Hello! I Am ‘State,’ Pro StarCraft 2 Player. How Can I Help You?

State on StarCraft is a weekly column on Game Front by Ryan “State” Visbeck, a pro StarCraft 2 player. Each week State brings you his unique perspective on all things StarCraft, including tips, tricks and stories from the front line of competitive play.

NOTE: “State” is officially sponsored by Game Front.


My name is Ryan Visbeck. As a professional StarCraft 2 player, I go by the handle “State,” and I am happy to announce my partnership with Game Front. I will be representing Game Front in tournaments and other competitions as well as writing a weekly column in which I will provide tips, analyses, and strategies. I’m also excited to share some of my experiences as a professional gamer.

As a fan of the RTS genre and an adamant consumer of all things Blizzard, I began playing StarCraft 2 upon its release in 2010. At first, playing was just a hobby. I started as a Terran player, but soon switched to Protoss after deciding that Terran and Zerg had far-and-away the most satisfying death animations. It was much more fun killing roaches and marines than struggling to keep them alive.

My first introduction to competitive gaming was watching MLG in Washington, D.C. during fall 2010. At the time, “eSports” was an alien concept to me, but I was inspired to compete. The small success I had in the months that followed allowed me to join my first pro-gaming team, Vile, in 2011 and compete in tournaments across the United States.

In the above video, you can watch State defeat Idra in game two of their best-of-five series during the WCG 2011 qualifiers.

In mid-2012, I moved into an American pro-gaming house and began playing full-time. It was there that I trained to compete in Blizzard’s North American Finals of the World Championship Series. After qualifying to play in the world finals, I moved to Korea to train and live with StarTale, one of the top teams in the world.

After a brief break to focus on school, I have returned to competitive StarCraft to play in the 2013 World Championship Series—a year-long, $1.6 million dollar tournament. My goal is to again represent America at the World Championship. This year, the world finals will be at BlizzCon in Anaheim, CA.

Along with WCS, I am currently competing in TotalBiscuit and Genna Bain’s SHOUTcraft America, a tournament open to the top 16 residents of North and South America on the Battle.net ladder.

I love how responsive the community is and I want to know what you think.

In addition to the tips, analyses, strategies, and personal experiences that I will be sharing—what would you like to see from me?

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9 Comments on Hello! I Am ‘State,’ Pro StarCraft 2 Player. How Can I Help You?


On May 17, 2013 at 3:20 pm

This looks awesome. Definitely excited to check out everything you contribute. As far as what else I’d like to see.. you playing Zerg instead of Toss! Haha jk


On May 19, 2013 at 2:57 pm

I just watched how you beatMinigun! way to go, I hope you post about this.


On May 19, 2013 at 2:58 pm

Well done on reaching the final of SHOUTcraft. I just watched your semi final match.

Looking forward to your match up with Kane in the final.

Matthew S

On May 20, 2013 at 4:29 am

hey state. whatched you obliterate minigun. good luck in the final ill be hoping for you to win


On May 21, 2013 at 1:41 am

This does fall into tips or strategy but i really would like to see a flow chart of what you think to build, I will never be as fast as a pro player but going onto liquid and reading a bunch of builds only helps so much. I could watch a bunch of games but that takes a ton of time.

I understand a lot of it can be who you are playing and maybe their tendencies but something more simple for newer players would help.

In example…

if you scout a second gas against a terran 3 min in what does that tell you. It may be 1 thing or multiple things but having a pro say this is most likely what he is doing in an easy to read format would be extremely helpful.

If i could look at a flow chart of sorts and then watch my games to see what i should of done or should of seen i think it would make me become a better player much quicker.

I am really excited for your articles.:)


On May 21, 2013 at 11:57 pm

State I’m not sure if you will read this, but you did an amazing job in ShoutCraft. It was easy to tell you were unhappy with that finals against Kane. I just want to say, if you start playing zvp at the level you play zvt you will become an international monster. Never give up man, if you keep going you will become one of the best SC2 players in the world. I wish you all the best!


On May 23, 2013 at 12:20 pm

Hi State !

I watched the Shoutcraft Tournament and you left quite an impression ! Don’t feel too bad about the final, I feel like if you could find a team and practice a little bit, soon nothing will stop you ! You were called the best protoss player of America this tournament after all… Good luck and I’m waiting for your next post here !


On May 29, 2013 at 1:38 pm

just found out about this series. with the PvT guide, do a standard macro analysis on PvP and PvZ as well.

Also one potential thing that I would be very interested in hearing about, Is practice, how did you practice to get to where you are? And how is this practice done?

Tyrone Washington

On May 30, 2013 at 7:40 am

Yo you crazy for dis one, State. Shiet. You got FLOW, DOE. Commandin’ them probes like a StarCraft Makavelli. This gon’ be dope as hell, this article like the ashes of Tupac AND Biggie rolled into a phat blunt. Safety first, mah nyqqa.