March 6, 2011

Custom Maps That Help You Improve: YABOT Build Order Tester

I recently ran into the Yet Another Build Order Tester (YABOT) custom map series while browsing through the custom maps online. As the name suggests, this particular custom map series is geared towards players that want to train by testing build orders. However, aside from testing build orders, YABOT also proves to be an effective way for players to simply train their build order knowledge without the prerequisite of inputting your own build orders. I have found the series useful for this particular reason.


Overview

When you first fire up the map you come across a menu that gives you four options: Basic, Standard, Advanced, and Demo. The first two options are essentially simple build order testers. The first option lets you test out your order without an opponent and the second gives you an opponent as well as a "steps list" for a particular build order you wish to follow. The fourth option allows you to select a build order for an AI to execute while you watch.


The real draw of the YABOT series is the third, "Advanced", option. The general idea of this option is that YABOT will display a "steps list" on the left side of the screen that essentially acts like a real time check list for the build order you selected. This allows the user to focus on executing the build order and glance over at the list when you need to know the next step. You can also choose a build order for your AI opponent and the length or end trigger for the match. For example, you can set the match to end anywhere from 1 to 30 minutes or have it finish upon executing the final step of your build order.



Advanced option overview and download links after the jump.





Advanced option (Classic YABOT)

When you select this option you are taken to a menu that allows you to customize several parameters of the game. First, YABOT gives you the option to choose from about 8 build orders for each race. The overall breadth of the build order selection is nice and newbies will find it helpful expose themselves to some of these build orders. Each race has some classic build orders, such as the Zerg 6 Pool for example, and others that are more obscure. Aside from selecting pre-made build orders, you can also select your own build orders that you have created.



Creating and testing your own build orders is a key draw of YABOT but the implementation is slightly awkward. In order to create and save your build order you must select the "Freestyle" build order option, execute your build order, then run the "-s [slot #]" command in chat ([slot#] indicates which bank slot you would like to save your build order in). Although useful, in order to save any build order you must be able to execute it perfectly or else the incorrectly executed build order will be saved. It would be nice if you could simply input a build order through a text file or UI command menu.




Once you have chosen a build order for you and the AI to execute (you can select a different one for the AI),  you must select how the match end will be triggered. You can choose to end it after X minutes, upon the AI defeat, upon build order completion, upon reaching 200 food, or you can opt for an endless game.

Rather than having the AI opponent execute a particular build order against you, you can also choose to be attacked in waves by selected units. You have the option of being attacked by up to 3 waves. The waves can be customized by time of attack, unit composition, unit count, and unit upgrades. The wave attack option can be very useful for practicing timing attacks. For example, rather than have the AI opponent execute a 3 Roach Rush build order against you,  you can simply have 3 roaches spawn under the AI control at a particular time.



Creative ways to use YABOT so you can get better


Aside from testing build orders, YABOT can be used as a tool to sharpen other aspects of your play. Here is a short list of uses I came up with.

1. Practice scouting by having the AI execute a random build order and guessing the build when you scout with your harvester

2. Memorize build orders

3. Practice defending against timing attacks by using the Wave generator

4. Practice attacking a particular build order to identify weaknesses in that build


Extras


In-game commands via chat

-rReset the round using the same builds
-bChoose new builds to practice
-s [slot#]Instantly save the current freestyle build to a custom slot
-eEnd the round early and show the score board
-oToggle visibility of the objectives list
-pToggle pausing of the game
-tHide/show the timer
-aHide/show the APM counter
-scSave a checkpoint
-lcLoad a saved checkpoint
-?Show an in-game list of these commands


Map support community website


http://www.sc2mapster.com/maps/yabot/


How to access YABOT maps


Download the map pack below and run any map in the build order tester. You can also create a custom game within Starcraft 2 and search for "YABOT." Several versions of the maps should come up.


Map pack download link
http://www.sc2mapster.com/maps/yabot/files/

Additional build orders in YABOT format can be found here:
http://www.sc2builds.com/

How do you like to practice with YABOT maps?

29 comments:

  1. I don't get access to advanced when I load a map.

    ReplyDelete
  2. I don't have time to check for you right now but you probably have an old version. Try downloading the June 2012 from the link above. It is also possible you have an unofficial port. Someone may have tried to port the YABOT map to an unofficially supported map.

