How to reach the next level?
It’s a good start that you found this website. Since the first game of Starcraft a lot of different learning resources have been created by Starcraft amateurs, fans and professional players. These learning resources or guides have been created in a lot of different media formats like text-guides, training videos, pro replays and build orders.
Some professional players have put ours into mentoring and teaching other players for an hourly fee.
Which resources should I spend time with?
Which resources you should use to evolve your Starcraft game mainly depends on your goal. Secondly it depends on your preferred way of learning, how much time you can spend and on your budget.
The key factors for an effective way to become a greater player
To become a better player, it is important to take in new information, making it stick and most of all putting it into practice. In general people are good at reading up about a subject or watching tutorials about it. Some people rather just do, and that means putting in a lot of hours to play.
It is the combination of these two things together with the third element that is the key to effective learning and evolving. So, what is the third element you ask?
The third element is analysing your game after it has been played. Either by yourself or together with a friend or another person. The learning will become more effective if you analyse your game with a person who is at a higher level than yourself. A professional is of course the best option but not all players have this luxury and you can do great just by watching your replays afterwards, by yourself.
Why is analysing your own game so important?
The analysing aspect is so important because when you watch a replay you get the full information about what you where doing and what your opponent where doing, It is also very developing to you ask yourself the questions & answer them:
- How did it start out?
- Do I have the lead at min x?
- When did it change?
- Why did I lose?
- What could I do better?
These questions will help you develop your understanding for the game, both macro and micro-wise. You can learn a lot by watching pro games and VODs as well but unless you analyse your own games you will miss a lot of areas where you can find easy ways to improve your game. In short, you won’t learn as effective as you could.
Taking in new information
You need to find a good source for taking in information. Often this information will be pro replays or streams. We have an important piece of advice here. Even though streams of live pro matches might seem like a pro replay, watching it will not let you learn as effective. Why? Because you will not be able to pause, rewind and look at all the different things going on in the game.
Starcraft is a heavily strategic game and the professional can handle a lot information in a moment meanwhile they also make decisions and take appropriate actions. The pro’s have put so much time and effort into their game that it is hard, even as a skilled amateur to see all that’s going on. Therefore, replays are so much better for learning purposes. And if you ask the same questions that we encouraged you to ask yourself while watching your own replays, you will learn even more effectively.
Where do I start?
Depending on where your skill level is now you must find out where you will get the most results out of your time. You probably have an image or estimation on how skilled you are, and you can use that estimation and jump over some of the sections below. However, we recommend that you do not get too cocky about how skilled you are since the information in the General Guide, Part 2: Learning Starcraft Effectively is valuable to an effective learning process.