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StarCraft II player on a mission to reach the diamond league with a “garbage” strategy

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Real-time strategy games are supposed to be about strategy, right? But according to Destiny, a well known player in the StarCraft II community, players who want to improve their standing on Blizzard’s ladder system need to master the game’s mechanics before strategy is even considered. To make his point, Destiny has been posting videos of matches where he does nothing but mass produce zerg queens. His goal is to show how a player with a good mastery of StarCraft II’s basic mechanics can earn a spot in the coveted diamond league with little or no thought to complicated strategies or build orders.


Above: Destiny’s mass queen videos suggest that players in lower leagues should focus on improving their mechanics instead of complex strategies. You can follow his progress by visiting his YouTube channel

According to Destiny, the all queen build is a “garbage” strategy that won’t work against skilled players. But even though Destiny announces his ridiculous strategy to his opponent at the start of every game, he continues to pull in the wins, suffocating his enemy’s base beneath piles of grouchy zerg queens.

“If you’re in a league below Platinum, it’s not because you’re not scouting well, it’s not because you’re not spreading creep, it’s not because you’re using a bad strategy; none of those are the reason. The reason is because your mechanics just aren’t good enough,” explains Destiny in his first ranked match documenting his quest to climb the ladder with an all queen build.

So if you’re looking to improve your StarCraft II skills, maybe it’s time to stop memorizing build orders, counters, and counters to counters. Maybe it’s time to get back to basics and start focusing on managing your resources. Then again, what do we know? We’re stuck in the silver league ourselves and would probably lose to Destiny’s mass queen build, too.

Mar 7, 2011

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15 comments

  • kevdeath666 - March 9, 2011 7:26 p.m.

    I made a Games Radar account just to make a comment on this video. I seriously could not watch the whole video because that kids annoying condescending nerd voice. Every competitive video game can be exploited with some bullshit strategy, who cares.
  • Weirdjedi - March 9, 2011 7:26 a.m.

    His ego is a little bloated as he continues to discuss how well he managed to defeat an inexperienced player with an odd strategy. It is why I refuse to participate in the flawed ladder system. I only like play custom games and versus the computer. You can click until you are blue and burn out your eyeballs at the fastest speed, but it is just a game. PLEASE have fun. Stop making it an e-Sport like Blizzard so wants it to be.
  • Tenfey - March 8, 2011 4:51 p.m.

    Starcraft II is one of those games that I regret buying.
  • n00b - March 8, 2011 2:19 p.m.

    that kinda makes sense strategy would be no good in street fighter if you can't pull of moves reliably.
  • TheUsernameYouSelectedIsAvailable - March 8, 2011 10:34 a.m.

    Stomping noobs proves just that... that they are noobs, he is trying to point out that people send all their time watching Pro replays and learning builds yet they do not have the basic knowledge and skill to counter a very limited strategy, one which they are told about scouting or not. The strategy is not meant to be a good one, its not a balance problem, its the fact that good resource management and good unit control will beat a bad player with the latest l333T IDRA build EXTREME!!! I doubt the mass queens will ever take off as a viable zerg strategy :D Blizzard already nerfed the queen speed form the early beta to stop queen rushing, they supposed to be defensive only. But then I would most def lose to him anyway :(
  • DreamWeaverPL - March 8, 2011 4:57 a.m.

    Clicking three million times on a piece of ground just to move a unit just a tad bit to the left and pimp those APMs is, like, SO GAY.
  • SkyNet - March 8, 2011 3:36 a.m.

    Since when did stomping noobs prove anything? Clearly his opponent was way green only one starport and one expo at 13 min with no early game harassment or scouting to worry about. Look at me I can pwn the biggest noobs. That'll show them that they're noobs. I'm garbage at competitive SC but even I would have a sizable fleet 13 min into the game if I was left alone. Also I'm getting tired of seeing videos where a player clicks 1000 extra times to tell his overlord to go scout one mineral patch.
  • FOZ - March 8, 2011 1:53 a.m.

    This happens in RTS. It seems to be a recurring issue in Company of Heroes. Pioneer spam in Company of Heroes 1.7 was so bad that Relic had to hotfix it, something they never do. Until high-level players start figuring out counter strategies and everybody goes to gamereplays to see how to win against the latest fad strategy, and then every match turns into some asshole spamming his crutch strategy and the other guy trying not to die of boredom as he follows a static build order designed to counter the spam strategy. Even if Blizzard is on a completely different league from Relic when it comes to supporting and balancing their games, Starcraft II could still be susceptible. The original Starcraft wasn't perfectly balanced after just a year either.
  • LordZarlon - March 8, 2011 1:43 a.m.

    Honestly, at the beginning of the video, I thought this guy was an arrogant jerk but his point is valid. I know for a fact that my mechanics are my biggest weakness. The thing is though, that I don't want to be in the diamond league. I play Starcraft for the fun of it. If I can make some adjustments and improve to the silver or gold leagues then great. My partner in 2v2 is a diamond league player and his mechanics are the main reason why. Unfortunately he got burned out. When he went on to have fun he found that he had to be on his game all the time and it stopped being fun for him. As a team we are in the gold league and it's still fun but it is annoying when we are beat by a clearly better team. I used to play 3 times a week but unfortunately life gets in the way. I'm glad there are people who can come up with new and unusual ways to play.
  • GamesRadarMatthewKeast - March 8, 2011 1:02 a.m.

    This guy is completely dead-on. Bad RTS players worry about their strategy when they can't even spend their resources properly. That line of thinking will ensure that they will stay bad forever.
  • TheRandomFool - March 8, 2011 1:01 a.m.

    QUEEN RUSH!!!!! But seriously, that is pretty sick. Once the guy realized they weren't dying on his wall, I would bet he flipped out.
  • ray4594 - March 8, 2011 12:24 a.m.

    that was pretty crazy, kinda inspires me to go back into SC2.
  • Triscuitable - March 8, 2011 12:17 a.m.

    Real Time Shithead. But seriously, I've watched these videos before, and my stratey still relies on a completely uneffective "Terran Rush then highlight and then type in /dance". It may be stupid, but the opponent has no idea what to do then.
  • IceBlueKirby - March 8, 2011 12:15 a.m.

    This is going to spawn a whole new era of "Zerg rush" memes.
  • AuthorityFigure - March 8, 2011 12:06 a.m.

    In this case, RTS stands for Real Time Swarming.

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