[BaD] to the Bone
It was raining on the way home from work today. Poo. I wanted to wash my motorcycle and take a
spin. The damn sun was out earlier! Bah,
hmmm.... Perhaps some good Starcraft today will wash
away my ill mood.
I logged on as my usual Dr.Zchivago and just clicked
JOIN as soon as I was there. I played a little
warm-up public 2v2 and wound up in an easy win
game. I always feel a little better after a win, no
matter if they were not that great (I am not that great either
=P ), it was what I needed. After the one game I headed
on over to NoHunters.
Now, NoHunters is a place I have not really frequented in
the past. I have only begun going in there since I
posted my first report. I still have a ways to go to
meet all the people I want to (pretty much the entire BR.com
staff & raters). Needless to say I was pretty
excited when I saw a "2v2 obs welcome: davy/davy"
come across my screen. I joined immediately and asked to
make sure if it was cool for me to observe the
game. I was allowed my spot for obs and after some
discussion and waiting, we finally had a game going.
I am kicking back with the other observer,
Mithrandir. He asked if I knew any of the
players, I answered "nope". Conversation was soon
flowing pretty freely at the start of this game. I was
pleased it seemed as everyone was pretty cool, but I just
wanted to observe a good game.
Day I was Born (dun, dano danuh) Nurses all gathered
Mith and I chatted a little as we saw all the Toss
going 2 gate builds. YouWinILose got scouted pretty
quickly by Davy but put up
his Hatchery above his ramp anyway, showing no fear.
Davy attacked it for a
little while with his probe. The probe was not really
gaining any ground on the massive larvae-spewing morph, and
since a Spawning Pool had been already completed, the probe
decided to go warp in a pylon at YouWinILose's natural ---- right
smack where the expansion Hatch should go! YouWinILose did not see this as of
yet, so the pylon was able to complete.
Feeling very good
about their plans so far, Davy and DJ exchanged a few comments and
decided to conquer the zerg of YouWinILose. Davy had about 3 zealots and
accompanied them with 2 probes. DJ matched him for zealots and they
combined together at the ramp of the zerg. YouWinILose immediately started a
Creep Colony and waited with his 6 zerglings at the top of the
ramp. Micro, micro, micro happened here and the 6 lings,
joined by about 4 more and some drones were able to
successfully defend their plateau.
Well, the zerg brood of YouWinILose was not going to let such
a rude outburst into their territory go uncontested. A
pack of roughly 10 zerglings started to scamper out towards
Davy's base. The lings
penetrate all the way back to the mining probes, but only get
a couple of them as zealots are all charging about the base
coming out of fresh warps.
Pretty much we have had some fast scouting by all, a
devious trick by Davy in warping a pylon where
an expansion hatchery is to go at the 3:00 natural (YouWinILose is taking care of that
now), a failed rush by the BaD toss on the zerg, and a
successful 'scouting' foray (or a failed rush) by zerglings
into Davy's base. The
game is moving along with a small lull as YouWinILose is the first to
expand. He has also morphed another hatchery in his
main, so he has a total of 4 hatcheries now. Still no
Lair, but a Hydra Den is fully functional now.
The two toss players making up BaD team are not
sitting idle. DJ has
warped more gates, and teched to Templar Archives.
Davy looks to be teching for
Reavers. Jack9 seems
to have been scared off by seeing the threat to his partner
and is setting up all of his cannons for his defense. He
happens to place 3 along his northernmost edge by his ramp and
is totally successful in severely damaging a group of 5
zealots from DJ, who just
came marching right by all nice and single file like hugging
the high ground terrain. DJ lets out a small curse and quickly
regroups his zealots in the top corner of the 9:00 natural.
rallying all of his goons and zealots to right outside of his
natural's choke. Obviously he is intending on joining
his small group containing Jack9. All of the Hydras that
YouWinILose has been making
have different plans. The Hydras reign green spikes from
hell upon the unsuspecting troops of DJ (a white Overlord can be seen
hovering just out of range of the Toss troops here, heheh). The zealots and goons don't stick around to see
who really has the upper hand, it is clearly the hording
hydras, as they are soon joined by some of Jack9's forces (Jack9 bravely beat down the blue
forces hiding/waiting/useless-if-they-are-standing-still at
his natural and continued to assist the onslaught started by
nurse spoke up (dun, dano danuh) Said leave this one
The zealots run back to try and defend at the ramp.
