|"There are so many ways to annoy a Zerg player, it's not even funny. Actually, it's really funny, so I retract my previous statement."|
- mattzarella's The FFA Effect
|The Battle of Strifeshadow - Part 1|
|Date: ||11/20/01 02:11|
|Game Type: ||Strifeshadow|
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Written by DinoDin, images by
|DinoDin (Dark Elves, top right)
Joseph (Accursed, bottom right)
Zileas (Sylvan, bottom left)
Artius (Sylvan [random], top left)
The Hunt Begins
Concerning the map: Unrest is a very large map designed for 2 on 2. According to
its creator, Zileas, itís ďa larger version of Forest of ColorsĒ, a very popular
four player map during the beta. What this means is, it allows for a decent
amount of rather safe expansion in oneís own ďbaseĒ. Here, itís a plateau for
each player to begin on, with only one choke point, a ramp, leading into their
base. The rest
of the map is incredibly wide open and differs from Forest of
Colors in that it is quit conducive to fast units such as ground skirmish and
strike. This also presents very unsafe expansions beyond oneís plateau. Other
parts of the map include a very low over all mine count, a very rich set of
expansions along the middle belt of the map. These include two at each end that
can be easily networked too with towers, or one can just begin a town hall
there. The very center of the map boasts an intriguing setup thatís very
rewarding. It not only has a lot of resources but is situated that if one
establishes a strong foothold there you could be hard to remove. This is due to
several high ground points which form four choke points into the resource area.
Another important feature to note are two mines situated at the middle
longitudinal point of the map between two plateaus (i.e. one for north player
one for south players). Each mine also has an aether pool near it. Because the
map is always right vs. left and the proximity of the mines to their respective
east and west players, it can involve an intriguing territory struggle.
Early Build-up, Scouting, and First Conflict
Each player begins with the standard 3 towers. At 2:20 DinoDin builds a carver,
chases down Artiusís scouting fairie. The chase ensues into Artiusís base where
the carver is momentarily waylaid by one of Artiusís rangers. The carver returns
to the chase, kills the fairie, and retreats to DinoDinís base with little damage.
Only seconds later
Joseph sends a skeletal Slasher to probe Zileasís defenses.
It runs through a gas blossom trap at the entrance, and then attacks one of
Zileasís aether towers. Zileas brings two rangers to dispatch the invader.
Joseph attempts to retreat the slasher, but with its current life, and the
ranger speed advantage, it doesnít travel far.
Only a minute later DinoDin sends out a carver to scout Artius again. The carver
runs past three rangers at the baseís entrance, who immediately give chase. The
carver scout searches through Artiusís base, and retreats right across the wide
plain to DinoDinís base with the rangers hot on his heels. Due to the carverís
heavy damage Artiusís greedily keeps his pursuers locked on. DinoDin sends out six
carvers and drives them at the rangers in a flanking manoeuvre, attempting to deal
more damage and cut off escape. The rangers immediately attempt to run from the
threat, but the carvers have engage. Two of the three rangers are caught, and
acknowledging their doom, Artius leaves them to fight. One of the seven carvers
chases after the escaping ranger, and the ranger actually turns to fight him.
DinoDin pulls the outlying carver back towards the group in an attempt to draw the
ranger in. The main group of carvers finish off the two rangers, and attempt to
aid the outlying carver. Immediately four rangers from Zileas charge into the
fray from the south. The carvers engage the rangers for a second, but then they
reconsider and fall back. Zileasís rangers also have engage, and the carvers are
hard pressed to escape. Most of the carvers are still able to escape, but
rangers from both Zileas and Artius trap one, and it dies quickly. DinoDinís
remaining forces safely arrive at his base, and Zileas and Artius break off
their attack. The final result is two dead, and one heavily wounded rangers for
Artius, and one dead and three heavily wounded carvers for DinoDin.
All four players have expanded over all the aether pools in their safe plateaus.
Artius is currently attempting to rebuild his ranger force, while his partner
Zileas just completed a Nymph from his Mystic Grove. Zileas has also grabbed a
critical mine to the right of his start position. Joseph has a Strifeshadow node
and Spirit Beacon, and is attempting to begin an ambitious expansion north of
his start position. However the one critical unit is the newly created Moag
Raider standing ominously beside DinoDinís Moag pens.
Sensing DinoDinís plans Joseph brings six slashers just to the south of DinoDinís
base, prepared to strike. DinoDin brings his full force of six carvers, three
raiders, and one kobold outside of his base. The kobold scouts forward searching
for gas blossom traps or spirit eyes. The troops immediately engage Artiusís
rangers in front of his base. DinoDin surprises Artiusís defenders and kills two
rangers before the rest retreat up to Artiusís base. The kobold scout moves
ahead of the troops, trying to dismantle a trap, and Artius takes the
opportunity with his three other rangers with aid from a nearby weatherstone and
kill the kobold. Artius is successful, but he sacrifices three rangers in order
to kill the kobold. This is significant as without a worker in the attacking
squad, DinoDin and Joseph canít dismantle traps. As a result Artiusís fairie begins
a gas blossom in his base. The fairie completes the trap, and DinoDinís and
Josephís troops quickly kill it. Three new rangers from Artius engage the troops
to little avail. The invading troops run past the weatherstone and now reign
free in Artiusís base.
