Guide: How to counter void rays with 0/0 ultras

Video guide for those confused on step #5:

Step 1. Be bAtZ.
Step 2. Queue GM.
Step 3. See void abuser.
Step 4. Make mass ultras (no upgrades).
Step 5. F2+aclick.
Step 6. Win.

#Clapped :clap:

Clapping GM zergs with lurker mutalisk:

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This sounds pretty EZ.

Have you ever won a ZvZ by producing pure zerglings for 15 minutes straight and a-moving into banelings?

Batzy gloating about his 270 apm. That’s adorable.

There are roughly 5 million SC2 players according to some figures I found online. If about a third of them play on NA, the top 200 in NA is the top 0.012% aka a Grandmaster is the best out of every 8300 players. That’s roughly a sigma 4 outlier.

Now if you consider how there is a high correlation between rank and games played, a player who plays once every three months yet is Grandmaster becomes an extreme statistical outlier. Consider, also, that he uses absurd build orders and unit comps, such as ultras to counter voids, and he’s an even more extreme outlier.

At this point, the only thing I could do to be more of an outlier would be to win a Code S, and what a complete waste of time that would be. On the subject of APM specifically: every player I played had substantially lower APM than I did. It wasn’t even close. I blame COVID. It took all of humanity’s brains and dropped them in a blender. It’s amazing a pile of goo can still manage 80 apm to get GM with Protoss, but apparently it can. 270 APM is quite high for a Grandmaster these days, bro. I don’t even spam like some of them do.

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I don’t know. All the games sorta blend together. You know how it goes. SC2 is like a sleeping aid. It’s like falling asleep behind the wheel. You’re not sure if the light was red or not but it’s in the past so what does it matter. I am sure if I poured over some vods, I could find an example of anything you wanted.

The girly pop music really makes that clip.

The target market of Tove Lo is definitely not women. Sorry to break it to you. Women tend to be less into the sensual aspect of love and more the emotional aspect. When a song is overtly sensual, the target market is men. That’s reality. Tove Lo’s “Talking Body” is most definitely catered for the male demographic.

Now, if we were talking about Tove Lo’s song called “How Long”, that’d be a different story. That definitely preys on the stereotypical feminine emotions within a relationship. The paranoid worry that they are inadequate and will be replaced by other women who fill the “womanly” roles of the relationship better:

This is especially the case since sociologists/psychologists agree that women encounter more medial mating pressure than men. E.g., women face more competition for ideal mates from other women. Men aren’t that picky. They will hookup with anything that has two X chromosomes. Women on the other hand are extremely picky, so their ideal mate selection is significantly narrowed which means they have to compete against other women for that ideal mate. Ergo, they feel more medial mating pressure.

Men on the other hand feel more lateral mating pressure, e.g. the selection pressure they feel come directly from women, and not other men competing for the same woman. You can make an argument that this is why homosexuality exists. Men have a deep psychological need for sensual experiences, and women are picky who they give those experiences to. Other men might not be so picky.

This is likely because the risk of mating is much higher for women. One bad encounter with one bad dude becomes 18 years of suffering (or more). Biologically they are tuned to be much more threat sensitive, and this is just one instance where that is extremely advantageous for them.

Researchers performed studies where they have a variety of men go around a college campus and ask women if they’d like to sleep with them. 99 times out of 100 the women will say no. If it’s an extremely attractive man, that number rises to about 1 in 10 (saying yes). Men on the other hand are the polar opposite. It takes a truly hideous woman for most men to say no (hygiene issues, evidence of drug abuse, etc), and even then there are still some men who say yes anyway (about 10%).

This leads into some of the modern day psychological problems that women in particular face. There is a big issue with body positivity especially amongst teenage girls who are at very high risk for self-image related psychological issues. They feel the medial selection pressure very young by comparing themselves to other women. The other women have bigger boobs, curvier hips, and a host of even other things that they invent to beat themselves up with (thigh gaps, protruding collar bones, the list goes on and on). These negative emotions come from an internal source because 99.9% of men aren’t anywhere near that picky. Not a single man on planet Earth cares if some chick’s collar bones are very pronounced, but you’d be amazed at how many women feel insecure about that and a litany of body positivity issues. This is that medial selection pressure - they start comparing themselves to other women using arbitrary criteria with the default assumption that they are inferior.

These emotions are so common within the wider population that the fashion and music industry take advantage of it from both angles. Some try to “inspire” women to be beautiful, like Victoria Secrets. Others try to inspire self worth, such as the recent song by Jax:

:musical_note: I know Victoria’s secret
And girl, you wouldn’t believe
She’s an old man who lives in Ohio
Making money off of girls like me
Cashing in on body issues
Selling skin and bones with big boobs
I know Victoria’s secret
She was made up by a dude (dude)
Victoria was made up by a dude (dude)
Victoria was made up by a dude :musical_note:

These are songs that are catered towards women. “Talking Body” by Tove Lo is most definitely catered towards men.