There is even a High Templar on the high ground and I await
for the air to crackle and end this invasion, but no
storm! Don't tell me. Oh my, the Templar has not
enough energy, he is the first one out of warp! Uh,
oh. White zerg and Orange toss are successful in making
up the ramp. Davy is
screaming at his partner to get Dark Templars and DJ is frantically running his Templar
around the base trying to keep it alive long enough to get a
storm off! Davy sends
all of his available troops for aid. DJ takes a quick second ensure he has
DT's cued. It looks bad. He is losing Gateways
that I am sure had DT's almost warped and his remaining two
are being pelted. Ah ha! Where is that Templar?
There he is---NOOOOO! The Templar is toasted without
getting a storm off. Ah well, a lone DT made it out of
warp and with the assistance of Davy, DJ is allowed to live. His base
is in tatters, however.
Jack9 decided to take use
of the crippling combo attack and begins his expansion at his
natural while YouWinILose
also meant to take advantage. He had quickly made a
bunch of zerglings and sent them hard at 12:00 hoping to catch
Davy with his pants down
from helping his partner. This time DJ sends help in the form of
DT's. They never really helped though. Davy fended off the zerglings with
everything he had, probes and all. The zerglings were
under 20pts away from killing the Support Bay, so close.
Things get quiet for
only a moment. DJ
actually expands to his natural! Wow, I thought he was
down hard, looks like a good rebound. Davy has yet to expand yet. And
the group of hydras headed his way don't look like it is going
to be an option right now. The hydras approach and
scream in agony as Davy has
placed a SuperReaver on his ramp! With the help of what
few zealots he has, the reaver is the major factor in killing
the vile zerg creatures and boasts 12 kills from the
foray. Hmmm, possibly a unit of the game here, but I
don't think this reaver is going to survive. The hydras
brought the reaver to 3/80 3/100 on the damage scale.
And now Jack9 has just
pulled the Temp/Goon/double Zealot drop!
Or course, he dropped to close to the SuperReaver which
immediately killed the Templar and damaged the others.
The only good thing about this drop for Jack9 was that
one shot from the goon sent SuperReaver back to Aiur (Boos and
hisses are heard from the crowd).
Davy started ferociously
trying to make dragoons and good thing too. YouWinILose had changed units again
and brought in a whole group of Mutas to push the
attack. The goons chase, the mutas flee, the mutas
return, the goons chase...the mutas are successful in pulling
down the Cybernetics Core in hopes of preventing more goons to
warp in. And somehow
Davy makes a few comments
about the survival of team BaD.
could tell right away...They were not BaD to the bone"
(at least not yet)
Davy figures it must be
good luck and expands, finally, to his natural. YouWinILose has a solid income (as
does Jack9) and points his
mutas to raid the 6:00 expansion of DJ. The mutas successfully take
out 1 Templar and hide over the cliffs awaiting the main
force. The zerg and toss combine and lay down the law to
the 6:00 expansion razing it fairly quickly and
sends help and is able to do considerable damage to the forces
threatening DJ, but after
the expansion is lost. A frantic last minute push is
made by DJ to rid his
faltering main of the invaders but with no mining available to
him it is futile and he concedes leaving Davy to fend for himself!
A few guardians have appeared and are demolishing Davy's expansion as the DJ wrecking
crew are making their way north. He has some goons
though, and a few more reavers and looks prepared to fight
this battle out. But when Queens arrive and starts the
evil instant cocoon morphing process of turning goons into
broodlings, it is more than Davy can take and he asks for a
rematch before leaving the game.
Hmmm, team BaD tried to rush early and got caught
trailing behind. YouWinILose had a real nice
cohesion to his attacks. First lings, then hydras, mutas, then guards and queens. Is there a book or
something on that?
Well, it was no time at all before we had the rematch game
going. I think Davy and DJ were a little
more determined this time. Anyway, we start the...
