2016-01-27T19:19:48.537-05:00The last list was wrong. Here is the new list.1. Lanius B - It starts dominating immediately and keeps dominating until the end of the game.2. Crystal B - I accept all arguments that this one is most powerful, because they're true.3. Mantis B - 4-teleporter and Defense Drone 1. Much worse than #2, and much better than the rest.4. Mantis C - 4-teleporter and a great crew.5. Engi A - Drones, Med-bots, Engi, and the best weapon in the game.6. Kestrel B - Destroyer out of the gate, strong with any build, good crew.7. Zoltan B - Zoltan shields and 2 Ion Blasts make every build powerful.8. Slug A - Best starting weaponry hauls in cash by killing target crew without destroying ship.9. Kestrel C - Dual Lasers, Ion Stunner, and a Lanius on a Kestrel.10. Slug C - Oxygen hack for crew death.11. Zoltan C - Zoltan shields and drones make a strong late game.12. Zoltan A - Zoltan shields and Halberd Beam take you far.13. Stealth A - No shields, but cloaking, Long-range Scanners, and Dual Lasers are powerful. 14. Lanius A - It's good but it's tough to get going.15. Crystal A - Good crew and weapons.16. Mantis A - Good crew and teleport.17. Kestrel A - Burst Laser 2 on a Kestrel.18. Engi C - Dual Lasers, Drones, Hacking, and a Lanius. Poor synergy but powerul builds.19. Federation A - Burst Laser 2, good crew, and artillery end value.20. Rock C - Good crew. Can kill things early, but soon will need upgrades.21. Rock B - Good crew and Fire Bomb is great if you get teleport.22. Stealth B - Get the Pre-igniter.23. Federation B - Dual Lasers, a Zoltan crewmember, and Artillery Beam, but a difficult start.24. Federation C - Lots of potential but very difficult.25. Slug B - Tough start but it can be good.26. Stealth C - Drones and Long-range scanners are good, but no shields and no cloaking is bad.27. Rock A - Missiles do not combine well with missiles.28. Engi B - 1 crewmember is very bad. Still fun though because you can restart if you don't get crew.Kestrels gained a lot here, and the Federations lost a lot. Slug A also gets recognized. Basically I considered start value instead of just end combinations.[...]
2016-01-23T19:13:24.910-05:001. The ShrikeWith teleport and mind control, the Lanius B Cruiser is a killer out of the gate, stealing and murdering the enemy crew. Its own crew is fantastic, with 2 Lanius and an Engi, and it even has one of the best weapons in the game, the Advanced Flak Gun. All it really needs to win is a good defense, which it will easily pick up as it lays waste to every sector in its path.2. CarnelianThis could also be number 1. The Crystal B Cruiser has a 4-crew teleporter and cloaking, and tops it off with a fantastic crew. The reason it's not the top is it has no weapons, which can be a problem at the start, but it's barely worth mentioning because weapons are so easy to get.3. The BasiliskWith a 4-crew teleporter, a boarding drone, and a defense drone, the Mantis B Cruiser is ready for domination. With no weapons and only 2 crew members, though, there area immediate problems to solve. Once it solves them it crushes.4. The TheseusNo surpise here, the 3rd 4-crew teleporter is the 4th ship overall. The crew of the Mantis C Cruiser is fantastic, with extra fun from the Crystal Lockdown Bomb and Stun Bomb. Most games will be victories.5. CerenkovSwitching gears, we have the Zoltan ships. All 3 Zoltan ships are great, because they have the incredible defense of their Zoltan shields, and the incredible power production of their Zoltan crew members. The Zoltan C Cruiser is slightly better than the other 2 because it has drones.6. NoetherThe Zoltan B Cruiser has Zoltan shields and Zoltan crew members, and is slightly better than the next Zoltan because it has 2 Ion Blasts.7. The AdjudicatorThe Zoltan A Cruiser has Zoltan shields and Zoltan crew members, and decent weapons, which it will eventually have to replace. It has level 2 doors, which are nice, as well.8. AriolimaxThis is a controversial pick, but the Slug C Cruiser has mind control and hacking, so all it needs is a teleporter to start destroying. The slug sense and the level 2 doors are nice as well. Its weapon isn't great but at least it has one.9. The FregatidaeThe