I just mean pop music in general, women like pop music. Men listen to metal/rap/electronic more. Women like happy predictable music.

What. So Amy Lee (of Evanescence) crying that her boyfriend is going to leave her now that her pregnancy test comes back negative is “masculine” music merely because it’s hard rock, but “Astronaut in the Ocean” by “Masked Wolf” isn’t because it’s pop, even though it’s a dude singing about how he hates gold digging bimbos who make him feel so disengaged in his dinner conversation that he feels as if he were an astronaut floating in space. “Astronaut in the Ocean” is so immensely feminine that Pandora censors the line where he spells out “T” “H” “O” “T”.

Astronaut in the ocean is clearly hip hop, if not rap.

And evanescence is pop. Just having a guitar doesn’t make your music rock music.

Lmao checkmate.

Critics vary in terming Evanescence a rock or metal band, but most identify them as some form of gothic band. Publications such as The New York Times, Rough Guides and Rolling Stone have identified Evanescence as a gothic metal act,[2][134][135] while other sources such as IGN, Spin and NME have termed them gothic rock.[49][136] They have been compared to a variety of bands from differing genres, such as nu metal ensembles like Linkin Park,[137][138] gothic metal groups like Lacuna Coil,[139] and symphonic metal acts like Nightwish and Within Temptation.[140]

“Pop” is short for “popular” aka the most liked music of all genres. That’s why you can end up with country/rap/metal in the “pop” category and also end up with so many songs that are blends of many genres.

Here is one that is a blend of blues/country/rap that was extremely popular:

Another good example is Nightwish, which is an operatic metal band with a female lead singer. Here is a song about the fear of the unknown/unfamiliar (a strong angsty teenage girl vibe). According to you, this is “masculine” music lmao:

So, that song has a highly feminine take on metal. If you want to see some good examples of a masculine take on metal, I would point you to these examples:

Bro, why are you arguing with me if you don’t even know what pop music is? Pop music as a musical category doesn’t mean “popular music”. It is it’s own genre.

And who gives a damn that a bunch of old boomers think that evanesence is a rock/metal band? They also think Jethro Tull is metal (remember when he/they beat out metallica for a grammy in hard rock/metal?)

Like I said before, having an electric guitar does not make you a rock band. Juice World has electric guitar licks in most of his songs, yet he is clearly a rapper.

Pop music is a genre of popular music that originated in its modern form during the mid-1950s in the United States and the United Kingdom.[4] The terms popular music and pop music are often used interchangeably, although the former describes all music that is popular and includes many disparate styles. During the 1950s and 1960s, pop music encompassed rock and roll and the youth-oriented styles it influenced. Rock and pop music remained roughly synonymous until the late 1960s, after which pop became associated with music that was more commercial, ephemeral, and accessible.

Although much of the music that appears on record charts is considered to be pop music, the genre is distinguished from chart music. Identifying factors usually include repeated choruses and hooks, short to medium-length songs written in a basic format (often the verse-chorus structure), and rhythms or tempos that can be easily danced to. Much pop music also borrows elements from other styles such as rock, urban, dance, Latin, and country.

Pop music is very much a brand of popular music, sometimes being distinguished only by the fact that it’s a mixture of multiple genres. Even if you were right (you aren’t), it doesn’t change the fact that metal/rap isn’t an exclusively masculine genre. I guess you’ve never heard of Nicki Manaj.

Yeah man, super masculine rap lines in that one. I could totally see Livibee doing a parody of that one. THAT’S how super masculine it is rofl.

He’s labelled quite clearly as “british rock”.

Pop music is clearly a genre and you know it when you hear it. And Nicki Minaj is a rapper, not a pop artist.

Let me ask you something to clarify this pop thing. Most people would say Taylor Swifts first album is mostly country sounding. Her most recent album though is clearly pop when you listen to it, it isn’t country at all anymore.

Pop as a sound has nothing to do with how many people listen to it. If you can’t tell a song is “pop” just by listening to 30 seconds of it, you don’t know music at all.

Right, my point was they are not a metal band that qualifies to beat metallicas the black album for a grammy for metal. Jethro Tull has never been, and never will be a metal band.

You see, “Metal” is like “hard rock” music. It is different than rock. The same way Rap is different than Hip hop, even though they share the same beats and background music often.

