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we are currently in Season: 2013 Season 2
Current Season 1v1 maps:
-Bel'Shir Vestige LE
-Neo Planet S LE
Future Season info:
2013 Season 3, Maps getting removed:
-Derelict Watcher TE
-Klontas Mire TE
-Zerus Prime TE
Derelict Watcher TE (Click to show)
Derelict Watcher is a 1v1 map with a comfortable rush distance, and a straightforward third base location. Don’t let this fool you into taking it easy though, as the additional base locations after your third will require that you keep a close eye on the variety of attack paths that become available during the later stages of the game. You can also utilize the terrain to help coordinate your attack and defense tactics by breaking or protecting the rocks and towers near these expansion locations on the North and South sides of the map. Additionally, Xel’Naga Watchtowers overlook the two side paths that lead toward the corners of the map. However, they don’t provide vision of the map's center area, nor the additional attack paths that can be opened up by breaking the destructible rocks found near the twelve and six o’clock expansion locations, so make sure to watch these areas well if you are expanding toward those directions.
Always be prepared for early aggression on this map, as the narrow bridge to the North makes for a very short rush distance. You can make use of the fact that the bridge is very narrow and can be blocked off using structures, but keep in mind that there are still additional attack paths available for use by your opponent. In the mid and later stages of the game, the map will play similar to other macro maps. Just remember to always watch for small groups of enemy forces crossing the bridge throughout the game. There are no Xel’Naga Towers on this map, so you might want to move a few scouting units out to key regions of the map in order to watch for incoming attacks at your defensive locations.
Though Zerus Prime features four starting locations, vertical spawns have been disabled, which means your expansion flow will be similar each game. You can take advantage of the choke point leading into your natural expansion to defend it with some ease, but keep a close eye on the destructible rocks to the south, which will open a backdoor path to your natural when destroyed. There’s just one very large central attack path toward your opponent’s half of the map, but it is possible to sneak small squads of units around the vision granted by the Xel’Naga Watchtowers, so keep an eye on your far away base locations lest they fall victim to surprise attacks.
Latest Balance Patch:1.4.3 (Click to show)
Minor Balance Patch Dec. 4 2012
-Raven seeker missile upgrade removed.
-Infested Terran eggs health down from 100 to 70
-Fungal Growth range down from 9 to 8
-APM values displayed on the Leader Board are now calculated by counting every click and command that has been issued by the player.
-EPM values displayed on the Leader Board are calculated by counting only actual commands issued by the player (Effective Actions Per Minute).
-Zerg Larvae are now displayed in the unit panel of the Leader Board.
-Phoenix: A new upgrade has been added to the Fleet Beacon: Anion Pulse-Crystals. This upgrade increases Phoenix weapon range by +2.
-Ghost: Snipe damage changed from 45 to 25 (+25 vs Psionic).
-Orbital Command Center: MULE now always returns 30 minerals per trip, regardless of mineral type.
-The “Try the Next Patch” button now properly launches the PTR client when a PTR is available.
-Unread chat notifications no longer reset when entering or leaving a game.
-Map information now loads immediately in the Match History screen after logging onto Battle.net.
-In the Korean version, the Reduced Violence option now remains checked when restoring gameplay defaults.
-Fixed a display issue that could occur when binding certain keys on a French keyboard.
-Fixed a crash that could occur when exiting StarCraft II on systems with Geforce FX 5700 graphics cards.
-Fixed a crash that could occur when saving and loading games between High and Low video settings.
-Fixed an issue that could cause some players to be dropped from custom games after spending an extended time in the lobby.
-Fixed an issue which was causing some players with a full version of SC2 to be stuck in Starter Edition.
-Fixed an issue that could cause ladder matches to sometimes start three seconds late.
-Fixed an issue where overlapping units could sometimes traverse cliff levels.
-Fixed an issue which prevented some players from receiving credit for Top X achievements after Season 3.
-Fixed an issue which caused FFA games to reset the progress of the Team Hot Streak achievement.
-Fixed an issue where the Restart button was incorrectly showing up when loading Vs. AI saved games from previous versions of StarCraft II.
Mac Bug Fixes
-Fixed an issue where the cursor would disappear when using the middle mouse button.
