Wings of Liberty (WOL) is no more, back in time for the first expansion Heart of the Swarm (HOTS), it's the multiplayer thread for Starcraft 2. Everything regarding multiplayer goes in here. Strategy discussions, imbalance rants, replay analysis.
### Other SC2 threads on GWJ ###
Singleplayer: Starcraft II Catch-All
Pro tournaments and leagues: SC2 Pro Tournament Discussion
### Community ###
- NO MORE REGION LOCK! EU and Asian GWJers, join us on the server of the Americas! You will have to create a new SC2 ID upon your first login and achievements and unlocks are still region-based though.
- When you log in, join the Gamers with Jobs group. To do that, click on the Groups button on the bottom right (speech bubble with 2 heads in it), then [Find], enter Gamers with Jobs in the top right field and double click the one result it found.
- Use the channel to add other players playing multiplayer to your friendslist (rightclick on their name in the channel list). Players playing multiplayer will have a small number at the bottom left of their portrait image (their BNet level).
- There is a [GWJ] clan, which is currently held by an inactive player. We'll try to get our hands on that so people can play under the GWJ banner if they want.
- There is a GoogleDoc listing all GWJ BNet accounts. Unfortunately, there's no telling how up to date this sheet is, so the method above is definitely the safer one. Note that each region has its own sheet.
- To fathom the skill level of other GWJers or find out which GWJers are on your experience level, look at their profile. It'll list the current league they are placed in, their highest in previous seasons and the number of games played. While the latter doesn't matter too much, a Bronze player with 200 games is different from one with 10 games.
- Also, as for every game under the sun, there's a GWJ Steam group: http://steamcommunity.com/groups/gwjsc
### Useful Links ###
- To upload your replays for other GWJers to see or if you want some advice, try http://http://drop.sc. Your replays can be found under "My Documents\Starcraft II\Accounts\[random number]\[another random code]\Replays\Multiplayer\". To watch a replay, simply download and double-click it. Starcraft 2 wll automatically launch (if not already running; requires you to login to BNet) and load it.
- If you are confused regarding some of the Starcraft 2 lingo like "APM", "Choke", "Micro" or "Creep Highway", the Definitions page at Liquipedia is just the right destination for you.
- For some race-specific insight and advise, have a look at the respective strategy articles of Protoss, Terran and Zerg at Liquipedia.
- Liquipedia is the Wikipedia of Starcraft 2 and has many knowledgeable contributors.
- For everything SC2 in general, TeamLiquid.net is the right address. Hundreds of livestreams, strategy discussion or tournament coverage, they have it all.
### How To Improve ###
- First, get into the game. If you're one of the many people suffering from RTS anxiety, rest assured you are not alone. The best thing to do is join the Gamers With Jobs channel and play against or with some GWJers (e.g. getting steamrolled by Very Hard AIs in a 4v4). We have people from all skill levels to practice with and take pointers from.
- To get some specific feedback about your play style, your race, match-ups etc., upload a replay to http://http://drop.sc, link it here in the thread and ask for advice. There are always people willing to take a look and help you find weaknesses they had to deal with themselves.
- Three series of videos have proven to be helpful for new and seasoned players alike. Learning the basics, solidifying your mechanics or improving your high finesse points like scouting, countering and late-game, everybody can learn from these.
- DayTV by Day
- Day definitely is the most well known personality in the SC2 scene; a great commentator and even greater mentor for the masses.
- His Day dailies are daily videos ranging from newbie tutorials over game analysis to pro-player commentary and goofing of days.
- Below the most useful dailies for beginners and people up to Gold league.
- This list on Liquipedia lists the majority of his dailies and categorizes them. Look for the ones with level "Beginner" for more.
- Here's his mental checklist (Ep. 132) you should constantly go through while playing:
- Am I making workers? If not, make workers!
- Am I making units? If not, make units!
- Am I nearing a supply cap? If yes, make supply!
- Am I stockpiling resources? If yes, make more production buildings!
- Bronze to Masters by FilterSC (corresponding TeamLiquid thread)
- This series covers what the name suggests and takes you through a very fair learning curve to build a solid foundation for mid and higher league play.
- In each step he gives you a number of benchmarks. Hitting these on a consistent basis will be much more valuable than any cutesy micro or fast-tech your opponents on the lower levels can do.
- FilterSC has a pretty relaxed delivery and also helps you build the right mindset, e.g. not worring about cheesy all-ins that Bronze and Silver are prone to.
- Though videos were made during late WOL, most of the information still applies throughout Bronze to Gold+.
- If you want to practice against AIs using his guidance first, don't go higher than Medium AI for his Bronze and Silver level stuff. AIs were overhauled in HOTS and will steamroll you with tech on levels Hard and above.
- Improve with Apollo/Tutorials by d.Apollo
- Apollo is a former pro-player gone commentator.
- His series covers the basics as well and has recently been updated for HOTS.
- I've only skimmed his videos, but if you are still looking for more after Day and FilterSC or just don't gel with one of them, Apollo will take care of you.
- Here are a few other useful topics in the official forums. Please be aware that these are dated around the WOL release 2.5 years ago. Everything build orders and balance should be taken with a grain of salt.
Send me a PM or post in thread if things are incorrect or should be added.