I just lost a game because I misread my opponent’s build. Although it is my fault for taking a chance, the animation of Twilight Council played a part to my defeat.
I was playing against a Protoss on Bel shir Vestige.
I used a 12/12 Reaper expand. Nothing special. My Scv scouted 3 Probes on each geyser and two Pylons. I deduce that there is no proxy Stargate, as there are two Pylons. I then built an Engineering Bay at his/her natural since there is no Zealot.
My Reaper scouted a Twilight Council and managed to kill a Probe. Everything seems to go my way. With that Twilight Council. it is very likely that a Blink All-in is coming. However, there is still a possibility that my opponent will play mind game and use Dark Templar since I scouted it. This is something that I had played against before, and it caught me off guard.
I ran my Reaper into the main again after it had healed to scout if it was Blink or Dark Templar. I saw no Chronoboost on the Twilight Council, and deduce that it was not a Blink All-in. Then, I used my Reaper to scout around the base to look for the Dark Shrine. At the same time, I used a Scv to scout around the base for it too. I did not see a Dark Shrine in the base.
I built an Engineering Bay at my base for Turrets instead of additional Bunkers. In the end, it was a Blink All-in and I lost. I reviewed the replay to learn why I didn’t see it coming. Look at images below. My opponent indeed used Chronoboost on the Twilight Council. My Reaper went in at the time when the Chronoboost was just over. S/he used Chronoboost on the Twilight Council again after my Reaper was not there.
I threw down a scan when I have the energy as I still felt uneasy due to the information I had. It was too late for me to put down Bunkers.
I decided to compare the difference in the animation of Twilight Council during research and standstill. This is to ensure I can tell that Blink is researching even though I don’t see the Chronoboost in the future.
Here is the comparison.
Can someone tell me the difference?
Actually there is a difference. The two pillars at the side are more apart during research than they are during standstand. But the difference is very marginal. VERY marginal.
I will definitely like to know if anyone has a good way to tell if Twilight Council is researching something when there is no Chronoboost. Please tell me in the comment.