Replay Strategery Discussionating:
So, these might not be too interesting for experienced players but I thought I'd slap these two games up to talk about basic strategy for new players to MP. I'm assuming players know the game basics, but may just not be used to the game flow or meta of MP.
Game 1 (4v4, 26 min): Pay attention to the starting positions. I and my nearest partner move to 2v1 the enemy player we're surrounding. Taking a player out early as soon as possible before he can dig in and/or get fed resources much is huge. Meanwhile, Efejao[BRZL] (or however it's spelled) is facing the same problem on our team. Since I have an easy start, it's useless to keep my resources banked so I need to support him as he's facing jbaum and another player looking to take him out quickly. He gets 2 factories up on his homeworld and starts pumping ships out with the extra resources. The enemy make a big mistake in not timing their 2v1 very well so Efe is able to fend them off, kill a cap ship, and even seriously threaten one of the players. You can see just how differently the two 2v1s play out here. Notice how he micros his ships really well in keeping them near his factories and having them focus fire ships one at a time, keeping them out of range of the bulk the enemy fleet while the enemy doesn’t micro at all and just has ships randomly spread out.
Game 2 (5v5, 101 min): Good teamwork makes all the difference. Our team communicates, the newer players were open to listening, and resources are shared really well. The other team....well you'll see in the chat. There is also a pretty funny Wail of the Sacrificed moment here too. Overly aggressive, non-scouting, multiple grav well jumping fleet gets vaporized... An entire desert planet of psychic suicide bombers turns out to be pretty potent! There's also a lot of starbases in this game and one of our players gets red buttoned pretty bad. In this game, red (Emperor) should have helped double green (JameX) and keep him in check since they had him flanked on both sides. Instead, he tried to attack our new player, who got supported well with feed, a starbase, and me switching from eco to fleeting up.