There was no doubt that Starcraft II was super popular when Wings of Liberty first came out. Even during the beta, players all around the world put a lot of hours into mastering the game. With such high popularity came great learning resources and training sites. Sadly, since Starcraft II lost some of its momentum the resources are fewer and less up to date these days. This does not mean that there are not good resources to help you develop your game, but there is harder to find great ones.
Shokz Starcraft 2 Mastery Guide
One of the most famous ones, which still exists today, even if not so updated is Shokz Starcraft 2 Mastery Guide which can be found at: http://shokzguide.com/
This guide was originally created for Wings of Liberty (WoL) and was later updated to cover the release of the expansion Heart of the Swarm (HotS) but has unfortunately not updated its material for Legacy of the Void (LotV). Unfortunately, we don’t think Shokz will update the guide since the demand is probably low which we also understood when Blizzard released Starcraft 2 as a free to play game.
Anyway, Shokz’s Mastery Guide was created to help players climb the Battle.net ladder and have sections for each of the races: Terran, Protoss & Zerg. He explains which build-orders to use and why you should use them in different situations. The guide also includes scouting and harassment techniques which unfortunately aren’t as relevant now since the guide is a expansion behind and there are new harass intensive units that are not covered. But we truly think that the fundamentals in the guide can help players develop their game, even though they will have to combine it with pro-replays to learn the new units.
A fun addition to Shokz’s Mastery Guide is that it has campaign guides, even for the new Legacy of the Void expansion!
Getting a Starcraft 2 Coach
One fast way to evolve your game is getting a good player to coach you. If you have this option, great! There are a few things to think about before picking your coach though.
First of all, it’s important that the coach is a good educator and not just a skilled player himself. That means that he or she has the skill to see your game for what it is at the moment. With that we mean that it’s crucial that the coach customizes the training to your game and see which areas of improvement that would benefit your game the most with the limited amount of time that you have together.
Choosing a coach should be done with some research and we will not recommend anyone particular. But if you are interested in seeing what and who’s out there coaching we recommend the following websites:
Reddits Starcraft2 coaching forum is not that active anymore but has a lot of good threads about the crucial aspects of getting the most out of your coaching hours.
Another great resource on this issue is an interview with Filipe ‘Bombs’ Malta Prado where you can get some insights into the daily life as a Starcraft coach and also some insights and game aspects of Legacy of the Void. You can read it in full at: http://myinsanity.eu/day-life-full-time-starcraft-2-coach/
Contacting a pro player / a good twitch streamer
If you are passionate about learning Starcraft II fast and effective and have some money at your disposal you can contact a professional player or twitch streamer and asking them to coach. The fees might differ a bit, but we are sure there will be players who gladly will offer this service for a reasonable hourly rate. But remember that most of the pro players are not professional coaches, which might mean that the training will not be as effective as if you would’ve gone with a professional coach.
It is probably best to play a lot of ladder games on your own time, and then pick out a bunch of the interesting ones. Watch these replays by yourself, trying to find the key parts of the game by answering the selected questions listed here. After you have done this it would be a great learning opportunity to do the same together with your coach. I am sure this is an excellent and super-effective way to learn the game. If you are privileged enough to have this option at your disposal.