Federation C Cruiser has the powerful Flak Artillery, a fantastic crew, and a teleporter, so all it needs to beat the boss is defense. Drones are a straightforward win.10. The TorusI love this ship. It doesn't seem that great, but the Combat Drone 1 and Ion Blast 2 are just enough to beat everything it comes across in the early game. Every time I play the Engi A Cruiser I win easily, it seems. The Med-bot Dispersal with Engi repair skill are great synergy, and that Ion Blast 2 is fantastic.11. NisosThe Federation B Cruiser has a great crew, the best laser weapon in the game (Dual Lasers), and the Artillery Beam as the finisher. Much like the Federation C, it only needs defense to win. It's more flexible with its builds than the C as well.12. The OspreyMuch like the Zoltans, the Federation ships have great crews and a powerful theme that makes them all effective, in this case the artillery weapon. It's a beam again this time, and it combines with a great laser, the Burst Laser 2, to slowly destroy all enemies.13. BravaisThe names are pretty good in this game. The Crystal A Cruiser is a straightforward ship with a fantastic crew and powerful weapons. The Crystal Burst 1 and Heavy Crystal 1 just wreck. That's all it's got, but it's plenty. A number of directions can win.14. DA-SR 12So much for the names. The Stealth ships have no shields, so it's dicey. But this Stealth B Cruiser has a Glaive Beam, a Zoltan, level 2 cloaking, and long-range scanners, so it's got a lot to build on. Just get those shields together. It has a Glaive Beam.15. The Gila MonsterI had this a lot lower, but it has a really great crew and a teleporter, so I had to move it up. The Mantis A Cruiser has bad weapons, so it needs a lot of work, but they're good enough to start with, and there's a lot of power here.16. TetragonDual Lasers, drones, a great crew, and hacking give the Engi C Cruiser a lot of possibility, even if it's not so strong to start with. One good anything makes it powerful[...]
2015-09-18T18:46:49.180-04:00Clocks are not bombs.
2015-09-15T18:59:02.753-04:00You shouldn't do the same thing every time. You should sometimes do widow mine drops. If you're Maru, you should always do widow mine drops. If you don't do widow mine drops, I recommend the following:
2015-09-02T21:41:53.297-04:00The lowest-cost Protoss unit is 100 minerals. That's twice the cost of a Marine, and four times the cost of a Zergling, though Zerglings also cost Larvae, a resource other races don't use.
2015-08-12T07:52:37.163-04:00We've established that Reapers suck and Hellions suck. What's next?Let's talk about Zerg.Zerg is at maximum power when it gets to 3 bases. This is because bases, for Zerg, are collection facilities and production facilities. You can mine from 3 bases before supply gets you. Thus, 3 bases. Also, the more units you build, the more return you're getting on your tech building, which is a 1-time investment.MULEs do not make up for this. When Zerg maintains 3 mining bases, Zerg can out-macro Terran, and eventually win the game through superior numbers. Terran must do damage to win.You can nitpick what I'm saying, but don't: Zerg is better at macro than Terran, and unless Terran does something about it, Terran is ceding an advantage.What can you do about it? There's the Proxy 2-Rax attack, which is good and should be used, but it's beaten by pool first openings, which Zerg really should use more. Up to them.There's CC-First, which is also good, allowing a strong attack, but Zerg can scout and go 3-Hatch, and oops they have 3 bases. Also, Pool First can kill the SCV, delaying the CC.So there's gotta be something else. That something else is generally the Reaper Expand, which avoids the problems of the other 2 builds, and relies on Hellions and Reapers to balance the tempo.Right, Hellions and Reapers suck! It still should be used sometimes, as should the simple Barracks expand, but the fact remains that Terran has no good, "go-to" build against Zerg, just a bunch of stuff that's worth mixing in.Here is your go-to build. I'm gonna preface this by saying that I realize no one does this, and the fact that no one does this probably means there's a problem with it. If so, hopefully posting this will