I am curious as to know what players use as their preparation strategy in ladder games or really any games for that matter.
I find that I check for common games first, otherwise I just look at the last 3 ladder games to see picking tendencies. I only look for about a minute, usually just checking for cluster picking or spreading out. In tournaments I find I do this for the semifinals or later. I doubt I'll ever be the best with such limited preparation but was wondering what others thoughts were on this.
Do you look deeper into picks?
Do you look at play tendencies?
In team games do you look for unorthodox plays? Such as gifting at unexpected times? (If you're curious about this, check out our (ema and I) 2v2 game against noob and richard, the gift in australia really threw me and ema for a loop) http://warlight.net/MultiPlayer.aspx?GameID=2932887