fwiw when I watch the first practice game (before I brought the bitrate down) archived on Twitch, I see zero lag, so I think the problem is on karak/raffy's end.
If anyone wants to watch a mind-boggling 45 minute ZvT that will probably drop you two leagues in intelligence (narwhal said he was probably a plat leaguer from watching my stream, and that was BEFORE this game): http://www.twitch.tv/goofyballer/b/349822479, 1:17:00)
Karak, one thing I think might help in the future is if you gave me the builds you want me to do in advance with some guidance about where I should be at what time - that's something I can practice on my own. Like, for the filter build, he says 14 pool 15 hatch, take all gases at 6:00 and build roach warren/2 evos, start lair, get 1/1 and then 2/2, start cranking out roaches at 8:00, have 35 drones at 6:00 and 60 drones at 8:00. That's something I can practice, and I can hit those benchmarks practicing vs the AI, and if I'm missing them that's something I can work on.
Also, I think to a certain degree that less talking is better. The more stuff you're telling me to do, the greater the extent to which it feels like I have to process what you're saying which detracts from my already-poor ability to multitask. Like, an example: a lot of times when you told me to move an OL through my opponent's main, that got lost in the noise because there was simultaneously four other things I was behind on that you were telling me to do at the same time, and I can only do one of them at once. Planning some stuff ahead of time - like, saying "ok, we're gonna drone to X supply" earlier in the game - means that I can already have that stuff in the back of my mind and instead of telling me to build a round of drones (which is an extra thing that counts towards the limit of "number of commands I can handle per minute"), I already know to do that ahead of time. This kinda ties in with the first thing above, because if I know the build and what we're trying to do ahead of time you don't have to explain it to me in real time.
I'm not criticizing at all, I appreciate you taking the time to help me out and entertain all of us, just theorycrafting on how we can make it work better in the future.
Your #1 concern at all times should be where his army is and what it's composed of
Yeah, that kinda falls in the area of "stuff I know I should be doing but haven't yet done enough for it to be muscle memory". Like, I know that mid/late game I should have lings burrowed at just about every base, but researching burrow is often something that slips my mind for awhile and then I just forget to build the lings and send them out. Obviously that hurt in that ZvT on Condemned Ridge where he had a million bases I didn't know about.
Well, certainly in those first few games when it was just me and Karak that was the goal. Obviously once the Skype chat opened up there wasn't going to be a lot of learning taking place in that last game.
That was definitely more of a success than this LivinPink chick, who's getting coached in HOTS by some Russian sounding dude and isn't doing anything he says (for like 2 minutes he's telling her "drop your reapers and widow mines in his base, do the drop, do the drop" and she never does it)