DinoDinís troops target the Sylvan defense center, while
Joseph attempts to destroy the aether tower network. Aid from Zileas in the form
of four rangers arrives and meets two Moag reinforcements from DinoDin at the
entrance to Artiusís base. The moags engage the aiding troops briefly but
retreat into Artiusís base with heavy damage. The moags join with two carvers to
create more raiders, while Josephís slashers engage Zileasís rangers. Artius
begins two weatherstones near his town hall immediately prior to his Defense
centerís destruction. After a few seconds, DinoDin commands his raiders to deal
with Zileasís rangers. Five more rangers from Zileas join in the battle. DinoDin
and Joseph smite the aiding troops, losing only five slashers in the battle. At
the other part of Martinís base, the two weatherstones are complete, and kill
the three carvers DinoDin left there. Seeing the new static defenses, DinoDin and
Joseph, take the battle as a victory, and withdraw from Artiusís base. The five
Raiders slowly head south from Artiusís base, in an attempt to at least scout
Zileas. Three of them cross paths with a lone Nymph from Zileas, who casts
balance on them. The Raiders pause slightly, and then one dismounts. After
balance wears off the troops quickly kill the nymph.
During the battle Zileas expanded to aether pools around his new mine to the
right of his base. Artius is now rebuilding his damaged economy while trying to
connect an expansion aether tower near his new mine to the right of his base.
DinoDin has built a dark elven conclave, and an arcane catacombs. He already
possesses three warlocks, two cabalists, and two chaos elementals. He is
however, the only player yet to expand outside of his safe plateau. Josephís
ambitious expansion is nearly at one hundred percent with several functional
babbling infernos. With his huge resource pool he has an infernal hive, with two
locusts already out, and has just begun an Ebon Boneworks. Heís beginning the
Strifeshadow focus on his node, no doubt in order to get leaping blight for
future shade tyrants.
DinoDin sends out a kobold in an attempt to expand to the left of his start
position but he find Artiusís newly created mine and tower there instead. The
kobold quickly dismantles the lone gas blossom present. Moags and carvers rush
in from DinoDinís base and quickly squash the week expansion. DinoDinís raiders have
been busy during this attack. Theyíve scouted around Zileasís section of the
map, and discover his large expansion.
The raiders run past two weatherstones,
and take heavy damage. They regroup to the right of one of the weatherstones,
out of the range of the other, and begin attacking it. Fairies, rangers, scouts,
nymphs, and a chronomancer run towards the attack from Zileasís base. The
defenders arrive just as the first weatherstone falls. The raiders fall back and
attack the front rangers. Noticing the scouts, DinoDin pulls his raiders back
towards Josephís base, hoping for his coverage. Zileasís forces pull back and
south, and attack encroaching construction from Joseph. DinoDinís raiders dismount
and the moags charge into Zileasís scouts as his rangers charge into Josephís
building inferno. DinoDin sends his carver into fight as Zileas kills Josephís
tower and casts balance on DinoDinís moags. Itís still not enough as Zileasís
forces are heavily outnumbered. Zileasís fighting troops die and his open
spellcasters are quickly killed by the remaining moags and carvers. The victory
is certainly not decisive though as DinoDin only has one carver and two moags
remaining. These troops kill Zileasís attempt at reconstructing his destroyed
tower and the fairie that made it. Reinforcements, in the form of three scouts,
from Zileas arrive immediately and kill the remaining moag. DinoDin then sends
reinforcements of five carvers and two moags south towards the contested area
between Zileas and Artius. These forces encounter two scouts traveling south
from Artius and quickly eliminate them. While this occurs, Zileas kills Josephís
zombie and newest tower at the battle site. The archers destroy the tower and
move forward. When they encounter Josephís babbling infernos, they pull back,
and the battle calms, momentarily.
The battle doesnít remain calm for long. Zileas advances his new troops
consisting of five archers, a ranger, a chronomancer, and a nymph at the
disputed territory. A chronomancer casts expedience on several scouts. They
quickly destroy a building aether tower for Joseph. Joseph attempts to begin the
tower again, and Zileas kills it again. He then withdraws his troops when Joseph
brings a Tyrant into the area. Meanwhile five carvers and two moags gather just
to the north of the disputed teritory from DinoDin.
