Playing StarCraft like a pro. Actions per minute explained

In StarCraft, speed matters. According to pro players Lee “NADA” Yun-Yeol and Jang “Moon” Jae Ho, players need an APM (or “actions per minute) rating of at least 300 to be competitive. That means that every minute, players should be able to issue at least 300 commands to keep up with their opponent.

That may not sound very impressive on paper, considering that everything from left-clicking to order a unit to move to pushing a hot key to start building something, counts as an “action.” But the following video actually shows you what 300 APM looks like. Check it out.

Above: A demonstration of what 300 APM looks like. It looks like that keyboard might catch fire with all the furious clicking going on

Source: Razer: The Hax Life via Ars Technica
July 9, 2010

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  • DVTC - July 29, 2010 3:11 p.m.

    bwaaaaaaaaa gosh darn,, mine only goes up to like 120 to 140 when in the heat of the battle,, although I don't find having high high APM to be the lead to winning the game, but having a decent number would always be great,, I sometimes find myself having stuck-hands that, in my head I want to make some action but my hands were tied to clicking something at the moment or pressing other keys for the time being. It's kinda frustrating, but it doesn't make me feel like quitting but only to accel myself more. @foxyexplotion: yeah it kinda looks like they're pressing the same keys, and sometimes they are and sometimes they're not. what I'm guessing is that pressing same button more than once kinda assures them, kinda like right-clicking on the ground multiple times to make sure that the unit goes there as they're directed. Their hands might look like just tilting side to side in one place, but they could be pressing many keys in an ordered fashion, like space bar to get to where the action is, then pressing 1 or 2 to select group, then "a" to attack, then go back to base to make more scvs,, I mean it's quite interesting how those actions all connect and make it happen as if computer AI is directing two actions at the same time, only done by skilled and experienced human.
  • GamesRadarMatthewKeast - July 13, 2010 6:55 p.m.

    The player Moon makes hundreds of thousands of dollars a year playing Warcraft 3. It's his job. I don't think having a "life" even comes into it. How many people can say they make that much money at their job, are one of the best people in the world at their job, and have that much fun? That guy is living THE life.
  • Spybreak8 - July 11, 2010 10:59 p.m.

    See I used to be really good with Counter Strike back in college but then again I now play MANY other good games too. I just think mastering one game is stupid but hey congrats to the man.
  • Hellhog - July 11, 2010 7:40 a.m.

    I love StarCraft, mostly for singleplayer. I've played multiplayer in both StarCraft and the StarCraft II Beta. I can say without a doubt I suck at multiplayer and singleplayer is a lenthgy trek for me. Why? I can't really hotkey and macromanaging while micromanaging is a challenge. Not to mention I probably have an APM of about 5-10. No joke. Which is sad because I can type really fast and have no problem manouvering the keyboard or mouse without looking.
  • foxyexplosion - July 11, 2010 1:10 a.m.

    Im just wondering what all they are doing... Are they just pressing hotkeys for movement or are there buttons that build units without selecting buildings or do they just take advantage of ping jumping or is it hotkeys to jump to buildings for production, what is it? I just saw a lot of pressing the same buttons over and over is all
  • Fata1Stryke - July 10, 2010 7:57 p.m.

    This video frightens me. Oh my god. I can't imagine playing an RTS at anywhere near that speed. @HonestGuy: Amen to that.
  • keefster - July 10, 2010 3:16 p.m.

    god they must be pooping their pants over there for July 27. its about blizzard made a sequel anyway.
  • H2A2I00 - July 10, 2010 1:53 p.m.

    The amount of skill involved in ding that is amazing and in South Korea they go absolutely crazy for this game. They have tournaments, televised screenings and everything it's just like a sporting event. It is astounding, but I know that I will never reach that level and skill in any game I ever play.
  • NorthGuard - July 10, 2010 8:44 a.m.

    I have no interest in a game that makes me click around that quickly. Just doesn't look fun at all. That said these guys have found something they are good at so I have no problem with it.
  • N1kc - July 10, 2010 7:36 a.m.

    Na I think I'll take the scenic route with my lower than 20 APM<I think
  • Sickooo - July 10, 2010 4:47 a.m.

    @HonestGuy ... word brother! lol naw i thought this video was just amazing and i laughed when he said he tied sandbags 2 his wrists to try to get faster
  • HonestGuy - July 10, 2010 2:47 a.m.

    @jean-maxime your comment is downright disrespectful. why would i say that? because i'm a gamer myself and yes, i admit, i'm offended. here before you are the guys that do what they do best, and look, they even made an attempt to share that to you...and you dissed them like that? sure, you may have "real" jobs than they are, in a wealthier family than they are, or even so, in the opposite, but that doesn't give you the right. if you hold your words true, i guess you're the same guy who laughs at people with dirty jobs. kicking hobos and bums ( may not need be literal ), insulting the internet dwellers that they too have no life. so? what is your definition of "life"? want to peek at mine? i love games, i love comics, i love watching endless reruns of my most favorite anime. i love going to the park and sketch, i love going to various gaming site, not just here alone, to see what's up and what's new. i love playing games, i love modding games even more. i do small time commissions ( pay-up i draw what you want rendered ), and visits real comic artists to do small works, small contributions to the industry...that is me as of now, that is my life. and you know what, i see people who i must admit, is worse than mine but no, i don't tell them to 'get a life', because they already have, and you're looking RIGHT-AT-IT. yes, i can't stop you ( heck, i don't know, maybe after this you'll start going with me ). and although i do want to but, yes, i may never change your way of viewing things. but what i can strongly suggest is; it's FAR more better of you could've just kept those thoughts, those words to yourself. we all joined this gaming site because we want to be somewhere, where we can meet others who appreciate what we do in our life, why hate our fellow brothers-in-gaming-arms? WHY joined a gaming site to say how much you hate it? :) :D
  • Axcleblade - July 10, 2010 1:21 a.m.

    I wonder if they use these guys to stress test new keyboards.
  • Hydrohs - July 10, 2010 12:49 a.m.

    That is fucking impressive. I really wish I was that pro at RTS xD I tend to ignore hotkeys though... I'm doing it wrong.
  • wud03 - July 10, 2010 12:24 a.m.

    dude's signing autographs, i say that's a pretty balling life compared to us commenting on his life.
  • AlpineGuy - July 9, 2010 11:45 p.m.

    I get it, but at the same time I don't get it.
  • wevosman - July 9, 2010 11:35 p.m.

    Not sad at all. Its a bit of a big deal there.
  • jean-maxime - July 9, 2010 11:22 p.m.

    no life at all very sad

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