A good list of resources for Starcraft 2 Beginners at the end of the article.
After playing through the (thoroughly impressive) Starcraft 2 campaign lately I decided that I was ready to give multiplayer a go. So I fired it up, logged into my trusty battle.net account and joined the practise league. The addition of an unranked practise league was a pleasant suprise as I had a sneaking suspicion that my Win/Loss ratio would be well in the negative range after a few games.
I decided to stick with the Terran as I was already familiar with their units from the campaign missions. I was paired up with ‘Nathan’. As the timer ticked over and the game began Nathan informed me that this was his first time online and that I should go easy on him. Needless to sayI was wiped off the map in less than 25 minutes by a giant fleet of Motherships. My poor 50 or so strong batallion of Marines didn’t stand a chance.
I think Nathan may have been a bit dishonest or maybe he was just an RTS natural or Korean or something. Feeling a bit disgraced I moved on to another game. In an effort to prevent the same thing from happening again I concentrated a bit more on air defense but the next game only lasted 15 minutes after another so-called ‘first-timer’ sent a column of Siege Tanks through my base.
This brings me to my first piece of advice. Starcraft has a replay feature. Use it! If you get completely annihilated make sure you save the replay and watch it back. This way you can see exactly what your opponent did to get himself in a position to completely trample your inferior efforts.
I have been finding it difficult to keep up the pace. Once my base grows larger I find it hard to keep tabs on what units I have, what to spend my hard earned vespene gas and minerals on, building my defenses and trying to apply pressure to my opponents all at the same time. I am getting better though and I have compiled a helpful list of links for ‘noobs’ that include tips and strategies for people like me and if you have read this far I am assuming you as well.
- RPG Exploiters: Starcraft 2 – 10 Noobs tips for a better play experience.
- RPG Exploiters: Starcraft 2 – Terran Strategies for Noobs (and you too)
- SC2Blog – Terran Strategy Overview (Great Site)
- Squidoo: Starcraft 2 Beginners Guide
- Starcraft 2 Strategies (Blog)
- Starcraft 2 Basic Newbie/Beginners Guide
- BigDownload.com – Zergling Swarm (Zerg Strategy)
- 10 Starcraft 2 Tips from a Pro
- Theuen.com – A compilation of over 150 strategy videos and guides in one spot!
- YouTube – N00b Guide to Starcraft 2: Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4
- YouTube – StarCraft II: Tips, Tricks and Strategies (HD)
- YouTube – HDStarcraft’s Channel (Heaps of videos!)
- Blip.tv – Day9’s Starcraft Playlist
Still related to Starcraft but not so much to beginners is this website that I found earlier which I found a bit extraordinary. A Berkely course on the theory and strategy of Starcraft. WTF?
If you are a gamer and you haven’t got this in your collection yet then what are you waiting for? Amazon is currently offering an excellent price on the game so head over there and get yourself a copy today. [Link]
(The price at writing of this article was $59.99 US and well worth every cent!)
If you found this article useful please leave me a comment or discuss your own strategies and links in the comments as well, sharing is caring!
For a detailed and comprehensive guide to the art of Starcraft II be sure to check out the Shokz Starcraft II Strategy guide as well.
In the mean time I will keep practising against my house mate who fortunately, is just as noob as I am…
See you on the battlefield!