Starcraft 2 Strategy Guides: Really Necessary?

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I’ve been following the progress of Starcraft 2 and eagerly awaiting its release for some time now. It’s no doubt one of the most played RTS games of all times and many are hoping SC2 will follow the same path. Blizzard is renown for making great games and despite many players attempting to boycott the game due to its lack of LAN play I have no doubt the game will still sell like crazy.

I got no idea what it’s like to be a pro player, or for that matter how can people play the same game over and over again for more than 10 years but certainly there will be some kind of a pro league in SC II as well. From what I can tell being a good player (at any game) requires a lot of time and most importantly a lot of actual playing, so where do these strategy guides for Starcraft come in?

I guess they server their purpose for newbies who want to learn the game faster. They have plenty of laid out tactics and strategies you can use against your opponents, but in my opinion it doesn’t make a difference unless you actually use those strategies in matches you play. Still, every match in SC2 is completely different and what may work once may not work again, so being able to improvise is very important as well. Those skills, unfortunately, come only with a lot of practice.

To conclude, Starcraft 2 strategy guides serve their purpose for sure. If you want to learn stuff without having to browse countless forums in search of guides, simple unit stats and counters, build orders and similar, they make a great reference. If on the other hand you have years of experience with the original Starcraft title and even other real time strategy games, I guess you’ll figure out Starcraft 2 in no time just as you would any other game.

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