Disclaimer: Before I start, this is not to incite an SC2 vs BW heated discussion. This is my personal thoughts and how my views of SC2 have changed.
When SC2 came out, as a die-hard BW player and fan, I shunned the game, as many others have, and still do today. I hated any competition that would impact the success and longevity of (in my opinion) the best RTS game created. For the next 4 1/2 years, I would hate on SC2 to all my SC friends and talk shit about the game. I hated it. Mechanically, the game was much too lenient for me. It was too easy to macro, one of the most important skills back in BW. The better AI, I love retarded goons herp derping around. Overall, the game just did not suit me. I gave the game a try, borrowed a friend's account to play some, but the same empty feelings remained of what could have been a better SC2.
Enter two newly created friends by the names of Sean and Chingsung. I met them when they needed a 3rd for GP San Jose (my previous blog will talk all about that), and we got to learn more about each other. They too played Starcraft, and while they do not have the best of mechanics (Gold/Plat Terran and Plat Protoss respectively), they had a love for the game which I could never understand. So I challenged their beliefs and why they would play a game which was only a former shell of its more successful counterpart (because let's face it, BW in relative terms was and is more successful than SC2). And they countered my arguments. And slowly but surely, I began to develop some respect for the game.
Here is what I learned: SC2 is actually a much different game than face value offers. While they are both the same big picture, macro a big army, harass here and there, take smart engagements and win the game blah blah, they do not share the same style of play. Mechanics are much less emphasized, where even top pros have an EAPM of roughly mid 200s. In BW, these numbers would be more in the high 300s. This allows a much lower MECHANICAL skill ceiling for players, allowing more to enter the competitive scene.
Game making decisions and understanding of the game itself plays a much more vital role. In BW, you could have the best macro in the world and as long as you knew the most basic unit comp, you could win a majority of your games. SC2, on the other hand, demands precise knowledge of what units to make during what portions of the game and how to accumulate a value advantage over time. So in a nutshell, SC2 has the following of "Brains over Brawn" where Brains is game knowledge and decision making, while Brawn is your macro ability.
The accumulation of this information spawned an epiphany. Why do a vast majority of amazing BW players not do so well in SC2? Why do genius players like Life, Rain, Parting, MC all do so damn well in this game. Why do players like Flash, Bisu, Stork fail to ultimately succeed in this game where they completely dominated the scene in BW? Because of knowledge. Ex-BW pros do not have that level of ingenuity that can be seen from the current SC2 S-class players.
Once again, this post was not designed to incite argument, nor was it to attempt to even change your opinion. Of course, I still love BW much more than SC2, but I was able to accept the game for what it is, rather than for what it isn't.
I hope this was an enjoyable read for you. Thank you, and leave what you thought of my wall of text.