My StarCraft 2 Playlist

Back where I used to train in Krav Maga, my instructors would blast hard rock while we worked out. It’d be loud music with a good bit of yelling, and this was supposed to motivate us while we did drills like “get choked from behind while the lights are off, your eyes are closed, and you’re disoriented.”

To be honest though, that music never really did it for me. As I’m now a starving student, I no longer formally train in Krav, but I do play StarCraft2, which is roughly the same thing, and what really gets me going is:

1. Colbie Caillat – All of You

220px-ColbieallofyouThough the album “All of You” sounds like the aural manifestation of falling in love when you first listen to it, it’s actually the official training music for the Russian Spetsnaz counter-terrorism unit. They also blast it aloud on speakers before action, striking fear in the heart of Chechens.

In StarCraft2, Colbie Caillat is best suited for those that play Protoss as the rhythms contain queues useful for warpgate rushing.

2. Avril Lavigne – Goodbye Lullaby

220px-Avril_Lavigne_Goodbye_Lullaby_album_coverOne often wonders when listening to Avril Lavigne, “what is this music actually about?” The first track, entitled Black Star, is actually about rogue scientific experiments done in Italy circa the early 90s to clone Silvio Berlusconi. This went on to become the basis of the storyline for Star Trek: The Attack of Evil Reman Picard (or better known as its production title Star Trek: Nemesis).

Goodbye Lullaby is best paired with players playing Terran as the atonal chords destructively interfere with the SC2 soundtrack, leaving only a series of beeps that reminds you when to build SCVs. Though the beeps would also be useful for those playing Protoss, the music actually constructively interferes with the Protoss soundtrack, causing players to oversaturate their mineral lines while under-producing army units.

3. Sara Bareilles – Kaleidoscope Heart

220px-SarabareilleskaleidoscopeheartcoverSeal team six listened to Kaleidoscope Heart when they killed Bin Laden.

The soulfulness of the music counteracts the gross squishy sounds of the Zerg soundtrack.

But mostly the Seal team 6 part.

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