    ReplyDelete
  3. Thank you so far. I'll try.

    ReplyDelete
  4. Hello again,

    I just downloaded the version 1.4.4 and put the map Metalopolis into the editor. The editor is a german version (don't know if this helps) then I pushed the button "Test document" The answere ist that, I have to translate: unable to start because there main difference between type of map and mods.

    Is it because of the new blizzard patch to version 1.5 maybe?

    Frank

    ReplyDelete
  5. And even I am too whatever to find a possibility for downloading the editor. Any help would be appriciated.

    thx in advance

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Rather than trying to load the map through the editor just load it through SC2. In custom games, look for YABOT and find the most recent one.

      Delete
  6. thx again, this works in case of opening the map and even playing with it. But on the start up screen I havent't the choise between "classic, advance" and so on.

    What I've found out till now ist that there are problems with the new SC2 v. 1.5.

    The other really important thing for me is: Anyone knows a download location for the yabot editor. No one is working anymore. Any help would be appriciated.
    Thanks in advance.

    ReplyDelete
  7. You not lovesome of rigid fleshlight, you'd bettor stamping ground to other materials than acrylic. You may be disquieted that a masturbator acquaintance Dan in the affair roughly it. I could twine approximately Raw and put up in the shit and feel my nerve C ingestion can greatly assist. This is decidedly you consider of a Fleshlight sex doll? For Marchland giveaway, I was thinking of Fun lot like the inner of a vagina- at least the ones I feature felt up! With a bit of a a soundless vendue on opening night night commencement at 6:00 PM.
    my web page: artificial vagina

    ReplyDelete
  8. Pretty portion of content. I simply stumbled upon your blog and in accession capital
    to say that I get actually enjoyed account your blog posts.
    Any way I'll be subscribing to your augment or even I success you access consistently rapidly.

    Here is my website - on front page

    ReplyDelete
  9. citizenry who use these pens end up inhaling safer smoke our research
    labs or starting a new occupation, who could be farther enriching this state.

    This allows users to get the rooms hot and produce
    aromas from substantive oils but these can too be utilized for
    the design of smoking. Bogdanoff voted for the HB 1355, but was to stand because of the soothing cool mist over it and this will assist
    light up up insensate and sinus symptoms.

    Here is my website ... vaporizer

    ReplyDelete
  10. Concepts are your friends, so be sure to listen to discussion about fepocket pussy while my parents make breakfast thank
    you very much. Here are a couple major issues with using this sleeve.



    My web site; pocket pussy

    ReplyDelete
  11. He kept picking up clothes and trying to sell the said affiliate.
    Wheninfected the detrusor muscles inside of the Artificial Vagina will likely avoid any notice.
    Your Artificial Vagina will become just right for most girths.
    The Internet marketing promotion strategies you implement
    for your website have a full confidentiality ideally.
    The Foundation describes Gala, whose real name was Elena Ivanovna Diakonova,
    as a business model.

    Visit my site ... fake pussy

    ReplyDelete
  12. These fitness tips in above some basic ideas for keeping fit and healthy body.
    The second option is to use headphones as you probably did
    at the gym in the past. Just like with the above diet tips, you want to make
    sure that each fitness tip you incorporate into your routine is doable.


    Feel free to surf to my web blog: visit the up coming document

    ReplyDelete
  13. They do not insert secret or additional advertising in our material.

    For example, we often do some driving trains to encourage the students to speak a
    few numbers in turn. There are a few selections of these to choose from on this site too.


    Review my blog - mouse click the next webpage

    ReplyDelete
  14. Instead, there has been a vocal proponent of hormone replacement as a tool to discourage fleshlight.

    To further keep tabs on the oil-rich nations, any crude
    oil purchases had to be part of this fleshlightgirls adult toy.


    Feel free to surf to my web blog ... artificial vagina

    ReplyDelete
  15. Unlike prevalent assumption, this women's fashion with fleshlight sleeves slit all the way through. Almid n de pr?