It is only the 5 of us in the game this time.
DJ and Davy have made a comment or two about
that last game being the first game of the day for them.
YouWinILose has made a few
encouraging remarks to his partner Jack9. Everyone seems to be in
high spirits and expectations as game 2 begins. I notice
that everyone is in the exact same starting position and team
BaD has somehow managed to re-claim their previous
colors. This is a mirror image Terran/Toss battle.
make a rich woman beg (dun, dano danuh) Make a good woman
mentions he will go scout as everyone commences their
builds. Davy and
DJ are not to be left
without the knowledge of scouting and very quickly everyone
knows who and where everyone is. Isn't it nice when it
works out like that? Davy is going double Rax and soon
starts 2 factories. DJ
has opted for for double Gates and starts gas
immediately for his his goons. Jack9 places his first Gate at an
interesting place. It is on the lower ground right below
his ramp. YouWinILose
has erected a 'by the book' wall in (2 depots 1 rax) at the
top of his ramp and starts teching like a whore.
All is pretty quiet at the start of this game.
Jack9 had left a probe in
DJ's base and after he
confirms via a 're-scout' the progression to goons, the probe
is dealt away with by said goons spider-walking to their
ramp. Davy has
vultures and starts working on a Starport and also makes a few
comments that he feels his partner should know. DJ and Jack9 are both on their way to the
mighty (or 'gay' as some people like to call them) High
still has only 1 marine guarding the wall in, but has teched
to Nukes! Already a science vessel is out for detection
and I see the Covert Ops structure blinking like crazy.
A fresh Silo is blinking too. Hmmm, will this highly
undefended Terran be allowed to wreak havoc with early
nukes? We shall see.
to his natural, and is soon followed in that maneuver by both
YouWinILose and Jack9. Davy makes an observance and confirms
to his partner that indeed YouWinILose will tank up on the high
ground and prevent Davy from
leaving his base unhindered. It is here that we soon see
the first confrontation. Dueling Engineering Bays!
Yes, the two E-Bays engage each other in the air, hovering
over the small valley in-between the two Terran bases.
The E-Bays square up on each other and commence with a serious
staring contest. Ooo, it is intense, I can feel the evil
glares coming out of both E-Bays as they hover!
Dangerous stuff here, who is going to lose? Well, seems
like Davy has had enough of
the staring contest and moves his E-Bay away.
Whew! That was crazy! For now, both sides are
content to just toast anything that moves in the valley.
YouWinILose attempts to
get a jump start on expanding at his natural, but it is
thwarted by a lone Dark Templar that DJ has conveniently placed
decides to float his Command
Center to the lower right island. He figures since the
DT will see what direction he is floating it will be the
diversion he needs to get his first nuke off. A lone
Dropship and 1 SV maneuver around to place the lone ghost at
the rear of DJ's base.
He gets the nuke off and fires off an EMP shock to the
structures. Davy tried
to warn his partner but the nuke landed. It was focused
on the well placed cannon, took out several probes, and
severly damaged several of the structures.
decided to totally take over the upper right island above the
3:00 terrans. About 4 tanks 5 turrets and a bunker were
placed there. 2 vultures place mines on the island, too
(overkill? maybe not). He did this to prevent a
turbo-newbie on himself and to crush YouWinILose's gas from the lone tank
spot you can reach it with on the island (the E-Bay that left
the staring contest is providing eyes for the tank).
This island encampment was ferocious in its size and was not
challenged the entire game. There was a short pause of
the game here as someone decided answering the phone was more
important than playing the game (at least that is what the
excuse was. I guess if you have to wank, you have to
Jack9 had already
expanded to his natural and it was fully functional.
Davy had gotten his mineral
only expansion up while he was preparing the upper right
island. Jack9 decided
Davy had too much cash rolling in and destroyed the min
only with a group of zealots and goons.
Hmm, a nuke on DJ,
Davy loses his min
only. Seems like things are going sour again for team
BaD. YouWinILose has erected 4 more
factories and Jack9 has
started several Stargates. Well, not quite so.
