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in the beginning
Well, I was waiting in #clan ~nohunters, quietly minding my
own business when Mogalin dropped in. After a
while, his 1v1 challenge was accepted by Enthused. When I joind, I
noticed that the map was Mayhem, a 128 x 128 map for 4 players.
Think Rivalry with more expansion nodes, and one bridge leading to
the mains. Also, natural expansions in this map is somewhat tricky,
as the vespene geyser is placed relatively far from the mineral
patches, forcing you to pick either one. After the gl's and hf's
were given, the game started, with me, StinkyMunkey &
let the games begin!
The Arena : Mayhem.
Enthused picked Yellow Zerg at
the upleft position.
Mogalin randomed to Brown
Terran at the downleft position.
Both players cloned their mineral gathering peons to their
respective mineral patches. Enthused then waypoints his first
overlord to scout in a clockwise fashion, losing valuable scouting
time. His BO seems to be a standard build against random opponents,
8 Ovie 12 Hatchery at natural 12 Spawning Pool. Mogalin, not wanting to take the risk,
also uses an ordinary BO, with 8 Supply Depot 10 Barracks. He then
scouts with his 8th SCV counter-clockwise, again guessing the wrong
way and builds a refinery. Note that he builds all his buildings
close to his Command Center, not wanting to defend at his choke.
This is because Zerglings > Marines early in the game, and with
his techy build order, he needs to make all his troops count. Once
his gas was done he constructed a Factory, then an Academy at the
space between his minerals to prevent any lurkers that are dropped
from getting easy access to his SCVs.
Enthused, meanwhile, had
already finished morphing his expansion and started gas in his main.
Immediately, he avoids building drones at his expansion but instead
builds zerglings from all his hatcheries, trying to pressure Mogalin early while getting
Ironically, the first attack was by Mogalin. Grouping his massive army, 3
marines, 1 medic and 1 firebat, he moved his forces towards Enthused's natural. By this time, Enthused already had 16 zerglings
stationed there, but no drones yet. Then, Enthused sends zergling to scout, which
was promptly fried by Mogalin's
infantry which were placed on the bridge. Here is where Enthused makes a critical tactical
mistake. Instead of waiting for the units to go out in the open,
where he can surround them and kill them off easier, he sends all
his lings to attack the infantry on the bridge itself. Using the
territory to his advantage, Mogalin
places his medic infront of his troops, limiting the lings'
movement. The end result : Mogalin
lost a marine and his firebat, while around 12 of Enthused's zerglings got toasted. Once
Mogalin lost his firebat, he
retreated his remaining forces back home; without the firebat, his
units would be zergling dinner.
Back at his base, Mogalin
wasn't afk. He already added a Comsat Station on his Command Center,
and scanned immediately following the attack. When he saw a
completed Lair and a Hydralisk Den, he ordered an Engineering Bay to
be built, to get turrets in preparation of lurkers that were soon to
come. Once seige was researched, he placed a tank near his CC to
protect from drops, and another two tanks along with 2 firebats and
a medic at his bridge. Then, he built a Starport to start the tech
towards science vessels.
Enthused on the other hand,
morphed 5 hydralisks into lurkers and finally hatched some drones at
his expansion. Then he used a zergling which failed to relay any
useful reconaissance, as it was kibbered by Mogalin's units. Mogalin, deciding the time was ripe to
attack again, grouped 3 tanks, 2 firebats, 2 medics, a marine and a
firebat to contain Enthused. But
alas, Enthused also thought of
exactly the same thing and their forces met just outside of Enthused's base. 1 lurker died before he
could burrow, but the rest repelled the attack. He then unburrowed
those lurkers, reinforced them with 12 zerglings and
Mogalin, drawing every ounce
of micro skills he has, pulls off an extremely gosu move. He seiges
up his tanks near his choke, blocking the path into his main from
the lurkers. When they arrive, he used his firebats to bait them.