These troops attack a northern
tower out of the range of a nearby weatherstone and the attack draws the
attention of Zileasís defenders. The attackers see the defenders advancing and
quickly draw back. They return an attack a tower further out. Then, spotting a
lone nymph, greedily charge at her. Right before she dies, she casts balance on
the assailants, and due to this, they retreat. Zileas kills two carvers during
the retreat, and finally corners the remaining troops. DinoDin attempts to micro
the troops, but to no avail. Due to expedience and more reinforcements from
Zileas the attackers die without causing a single casualty to Zileas. During
this brief fight, Artius built five scouts which raze the mine between his base
and DinoDinís. DinoDin attempts to counter, and sends seven carvers. He does not
manage them well and three get stuck on his plateau as a result. Three of the
carvers die without killing a single scout, and the four manages to escape. In
spite of the fact that Zileas and Joseph now have buildings that can almost
touch each other, the battle again ends.
Both Zileas and Artius are constructing an enchanted vale, though for different
reasons. Zileas wants greater spell access for his nymphs and wisps. Artius
however has an Elder Oak Grove, and begins reconstructing on the new territory
he just took. DinoDin begins building a Stockhouse for archers and an Atrum
Basilica. Joseph has no new technology, but slowly two new juggernauts roll
towards the contested territory between himself and Zileas.
Zileasís archers advance again and kill a new babbling inferno before it can
complete. Joseph brings several locusts, slashers, and archers along with his
juggernauts as Zileas continues to attempt to advance. The slashers engage
Zileasís scouts immediately. Then a tyrant casts leaping blight twice on the
enemy group, but a Nymph casts balance on the tyrant without much effect.
Josephís archers advance from behind and his locusts attempt to stay in the
fight, while remaining out of the range of Zileasís scouts. Zileas casts
expedience on his front troops, and they quickly overwhelm the slashers. Due to
lack of management the locusts attack the scouts and come into range of Zileasís
weatherstone, while his rangers engage the archers of Joseph. Due to their heavy
injuries, the rangers donít last long. The remaining archers and two juggernauts
move on and kill the rest of Zileasís troops. Zileas is able to cast balance on
the juggernauts, but they still remain effective, and Joseph manages to retreat
two of his locusts. Meanwhile, several scouts from Artius, attempting to
reinforce Zileas encounter several of DinoDinís Chaos elementals. The elementals
retreat across the map, while DinoDin then sends a large contingent of carvers to
destroy Artiusís now open expansion between DinoDinís and Artiusís base. The chaos
elementals escape out of sight of Artiusís scouts, while both DinoDin and Joseph
take control of their respective disputed territories.
Again Zileas returns to his struggling expansion, this time with two wisps, two
chronomancers, and about a mix of half of a dozen scouts and rangers. Josephís
juggernauts have continued to siege Zileasís weatherstone, and lie open. Zileas
quickly takes advantage and orders his troops to dispatch of the two aggressors.
They quickly smash them both while archers from Joseph attempt to intervene.
Zileas then casts unleash aether on Josephís front tyrant, rendering it
impotent. The front rangers die, but Zileasís scouts are quickly able to drive
Joseph away from the mine.
Meanwhile, Artius has gathered a large group of
scouts with a single unicorn and strikes at DinoDinís carvers that were waiting at
the contested northern expansion site. DinoDin quickly brings his chaos elementals,
which were waiting near the middle of the map, into the fray. DinoDin attempts to
use the elementals to kill the unicorn, but Artius draws it closer to his
scouts, and the elementals withdraw while the carvers die rapidly. On the
southern battle, Zileasís scouts encounter several babbling infernos, and decide
to retract, unable to kill Josephís mining aether tower. Josephís attempt at yet
another inferno is quickly squelched.
A brief pause ensues, where only the soft cry of a dying kobold appears. Then a
lone bolt flied from the sky onto Artiusís heavily damaged unicorn. It dies
rapidly and the Manowar that killed it with immolate retreats back into the
safety of DinoDinís plateau. The scouts, seeing a vulnerable tower within range on
DinoDinís plateau, advance. Another immolation bolts hits one of the front-most
scouts. The scouts target the manowar, and it withdraws behind a turret.
Artiusís scouts quickly come into range of the turret, and fall back. To the
south, yet again another building inferno dies to Zileasís scouts. Joseph had
placed and morphed two dire changelings near the new inferno, and the scout move
on to them. One dies immediately, and the other after morphing and almost
escaping. The battle pauses again, except one scouting wisp from Zileas gets too
close to the babbling infernoes and dies. DinoDin then sends several ill-fated
carvers and moags after Artiusís large group near the middle north. They die in
Zileas then attempts to draw the attention of some defending slashers near the
contested zone, but to no avail. In the northern contested area Artius rebuilds
the mine there, but suffers from another immolation which kills a scout. Artius
then takes the archers, and switches them to flight arrows. They begin to lay
siege to the buildings DinoDin has on the far western part of his plateau. A
unicorn that comes too close is promptly immolated. Several stacked shrapmetals
on the scouts cause them to fall back. The archers return again and finish off a
gremlin turret. They move on to an aether tower, and one of DinoDinís warlocks
attempts to shrapmetal them again. They quickly dodge the spell, and then Artius
switches them to normal arrows. They return and finish the aether tower.
