(TvT boring? Ha!
Brutal, long, and stressful more like it!)
The strategies each
decided to pursue became apparent very early in the
game. Maniac went for
the standard Terran Wall-in, before immediately beginning
construction of a Factory. Rookie, however, adhered to a more
fluid build, lightly defending his choke with a single bunker
and raising multiple barracks. "Heavy Metal V. Deep Six"
I thought to myself, happy that I managed to through these
completely inappropriate clichés
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Shite! Did I just see what I think I
saw? Yep! Rookie just accidentally shot his
own bunker up!
It was an accident. I
started to have my doubts about this guy but he proved
himself a talented player after all. I would
best attribute this to the frustration of playing a race
with so much tedious micromanagement
Besides, we've all shot up
our own stuff before, right? :O
In any case, Rookie initiated the onslaught soon
enough, sending a rather anti-zergish medarine rush to Maniac's base 11 minutes into the
game. Rookie obviously
concentrated more on growth, he expanded moments before
sending most of his infantry on their doomed
Natural was leveled, and he lost his entire standing
army fighting tooth and nail to repel the push.
Meanwhile Maniac took the
12' and the game seemed to be almost over. Rookie, however, proved he could
micro as well as any of them, using nothing but SCV's and
troops to make quick calculated attacks in between tank
blasts, before being vaporized every few seconds.
Despite reinforcements, Rookie surprised me entirely by
finally breaking the push with a CC in-tact.
||The God's of bitchslapping
rained on Rookie's
parade however, leaving fie
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It didn't matter, Rookie had better production
going at this point, h
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Maniac curiously opted for the min-only.
Maniac, however, decided to
take full advantage of the opportunity to
counter-strike, with a six-tank push backed up by
a few marines.
Rookie had nothing, and I
thought "Ugh.. game
For the next several minutes only
minor skirmishes occurred during regular scouting expeditions
across the map. Rookie's decision to go mainly for
ground units was starting to pay off; He now had a
sizable force of upgraded troops pumping from several
barracks. Rookie also
managed to secure his natural once again, as well as take the
Maniac seemingly wanted to power his
way though the game, constantly expanding then defending with
mostly factory units to both the 12' and the 3'
It was now Rookie who decided to take the
offensive once again. A massive force of marines,
medics, and firebats moved to Maniac's 12', although they did take
several losses on the way from spider mines fields laid
earlier by Maniac.
||The flood no doubt came as a
surprise to Maniac, as
he quickly lifted his Command Center off over the river,
the rest of his forces however fell, and all static
buildings were razed.
It seemed Rookie had successfully taken
the base, and the tide of the game had turned, but what
Maniac did next was
Maniac brought several vultures
to the 12' choke while Rookie was razing the base, and
laid down a large minefield effectively imprisoning
most of Rookie's army in the
Maniac had made the shift from
factory to starport mass production, and proceeded to kill
most of Rookie's trapped
force with Iradiate raids before rookie finally
settled the floating CC back down and had thus saved the
Rookie must have known that he
was stuck at the 12', since the culprit vultures
attacked the crew after laying the field. with
only 1 dropship for over 20 troops, Rookie's army was stuck for
Rookie decided to keep the
pressure on. Though he had only 2 starports on
production (compared to Maniac's 6) He had a larger
standing army of wraiths, and made a devastating cloaked
attack on Maniac's
It is a costly loss for Maniac, whose once economic edge is
beginning to slip to Rookie's 3 bases.
|When goliaths and wraith's finally
get to the scene from Maniac's 3', Rookie quickly withdraws,
deciding to quit while he's ahead.
Interestingly, Rookie somehow managed to make
a massive tank drop on Rookie natural ledge while this
whole aerial exchange is transpiring.
Rookie rushes his wraith force
up and make do with both the tanks and their dropships,
teasing as he does it...
|The Late Game (Battlecruiser's and
In an almost comical display,
Rookie brings his wraith
fleet up to Maniac's 12'
along with a floating Command center, and lands his CC and
commences production while the wraiths still fight the
hijacked the base!
Rookie was now firmly in command of
the game, with 4 still operative resource fields to Maniac's 2. Now would begin the
long process for Rookie of
eliminating the rest of Maniac's multiple production
Maniac was willing to prove he
wouldn't go down easy, however, With a nuke silo no operative,
he snuck a ghost into Rookie's 9' and successfully got off
a nuke before being killed.
What happened next was the first
major air battle of the game. And I mean major..
as in both side used every last aerial armament they had in
duking it out. In continuing with his obsession with
destroying Rookie's natural,
he BC-wraith force fought for 3 minutes with Rookie's Wraith-valk force before
Maniac finally vame out on
top. Both side used D-Matrix heavily in the
Notice Rookie's disappointment with Goliaths
which, despite being called into the battle, merely
square-danced on some less-important part of the
With the loss of the air battle,
the game had completely turned around. Maniac drove his cruisers and level
expansions. He seemed destined to eradicate Rookie's 12'
as well thus driving him exclusively to the islands. But
Rookie had in store a
massive force, and Maniac
lost his entire fleet in the failed invasion.
now had 12' and both islands, but lost his entire air
fleet thus terribly limiting is oppurtunities.
Maniac decided that
the only way to destroy the 12' would be thru a good ol'
fashion tank push.
Or a nuke.
He went with a
At this point Rookie was too demoralized to
continue. Tanks began knocking at his door and a
newly raised BC fleet destroyed his islands.
Knowing he had lost, he called a gg and ended this
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