If you do not already know me, I have been running this popular Starcraft 2 strategy website since release and have helped countless players over the years get better at Starcraft 2.
Despite the popularity of my website, there was one thing that bothered me - some of the players that would ask me questions or for help with strategies had very low ladder ranks. It was not just me either - whether I was checking the YouTube comments for a popular shoutcaster, reading the comments boxes of pro gamer streams and tournaments, or browsing one of many Starcraft 2 forums, low-ranked players were everywhere (insert The Sixth Sense meme here)!
While someone has to be at the bottom, many of these players were actively trying to get better at Starcraft 2 - playing games, reading strategies, watching their replays, following pro streams, and asking for help - yet still failed to significantly improve their ranks despite their repeated efforts.
The question then became.. Why do some players get better at Starcraft 2, slowly but steadily increasing their ranks the more they play, while other players languish in ranking purgatory, never actually making significant improvement in ladder ranks no matter how much they play?
Clearly, learning strategy alone is not enough to advance to the top of the Starcraft 2 ranks. There are many low to mid-ranked players who are well versed in SC2 strategy yet do not have a good rank to show for their efforts.
I began to wonder.. if not strategy, then what is needed to be highly skilled at Starcraft 2? And perhaps more importantly, what is the fastest way possible to achieve this high level of skill?
I set out on a quest to come up with a Starcraft 2 training program with the following criteria:
Effectiveness. The program had to produce significant results, allowing players who followed it to move up multiple ladder divisions within a single season.
Steady Advancement. More time spent practicing the program had to be directly proportional to increased ranks. There is nothing more frustrating or demotivating for players than to spend time playing without ranking up - or even worse - ending a ladder session with a lower rank than you started with!
Fast. The program had to work quickly, creating skill increases and subsequent rank increases at a much faster pace than playing ladder games or following traditional practice methods.
All Skill Levels. The program had to be suitable for players of all skill ranges, from the Bronze League all the way up to the Grandmaster's League.
Race, Balance, and Patch Independent. The program had to work for players of all 3 races and continue to be effective independent of meta-game shifts, new expansions, and balance patch updates.
The end result was The Osiris Method, the first and only true Starcraft 2 training program.