8 Coaching Students after a single day / Ballbreaker participating in the gamecreds Starcraft 2 cup

Hi there 🙂

I am here to tell you that I have 8 coaching students already (after one day which is pretty impressive to me). I will not take any students on my primary coaching list, but if you would still like to apply for a lesson, drop me a mail at ballbreakertv@live.de and I will put you on my waiting list. It might take a while, though until you get your coaching, as I started to be a lot more active in tournaments!

This directly leads to my next point. Today I’ll be participating in the Gamecreds Starcraft 2 cup. You can find their website right here: http://www.gamecreds.com/recruitment/sc2/tournament?id=112. I am not sure how well I will perform as a lot of high Grandmaster players are participating, but I will run my stream for you to watch :). Make sure to tune in at http://twitch.tv/BallbreakerTV!

It all starts at 19:15 (roughly)!!


BallbreakerTV back in action

Hi everyone.

You might have noticed that I quit coaching and working around the blog for quite a while now. This has various reasons I am not going to list right now,

BUT I am back!

I am going to do coaching again and do guides, at least a few. If you would like to apply for a coaching lesson, you will find the corresponding page in the menu of my blog. For short: send me a mail with your in-game name, your league, race and match-up you would like to focus on to ballbreakertv@live.de


I am going to play more myself and stream those games. If you want, join the crowd and watch my play :). The link is http://twitch.tv/ballbreakertv !


This is it guys! Hope to hear from you soon :).


Patch 1.4.0 on PTR

Hi there,

Blizzard has just released the patch notes for the next patch 1.4.0! It is going to be a major patch with a lot of changes to the balance and the user interface of the battle.net 2.0!

Unit vision up ramps has been reduced by 1.
Probably a change to make 4 Gates weaker in PvP. Warping Zealots on the high ground has always been super strong and almost impossible to hold, unless the defender 4-gated as well!

Immortal: Attack range increased from 5 to 6.
Also a change to adjust PvP. Blink stalkers are abnormally strong in this match-up and usually win easily against Robo builds, although Immortals are supposed to counter them. Now they have an equal range and should fair better against Stalkers.
You might actually see Immortals a lot more against Terrans. As they are great against Marauders, you force your opponent to go Marine heave, which is pretty weak against Colossi or High Templar!
Mothership: Acceleration increased from 0.3 to 1.375.
The Mothership’s Cloaking Field no longer cloaks all units instantaneously, but rather adds units to the cloak field over time (maximum of 25 per second). This should alleviate “Mothership Lag” issue when a Mothership comes online.

Making the Mothership not fall instantly to any kind of anti-air. A good change in my eyes!

Stalker: Blink research time increased from 110 to 140.
Maybe there to punish Protosses that went for Blink to late against Zergs in late game? Probably not going to affect TvP.

Warp Prism: Shields increased from 40 to 100.
Should probably encourage Protosses to drop more and harass.


Barracks: Build time increased from 60 to 65.
This is not going to change much at all. Maybe 2 Rax Rushes will be a little delayed, but should be almost as strong as before…Unreasonable change to me.

Hellion: Infernal Pre-Igniter damage upgrade decreased from 10 to 5.
Hellions are now going to need three shots to kill a worker, even with the blue-flame upgrade, making it useless against every race except for against Zerg (you will still be able to 2-shot Lings with the Blueflame upgrade).

Raven: Seeker missile movement speed increased from 2.5 to 2.953.
Finally Terrans get a great AoE spell too! I imagine this to be very useful in late-game against every race, but Protosses might suffer the hardest, as their deathball tends to clump up. A very good change, giving us an equivalent to the HT and the Infestor!


Infestor: Fungal Growth damage changed from 36 (+30% armored) to 30 (40 vs Armored).
Marines still get one-shotted by Infestors, even with their Combat Shield upgrade. However, Vikings will now survive 4 Fungal Growths, making them a lot stronger against Broodlords!

Overseer: Morph cost decreased from 50/100 to 50/50.
Contaminate energy cost increased from 75 to 125.

Good change, as Overseers are rather rarely used and are now a little cheaper.

Ultralisk: Build time decreased from 70 to 55.
A buff to Zerg’s late-game. Not really necessary, but should probably encourage the use of Ultralisks a little more. Be prepared to fight these things a lot more frequently!

There are of course other changes, regarding the editor and the User Interface. You can find them right here:
Blizzard Post regarding patch 1.4.0

Ghost/Marauder/Helion – The key to the TvZ Matchup?

Hi folks,

I have just completed another guide, analysing a rather unknown unit composition for the Terran vs Zerg match-up.

This will probably be my last guide for a couple of weeks, I want to focus on coaching and becoming a better player myself!

I hope you enjoy :):


See you all in 2 days!

Almost back in Germany / Streaming / Coaching / Games

Hey Ho Let’s Go!

I am almost back in Germany. I will arrive at the 28th of August. From then on, this Blog shall rise to never seen brightness!

As a lot of you responded to my coaching offer, I will of course keep doing this. I will send an email to all of you once I get home, showing you my preferred date and time for coaching lessons. There will be quite a few lessons in the next week, but, due to high demand, I am still not sure if everyone that asked will get a coaching lesson within the next two weeks.
Of course, the lessons are free, donations are highly appreciated!

In the lesson you can choose if you would like to analyse replays of your own (I like to do that with Platin+ players, as they usually know the fundamentals and struggle with more specific things in their gameplay), you like to learn builds (good for every player) or if you would like to learn the fundamentals, such as scouting, unit compositions and expansion timings (this I like to do with lower league players).

I myself will of course play a lot more games, too. Still, I would like to get to top Masters, if not Grandmaster League, this/next season.

I will play in a couple of (smaller and bigger) cups to get some playing experience and maybe boost the blog’s popularity. I won’t deny any price money either :p, but right now I don’t think I could beat pro-level players.

Hint: I play Terran again :)! Protoss worked pretty well, but doesn’t suit me as well as Terran does, and watching me play Zerg was a disaster…

Yep. I will stream most of this stuff. I just (finally) got a nice and shiny internet connection with great upload speed, so you will be able to enjoy an HD Starcraft 2 Stream showing coaching lessons, first-person view games and cup games!
I hope that you’ll tune in :)!

I will not publish any guides in the next couple of weeks. Well…maybe one or two, but I really don’t have THAT much time to put in Starcraft 2, so I hope you understand this!

Ballbreaker (see ya next week, yo)