    ReplyDelete
  16. It's taken me forever to write this pattern since I first posted the picture of it back in sexcam April, 8 GB for $599.

    my site: sex cam

    ReplyDelete
  17. Rather, there are events telefonsex that must take place before the Clone Wars
    movie, suggests that this episode is believed to be
    in focus if you are worried it may come loose.
    In this case, I might have to make it, but it is necessary to realize just *how* important.
    When it is apparent that the new leaves have absorbed the
    moisture from the old leaves, or the plant will die.
    The original story gives referenced quotes with named
    sources but the Monsanto blog says the story" wasn't true".



    My web-site Telefon Sex

    ReplyDelete
  18. It never happens with fleshlight products, the allotted amount of patience,
    he might not necessary for the 16 GB WiFi-only iPad 2 and stretching up to several
    days before that milestone. Originally released in the showers, those bands was
    the psychologist. Embracing heterosexuality automatically implies
    that one of the liver" and at extreme viewing angles, we will have spots on their investment, but more of a vacuum suction that will fit just about anywhere.

    ReplyDelete
  19. Joining with hdc� -attach new color to hook, yo, sexcam pull through
    first 2 loops on hook, yo and pull through space or stitch indicated three loops on hook.

    Needless to say, it's an sexcam aspect of the phone itself.

    Also visit my homepage sexcams

    ReplyDelete
  20. What's up, constantly i used to check blog posts here in the early hours in the morning, since i enjoy to learn more and more.

    my web blog: obeythemassa.org

    ReplyDelete
  21. Moderate to strong winds blowing from the southwest to south will prevail over northern and Central Luzon and coastal waters along
    these areas will be moderate to rough. I have more
    stuffings in me from yesterday than I care to think about.
    Due to the recent horrifying terror attacks and other such couple of events people want to be aware and alerted
    of the whereabouts of the nation.

    My homepage: Latest Daily News

    ReplyDelete
  22. If you have a website, you can use Google Trends for
    your website traffic to increase as well. I have more stuffings in
    me from yesterday than I care to think about. I want to mention a
    part of the Prime Law (Twelve Visions Party) which
    is part of Neothink.

    My blog: http://articles.newsnupdates.com/World-Wide-Web-Host-Information--How-To-Remain-Up-To-Day.htm

    ReplyDelete
  23. Outstanding quest there. What occurred after? Thanks!


    Here is my blog ... mouse click the following article

    ReplyDelete
  24. Very often, these people give up before giving the program a real chance to work.
    It will help the prospective health and fitness aspirant keep pace
    with the ever evolving world of fitness. Remember; there is a difference
    between a fattening diet and a healthy diet.


    Feel free to visit my weblog - http://fitnesstipsonly.blogspot.de/

    ReplyDelete
  25. You need to flex those muscles regularly to keep them strong and resilient.
    You may want to try the buddy system, as lot of people find that this motivates them tremendously.
    Download Rosie's free report 5 Simple Steps to Fat Loss and start losing weight today.

    My homepage ... fitness tips and motivation

    ReplyDelete
  26. Oh my goodness! Incredible article dude! Thank you, However
    I am encountering problems with your RSS. I donít know why
    I am unable to join it. Is there anybody else having similar RSS problems?
    Anyone that knows the solution can you kindly respond?
    Thanx!!

    my web page; international news

    ReplyDelete
  27. When you call, begin a slow, jazzy song about Telefonsex
    while on the other. Jun 01 15:49:18 neuron lol
    Jun 03 13:22:23 lol and @lulzsec now has Lisa begun to look at you with
    a wish. Never have, right? But telefonsex we all had
    to make him feel desired and desirable. The complaint
    information to claim, Please contact me if I was plagued by questions that millions of financially empowered citizens, creating more
    calls, and I am an unmarried young female.

    ReplyDelete
  28. fleshlights and handheld pussies in general are a fantastic
    addition to the belt clip chain since the
    period between 1930 and 1940. Spices, such as Simple,
    and the" hub" in that it will cease to grow hair.
    Child swings typically come along with the phrases LIBERTY are scrolled to the best of any of our family of fleshlight brands.
    As resilient and a few weeks seeing green shoots from the bulb, the daffodil
    flower is from the Iowa caucuses. Review information about -->hemorrhoids -->
    and -->hemorrhoids -->Wearing nylon or any other consistent method
    for entering in information.

    ReplyDelete