The Death of StarCraft?

StarCraft and e-Sports

StarCraft all the way from Broodwar to our current Legacy of the Void has been a small yet powerful community. There have been times where StarCraft held hundreds of thousands of viewers and over 3 million active players to our current pool. There is fear and it has always been there. Is StarCraft dying? I myself have thought this.

After the release of several new Blizzard games from Heroes of the Storm to the new fan favorite of Overwatch the StarCraft community can only wonder. Will these games take our pro players, our sponsors, our community?

With Taja one of the most renowned players in StarCraft 2 retiring along with others and fan favorites like Huck spending more and more time in Overwatch, the community becomes apprehensive.

These however are just concerns and rumors from the StarCraft loyal and dedicated community.

StarCraft is not dying!

The game is well sustained with a powerful influence in the e-Sport industry; from a larger audience to a smaller one it is easy to jump to these conclusions. Nonetheless we have to keep in mind that in StarCraft’s prime, e-Sports was in its infancy and like Redeye states

“there are only finite eyeballs each weekend for the esports events and right now, there are more big events than ever before.”

Academics and Athletics

To put worries at rest Starcraft is actually sustaining and growing as a primary e-Sport with new organizations setting their foundations in the community with ESL hosting smaller tournaments and our new Proxy Tempest that has settled into the field. Yet it is just not with e-Sports that Starcraft holds roots in; it is also spreading to a one in a kind game being taken into serious consideration for required academic classes in some colleges and high-school in regards to the benefits of playing this highly unique RTS for the ability to multitask better and help with decision-making.

The Liberating Turtles (TvZ)– Build Orders That Probably Shouldn’t Exist

    Hello there, and welcome to the first batch of posts regarding build orders from Proxy Tempest! Being the resident nightmare in our community, I have decided that I would show some of my Terran builds that I use to terrorize the ladder. The first up is for the TvZ matchup, which is something that normally doesn’t see much creativity or deviation from standard on the Terran side anymore. I did not receive that memo, so we’re going to build these.

The Air Army

    While the Banshee-Liberator composition has been around for a little while, there aren’t many easy ways to defend your base to get enough Starports and add-ons to make a sizeable force. However, if you’re on Dusk Towers, Frost, or Frozen Temple, there is a remedy that looks like something from Ketroc’s stream (just without the Ravens, and with whatever I really feel like building instead).

    Here’s the breakdown:

–>                            [Send out SCV to natural ramp @50% SCV]
14                            Supply Depot @Natural Ramp
–>                            [@100% Depot, send SCV to scout]
17                            Command Center
19                            [Rally SCV to third]
20                            Command Center
20                            Refinery
20                             Barracks @Natural
23                            Engineering Bay @Natural
25                            Orbital Command x2
25                            Marine
26                            Bunker
@150 Gas               Planetary Fortress
@100 Gas               Factory
–>                             [Add 5 More Refineries when affordable]
@100% Factory     Starport x3

First Supply Depot    Let’s say we’re on Dusk Towers. When you’re first SCV is about halfway produced, send one SCV to the bottom of the ramp. This is where we’re going to place our first depot. We’ll send the SCV out for scouting as soon as it’s done building.

    Next, we’re going all out for greed, so we’ll open up similarly to a normal Command Center first build, with a Command Center at 17 supply. After the first Command Center, though, we’re going to keep producing SCVs until 20 supply, skipping over the Barracks for now. Rally the 20th SCV to the third base location from the Command Center while it’s being produced and build a third.

    Immediately after that third Command Center goes down, cut SCV production. Now’s catch-up time and making sure our third isn’t going to die to a Ravager or Baneling all-in. Build a Refinery then a Barracks at the wall-off. After these go down, continue SCV production. While it says to build the Engineering Bay at 23 supply in the build listing, it doesn’t really matter when it goes down, as long as you place it at the wall-off and before you have 150 gas.

    Once the Barracks finishes, Orbital Commands at the main and natural are a necessity. Make three Marines and a Bunker at the wall-off to ward off pesky Overlords and Zergling scouts. On Dusk Towers, I’ve had the most success with the wall looking like this.

Wall-Off on Dusk Towers

You should have enough gas at this point to start your Planetary Fortress. I like to send six SCVs to the Planetary from the main base just in case something comes to attack us. Build Refineries at the third while the Planetary is morphing.

    It might seem kind of silly to build a half-wall and a Planetary, but this is by far the easiest way to hold off aggression while simultaneously being extremely greedy. If you scout a highly aggressive build from Zerg at the beginning of the game, I would delay the Factory and instead go for Hi-Sec Auto Tracking. This will help to defend more structures and will get an extra shot on the Zerg army from the Planetary before they can reach it. Otherwise, I would get the Factory first, and Hi-Sec second. This is also when you should be taking your other vespene geysers. In the higher leagues, I suggest building two Missile Turrets by the cliff between your main and your fourth to ward off Overlord drops.

