Personal Take #4 – Promotion – Confidence / Comprehension

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Let’s State Facts Here

February 8th – Twitch.tv/k2kstar Began
February 22nd – Starcraft 2 Started being Aired’ as a Sub-Game on Twitch
March 1st – Starcraft 2  Became Gold
March 8th – Starcraft 2 Becomes Main-Game on Twitch Channel
April 25th – Starcraft 2 Promotion – Reaching Rank #8 Platinum

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That’s amazing stat’s to me. I feel so proud to have come so far rather quickly.  Being able to compete within the Top 20% of Starcraft 2 players. Fantastic. Knowing that I am making thing’s happen in that sense, make’s me wonder just how much further I can go and how much I have to learn to keep up this pace. I’ve stuck to my prediction’s as such and have noted that I would get to this point around this time but let’s get an idea of just what this means.

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(courtesy: rankedftw.com – Awesome website)

 

Pretty much dealing with the top 20% of Starcraft 2 player’s is not just a figment of imaginative statistics pulled from a magicians hat in back-alley Vegas. This is roughly my personal stat’s stacked up against the Global Ranking Ladders of Starcraft 2. My coaches tell me I can get even further still, their expectation’s are high but my personal take on it might be a little different.

Confidence Verse Understanding

I put in the work, lived with the results.

This season, while I was gold, I hit a bit of a wall for several weeks. Now looking back in self-reflection, I can understand why I hit that wall. Not just that either, but how I was able to climb over that wall and eventually maintain becoming one of the best gold player’s in NA (North America) before eventually breaking out of Gold into earning my promotion. According to several stat tracker’s and coaches, I was the second best gold player in NA prior to me becoming Platinum. Confidence was never the problem, trust me on that one. I was always confident in the fact that It’d reach the point that I have now. But my understanding of the game I play had changed through-out the course of time I’ve been playing.

It’s that understanding in combination with Time Passing – allowing that understanding to juxtapose itself into experience which allowed me to get to the point I am at right now. There was no way otherwise of reaching this point in my Starcraft 2 ‘Career’ let’s say. I guess the much more simpler way of putting it, ‘I put in the work, lived with the results’.

So when I decide to put in the work again, I realize that it’s not going to be easy to get to rank one all over again, top the ladder in points again, then on top of that, supersede the global ladder ranking in points AGAIN, then once you get to THAT point, you got to keep WINNING even still. Doing so, without taking losses cause then you just wont get promoted. That level of consistency take’s time. Trying to tie win’s together in succession is extremely difficult. Never mind taking into consideration this is only my second season laddering. MY FIRST TIME EVER BEING PLATINUM! First time ever really taking the ladder seriously.

So when I say to myself now (and publicly of course by stating it on Stream and in this article) that I will hit a wall, get knocked down to near mid (doubt I’d fall too low) before bouncing back and learning how to tie win’s again before eventually getting promoted into Diamond between the end of this season into the next. Doesn’t mean that I lack confidence in myself. Doesn’t mean I am down-playing what I feel I am capable of either.

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What I am actually saying is rather simple, I need “Time” to turn itself into “Experience” – That experience then can be used as a profile entering a game saying “Hey, i’ve been here before, I have an understanding of what’s coming, this is what I can do to counter it.” along with other building block’s attached to the mechanics that formulate over “time” – Time by the way, I refuse to quit on. That i’ll continue putting the work into.

I’ve beaten diamond player’s before. I have two win’s over two Master player’s on ladder while I was gold on stream, with witnesses. But in reality, that doesn’t mean or speak to the level of consistency I would have against that caliber of competition day-in / day-out and putting in the work to be able to compete on that level is the only way that’s going to happen. Though to be honest, being Top 8, hell even in the Top 25 doesn’t mean I am that far away either.

So in reality, I cant wait to continue the ‘Career’ I am putting forward. The journey has literately hit another step on the climb upwards and I couldn’t be anymore excited about the future. Facing higher caliber opponents, learning more from replay’s, going through the coaching and dealing with now- cheeser’s with good mechanics is going to be fun!!

Let’s hope this next wall I hit doesn’t take me long to climb over, it shouldn’t. Cause like the message i’ve been trying to pass on almost for the entire article now is that I am really confident in reaching diamond in little to no time.

PERSONAL SHOUT-OUTS

Ok, now that I’ve reached this point. It’s time that I say thank you to all the viewers, followers, fan’s and coaches out there that have been with me and have helped me in whatever little way they could. From tuning in, pointing out stuff, staying active and chatting. You have helped me get to this point cause without you guy’s, I doubt I would have made it this far. I love the community we  built together and I will continue however I can to keep it going.

Personal thanks to:

Root Catz, Nis, Capt Canada, Mcanning and his entire Community, HTOMario(those painful early days) – These coaches and supporters have been awesome.

And once again, thanks to the viewers out there, proving to be an awesome group of educational gaming supporters! THANKS GUY’s, CATCH YOU IN THE NEXT STREAM!!!

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