Originally Posted by Assirra
Please do not clump your diamond experience with the pro's ever. Even worse when (i assume) it is from the NA or EU servers.
At the highest level your first 5 minutes are super important since there are a number of strategies that can easily shut down others. If you wait till the first rush, you are already dead since you are unable to stop it.
Starcraft is as much about strategy as APM as information about your opponent.
You don' lose instantly if you "miss a cycle" there are numerous things you can do to prevent your opponent. From harassing his base to delaying his attack to having more info and straight up already making units to counter.
Watch some of the games before you declare yourself pro enough to make ignorant posts like this.
Diamond year 1 WAS the highest tier - Master/Grandmaster hadn't yet been implemented...Guess someone didn't compete...
That being said, yes, the first 5 minutes are important, that's why they're 100% MACROD. There are no strategies when using macros which, all the pros actually use...
The rest is useless conjecture...Again, the entire game, in Korean Esports is macrod - Watch a SC2 game live over twitch sometime - Whole game, macrod.
You do lose instantly, in Korean SC2 if you miss a few spawn cycles...Again CPM/APM - It's all macro'd. (3rd time I've said that)
I still watch them, in fact, just caught one KOREAN SC2 pro game the other night and du nu nu nuuuuuuu, macro'd - Oh, it was vs. a guy I beat, constantly, in Diamond...But, noooooo, those experiences aren't relevant.
Never said I was a pro, said I've played with them and that's how they played, still play...
Just to elaborate since I actually WATCHED Life vs. sOs - Numerous spawn cycles were missed, allegedly on purpose...If you actually watched the game, Life had the time, just didn't actually hit the macro. It's there, he did it all game but, missed spawning units when it mattered.
Life is Zerg - SoS is Protoss and life VERY CLEARLY, skips not only spawn cycles but, "fertilizing" as well...Which is why this entire article exists - It is presumed that he purposefully threw the game due to that...You know, considering again, it's macro'd and I don't think I've ever seen a game before that, where Life as ZERG has missed either.
Since you apparently haven't seen them - Here you go: http://wcs.battle.net/sc2/en/matches/life-vs-sos-2
Watch all of them, then get back to me - It's quite clear Life whether purposefully or not, lost of his own accord - not due to strategy...Due to him not actively spawning units.Edited by Masked - 2/2/16 at 11:44am