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I am trying to complete the "Outmatched: 4 Very Hard AI" achievement: Win a 1 vs 4 Multiplayer Custom Game with no Allies against 4 Very Hard A.I. opponents.

Any tips are welcome.

Thanks.

P.S. I would probably better to start from easier achievements, but it should be feasible to complete the hardest one too.

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See some answers in this similar question: gaming.stackexchange.com/questions/5927/…. Full answers here are probably better though given you're specifically interested in the 4 Very Hard AI achievement. –  Sadly Not Jan 17 '11 at 20:07

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One approach - which could probably be deemed cheating - is to play on the map Burning Tide. The goal of this map is to be the first team to collect 15,000 minerals.

You can get all the Outmatched achievements this way, because the AI players spend minerals on units and buildings, yet they do not attack. The AI players also do not collect the minerals deposited by the lava - this becomes important when going against 3 or 4 AI opponents.

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Actually, I planned to beat them in fair play... but this easy way is so attractive that I've decided to get achievements scores without significant efforts... would better do this easy and play multiplayer :) –  Budda Jan 18 '11 at 19:17

Here's one way to do it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BMpwkxvCEIU

I used a different tactic though, I will post a replay later when I'm at home

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From the replay I see that cannons are build close to 2 opponents only... Doesn't other two attack them? When their bases are destroyed? –  Budda Jan 17 '11 at 19:34
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There were also a few comments saying that that strat no longer worked post patch. –  Raven Dreamer Jan 17 '11 at 20:28

When you try to do a straight forward cannon rush where you build a Pylon and a few cannons inside the opponents base, the very hard AI will scout it and attack with workers before any cannons are ready. (This was added with a patch a while ago, previously the AI wasn't that aggressive.)

You can get around this by being a bit more sneaky about it and building your cannons in a place where the AI doesn't realize the danger:

Cannons on low ground

Once you established that position, you can start pushing in with cannons.

Cannons on high ground

Try to shut down mining for at least two opponents as fast as possible:

More cannons = less nexi

The other opponents will not counterattack, but try to get rid of the cannons next to their allies first. So build a lot of them, making sure your position can't be taken down.

From here on you could probably just push forward further with cannons to kill the remaining bases. Alternatively, carriers are a great unit to protect your cannons and destroy everything:

I know, you though the mighty carriers were just a legend, but here they are

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