His positioning was perfect; if Enthused wanted to place his lurkers near
a tank to prevent arclite splash from hitting them, another of Mogalin's tanks would still be able to
attack it. If Enthused burrowed his
lurkers out of the turret's range, he'll just scan and kill the
lurkers. Pretty impressive considering this is the first time he was
playing on this map. Remember that Mogalin is still pumping units from 1
Enthused didn't just sit
there and be outdone, however. 10 seconds after that attack, another
8 zerglings and a lurker were again on their way to attack Mogalin. Somehow, Mogalin forgot to seige up his tanks and
as a result, his choke defense was broken. However, due to bad
micro, Enthused loses his lurker to
the tank that was seiged next to the CC. Maybe that was because he
took the time during this attack to expand to the topright main.
After frantically building some troops, Mogalin killed off the last remaining
zergling, with a marine and a medic left. Mogalin still doesn't have any upgrades
for his infantry, which is a must against lurkers. Later after the
game he said that he underestimated Enthused.
Both players then took some time off fighting to get a
better economy and tech. Perhaps if Enthused continued pressuring Mogalin, he could have won right there and
then. But instead, he was pulled into a longer and harder battle.
Enthused then built a sunken colony
at his natural, and defended it with 3 lurkers. Mogalin, whom was not doing well so far,
decided to expand to the downright main. Hastily ordering an SCV by
the name of Deon to build a CC there, he then concentrated on
strengthening his defense. Little did Deon know that Enthused's first overlord was silently
watching him from behind the mineral patches there, waiting for the
correct moment to strike.
Back at Enthused main, he
began morphing a Queen's Nest and a Spire, probably to get
guardians. He then used 12 zerglings to attack Mogalin's lower right expansion. Again, he
does another mistake. He was a bit too impatient; his zerglings
arrived a little too early and Mogalin managed to cancel the Command
Center. Not only that, his overlord there was shot down by a wraith.
However, this attack still delayed Mogalin's plans.
Yes, you guessed it. A drop. A small force of 4 marines, 2
firebats & 2 medics were dropped right behind Enthused's mineral line. Luckily, he
managed to escape most of his drones to his expansions. He does
something correct; when his drones were selected, he clicked on the
mineral patches at his expansions; thus not making any units that
came back to save his base be stuck between the drones. Using the
three lurkers from his natural, he burrows them and eleminates the
threat. However, the drop accomplished what it was meant to do: make
Enthused lose valuable mining
Now, it was Mogalin's turn
again to attack. He had 2 barracks pumping marines and medics
non-stop and the used these and a tank to seige Enthused's netural. Again, he positions
his units perfectly: nothing Enthused throws can even scratch the
tank's paintwork. Enthused knows
better than wasting his lurkers to kill the tank; the concentrated
fire of M & M would kill them before they even get a chance to
burrow. Thus, he concedes the expansion, once again maynarding all
his drones to the upright expansion. However, the moment the marines
moved towards his base, he burrowed them quickly. Mogalin acts quickly and retreats his
troops, losing 3 marines. Enthused
morphs yet more lurkers to counter the infantry threat.
already predicted this move. The moment there are no more hydralisks
in Enthused base, he begins
overlord hunting with 5 wraiths that he secretly built. Using
Science Vessels and scans, he gradually tank pushes into Enthused main. Enthused, realizing that all his tech is
gone and left with only one expansion, concedes the game.
some extra notes about the game
i) There are really only 2 options early on Terran vs Zerg.
Rush him early on, or quickly tech up to tanks for the incoming
lurkers. Mogalin did
ii) Enthused took a gamble
with his early lurkers. He didn't have enough drones the second half
of the game due to that.
iii) Terran and Protoss players usually protect their
mineral lines with bunker/tank or cannon/temp. Some zerg players
ifnore the damage a simple drop can do... at the very least have
some scourge patrolling near you mineral line, and at your cliff if
you play Lost Temple.
iv) These guys are good. :O Both of them can own me 7 days a
v) Playing other maps other than LT is great fun.
vi) Mogalin's main was mined
out while he was attacking Enthused. The troops he had
attacking were all he had...
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