Look man, I’m direct on the forum, but I am fair.
Night 1 on your first replay, Spotters came, and Kerrigan alone would have taken care of it and he did. You were too pre-occupied with just letting your tanks sieged there, you just assumed you defended it. You’d have gotten overrun with the measly few tanks you had.
Now, I’m not defending your ally as some super-helpful-ally. He’s level 11 and P1. He did his clearly inexperienced gameplay and still supported to defend most of N2 as well. When I see that, what I see is despite his lack of experience he still did his best. Poor choice on Guardians over Lurkers given his situation, but meh he’s not that good clearly.
You on the other hand, couldn’t have even left 2-3 tanks to help out the south/main entrance. And then leaving the entire north entrance for him… how is that going to work when you’ve seen how he played?
There’s nothing offensive about my comment for “less than average”. Average on DoN is about N3 to D4. As it depends on some commanders linked to “average players”. You finish on N3 while letting your ally taking all the fall for everything, then say you did the work.
Sure, I can give you credit for clearing more structures than he did, but that’s really it. That’s just average fair share. You’d have did “more” if you cleared more AND defended the nights, instead of leaving him hanging. You’d have did “more” if you cleared far faster than you did. So no my man, you did only 50% of the work… the more important half sure, but 50% nonetheless.
As for your 2nd replay, this is a much better opening than the 1st replay on DoN. The TotP game shows a much cleaner build order, you don’t really bank much gas until 4min and later. See, credit where it is due.
7min in and you didn’t provide the 7th and 8th vespene drones, even though they cost you 20min total. Why is this important? It shows why vespene drones are essentially pointless. At this point (7min), you have:
- 305min/229gas banked
- 1x Factory, Starport, Armory (300 gas)
- 6x Tanks (750 gas)
- Drill Level 1, Weapon 1 researching and Weapon Range researched (400gas)
These total to about 1500 gas used. To put that into perspective:
- You saturated 2 main geysers at 3.5min with 50 banked from ally’s vespene drones x 2.
- 114gas/min x 2 x (7min - 3.5min) = 798 gas or 800 gas.
- You saturated 3rd geyser at 4.5min, same math 114 x 1 x (7-4.5) = 285 gas
- You saturated 4th geyser at 5min, again 114 x 1 x (7-5) = 228 gas
- 798 + 285 + 228 = 1311 gas
- Recall you banked 229gas at 7min, this all total to 1540gas.
- Exactly what you needed to get everything you have gotten at 7min mark
So no, vespene drones are very pointless. Lest we forget here, at 7min you only had 6 total vespene drones working at various times. The extra provided if you tally everything up is… 229banked + 300infrastructure + 750units + 400research = 1679 gas total collected. 1540gas / 1679gas = 91.7% of SCV collected resources. While only a measly 8.3% of your total gas at this point is banked from 6x Vespene Drones.
I’m simply trying to show you (and people who agree with you) that vespene drones are far less useful than people think during the early game (prior to 8min, definition of early game). That isn’t to say to not get them. However, getting them at 6x at 6min, or 8x at 6min, or 4x at 4min then 2x at 6min, or whatever… makes next to no difference.
You, as the player will always be better with an optimized build order. Shown by your 2nd versus 1st replay. And even in the 2nd one, you only had 1x Armor and not 2x, 1x Factory and not 2x. Why? Because my point stands lol. And even when you had 2x Armor and 2x Factory, it stands mostly idle. Why? Again, point stands .
Side note: Shame, the thrasher ignored his units and temple taking 8dmg lolz. Also shame that neither of you cleared top right given how mobile Brutalisks and your Hercules are. But that’s more nitpicky cuz of my personal quirks.