice stuff to the uninitiated. I suppose the biggest developments that I can remember were: the revolutions in Muta control, thanks to Shark and Savior, the revolution in PvZ, thanks to Bisu, the counter-revolution in ZvP, thanks to Jaedong, and the revolution in the whole scene: trying to beat Flash.

Q

d4t4 asked:

What software/site did you use for your blog text analysis that concluded you write like an old man?

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http://urlai.com/

Did it on a whim because one of my friends did it. 

Q

Anonymous asked:

I am not going to ask anything, just want to say, that this is a great idea and fun read :) But this: "The only counter is to EMP the opponent’s defilers", oh c'mon. No one does that, normally you would irradiate defiler, not EMP it :) anyway, keep a good work :)

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SHIT. SHIT. SHIT. Did I neglect to mention that? I know I mentioned “eeraedi” on the “deepailaah” at least once; I can’t believe I forgot it when I mentioned EMP’ing. I’ll go back and change it. Thanks~

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Anonymous asked:

In what ways did WoL and HotS improve on BW? In what ways are they worse than BW?

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They have better graphics, and brought some new units to the table. I think those are the only improvements right now. If we go with the fixes I have previously mentioned, I think it will be a successor worthy of BW. In terms of the scene, I think it was very good at getting international fans into Starcraft in general.