An Interview With Sean Plott - AKA Day - Page 9
Sean Plott: I actually sat down with Morrow before the finals and was talking to him about that. A lot of people dislike that there's no differences, there's no... Okay, I am going to use the word "imbalance" and everyone in the StarCraft community uses that to mean "unfair", but I'm going to use it to mean "big differences." Like one of the bigger imbalances is that the Zerg has faster units and that Protoss and Terran have slower units, and I don't mean to say that that's unfair, it's just that huge difference there. And because that is a fixed, innate difference between the races, that's always something that you can exploit.
In any mirror match-up there's no imbalance. You have the exact same units. Sometimes it's difficult to perceive where the clear edge is. Often you'll see players recoil away from the typical strategies and try to find something different. If everyone is making the roach/hydralisk mix in the match up, some players will try to do a spine crawler/mutalisk mix just to be different, because by doing something different he can have clear edges. If both of them are making roaches and hydras it can often become very difficult to sit through that extremely similar environment.
Morrow was saying that not a lot of top Zerg players like it, though. It's less that there's huge similarities, but just very few players enjoy playing it out, and as result it's hard for him to get good practice partners. He has a number of practice partners in the other match-ups, and at the same time he also said that it's very hard to get a good win rate in the match up for him because there's this extremely thin micro situations that happen in the early game with zergling and banelings that can make it feel very volatile.
But at the same time there are players who have discovered incredible ways to be able to control those units properly seemingly every time. They don't shy away from the similarity, they just say, "Okay we are doing the same thing, well I am going to do it better." You know, players like Sen who can do that good stuff. Even though Morrow ‒ I think he's absolutely capable of being one of the best Zerg vs Zerg, he just said that for his own enjoyment he just wanted to play Terran vs Zerg.
The thing that struck me most when I had that conversation is that he touched briefly on how the match-up functioned itself and then just said, "But I really like Terran vs Zerg. All the match-ups feel so fun right now, I can just practice it for days. I love playing Terran vs Zerg and Zerg vs Terran and Zerg vs Protoss."Continued on the next page