My first time on Starcraft 2 my weakest matchup was TvP, I played 5 placement matches all TvP, ended up losing to the immortal push and got thrown into the copper league. While I was in the copper league I didn't lose my next 15 games but was never moved up, and then a wipe occured. What I noticed about the copper league is that it was over by the first push, so I never got to examine real play at that level.
Throughout the next 5 patches, I have placed in Silver division every single time, after every time my account got reset in patch 8/9, I always was placed in Silver, and did fairly well. I would say my win rate was somehwere around 70% or so in the Silver Division but, for a long time, I never played enough games to garner a high enough ELO to move up.
The things I noticed about the Silver division is that there is really strong play, just at a slower pace. Most players have about 40-80 APM, know build orders, and execute them. Multitasking is at a rather slow pace, as most players are focused on building up, then pushing and micro'ing, and as soon as they die, then they begin the process of macro'ing up once more.
I had some pretty good success in the Silver division, placed in the top 3 in a silver and lower tournament, and regularly made it to the top 16 or top 8 of many silver and lower tournaments. The last few days I decided to play maybe 5-10 games a day and try to boost up my ELO. I went on a 6 game winning streak (all against gold players) and won quite handily in those games. Finally, I hit the #1 spot in the Silver Division #6, with an ELO of roughly 1550, and was moved up into the gold division.
Now this is where I hit my point in gold, I knew I was capable of reaching gold or platinum for the last few weeks, but due to school and work, I just couldn't get enough games in to receive the promotion. I enter my first game, play the standard build, and get 4 pooled.
Ok...just a fluke, move on to the next game...proxy 2 gate. Interesting, I didn't think I'd get cheesed 2 games in a row, lets try a third. This time, proxy 2 gate again, I hold it off with some reapers and win. fourth game? Proxy 2 gate again, held it off and won.
At this point I'm beginning to wonder, what in gods NAME is going on, I'm getting pretty pissed off, enter another game, and another 4 pool. It wasn't until my 6th game, where I finally had an opponent play me straight up. It was a long macro game about 40 minutes long on TvP lost temple with 9/3 spawn positions. Harder to get cheesed on here I suppose. When I finally defeated my opponent I looked at his profile, and saw that he was a #2 ranked silver player in his division.
Now I don't mean to generalize upon the whole beta, but it made me think. Is it so wrong to assume that most players in gold (and maybe even platinum) are just cheesers. If they go into 5 placement matches against 5 random people, the odds of any of them suspecting cheese is slim to none. It is very easy to go 5-0 or, if you're unlucky, 4-1 JUST off cheese, you can even improve your ELO that way since it is quite rare to face the same opponent several times.
So my question to everyone is, do YOU notice differences in the leagues? I would face 1 cheese per 15-20 matches in Silver, but now I've faced 5 out of 5 gold and platinum opponents who have cheesed me, since moving up to the gold division. So what are your guys experiences with the different leagues, especially to those have moved up or played in different leagues since getting into the beta.