    After the Factory is finished, it’s best to build 1-3 Siege Tanks–the number fluctuates depending on their Roach count. A scan into the main and third usually reveals how aggressive their tech and economy (or lack thereof) are. You should be able to afford three Starports right off the bat if you’ve been macroing well. Keep making SCVs until you reach a critical mass of 60-70.

    Once the Starports finish, make two Tech Labs and one Reactor. We’ll get Banshee Cloaking once one of the Tech Labs finishes. This will be the core of our army production for the rest of the game.

    Over time, you should start floating enough minerals to build additional Missile Turrets around your bases and Command Centers so that you can build more units. On four bases, you should be able to afford 6-7 Starports, 1-2 Armories cranking out air upgrades, and a Fusion Core to research Hyperflight Rotors and Advanced Ballistics. If your opponent is obsessed with Hydralisks, more Tech Labs are probably your way to go (like the picture), but generally you’ll be playing against Corrupters, so it’s okay to go up to three or even four Reactors on your Starports.

Production

    That’s pretty much the build. I recommend building the Armory immediately after the Starports and going for a +1 timing attack, but you could turtle and go double Armory or skip them entirely; as long as you beat them before the 20-minute mark, upgrades aren’t terribly significant. After you have five bases, start replacing your Banshees with Battlecruisers.

Production 2

    There is a mass Factory variant I’ve been playing around with that relies on more Siege Tanks at the beginning, double Armory upgrading, and shooting for mass Thors with some Hellbats thrown in. This is less successful, but I love my Thors, and I think Factories sprawling across your base looks slightly more intimidating than Starports for some reason.

    If you want to go for the mass Thors variant, skip the Starports, save for maybe one for a Raven or some Vikings (unlike the picture). If you do this, you can have 7 Factories running off of three-base economy, 6 of which will be most likely producing Thors. And while the Thors don’t scale quite the same way as the Banshees and Liberators do…

The Ground Army

    …every engagement looks absolutely awesome.

    Thank you guys for reading, and I will have something new and equally bizarre next week!

Proxy Tempest Tournament Schedule (Week of 6/5/2016)

Hi everyone, Storrm here! ❤

To begin the week we will have our 6th Weekly BSG Tournament! This will be on Monday. Following that up on Tuesday, we will continue our 3rd Weekly Platinum/Diamond Tournament! Wednesday will continue to be home to our Fleet Finale Qualifier. This week will be the second qualifier for the month of June! You can sign up here! On Thursday we will host our 6th Weekly Open, which holds a $10 Prize for the Champion! Finally, on Saturday we will have our second Double Tournament. The signup for that tournament can be found by clicking right here!

 

We are proud to announce, for those who have not already heard, that we are officially partnered with Spawning Tool! This partnership will bring distributed replays from the Fleet Finale each month, and more!

Also, keep checking in here each and every day for more exciting content that will be coming your way! We are working very hard to bring you the best articles, tournaments, and all around experiences to brighten your day and eSports adventure!

Don’t forget that you can find us on:

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And also on our Public Discord Server: https://discord.gg/0zSKO1KPjgsebEzAhttps://discord.gg/0zSKO1KPjgsebEzA

 

Much Love,

Drew ‘Storrm’ Jones

MC “BossToss! Is Back

“For Auir!” He roars! As his deathball advances across the map!

“My foe will quiver in my presence as shall my enemy’s enemy become yellow-bellied.”

This is what is visualized with the public-statement of The Boss Toss returning to Legacy of the Void.

Twitter 장민철 ‏@CJENTUS_MC May 21
The BossToss is back on pro scene i made a contract with proleague team
so you guys watch my games on proleague and GSL ^^

Jang “MC” Min Chul known as the Boss Toss for his extraordinary skill in the Protoss race of StarCraft; as well as his remarkable mastery over the Stalker unit and their blink ability.

MC is a well renowned South Korean player, who last played for Tig e-Sports before retiring. On May 23rd, 2016 it was reported that MC is returning to pro-gaming by joining CJ Entus.

It is with immense delight to have such a masterful protoss player back on the battlegrounds to serve the first born as we look back at his accomplishments.

Jang Min Chul holds two GSL titles and qualified for all three GOMTV Global StarCraft II League open season during season one and is noted for his unmovable confidence before his matches along with his various ceremonies after winning. It is needless to say that MC will have countless fans and support with his return.

Proxy Tempest Qualifier #2.1!

Hello everyone :3

Tonight is Wednesday and we’ve got a jam-packed tournament ready to go for you guys tonight! Things kick off at 7:00PM CDT with the first qualifier this month for our Proxy Tempest Fleet Finale!