That’s the point. You labelled “rap/metal” the “masculine” genres, when Nicki Manaj is rapping about eye-rolling female fantasies as she dances around a shirtless dude with a 6 pack:

He pop bottles and he got the right kind of build
He cold, he dope, he might sell coke
He always in the air, but he never fly coach
He a *********’ trip, trip, sailor of the ship, ship
When he make it drip, drip kiss him on the lip, lip
That’s the kind of dude I was lookin’ for
And yes you’ll get slapped if you’re lookin’ ho
I said, excuse me you’re a hell of a guy
I mean my, my, my, my you’re like pelican fly
I mean, you’re so shy and I’m loving your tie
You’re like slicker than the guy with the thing on his eye, oh
Yes I did, yes I did
Somebody please tell him who the eff I is
I am Nicki Minaj, I mack them dudes up
Back coupes up, and chuck the deuce up

What’s amazing is how her flavor of rap sounds exactly like a talkative teenage girl. Nobody on planet Earth would watch Nicki Manaj singing “Boy you got my heartbeat running away” and think “this is a masculine genre”. I encourage you to watch the video I linked to as an example. Now if you are talking Limp Bizkit, then you’d have a masculine rapper who sings about “You don’t really know why, but you want to justify, ripping someone’s head off” or, as a pure metal example, Dave Mustaine’s “Angry Again”:

Engaged in crime I grasp my throat
Enraged my mind starts to smoke
Enforce a mental overload
Angry again, angry again, angry
The searing of the sinew
My body fights for air
The ripping of the tissue
My lungs begin to tear
Gravity’s got my bones
It pulls my flesh away
The steam finally dissipates
I make out my sweaty face

By the way, “Angry Again” is one of the greatest songs of all time in my honest opinion.

I request Nickelback for your next clip. Haters would be having a field day.

Request denied. Instead, it will be a clip on survivorship bias and how this introduces difficulties in interpreting game statistics such as average APM:

As you can see, bullets hit these aircraft in very particular places. The intuitive answer would be to reinforce the areas where the most bullets hit, except that what isn’t counted in this data would be the airplanes that didn’t come back. So, what this data shows is where an airplane can be shot and still make it back to base. In other words, you would want to reinforce the areas that don’t have bullet holes.

SC2 replays are a lot like that. You might think aggressive strats have a high win-rate because cheesers have a high win-rate in the 0-5 minute game duration. Except, when a cheese fails the game goes longer, and that isn’t counted in the 0-5 minute game grouping. The same is also true for APM – players that play longer games will naturally have higher APM because all players have higher APM in longer games, but a player who cheeses might not have higher APM because his games are shorter.

The same is also true for interpretation of pro-level replays. Brood lord infestor might have a high win-rate, but that under-counts all the Zergs who tried to make it to that stage but didn’t.

Just like your replays that get sent over to battlenet? :wink:

The skytoss players are the exception of course.

Why do I get Patrick Bateman vibes from that post?, whats your opinion on Huey Lewis and the news?.

Because the entertainment industry is filled with “Batemans” who viciously exploit the emotional vulnerabilities of the general population. They do this for as little as a few likes / a bit of attention. Virtue signalling hustlers are truly pathetic. RATM, a supposedly left-wing band, vying for the interests of far right fascist in their latest song is perhaps the best example created to date. Obviously I can’t provide an analysis of this one, as I would be “benned” in 0.00001 seconds flat.

We could analyze Taylor Swift under this framework, though. I think that one might not be controversial enough to get me banned (but who knows lmao). Taylor Swift would fit well into the previous analysis I provided, too, but could be extended to preying upon the emotional vulnerabilities of other groups:

Consider the following verse and count the logical contradictions:

So, oh-oh, oh-oh, oh-oh, oh-oh, oh-oh
You need to calm down
You’re being too loud
And I’m just like oh-oh, oh-oh, oh-oh, oh-oh, oh-oh (oh)
You need to just stop
Like, can you just not step on my gown?
You need to calm down

She criticizes people of a certain group, which she disagrees with, for being “too loud” and uptight, as she freaks out over what they believe. She does this from a public stage that will be heard across the globe. In other words, “rules for thee, but not for me”. Simpler put, she is treating her favorite group of people as a protected class, and giving them easy “underhand” treatment on controversial social issues. Translation, “Pls pls give me your money, I am your ally!!! Send money my way, and I send affirmation your way, pls pls pls send money!”.

This is the modus operandi of any manipulative bad agent. They send you something useless, usually emotional affirmation, in exchange for something valuable, like money or a signature on a contract. Exploiting the overly emotional is one of the most common and abusive marketing strategies in the modern business world, and once you know how to recognize it you will see it everywhere (Volvos travel farther in “PURE” mode!).

Any issue that is even tangentially tied to money should always be treated with stone cold realism. Emotions should have absolutely zero role to play. If you let your emotions dictate your financial policy, you become a sucker for manipulative psychos who will railroad you for every penny you are worth. The more cold and distant you are on financial issues, the more you will succeed financially.

Typical 90’s soft rock like many others. They all sound more or less the same to me. 70’s and 80’s rock was better.

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