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Default How I went from silver league to diamond league and now master league

For anyone under diamond, all you have to do is learn how to macro. PERIOD. I hear people say "but there is so much cheese and 1 basing that learning to macro is a waste of time!" Guess what, it doesn't matter . If you are macroing well enough you will defend those cheeses and you can kiss the lower leagues goodbye.

Here's my write-up I did on a few exercises that brought me out of silver and into diamond when I first started out playing the game. I did this as zerg, but for other races the fundamental idea is the same - learning how to macro off of 3 base:

Starcraft 2: Masters League to the Top 200: How I learned to macro and go from Silver league to Masters league (as Zerg)

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macro is definitely one of the keys to getting to high leagues, aside from cheeses and really well timed pushes.

it's a good read/practice for those that are still in bronze league :P
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Well done on your achievement. Macro is pretty much a requirement to play. Can't really micro 2 marines vs 4 marines : you'll always lose...

It's funny to watch two macro styles go the extreme though. One game between Flash and Jaedong in BroodWar had Flash on 3 bases and Jaedong with I think 5 expansions running very quickly. Jaedong kept map control with like 1 zergling and 1 mutalisk because you can fake stack mutalisks that way lol. He still lost but there was no fights on the map for over 15mins I think. That kind of metagame development is what keeps me interested in rts. It leads to some real mind games in best of series when you mix it up with "cheese" and other timing pushes.

Really wish I had the motivation and time to get promoted to masters though. I have less than 100 1v1 league games and sitting at ~1000 point +2000 bonus pool diamond...q-q
 
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Well done on your achievement. Macro is pretty much a requirement to play. Can't really micro 2 marines vs 4 marines : you'll always lose...

It's funny to watch two macro styles go the extreme though. One game between Flash and Jaedong in BroodWar had Flash on 3 bases and Jaedong with I think 5 expansions running very quickly. Jaedong kept map control with like 1 zergling and 1 mutalisk because you can fake stack mutalisks that way lol. He still lost but there was no fights on the map for over 15mins I think. That kind of metagame development is what keeps me interested in rts. It leads to some real mind games in best of series when you mix it up with "cheese" and other timing pushes.

Really wish I had the motivation and time to get promoted to masters though. I have less than 100 1v1 league games and sitting at ~1000 point +2000 bonus pool diamond...q-q
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It's SlowBro.325 and sure. I just got promoted to Masters after playing 1 game after a long hiatus lol.
 
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This will definitely come in handy for me.
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This seems to be working for me.
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nice. i'm terran player but still nice guide. maybe we can play together someday?
 
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Yea bro NP. Though I did it with Zerg, the same concept applies to all races.
 
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SlowBro taught me how to better myself at macro, by competing to create the most stuff when in team games.

broto, your Zerg POV videos have helped improve my zerg drastically when it came to macro with keeping on top of larvae/queens because of your hotkey setup.

Maybe I'll take 1v1 serious someday and stop worker rushing because I find 1v1 boring.. lawl
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SlowBro taught me how to better myself at macro, by competing to create the most stuff when in team games.

broto, your Zerg POV videos have helped improve my zerg drastically when it came to macro with keeping on top of larvae/queens because of your hotkey setup.

Maybe I'll take 1v1 serious someday and stop worker rushing because I find 1v1 boring.. lawl
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