Our first Fleet Finale saw such talent as Neuro, PiLiPiLi, and our overall winner EG.Suppy! Those who make it to the semifinals of this tournament will automatically gain admission to June’s Fleet Finale! We hope you enjoy the show as much as we do.

What: Proxy Tempest Qualifier #2.1

When: Tonight (6/1/2016) at 7PM CDT

Win: Sign-Up HERE

Watch: www.twitch.tv/proxy_tempest

tWitter: www.twitter.com/proxy_tempest

Proxy Tempest Platinum/Diamond #2

Proxy Tempest is hosting it’s second platinum/diamond and you’re all invited to play! (Note: it’s called platinum/diamond for a reason. By “you’re all” we mean all the platinum/diamonds). If you don’t play, we hope you’ll come by and watch all the tournament action on our Twitch channel! Finally, give us a follow on Twitter and catch all the SC2 action, as well as updates and useless banter with your favorite players.

When: 7:00PM CST

Where: Wherever your butt is comfy

Why: Because SC2 is awesome. Because you’re bored. Because you love of our faces. Pick a reason pl0x.

Signup: Click ME!

Twitch: CLICK ME 2

Twitter: click me and HIT DAT FOLLOW BUTTON

As always, please feel free to give feedback and post dank memes. If you have any questions, you can mention us on Twitter or send us an email at proxytempestsc2@gmail.com

Proxy Tempest Schedule! (Week of 5/29/2016)

Hello everyone :3

I’m pleased to announce that we have added yet another tournament for your wonderful faces. We’ve been going strong for only a month now, but you guys have been showing up in force, and we’re so glad that you guys are enjoying our tournaments. This week’s schedule sees the addition of the much requested 2v2 tournament, so we hope you’re as excited as we are!

Monday: Bronze/Silver/Gold 7PM Central

Tuesday: Platinum/Diamond

Wednesday: Fleet Finale Qualifiers

Thursday: $10 Open

Saturday: 2v2 Open

We broadcast all of our tournaments on Twitch and you can also follow the tournament wins and losses as they happen by following our Twitter.

As always, Proxy Tempest is more than just tournaments. It’s articles, videos, coaches, players, it’s a community. Please feel free to join our Discord and come hang out with us! Proxy Tempest Discord

As we continue to grow, we look for more opportunities to provide tournaments and content that you all would like to see in the Starcraft community. Please feel free to give feedback and let us know what YOU would like to see us do next.

 

Proxy Tempest Fleet Finale 6PM Pacific

The past 3 weeks have lead up to tonight’s tournament. 16 Players will be duking it out in our Fleet Finale to claim their part of the $150 prize and OSC points from sc2online.com

  • 1st Place: $80 / 120 OSC Points
  • 2nd Place: $40 / 80 OSC Points
  • 3rd Place: $20 / 50 OSC Points
  • 4th Place: $10 / 30 OSC Points
  • 5th-6th: 15 OSC Points
  • 7th-8th: 10 OSC Points
  • 9th-16th: 2.5 OSC Points

Players will play in a double elimination tournament with a third place prize. The winner of the losers bracket will play a 1-2 match style final, with the winner of the losers bracket winning two bo5’s to be crowned champion and the winner of the winner’s bracket needing to win only one bo5.

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The games kick off at 6PM Pacific, and we hope you’re ready for some heart pounding Starcraft 2 action casted by @DrennoC and @feardragon64 on our Twitch channel. If you can’t tune in, make sure to give us a follow @Proxy_Tempest to stay up to date on all the matches.

Proxy Tempest Open #4!

Hello everyone!

I’m happy to announce that we’re ready for our fourth Open tournament tonight, and we hope to be seeing you all! If you’d like to participate, hop onto Challonge and sign up.

Tournament Signup

If you’re not participating in tonight’s tournament, we do hope you’ll stop by our Twitch page and check out all the action. Tonight’s casters are Hartless and Daedalus, and we hope you enjoy their commentary as much as we do.

To keep up with the tournament action and know when new tournaments go live, please give us a follow on Twitter.

As always, thank you for your awesome support!

Proxy Tempest Platinum/Diamond 7PM CST Tonight!

Hello everyone!

A few weeks ago we received many requests for a Platinum/Diamond tournament, and it’s finally here! Tonight at 7PM we will be hosting a tournament exclusively for platinums and diamonds. At this time we are offering 1 hour of free Masters level coaching for the lucky winner of the tournament! We hope to see you tonight!

To sign up for the tournament, please visit the Challonge Page.

The tournament will be streamed on Twitch, and we hope you’ll come out and support all the awesome SC2 players that will be playing tonight.

Finally, for updates on all of our tournaments, please follow us on Twitter. We will also publish all our tournament updates, schedules, and recaps here on our website.