tell me what the problem is. But I also have legitimate reasons for why it's not used, which we can get into. But first, the build.What is the build? It's a 1-1-1, with drops, followed by expand. You can also allin sometimes, and should. The drops bring Marines and Hellions, and target Queens when possible, or occasionally Hatcheries, and whatever else you can get. Then you have done real damage, and can continue the game.I thought you said Hellions suck? Well, you gotta build something out of your Factories, and the drops prevent one of the main problems with Hellions, which is Zergling surrounds. You just pick em up, then drop again for more area-of-effect.I really think this build is the ticket, and should be used about 50% of the time. Zerg is bad against drops early, and killing Queens reduces both anti-air defense and production. And the other stuff Queens do. Also, if you kill a Hatchery, you pretty much win.If Zerg attacks you first, you have units. If you're in transit, things can get hairy, but you have options. Other builds should be used to keep Zerg honest, but this is the main one.Why doesn't it get used? One reason, I think, is people think Terran must macro. Terran out-macros Protoss, which gives the impression that macro builds are good. But Terran does not out-macro Zerg, so strategy vs. Zerg must be completely different from strategy vs. Protoss, unlike other races, which take the same general approach regardless of opponent.Yes, I know, mirror matches. Pipe down.The other thing, I think, is the idea that harassment is something different and special. Reapers, it is argued, can harass, giving extra value somehow. Hellion run-bys are tried, but Hellion run-bys aren't good against top opponents.Harassment is attacking, people. Attacks that do little damage have little effect. Attacks that do a lot of damage have a lot of effect. Attacks that do no damage are failures. A big attack is more likely to do damage than a little attack. So I'm going with the big attack.If anyone has experience, I'd love to see replays.[...]
2015-07-30T02:49:12.002-04:00This is the right time to trade Tulo. He's got a lot of money left on a massive contract, including all of the expensive years, and he's exactly at the age where decline gets sharp. He's already showing decline in patience, contact, and power this season, and those are Colorado numbers.
2015-07-28T14:57:43.382-04:00We're gonna talk about strategy. Like baseball, Starcraft is most interesting at the highest level, so we're gonna talk about that. Also, series are more interesting than single games, so we're talking about series. Starcraft series strategy between high-level opponents. In this case, TvZ.
2015-07-28T02:36:21.166-04:00TASTELESS: I'm gonna say something that's controversial, but true.
2015-07-21T11:11:29.833-04:00Jim builds a Stargate at IEM Shenzhen.
2015-07-28T02:39:32.730-04:00I don't know Starcraft as well as I know baseball, but I do have theories. I'm a Protoss but I think mostly about Terran because it's the most interesting and best-designed. I think about Zerg too.
2014-11-14T09:06:59.398-05:001. José Altuve
2014-05-10T12:42:50.633-04:00The solution, in my opinion, is to eliminate the "error" statistic. Call them hits.
2013-03-30T07:13:55.800-04:00Major League Baseball is a horrible, disgusting monster that eats pitchers.
2015-07-19T20:46:20.635-04:00If you don't wanna vote for Bonds, fine. Don't vote for Bonds. But get over yourselves.
2012-11-05T22:49:23.921-05:00This is incorrect.
2012-10-21T08:14:54.770-04:00A's get production in center field for a year, Diamondbacks get a closer and a backup infielder, and the Miami Marlins get salary relief.
2012-09-14T02:07:09.730-04:00Derek Jeter has the same number of hits as Willie Mays.
2012-09-10T23:37:25.709-04:00Solution: don't attend MLB games.
2012-09-08T22:59:27.237-04:00Congratulations to the Nationals for valuing the health of their pitcher!
2012-09-05T18:53:40.349-04:00I have rated prospects in the past, and most of my mistakes have come from believing that players will learn patience. The key example is Alex Rios. He's got talent, but he's not the world-crusher he could have been.
2012-09-02T15:43:11.023-04:00This kid is special.