The Beginner’s Guide to Starcraft 2 Series: Introduction

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Hello! Are you interested in trying out Starcraft 2? Maybe you’ve already bought the game and are lost on what to do?

Let me start by saying this: Starcraft 2 is a very vicious game. It’s unforgiving and punishing, true enough with many games lost stemming from a single mistake. To put it simply, this is not a casual game. It’s one of the hardest multiplayer games right now. It is in this difficulty that the feeling of accomplishment of winning a single game of Starcraft becomes one of the most rewarding experiences there exist on modern video gaming. The feeling you get when you’re outclassing and outplaying your opponent through the edge-of-your-seat action, the stress you feel as you struggle to avoid making a mistake knowing that one, just one, will lose you the game, and the immense satisfaction as every fiber of your muscles releases from the tension they have been clenched in as you engage through the enemy army to deal the crushing blow… quite frankly, there’s nothing like it.

Or there probably is and I’m just being melodramatic. The point is, SC2 is hard. It’s also immensely rewarding in it’s own right. If you want to get the most out of this hobby, then you’re going to have to put in the work.

Luckily, there are no shortage of information online. Also luckily, I’m here and I am going to teach you to play SC2 bit by bit, starting from the basics and up. I’ll keep each topic short and to the point as to not overwhelm with information and I’ll also put in resources found online for further reading. I’ll try to keep the information evergreen so that the guide will remain relevant even through the game’s not-so-frequent updates. The things I forget, I’ll update when I can.

Are you intimated? Well, don’t be. I see people on forums taking SC2 so seriously that I just shake my head and sigh. At the end of it all, it’s all just a game. The point is to have fun. No one is going to crucify you if you don’t improve. No one important in your life is going to laugh at you for being in Bronze league. Remember, it’s just a hobby. We’ll study the game but remember that we are all still playing for fun (unless you want to go pro). It’s also a feedback loop. The more fun you have, the more improvement you see. So sit back, relax and let’s learn how to play some Starcraft II!

 Next up: Mentality

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