1. STAY CALM
Always stay calm. You are the one with more experience. You are the one who knows that a widow mine in the mineral line isn’t game over. You are the one who knows that a player who tries to bust your wall with a lot of units early on was probably cutting corners at home. It is up to you, the more experienced player, to provide perspective. Meet cries of, “That’s it, we lost,” with a firm but calm, “Hang on, we’re ok. Just keep making units.” Firm, but calm. The way you would
talk to a child. Or a dog. It’s okay to point out anything immediately important, like a proxy pylon or a peeping Overlord that needs killing, but...
2. SAVE MOST OF THE ADVICE FOR AFTER THE GAME
You might be tempted to launch into a string of complicated advice about how to turn the build grid on, and how to leave a one square opening, or how to build an extractor and then cancel it to get an extra drone, but your low APM friend can’t even think about those things in the middle of a game, much less pull them off correctly. If your teammate wants to make nothing but zealots, let him. If he wants to make ten spine crawlers at every base, let him. He might think that nothing could possibly stop his legions of marines, but watching his unsupported, unupgraded little squishies melt like butter to a pair of colossi will do more to change his mind than any coaching or whining you might do. And, mistakes like that will often show up in the data, so...
get frustrated and give up. And, okay, maybe I’m not quite the boss I claimed to be, but I’m still better than he is. So how do I tell him that I’m not the problem? How do I point that out without turning our fun gaming sessions into a condescending series of lectures and lessons? How do I say, “You’re a giant, festering noob” without seeming like I have a manner problem? It’s not easy. But, I’ve gotten better at it, and our team has gotten better, so I thought I would share some tricks.
So how do I tell him that I’m not the problem? How do I point that out without turning our fun gaming sessions into a condescending series of lectures and lessons?