At 8/12/11 05:08 PM, knugen wrote:
At 8/12/11 01:58 PM, Toast wrote:
i've had talks with a couple of people to set up a house for real. it is too hard to practice alone when you have no one irl to mutually benefit from. problem is that no one in that skill range has any money, because none of them have a job (partly due to playing starcraft too much), and all of them are just 1 step away from being a progamer and making money, but that's the hardest step there is.props to you if you ever go through with it :) it's of course a big leap of faith though, one I would never actually go for myself, or at least not the way esport looks today. for one I don't feel like the pro gaming house lifestyle is for me, but also it feels like the risk/reward aspect economically speaking is no good.
You are right in everything you say. I would never do such a thing for money or for a solid career, I would do it because competing at a strategy game of any kind sounds much better to me at the moment than getting a boring job or going to a very bad school.
I'm 'top' master atm, overall I'm #500 or so in europe (including gm league). it sounds good but it's really not enough to compete. I could take out pros in ladder games from times to times, but that doesn't do much. In starcraft, the higher you are, the harder it is to reach the next step. Getting to mid master or high master is piss easy if you actually dedicate yourself to the game and play enough every day, but making the jump from 'just good' to 'pro / semipro' is insanely hard. I have friends who have been at a #300-#400 rank in europe ever since the game was released, but even today they can't make grandmaster league and they are just stuck at the top of master.
The thing is that pretty much every single pro player is an ex wc3, scbw, or C&C player. they are all guys who already knew all about strategy games when sc2 was released, and while i and noobies like me were just climbing up the bronze league in august 2010, they were already playing at the highest levels and learning the game much faster. in fact, many players started playing in the very beginning of 2010, in blizzard's exclusive beta.
but i digress - the thing is, i don't have many options right now. i left high school without accomplishing anything, i wasted most of my education due to personal reasons, and come the last few months of school, i look at my life and decide 'well, im doing pretty well in starcraft, maybe i should give it a go' ... haha. it's harder than it looks.
btw it's awesome to hear that you play starcraft, and apparently you're not half bad at it ;) i already knew about starogre, we had a few strategy chats when the game came out:)