The two sides withdraw from fighting for a moment, and then we see the first two
rituals of the game, cast nearly simultaneously. DinoDin creates a chaos djinns
while Zileas begins casting chronomancy on a group of scouts and rangers near
his contested territory. Joseph rushes his slashers into Zileas territory,
hoping for the opportunity to stop his ritual, mid-casting. The time stop takes
effect, and the slashers lie completely vulnerable and right next to Zileasís
hungry and affected troops. The spell wears off before Zileas is able to destroy
the squad, and half them rise from the dead again due to necromatic binding.
Angered by the hated use of time stop, Joseph sends in a retribution force of
slashers, archers, and avengers. Quickly locusts, tyrants, and juggernauts
arrive to supplement his shock troops. Leaping blights, balances, and expediences fly through the battle field. Both sides withdraw, incurring heavy
loses. Important though, Joseph is able to preserve all four of his juggernauts.
Neither side is able to gain any ground around the contested mine.
Before that battle even finishes, Artius charges a huge group of unicorns,
scouts, and rangers to the left at an expansion attempt by DinoDin. They move
towards a turret and DinoDin brings forth several carvers in an attempt to defend.
A manowar immolates an archer, and then Artiusís troops move within range of
DinoDinís new Chaos Djinn.
Another immolate strikes an archer as the scouts attempt
to get within range of the Djinn. Artius then withdraws his troops from range of
the Djinn, and finish of the carver defenders. They then move south to more of
DinoDinís expansion in a wide open area. They smash an open aether tower in a
second, and boosted by their success, advance deeper into DinoDinís territory. Both
players recoil momentarily as the screen reads ďAn offensive ritual is being
castĒ, which is Chronomancy again by Zileas.
Zileas gets a small group of scouts, rangers, and one chronomancer who then
casts expedience on the group. Josephís juggernauts sit in a very vulnerable
position and Zileas targets them. He manages to kill one during the ritualís
effect, one immediately after it wears off, and nearly gets a third. Artius
wastes no time after the chronomancy, and returns to killing DinoDin. DinoDin moves in
a pathetic group of moags and carvers to intervene. However, they manage to draw
the attention of the attacking group when three warlocks arrive and heavily
shrapmetal the Sylvans. Both sides incur heavy losses in a bloody and sloppy
finish. Artiusís few remaining attackers continue to sabotage DinoDinís tower
network. DinoDin brings in two djinns which chase off the attackers.
Another pause follows which involves Joseph beginning another ambitious and
risky expansion. This time he begins building in the super rich center of the
map. DinoDinís djinns kill Artiusís nearby mine, while Zileas begins another round
of chronomancy. This time he brings his troops north, and attempts to surprise
Joseph with a side attack on Josephís frontal forces. They kill a few of
Josephís archers, but retreat right before the ritual wears off. Joseph briefly
chases the aggressor, but eventually both sides retreat to their respective
bases. Right after this conflict, both of DinoDinís djinns begin sieging Artiusís
base from the right side. Artius casts balance on one djinn, but without support
the spell is in vain. DinoDin then withdraws his djinns after killing just one
Having spotted Josephís center expansion with land lore, Zileas begins a
chronomancy ritual yet again immediately to the south of that rich center base.
The ritual wears off, but Zileas remains determined and continues to raze the
infernos within. Artius sends what troops he can to assist his ally, and the
base begins to fall precipitously. DinoDin brings his troops down to the center
base in hopes of preserving it.
Joseph however, seems unfazed by the potential
loss of his expansion and takes the opportunity to lob his entire army at
Zileasís base. Little to no micro seems to be involved in Josephís attack, but
the size of his forces and vulnerability of Zileasís base allow him to steam
roll through. Zileas retracts his attacking forces once the center expansion
falls, but the numbers they encounter in his base are overwhelming. To the
north, DinoDin raids Artiusís base with his elementals, managing to kill a few
buildings. Then DinoDin brings in three warlocks and begins casting cataclysm,
targetting one of Artiusís weatherstones. Artius orders his units to repel the
aggressors, and they nearly do. The massive force of archers and slashers from
Joseph smash through Zileasís rich expansion to the north of his base. Seeing
the close battle between Artius and DinoDin, Joseph charges his troops north, at
Artius. The huge number of slashers and spectral archers is horrifying. Seeing
little need to continue the game, Zileas resigns.
After chat the ever popular ďre?Ē appears from Zileas.
To be continuedÖ