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Watching Competitive Starcraft II
Esport. 2012-2014. Various superhuman young people
The best players in the world play video games against each other, over commentary.
Appreciating professional Starcraft II is about engaging with the global strategies of the players as great themes. The commentators describe known solved problems, openings, moves and accepted counter-moves. The viewer and commentators can see the whole game but the players only see parts. Surprise and irony live in knowing whether a grand strategy will succeed or fail, and watching players play the odds and win, lose, or reverse fortune.
Actually playing Starcraft II, at any level attainable by you, is about pure athletic operations per minute, multitasking a million things at once, not making silly mistakes, and maybe, maybe understanding the broadest accepted strategies. The difference between the way we understand professional games and how we live the games we play is the difference between cooking on television and cooking at home. Strategy is much less important than tactics, tactics are incidental compared to execution, execution relies on practicing your scales, C D E F G A B C, up and down, up and down.
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