Starcraft Stars – A profile on Ravi Pareek and Starcraft 2 competitive season 6

The South Korean flag.

Starcraft 2 has a pretty rabid following as a competitive e-sport. In some places it  is a sport bigger than American Football …well in most places that aren’t America, really. Famously, Starcraft is a national sport in South Korea. Finally, my interviewee this week estimated that around 200,000 people play Starcraft 2 competitively online in just North America alone.

Now you’re up to speed with just about everything that I know about Starcraft 2 or its competitive play. I loved the original Starcraft, but I’m not what you would call a challenger to a competitive player.

That’s why I called in the big guns and interviewed the best Starcraft 2 player that I knew, Ravi Pareek, about the e-sport. (Although, he will modestly say that he knows many people in the Purdue Starcraft Club that can best him.)

Who is Ravi Pareek?

Ravi is the event coordinator of the Purdue Starcraft Club and a member the Diamond League of Starcraft 2.

…and handsome

Diamond League is the highest standard league in Starcraft 2. To get into Diamond League you have to be in at least the top 18% of players in your region. That means that Ravi is in the top 18% of Starcraft 2 players in North America.

I was impressed by Ravi’s ranking, but he said that he wants to try and make it into the prestigous Master League. (Master League is the top 2% of a region).

Ravi’s pretty danged good, but its a skill he’s picked up over 13 years. Listen to that sound clip. You can hear my nervous laughter as I realize just how unworthy of his presence I am.

Ravi sounds like a credible source to me! Let’s learn some stuff about this competitive season of Starcraft 2.

Quick Competition Facts

  • Starcraft 2 is currently in the early rounds of its sixth competitive seaon.
  • The season should last about three months in total.
  • You compete only against players in your region. (Purdue students are in the North America region).
  •  The game matches you with players that are about of equal ability to yourself. (This is your league. You only play against players in the same league as you, which is why Ravi only plays against Diamond League players.)
  • You can improve your league status by winning in the off season. (For example, raise from Bronze League to Silver League).
  • Most prizes are awarded to Grand Master and Master league players.

Ravi’s Tactics

Ravi likes to play as the Protoss race in all of his 1v1 ranked matches. He says that he enjoys playing as the race because of their razor wire playing style, where one wrong move spells disaster.

Ravi’s favorite unit is the Protoss Templar.

Ravi has had some fun matches with the Protoss. Listen to what he considers to be his favorite game in recent history.

A serious player, Ravi watches many videos of the best players playing Starcraft 2 tournament play. During a season, like the current one, Ravi says that he watches up to nine hours of other players games a day. He says that many people are more interested than watching Starcraft than actually playing.

In fact, Ravi says that a handful of the members of the Purdue Starcraft Club never even play; they just attend meetings to watch others play.

Quick Do’s and Don’ts of Tournament Play (For New Players)

Do:

  • Macro hard and Micro soft
  • Macro level = your base and resources development, Micro level = your army and individual movements
  • Listen to Ravi’s awesome definition of Macro Hard and Micro Soft
  • Try out the Protoss. Ravi swears that they are the easiest team for a beginning player.

Don’t:

  • Play as the Zerg. The Zerg are awesome too, but they are usually the most difficult race for new players to grasp.
  • Use any keyboard macros. (Of course it had to be easily confused with Ravi’s catchy saying about macro management.) Most keyboard macros will get you disqualified. Unless you use one key for one single action you will be disqualified. Check out some forums on the issue that know a lot more about the topic than I do.
  • Don’t use map hacks. You’ll get the ban-hammer for that too.
  • Worry if you lose at first. Starcraft is a competitive e-sport that takes time and practice to master.

Shouldn't have started with the Zerg! ...Don't worry, I don't get it either.

Thanks for all the awesome advice, Ravi! You can play with Ravi in the Purdue Starcraft Club 7-9 p.m. every Wednesday in SC 289.

Be sure to check out the entire interview here! StarcraftInterview

At least listen to the Embarrassing Zerg Noise that I made during the interview.

If you’d like to be interviewed for The Gamer Guy Rants, then comment on this post with your name and gaming specialty. Rant away gamers!

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About loganlampton

I'm a student of public relations and advertising at Purdue University. I like to stay fun and smart so that I can hang out with cool people like you. I'm about to graduate soon, so if you like what you see, hire me!

Posted on March 2, 2012, in Interviews and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Thanks for the fabulous interview Logan! Your post makes me seem a lot smarter than I am! Heheh.

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