Edited by ZedraC on 12/10/11 08:05 (BST)
Update 2011/10/12 (removed old content)
It seems like there is a bit of confusion: Please note our channel in game is: Bronze Practice
and the website is www.sc2practice.com
What is Bronze Practice and why should I care to read this?
Bronze Practice is a helpful and incredibly fun community within SC2. What started off as an innocent channel to help Bronze league players improve each other's play quickly turned into an active channel with players of all skill levels - from the bottom of Bronze to Master league. If you want to improve your skill, meet awesome people, have fun, teach people to be better gamers or just play some fun custom maps - if you want any of these things, you want to read on.
What can Bronze Practice offer you as a newbie?
Anything and everything, just ask. If you for example want to know: “How do I counter a 4gate when zerg?” You should get an answer within a few minutes, sometimes even quicker. When I say this it is not that we sit there and do theorycrafting, no. We get into a game and show you how to do it. A lot of times we have Masters/Diamonds doing these demonstrations for us. And if we do not know, we will get an answer for you (and us) soon.
A few days after creating the channel a newbie who had the game for only one day asked for advice. Since I am bronze and can show him the basics we started playing together. Me and another gold player started showing him (after the basics) how to counter some cheeses that he will face sooner or later like worker rushing/6 pool/canon rush etc. I am pretty sure he can safely hold these off now.
As with every channel where a few dozen people are present at all times, if it seem like you are being ignored, just ask your question again. Somebody will reply or play against you soon enough. It does get hectic in there once 40-50 people all chat at once…. Just be patient, we are not deliberately ignoring you.
What can Bronze Practice offer you as the more experienced/better player?
Some come in there for a break from ladder. Have some fun games where 2-3 bronze players try to kill the master. Some like to teach or just give advice, thus sit around and wait for questions, or offer their help upfront. Should you want to be part of “managing” the channel, feel free. A lot of people have taken the initiative to do things neither I, nor anyone else asked for, such as and not limited to: Livestreams (http://www.own3d.tv/live/17569), a website (http://www.sc2practice.com), organizing “Practice Tournaments”, opening threads of Bronze Practice on TL/SC2replayed/Facebook etc. Lots of people hang around observing games, why? Everyone has their own reasons. Entertainment, learning from an even better player, or to give advice to the players after the game.
How to access this channel, then?
You open the chat channels popup which is a box in the bottom right of your menu bar. Then you get a list of Blizz channels in that popup e.g. Zerg Tactics, Multiplayer Discussion etc. Then at the bottom is a search bar. Type "Bronze Practice" in there and a new popup will come which will be the channel.
Related things to check out:
A regular livestream operated by Janaros, Eldrythan and Lufas, taking place Thursday and Sunday evenings, as well as random other days.
Vusi also put up a section in SC2Replayed:
We are also on TL pages:
And again, of course, the website, being operated mainly by Vusi, with Janaros, Eldrythan and Lufas being Admins as well:
(Character limit, please see post number 4)
Edited by ZedraC on 09/06/11 13:47 (BST)
Bronze Practice Rules:
We have never discussed rules, but this is my version of the rules:
Take everything said in the channel/during games as advice/ friendly. What I mean by this is: If somebody tells you “that was stupid”, do not take offence. If you and we cannot laugh about our own mistakes, we start breaking rule 1. Remember, there are low level players here. We are not above nuking our own armies ;D
Be friendly. No explanation required.
Once you are a regular and you see a new name in the Channel, welcome them with a smile, I try to do that ALWAYS. Gets a bit difficult though with so many people joining these days…
No discussions of imba this and nerf that and buff this. Go chat somewhere else if you feel you know the mechanics of the game better than Blizzard. Send them an e-mail, we (Bronze Practice) do not want to know about it.
If it is your first visit to the channel, you have to fight!! Hehe, not really just had to put that in here…
I am hoping we bronzies can get together and pratice. If we practice against guys like you we loose faith soon, so i am hoping it can be a relaxed enviroment where we learn to stop making the terrible errors we make.
We obviously wanna be better but mechanics sucks. I can see every error i made after a game, but during is a different story.
As a former Copper/Bronze player, I'd like to point out:
1. Getting better at macro (primarily constant unit producing and replacing lost units) is essential.
2. Only playing against better players will advance your skill to a higher level.
Edited by Templar on 13/01/11 17:56 (GMT)
Nice good to see the chat channels being put to good use :D.
P.S I'd like to spectate some bronze matches coz honestly idk how things are in bronze maybe I can give a little advice ?
Wow, nice to see guys from gold/plat and even diamond who are giving positive advice, thanks guys.
You are always welcome in here, advice always welcome, and yes Templar, you can spectate anyday, so can anyone else. :D
Just had a few matches with a spectator, and it is very exciting games.
Templar, thanks for joining us in that game. Thanks for your advice. Just having you there made this game so much more fun.
Bronzies, join the club the guys up stairs can really teach you something.
Go well everyone, GL HF
If you want, you can add me, i'm in a small clan (not that small anymore, 30 people at least), we are not playing serios, more for having fun and improving, there is no league limit. We have game nights where we play 2v2.,3v3,4v4 for fun, so, the more the marryer:D
I enjoy playing 1vs1 more, but will add you and i will play when I feel like something different.
Something I never thought would be fun and actually is, is spectating a 1vs1 game, or when higher league player spectate and comment on your play while playing (obviously not giving the game/strat away to the opponent)... We did that last night again, I for one enjoyed the games we played.