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So my second year in Uni is struggling with many stuff that i have never thought of: housing, cooking, courses to choose and worst of all, Job.
After 1 year stay in Residence, i find myself hard to find a room for rent off campus. Its not because that there is none available or anything but moving from Res to off campus is a whole new level of cleanness. Being a gamer, im not proud of myself about how clean i live but there was a place i visit recently with 3 girls living in the basement. I was so surprise about the number of empty beer boxes i found in front of the house. Dont let me mention the washroom + kitchen... I have been around places and most of them are same. Is that some thing common where housemates dont want to keep the common area clean?
Cooking is, on the other hand, something i enjoy the most. No cafeteria, back to some south east azn foods mix with some juicy coconut milk occasionally lemon/orange juice is undeniable. But cleaning all of those after cooking/eating is just brutal. Its irony since i just complain about it but seriously, i HATE doing dishes. Mom gave me some tips with hot water but its not about it. It just ugly when you cant spend time resting after a full tasty meal. So i always do my dishes like 5 hours after aka. when the next meal start. Which when all of the dirt dry out and sticky and harder to clean. At time like that, i just shout out "FML" and pick up my wallet and eat out... One of the main reason for my money run low and buy sc2 1.5 week late :<
Well if that enough for house chores, school work is not even easy. I missed the first enrollment appointment and have to enroll at the free section and find out 1 of my requirement courses is full. I am now on the waiting list for that course and have a chance to pay my tuition late and pay the "late fee", all bc that course was not in my requirement list last semester. The faculty made a slight change in the requirement courses and i was not aware of it...
Job? It is the hardest problem i have in life, ever (if not counting the plan i made to live separate from my parents which i had successfully completed). As an international student, i have to spent the whole summer to finish all the paper works in order to work in Canada... And then find out its almost impossible for a none coop-student to find a job in their field b4 they graduate. Reason? The market is full of coop students already. They have a Department stand out and help them contact the companies, teach them how to write cover letter + resume, how to do an interview while us have ourself. In case you lucky find a job, it would be just some kinda lame one which cant be compare to a coop job in both term of salary and field related... Dang! only if i have not forget the deadline to submit my plan change from regular to coop... I was a dummy 1st year, what do i know?
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well now i have to say PvZ is the hardest match up for me atm. Same as the fellow Protoss, we have a constant fear for muta lings into ultra late game. luckily, most of the games i played recently are PvT or PvP so i suddenly got a 8 wins streak :D (hvnt play 9th yet, will after this blog). But i have put lots of thoughts on PvZ these days:
1/ Wall: well as this point most of you have to agree with me that there is no way we can PvZ on 1 base. FE is something we must do just like back in BW in order to not stay behind in mid game. so how should we wall or nature?
Most of you will answer me: 2 gates pressure into forge... hmm i will have to say no. When i first see the 2 gates build Orb vs Idra in the HDH invitational on BS, I was like: What is the different between 2 gates proxy Protoss classic cheese? Nothing! Its only gv you another wall and the chance of him running over you with out number speedlings or roaches when you put down the forge is always there. Else he just double expan and out number you before you even have your 1st stalker out.
Lots of pros have experience this and came up with 1 gate forge... well, i dont know how does it work out for them but certainly not for me. Therefore i have choose Forge FE classic BW style.
About Forge FE:
12 forge scout
now depend on map you will choose your next move. as short distant like steppes, 6 pools is not impossible. how you counter it? 1 pylon in main 3 probes block ramps and 1 cannon in main => solved.
now if its a 14-13 pool, you have to watch the larva counts: if he is saving up larvas when pools is about to finish, build 1 cannon, else just get a nexus then cannon. there are times you would get away with nexus gate cannon if he tried to be greedy.
how does this gona work?
well the biggest weakest of this build is lings runby. on maps like metro with wide open nat, you need some GOOD cannon and pylon placement to block this. I cant provide images since i dont have time go through all my replay but you want to check out HuK vs dimaga games. the key is try to use your nexus as part of the wall instead of wall to protect your nexus. the wall will be pylon->forge->gate->nexus->pylon->assimilator most of the time. try to wall with at most 2 cannons since the 3rd one will put you FAR behind if Zerg taking his 3rd base.
Transition: i will most likely recommend you go air heavy such as phoenixes or VRs. Most likely phoenixes since the provide fast scout so you can spott the 3rd base if needed.
Zerg getting 3rd: keep pumping air since hydra will be delayed as his 3rd going up. if Z not getting 3rd try to macro up to get tier 3 and run over him, keep phoenixes count as 3 or 4 just for harras while scouting his tech pardon.
Last comment: it requires lots of practice and most likely everyone would fail first time they try this build but believe me, this is the future of PvZ =)...
side note: cannon rush with wrap prism need to be used more.
On lost temple the cannon on top + bottom base high ground areas can hit hatches at nat but right and left hand bases cant. =P