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I loved StarCraft I and I have played a portion of the Campaign in StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty. I suck bigtime in it, as it requires more than strategical thinking (macro's, reflexes, map knowledge etc.)

I want to get started with StarCraft II Multiplayer properly (I played some, I am in Bronze League, have mostly played 2v2 with a friend, too scared to play 1v1 :P)

I would like any StarCraft II veterans to give me a guide on how to get started on it. Online text and/or video guides, Which casters to watch (I quite like day[9] as he is newbie-friendly, but do not watch him regularly, awaiting advice from this thread first), important YouTube videos, FAQ (I know there is a FAQ question on gaming.S.E. I haven't read it yet though), everything about macros, micros (whatever they are), map knowledge, absolutely everything. Don't limit your answer to what I have listed above, anything you can think of that I don't have in the list (wikis, forum posts, podcasts) add it.

I don't expect anyone to actually give me any information about all these things in this thread, only point me to the best sources for them. The longer and richer the answer, the better :)

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Day[9] is your best resource when it comes to information on learning things as a player. More specifically, watch his "Newbie Tuesday" videos. On Tuesdays he specifically focuses on tips and tricks for new players to get started, how to get yourself prepared mentally, and how to have fun doing it.

To get over the "fear" of playing 1v1 you just need to go in with the attitude of, "it's okay if I lose". Because otherwise the anxiety will never have you playing solo games. I used to suffer from that a lot, even today I still have times where I feel that anxiety but nowhere near as bad as before. As you play more games, your attitude will change immensely.

To get better you simply need to play more games which goes hand in hand with the previous paragraph. But it's not simply playing those games, it's learning from your losses. Was your macro slipping (did you have too many resources and not enough production)? Did you scout enough? Did you recognize what type of build your opponent was going when you were scouting? These are all very important things to keep in mind when playing and analyzing your losses. Don't analyze your wins too much because you learn much more from your losses than from your wins.

There is a "multi-tasking trainer" on Battle.net which will help you learn how to micro, macro and spread creep. This map is good practice outside of regular games.

You didn't mention your race so I can't really give you advice there, but the general advice when it comes to races is to pick one and get good with one first. Then learn the others.

After you have picked a race, learn the ins/outs of every unit. What are your units good for? What are they good against? Also learn little things like what armor type are they? Do they have bonuses versus other types of units?

As far as watching SC2, if you want to see top level play, subscribe to the GSL. The top players in the world compete in this tournament year round. It's where the best of the best go to play and not-surprisingly, dominated by mostly Koreans. But you can learn a lot from listening to Tasteless and Artosis cast these games and see things that the pros use and try to emulate their play. (Although really the best I've done is emulate the strategy and it still works). Other tournaments such as the NASL, MLG, and DreamHack are really fun to watch as well.

The TeamLiquid and SCReddit communities are also pretty good resources when you want to keep up with what's happening in the SC2 world, ask questions about strategy, and looking for teams to play with/get onto one.

Any other follow up questions, feel free to post as a comment and I'll answer as best I can.

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Terran, although I haven't played enough to be above picking a new race. Nice answer, also :) –  OddCore Jan 3 '12 at 15:52
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Underscoring the "it's okay if you lose" part. There's no reason to fear playing 1v1. Think of it this way: there's nothing you can do to avoid losing about half your games. Even if you improve, the matchup system will continuously match you with better players accordingly. So, as long as you keep playing, you'll end up with 50% losses (of course you'll win 50% as well). Thus there's no reason to have any fear of losing; this same thing is happening to everybody, all the way up to Masters. –  seansand Jan 3 '12 at 20:02
    
If you're improving, your win rate should be better than 50% (that said, that may just mean 55%) –  Nick T Jan 7 '12 at 1:11
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Why you are scared to play 1x1? Scared to lose? You won't lose your money, your apartment or your job. you just lose and win... and have a lot of fun.

I would say just start playing 1x1. Play 10-20 games... and think... AFTER that go to links suggested by the answers on this question:

Besides practicing, what are some great ways to become a better player?

Mental check-list is a must-see: http://day9tv.blip.tv/file/3732340/

But after that - just keep playing. Analyze your lost games to understand what you did wrong - that is the best way to learn. If you can't see your mistake - post replay somewhere and ask people (on SE) to clarify.

Don't expect to use tactics been used by gurus. I would not recommend to see replays from players that are 2 leagues or more higher then you: often their strategies require some concepts and skills you need to learn first/develop. (One of the skills must to have is kiting:

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GL & HF!

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