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For awhile when SC2 came out I was pretty heavy into it. I was playing multiplayer and got up to diamond in 1v1, 2v2, and 3v3. I want to start playing multiplayer again, but I feel like I'm going to get my butt kicked. What is the most efficient way to regain my competitiveness in SC2 multiplayer? Also, a related question: will I still be in the diamond ladder when I start back up? Or do they automatically bump you back?

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you can prob go back and do well me and my friend just got into the diamond league after no playing for @ least a year and we had never been in the diamond league before :P and you have a big chance getting in the diamond league cuz of your hidden rank. –  ronnie Nov 25 '11 at 12:40
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Best suggestion i can give is play some games, if you are afraid of loosing ranked matches at start then play custom games that don't count towards your placement or custom games that are made for practicing certain aspects of the game like "Multitasking train" or Build order tester.

Other than that you should read up on changes and new tactics since you last played, trying all maps in the map pool might also be a good idea if you don't want to loose in the beginning and watch videos/streams of other players so you see what people do.

Just remember in the long run your are expected to loose about 50% of your matches as long as there is people that are better than you do to the way the matching system works.

To your 2nd question you can check that on your Quick Match screen, if your still got some kind of placement it will say "Play one match to be placed in a new division for this season." if not it will say "Complete a series of multiplayer matches to determine your initial league placement." and it will say how many games are remaning.

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Day[9] TV is a good way of getting into SC2 again. I watch a few of his dailies. Specifically does concerning the match ups you going to train. Also have a look at GOMtv(Most content is pay-walled) and see how the pros have evolved and the where the meta game is at. Or basically just watch replays of games.

Don't be afraid to play against players who will beat you. There are far greater lessons to be learned from that than winning(Most of the time, not always).

Disclaimer: I'm not affiliated with either GOM or day9(Even though I've applied to become a day9 volunteer)

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Under "competitiveness" I believe you mean "go back into diamonds". Tactic and strategy evolved for the last time. I've skipped 3 months and everything changed really significantly. If you won't go back to diamond you need to play with your level diamonds.

In custom games you will meet a lot of different level players, but if you top diamond then matches with low diamond will only allow you to remove the rust :) 3-5 matches should be enough - after that - you should go back to ladder. Be ready to switch to low diamonds for some time though :)

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It's really simple. Play the game.

There's no magical procedure that will re-increase your skills. If you feel rusty, and don't want to play ladder because of that, then play some custom games. Although you'll get matched against random players, so they might be way better or much worse than you.

Playing ladder game is still the best form of practice, because the matchmaking system will match you against players of roughly the same skill. Maybe you also have some friends around that are roughly at the same skill-level as you and you can practice against them.

Apart from playing the game, you can also go and watch some streams (like the ones on twitch.tv). It might give you a good idea what strategies are currently in use (the "meta-game"), so that you don't get surprised when playing ladder.

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If you have missed an entire season then you will need to replay your initial 5 placement matches and you will be ranked based on your performance of those 5 games.

As far as how to get back into the competitiveness, that's a personal goal/attitude that one has to adopt. New games come out that distract a person (myself included). It's really how much you want to get involved into it. You have to find a reason to play and to be competitive.

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Thanks for the answer. I'm looking for a bit more specific advise on how to train my skills back up. I understand it is a motivation thing. I have the motivation. I'm not sure the best way to actually go about training back up. –  RationalGeek Nov 13 '11 at 22:41
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Best way to train is to simply play, sounds silly, but oh so true. You make mistakes and learn from them. The first 10 or so games will feel rusty, but experience is always the best teacher. You could try a few custom games just to get back into the swing of things. Problem with those is that you could get matched up with a bronze all the way up to grandmaster. –  Sorean Nov 13 '11 at 22:52
    
@Sorean: Man, posted my answer, refreshed the page and saw your comment... you basically wrote the exact same thing as I did :) –  bummzack Nov 13 '11 at 22:56
    
@bummzack lol, these things happen :) –  Sorean Nov 13 '11 at 23:00
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