-Fixed an issue which caused performance to drop significantly during large battles.
-Fixed an issue that was causing certain mod maps to crash after loading.
-The Reduce Mouse Lag option now works properly on Macs.
OCN's SC2ranks.com Custom Division (add yourself! click on "Manage characters" and paste the URL of your battle.net profile or sc2ranks.com profile, and please post your OCN name so we know who it is )
OCN's SC2 Steam Group
Team Liquid (SC2 news, streams and tournament tracker)
State of the Game Podcast (general game discussion featuring Day9, JP, iNcontrol and Nony)
FTP Download for the latest patch
Beginner and not-so-beginner resources:
Day9 Daily Youtube Channel (Newbie Tuesdays and analysis of pro replays, for all levels)
HDStarcraft's Youtube Channel (some guides, commentaries of pro replays)
Husky's Youtube Channel (some guides, commentaries of pro replays)
PsyStarcraft's Youtube Channel (commentaries of pro replays and his own games, campaign walkthrough on Brutal)
Force SC2 Strategy's Youtube channel (beginner, guides to builds and strategies)
Detailed Units DPS chart
Liquipedia (SC2 Wiki)
Starcraft Wikia (SC2 Wiki)
Ultimate SC2 resources thread on TL (newbies click here)
More resources (and here) (Click to show)
Learn one or two macro/safe build for each match up and practice it until you have it down perfectly.
Finally watch all these videos:
OCNers' Streams, Blogs and Replays:
Nauticus' Stream (Zerg)
History/older content from this thread (Click to show)
With the release of unranked ladder and global play there is little point in alt accounts and I wouldn't recommend it unless for example you wanted an account per race or your main account is famous and you don't want people to recognize you , but in case anyone still needed a guide to making a Taiwan account i'll leave these here:How to create a Taiwan Starcraft 2 account and play on Korean/Taiwan region (Click to show)
The main difference between the Korean and Taiwan version is the language, but the regions are linked so you'll face people on both regions. I've done this multiple times with no problems:
1. Go to Offgamers.com and go to my account, click on register now and fill everything out.
2. Go to http://www.offgamers.com/starcraft/starcraft-ii-tw-hk/starcraft-ii-cd-key-c-4183-6056-6057.ogm and click on add to cart, then checkout and pay, it cost me roughly $43 USD/CAD using Paypal.
3. Go to your offgamer account, click on completed order history, click on your order then on "show", it shouldn't take more than 15 minutes for your order to show up if you payed with an instant payment option.
4. Go to the Battle.net site, login or create a new account depending on if you want a separate account for your Taiwan/Korean SC2, click on buy digital games, change the region to Taiwan (on the right) and then click on continue
5. Go to Balance and click on Load Balance, enter the numerical only code you see when you click on "show" in your offgamer account into the box, submit (if submit is greyed, left click outside the text box) you should now have 1150 points.
6. Click on Buy Digital games, Buy now under Starcraft 2, choose the unlimited game time option and then just continue and accept the terms and conditions and complete the order.
Once the installer has been downloaded launch it if it did not automatically start.
1. This is the first screen that comes up, choose the top option.
2. On the next screen choose the left option
3. Now choose a folder to install Starcraft 2 to. Once you have chosen click the continue button.
Note: If you already have another Starcraft 2 client like say the NA version, the screen below will pop up. Choose the bottom option and then choose a different folder to install the Taiwan version into. Also note I believe Blizzard does not recommend installing multiple clients on one computer, however with separate folders for each version of Starcraft 2, I have not ran into any problems.
4. Click on the bottom right option to start the installation, if you accidentally picked the wrong folder, click the button above the circled one to change it.
5. I assume you've already created a Taiwan account if you followed the guide above this one, so you can choose the choice on the right. Now just wait for it to finish the install and click on the arrow button that appears to start downloading and installing the patches.
Once the patches finish installing click the play button on the bottom right. Now you're ready to play on the Taiwan/Korean servers.
Our old chat channel is "Overclock.net", however this has largely been abandoned for our group "OCN" which has a chat built in amongst other useful things.
Edited by Sainesk - 4/25/13 at 8:32pm