Fall of the Dark Empire
Hidden away in the farthest corner of Battle.Net lies a clan. A clan that would strike fear into the toughest marine or the mightiest Zealot - they are the DARK-EMPIRE-. You hope they would never come for you, you prey they would never show themselves, but hey I guess every clan needs new recruits on occasion : D
The following evening I saw the familiar beacon, so, under a different name, I joined the DE recruitment game.
The DE clan's representative was DE-Mastermind, a guy who had been present in the channel the previous night. If no third player was to join the game, I would have found myself against Mastermind. Fortunately, a third came and we began.
To no suprise the map was Lost Temple. I was Protoss at 12, and in for quite a shock.
Now being that DE-Mastermind was the obs, I shared vision but didn't take notice of his colour, which meant when I scouted the 3 position,
Hehe, I had just spent 30 seconds scouting the obs' base. I checked the empty 6 base then found my Zerg opponent I-NeVeR-W1n at 9, sunkening up and teching.
Time passed, my natural expo was up and running and I felt I could expand again, and since DE-Mastermind was occupying prime real estate, I thought I would try the 3 natural,
An observer had discovered I-NeVeR-W1n trying to naked expand at 6 main, I sent a few troops to kill it.
My attention was quickly drawn to my minimap where I saw a group of orange dots just outside my main, a hydra/lurker drop.
I built back up and went all out on troop production while another expansion denial at 6 natural allowed me to contain my opponent. I sent in pretty much all of my troops, first clearing the lurker ridden cliffs above the 9 ramp.
DE-Mastermind told me to go to channel 'clan dark-empire-' after the game, then he shared vision,
I poked around and saw that there were 3 leaders, DE-B, DE-Michelle and DE-TheGame. I thought I could have some fun with this and made my new clan name - "DE-GrandLeader", posing as DE-TheGame.
As I entered the game, DE-Mastermind asks about a little DE history, I did my best to answer non suspisciously.
Now unlike my clanmate, I knew the correct way to obs - ie. Choose Terran and lift off your Command Centre.
The game was quite boring, so I decided to occupy myself with some Terran activities.
-EvilGryphon- cannoned up his choke aswell as the top of his ramp at 3 while empty teching. DE-Mastermind took advantage of this by quick expanding and setting up for a hydra drop.
What a boring game, I thought that I should liven things up a bit,
I think it went down alright with both players : ) I finished off Mastermind in moments.
Being the respoinsible one, I told Gryphon to drop by our channel after the game and with that, finished him off.
The post-game chat turned from friendly banter to downright hostility,
DE v -Evil-
Gryphon was tired, otherwise he would have had carriers by that time self accordingly. I wasn't very sympathetic and either were my hydras.
After the game we both returned to the DE channel. I started to really put an act,
Yeah so we played again, this one was a bit closer. He sent M&M before I had lurkers which was quite stupid of me, but redeemable. Once I had lurkers, it was a one way street.
By this time you'd think a person would give up right?
Enforcing The Rules
I had a feeling I was in for another snoozer, so to speed things up, I gave my clanmate some inside info,
As you can see, Mastermind stopped giving me vision, so I was forced to watch Gryphons single tech toss.
Stiring Up The Wasp Nest
A little while after I returned, my gentle persuasion got through to Mastermind and he gave me vision back. Heh aww, I had missed all the action, all I got to watch was orange's last few buildings(spread over the map) being consecutively sought and destroyed.
My ongoing flame war with Mastermind continued, with both sides making mature and valid arguments!
The Showdown - DE v DE
10 seconds into the game, -EvilGryphon- lagged out. Unphased, I worked on a makeshift TvZ build order. Mastermind's scouting overlord gave away his 6 position. I sent an SCV to take a look. He went extractor trick, and early hatch above his ramp with a pool on shortly after. I harrassed the still-morphing hatch with my SCV and tried to get marines down there aswell. My SCV killed one drone but died from a second, and by the time my marines were there, so were Mastermind's first 6 lings.
There were several sunkens on the cliff, all covering the ramp. I was not prepared to send my infantry up there just yet so I waited for my first siege tanks. The pair did a good job. I loaded up some infantry to relocate above the cliff, but this allowed a sneak group of lings to take out my tanks. A pair of lurkers gave the landing party a hard time and forced an evacuation.
I was still very much in control of the game. I had expanded to 12 main and was grouping up a medium attack force.
I sent 3 shuttles containing 2 tanks, and 16 M&M to the rear of Mastermind's base.
You know what followed. I piled it on thicker than Rosie O'Donald with a ham sandwich.