DJ shuttled over a few
troops and prevented the floating CC of YouWinILose to land on the bottom
right island. And Davy
has been making a ton of wraiths. The wraiths provide
an escort to 2
Dropships. Davy then
turbo-newbies the cliffs above the 3:00 natural VERY
effectively. Davy has
effectively removed YouWinILose's gas intake (makes a
comment along the lines of "good, now he has no gas") and
expands to natural and regains his min only natural.
DJ also expands to his min
only. Davy's wraiths
go on a quick rampage and take out the floating E-Bay and
floating CC of YouWinILose
(the E-Bay was scouting the cliffs for turbo newbie, but
scouted too late. The CC was leaving the bottom right
island where expansion was denied and I suppose it was
floating to the top left where no one was).
old woman blush (dun, dano danuh) Make a young girl
All this bad news for YouWinILose forces him to commit
heavily to his mineral only expansion. He expands there
and with vultures out of his ass (hmm, I have no gas, what can
I make?), mines the whole damn area all over his min only
area. It looks like YouWinILose is determined to hold his
only source of income.
DJ has tons of
troops. Not much for air, but a total butt-ton of goons
and mixed zealots, DT's and templar. Jack9 has started pumping carriers
and has several now. Davy has been concentrating on
containing his enemy Terran (and has succeeded quite
effectively), and YouWinILose looks to be totally out
of luck, but refuses to go down easy.
A lot of action in the form of small skirmishes broke out
now. Jack9 took some
of his carriers and freed up the cliffs so YouWinILose could use his natural
again. YouWinILose and DJ continually fought over the bottom
right island. YouWinILose expanded to the top left
island since an expansion on the bottom was moot. Jack9
fought over Davy's min only
and YouWinILose fought a
hard battle pitting vultures against goons at DJ's min only. The center of
these skirmishes is at YouWinILose's mineral only. It
is a giant teeter-totter here. Tanks/marines/wraiths
Back and forth it was here, but YouWinILose had convinced Jack9 he 'could not lose this
expansion' and somehow the SCV's continue to mine.
to tell ya, honey (dun, dano danuh) We are BaD to the
All of these battles
were very close on a timeline and most were
simultaneous. My computer was working full time to keep
up with the action. It was going either way until the
vultures were killed at DJ's
natural. Jack9 brought
in 3 carriers to try and finish it off, but strayed too close
to DJ's high ground
main. In a beautiful move, DJ answered his 'I have no air'
question by Mind Controlling 2 of the carriers with two of the
several Dark Archons he had in waiting. Of course, it
was short lived as DJ
decided to try and see what he could stir up with the newly
acquired carriers. He strolled right into range of Jack9's Templar and with two sharp
bursts from the pissed of temps, the new carriers died to
Here we take a note to see a large number of Dragoons
praying at the Lost Temple.
Davy is livid about this
show of religious gratuity and screams for his partner to use
the damn things. YouWinILose soon is distracted by
newly dropped tanks bombarding his upper island expansion and
the huge dragoon force of DJ
starts its evil rampage through the natural, then the main of
YouWinILose (not many pics
of this, it was a day in the park for the goons).
Jack9 had lost many carriers
over the min only battles and was sending zealots out to try
and stall the mass goons. They were no match.
It is painfully clear now the large forces of DJ and Davy will go mostly uncontested now
throughout the rest of the map. YouWinILose has again taken the top
left island, but has no tech buildings left as his main and
natural are in ruins. He gives his regards to his
partner. Davy and
DJ set their sites on the
protoss base at 9:00 and raze the living hell out of it.
Jack9 fought hard, but did
not have the resources to last a long campaign.
Team BaD has won game two. Rematch is again
heard, but Davy mentions something about food and
YouWinILose says he is off to find another game.
Regretfully I have no scores for this game. This second
game was an awesome game to watch. I can only hope I
gave it some of the flair I was able to experience. GG's
to all. I think I am going to put some Thorougood on the
stereo and go kick some ass.
For those with NetScape that have probs viewing:
sorry, I use IE.
For those with 56k modems that had to wait forever:
sorry, get cable or DSL, it's the year 2000 for Christ's
Now go play some Starcraft!