For me, the dream has always been to make it to B-. It's always struck me as that point where you were clearly a notch above the majority of serious players, without being a mythically out of reach goal requiring a ton of talent or very dedicated, consistent practice for hours and hours each day. However, my BW playing has generally been best described as casual, playing games with friends but not really trying to play better or analyzing play, with occasional spans of playing a bit more focused.
Nevertheless, that idea of blue ranks has always sat in the back of my head as a gentle tickle. However, I realize my days of having a good amount of time to play BW are running out; I'm through next summer "off" (20-30 hrs/wk of work) to focus primarily on seeing how good I can get on the bike, but after that I'll be very busy with grad school and more work. The clear window is closing, and I don't really want to miss out on my dream.
With that in mind, now is the time to make that happen, and so I'm dedicating the next 7 months to some serious BW and some serious cycling. Can I make B- in 6 months? I'm don't know, but I'm damn well going to try. I've been protoss throughout my "career", but my favorite players have always been zergs (Neo.G Bonjwa, EffOrt, etc.) and overall the race just feels better to me. Plus the defiler is badass. So i've switched to zerg very recently. Which means step 1 for me is just learning the solid basic builds:
For ZvT - 3 hatch muta -> lurker'd 3rd -> hive
For ZvP - 3 hatch spire -> 5 hatch -> 4 base
For ZvZ - Honestly have no fucking clue what happens here. I could play PvZ but not sure I want to.
So for week 1 my goals are:
-Play at least 15 hours with the focus on making the early game as second nature as my protoss early game is
-Spend at least 5 hours watching reps - my understanding is pretty poor. I generally don't really know what the best course of action is in many situations. I also have no clue how to play against a mech army. Or wraiths. Nor get a large protoss army off my front doorstep. Watching reps to see how good players handle these situations seems like a logical first step combined with actually...well practicing it.
I'll be streaming my games as always at L Master's Stream and certainly would welcome people that want to help or play games.