I was inactive for about 8 month I guess, not playing Starcraft alltogether. I am getting back into the game because I also get more involved into higher-class tournaments once again and without playing the game on a certain level I personally don't feel like a good caster, because you cannot talk as much about metagame, strategies and consequences of builds etc.
So, I decided to play a lot and did about ~300 games starting with zero HotS experience. In the end I hit 1570 points or something along those lines. To me, thats not bad for being inactive for a long time but I'm obviously not satisfied with a below top 100 grandmaster spot, even if its aimed "high". I have so many mistakes in my play it pisses me off, but I try to work on my mistakes and not try to blame balance like I did in the past.
Certain things though piss me off. Right now in Terran vs Protoss I just don't seem to get a grasp on the match up. It feels impossible to play, because I lack the calmness to harass and tend to be overaggressiv. Its all my fault, but due to 'smaller' mistakes Terran vs Protoss gets extremely frustrating and hard.
BARCODE ACCOUNTS! Fuck, I hate barcode accounts. I can understand that there are certain high-level players who don't want to be revealed and as you cannot smurf, they are using barcode accounts. I am completely fine with it but all the other players while I agree can obviously and may obviously smurf as much as they want, personally coming from Broodwar I can say.
- No reason to smurf as long as you are not good anyways
Also, I feel the barcode players don't even want the benefit of not having them revealed, but benefiting the bonus you got. As a barcode playing against a non-barcode you have already encountered, you can remember him and his style. I personally like macro cc-first against Zerg, but I also do double 11 quite often because its a good-meta right now. If I encounter a barcode, I take risks in both. If I double 11, he might have encountered me before and do a pool speed opening and when I do cc first, I might encounter 10 pool.
Ofcourse my own fault for playing two strategies but with limited time etc, I feel like mastering 2 builds is more benefitial than mastering 10 only half as good. Other than that, I believe they are using barcodes to insult you and act bad mannered, because lets face the truth, still a lot of shit kids on the ladder.
End rant. Hope to get into GM and work hard on my game, but as of right now (top 30 for the start) I think I am doing so much mistakes that I am not worthy of a grandmaster spot.