What a nice way to start December: 3 premier tournaments starting, with a bunch of high quality matches to stay entertained. Here are the highlights of last week's Starcraft II scene!

MEME OF THE WEEK

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RAGE RANT OF THE WEEK

Vipers are disgusting. They have an answer to absolutely everything. Oh, my tanks are a tiny bit bunched up? Lol here's a blinding cloud cast from 11 range, tanks are now useless. Unstoppable. Oh I actually manage to pre-split my tanks? Lol here's a few abducts from range 9, also impossible to stop, tanks are now dead. Oh I have vikings to counter the vipers? Lol here are a few parasitic bombs, good luck splitting the vikings while also splitting bio against 50 A-moved banelings. Oh and if I somehow manage to survive and push again after 30 seconds? Lol vipers are all recharged with energy after consuming some shitty evolution chambers, let's dance again.

Ok. First off, take a deep breath. Feels like you've been waiting to unload this rage for a while. We'll also take a breath with you, because we've lost a fair share of games because of vipers.
Second, don't feel too bad, even pros have trouble against vipers sometimes. But then they build ghosts, and even though the problem doesn't quite disappear, they at least have an answer. Of sorts. Ghosts are notoriously hard to manage, because they're hard to use with F2 (and we know how much our Terran friends love the F2 button).
Now's the time to take another deep breath, because what I am going to propose may be too difficult for some Terrans to accept: you need to split your army into multiple control groups. To start with, try 2 control groups: 1 for ghosts, and 1 for your main army. Get the 2 ghost upgrades as well (cloak and enhanced shockwaves), and pray to god that you land some amazing EMP's or snipes. Because if you don't, might as well send us another rage rant next week.

As a reminder to our readers: you can send us your rage rants at thedanktemplars@gmail.com!


THE DANK TEMPLARS UNIVERSITY

You would be amazed at the number of Diamond players (and below) that don't use control groups / camera hotkeys. Weak game mechanics can only take you so far, and frustration will start building up! And although that means we'll get more Rage Rant of the Week submissions, it won't be so fun for you. So check out the video below for some tips on game mechanics!

The PiG Daily #10 - Fundamentals of Starcraft - all the most important mechanics and tips
Timestamps:4:00 - Camera Locations and editing hotkeys11:20 - Personalizing Hotkey Layout14:24 - (Zerg) Hotkeying Eggs 17:00 - The F2 Key19:00 - Ctrl Click/D...

BUSY NERD EDITION: TOP MATCHES OF THE WEEK

Busy week and couldn't catch up on the best Starcraft II matches? No worries - we got you covered. Again, there were a lot of amazing matches this week, we tried our best to shorten the list to manageable proportions!

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Rogue (Z) goes up against Zest (P) in the finals of the ESL Weekly Cup KR #47; Starcraft gods, more of this please
Clem vs Elazer - FLYING BANELINGS! ESL Weekly Semi-finals (TvZ)
A beautiful display of micro between Clem and Elazer in the ESL Open Cup #47 semi-finals for Europe.Played : 30th November 2020Full tournament information : ...
The ESL weekly giving us another amazing Bo5, this time between Clem (T) and Elazer (Z)
[2020 GSL ST S2] Ro.16 Match1 TY vs Hurricane
[2020 GSL SuperTournament II] Day1(Ro.16): TY, Hurricane, Dark, ByuN, Zest, sOs, Trap, Solar
Welcome back Tasteless and Artosis! Watch them cast an amazing series between TY (T) and Hurricane (P)
[2020 GSL ST S2] Ro.16 Match4 Trap vs Solar
[2020 GSL SuperTournament II] Day1(Ro.16): TY, Hurricane, Dark, ByuN, Zest, sOs, Trap, Solar
Another GSL SuperTournament series: Trap (P) goes up against Solar (Z) in an exciting series
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Trap (P) goes up against Dark (Z) in a Bo5 in the NeXT Winter 2020 tournament
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EU Terran uThermal (T) goes up against legendary Korean Dark (Z) in a Bo5
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Cheeky boy PartinG (P) goes up against solid Dream (T) - will cheekiness prevail?
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In the mood to watch 2 Terrans bitch-slap each other? Then look no further: Clem (T) goes up against ByuN (T) in this Bo5 from TSL6

WHAT TO LOOK OUT FOR NEXT WEEK

In addition to the usual weekly events (such as the ESL open cups, the ITaX Trovo Weekly, etc.), 2 of the premier tournaments that started last week will continue into this week:

  • TSL6: the action continues Saturday, December 12; catch amazing matches like TY (T) v ShoWTimE (P), Maru (T) v PartinG (P), HeroMarine (T) v Reynor (Z), etc.
  • GSL Supertournament 2: you don't want to miss matches like TY (T) v Dark (Z), Maru (T) v Rogue (Z), or Stats (P) v INnoVation (T)

TOURNAMENT RESULTS [SPOILERS]

  • NeXT 2020 Winter: In a very stacked tournament, Trap (P) comes out on top, with a 3-2 victory over Dark (Z) in the finals
  • ESL Open Cup #47, EU: The youg Frenchman Clem (T) wins against HeRoMaRinE (T), 3-0
  • ESL Open Cup #47, KR: Zest (P) takes it over Rogue (Z), 3-2
  • ESL Open Cup #47, AM: And you know what, 1 victory just isn't for Zest. He also takes the Americas edition of the weekly cup with a convincing 3-0 victory over PartinG (P) in the finals

That's it for this week nerds. Thanks for reading, and tell your Starcraft friend(s) about us! If you wish to support/contribute, you can do so here! Keep raging and keep pwning. GLHF!