My impetus for my creating of this thread was a game I played yesterday vs King_Ownage2nd, video above. It's a long, somewhat close Russia vs Dutch game that goes on for 37 minutes. I make a lot of mistakes (I don't need to be told, I already know) - it was a rough transition to Colonial because King got a nat treasure (he always prioritizes getting those) which caught my fb'ing vill out, and to some degree I was forced to FB in base, because sending another vill out to FB would make my aggression too slow (at least that was my rationale for my choices, which may've been ill-placed.) Still, I had a lot of opportunities to win the game, primarily because his resources were absolute dogshit. I did eventually lose, however, and gave the customary gg. Thing is, at the same time, I've been having issues with my mouse (a $15 wireless logitech, yeah I know please don't flame me). Now, don't get me wrong, I am baseline inaccurate with my mouse control, but because of the current issues with my mouse, the zoom wheel doesn't work well, I end up undershooting while scrolling and I have lower APM than usual. I've thought to myself that it's fine and I can just play through it, but playing against a better player I certainly need to have some functioning tech if I want to compete. After the game, I told King about the issues with my mouse, but by doing that I feel like I'm kind of implying that I could've given a better fight, maybe even won the game had I had better tech (basically, displacing blame away from my actual play.)
My question is, how can I be a good sportsman, acknowledging my opponent's deserved victory while also communicating my frustrations with my own performance? Is it even possible to do both at the same time? Should I reserve my frustrations for the twitch chat, while keeping my face-to-face interactions with my opponent cordial? Because to me, it seems like by making excuses for myself, even if they're somewhat justified, that I'm discrediting my opponent from his victory, which I find to be terrible sportsmanship. I want to uplift and and encourage my opponents so that we can both become better, but I also want to speak candidly about a contributing factor to why I lost (that I feel compelled to express, maybe because it's cathartic.) Is it wrong?