I played this dude just now who told me he was streaming after the game (usually I think that's douchey but he was really nice), so I went and looked at the vod on his stream page after the game to see how it looked from his POV. In particular, there was one moment I was particularly proud of, and it's hilarious how from his vision it makes me look like I have GSL level micro:
If anyone wants to watch a Protoss play against me, this is the vod link. Results spoiler:
I was probably ahead anyway, as I was maxed and getting hive tech and I imagine that vipers just end it with colossus yanks when they're ready, but he throws it big time with a micro mistake at the end. I haven't actually seen that part from his POV yet cause the last 2/3 of the game aren't in the vod yet as of right now
Title: A Game Of Starcraft, In Pictures
Subtitle: In Which Hero ****ing Wrecks An Exploitable Strategy
A game of Starcraft begins; in the bottom left of Overgrowth, we have our hero, goofyballer. In the top right, our villain, a platinum Terran.
We scout; what is going on here?!
Okay, this is getting weird...
Is that the second of two proxy raxes? But there's no gas...oh, here we go!
CC first at the gold, and you think you're so tricky.
I play normally, get a third slightly earlier than normal, then go check out what he's doing at the gold if he landed it there:
Ohhhh. You're one of those guys. That's so cute! You think you're going to win this game!
For the uninitiated, a planetary natural is the hallmark sign that you are going up against a mass raven strategy. So, this guy is going to take some bases with static defense (planetaries/turrets), build lots of starports, and build lots of ravens. Let's see how it works out for him!
I begin by doing the most sensible thing I could think of:
One thing you need to know about people who use this strategy is that they are all terrible at Starcraft. This guy is not going to "apply pressure" or "harass drones" or anything that good Starcraft players do: he's going to sit in his base and make lots of ravens. So **** it, let him, I'm gonna take my half of the map if he won't stop me.
Aww, he thinks he's gonna take another base!
I haven't actually scouted at all since the start of the game, but if there was any need to worry that maybe this guy isn't bad and isn't doing the exact strategy for the next 15 minutes I thought he would do based on scouting one little detail at the 5 minute mark, it's now gone.
With all 5 bases mining gas, I focus entirely now on my plan for domination: MUTALISKS.
Behold, the adorableness of this clown thinking he's gonna take this base:
I kill the turrets at the gold while my muta count keeps building, he comes with the ravens so I circle around and kill some stuff in the main (mostly starport tech labs), then circle back to the gold and finish it off. We dance some more:
and he taps out after those seekers fizzle; I'm maxed with 44 mutas, he has eight ravens left.
In short: LOL MASS RAVEN PLAYERS.
funny thing is, I made several mistakes in executing my strategy - my macro while droning up was awful, I had like 50 drones at 9:00, it took me longer to get all the gases up than it should have - still destroyed him
That's basically it. It's really effective against people that don't know how to counter it and completely fails against people that do. It also requires very little APM and multitasking and has a fair amount of troll EV as well.
guy opens double pylon block on overgrowth with a gateway first vs my very delayed 3 hatch without gas. he completely walls himself into his main with a pylon (so obviously i throw down spores everywhere, and get mass queens). he flies his oracle right into a spore and two queens, killing 0 things (he didn't even activate his beam). that transitions into a ~9 minute +1 gateway attack (one base, of course) without a mothership core. it does surprisingly well since he runs straight past my 3 spines at the third and zealots always trade well vs lings and queens, but I hold it off without losing drones.
he then tries to double expand (because he was floating well over 1k minerals). i kill his third, park outside his natural with upgraded roach hydra vs zealot sentry. he does the thing where he has a probe out building a hidden base and makes 10 cannons at his natural. he makes a bunch of DTs, but loses his entire army (except for like 2 DTs) focusing down my three overseers.
he then spams BG and leaves when I find his hidden base, kill that, then roll over his 5 archon 3 zealot army.