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In 2vs2 game, you often need assistance from teammates such as: asking for minerals, asking for scans, asking for help, etc... When everything is more or less ok, you can just Alt+click on the minimap to take attention or write a text.

However, when a lot of events are going on, your teammate can often miss these indicators.

How can you best grab their attention in absence of a microphone?

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Trouts come to mind.. – DrFish May 30 '12 at 15:34
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Pausing is not the best solution, as the other team can unpause the game if they feel so inclined (and often they do).

If you are playing 2v2 (or any team composition) without voice (either in-game voice, or a solution like ventrilo), the game is definitely more difficult. If you are friends with the person, it helps to establish a concrete opening strategy before the game, and then use small messages while you are macroing and once you see scouting information to decide how to progress into the mid and late games.

If you are doing team games with randoms, it helps to start trying to establish this as soon as the game gets started while you are still creating your first drones. You'll know right away if you are in it alone, or if you have a very cooperative partner based on how they respond.

Also, give control of your units! I can't tell you how helpful this is so that both of you can micro at the same time, or help the other player micro when you can't get off something to type to them quick enough.

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Can teammate use my Command Center for scanning purposes? – Budda Jan 25 '11 at 18:56
@Budda If you have given control of your units, then yes your teammate can use Orbital Scans and other actions that require energy. However they cannot take actions that require minerals or gas, such as starting buildings, units, or upgrades. – Steven Jan 26 '11 at 3:21
@Budda Yes they can, I just tested this when I got home. Sorry for the delay. – kazzamalla Jan 26 '11 at 3:28
@Budda yes, on occasion I have had my teammate's orbital command on hot key for this purpose. (Usually I forget to though and wish I had remembered. Letting your teammate know you might be doing that is also good I would imagine if they're not a regular 2v2 partner) – Davy8 Jan 26 '11 at 3:47
One note about giving control of units. Make sure you're not both trying to micro the same units. You can see if a teammate has some units selected. Worst thing to do is one person trying to attack with some units and the other trying to retreat. – Davy8 Jan 26 '11 at 3:50

As already stated in many situations it will suffice to ping (Alt+G click) the minimap.

Depending on how good your ally is and how often you have played with him I think the following is a good guideline:

  • ping once - Look here, I want you to see this.
  • rapidly multiple pings - Immediate threat, react fast!
  • chat "scan", ping once - I want you to scan here.
  • chat "100 min" or "100 gas" - Need 100 minerals or 100 gas.
  • chat "gg?" - I have nothing, do you have anything that can change the game?
  • chat "i go ..." - I will use ... strategy.
  • chat "can i fast expand?" - I want to use the natural, can you cover me?
  • chat "scout" - Send a scouting worker, I need my resources.
  • chat "push" or "push?" or "push in x" - Asking when to push or indicating you want to push now or soon.
  • chat "b" or "back" - You will not commit to this fight and want your ally to back off.

There are many other messages, but these are the ones I use most often.

You should rely on common sense and trust your ally. Assume that if you show him something he will react correctly.

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After writing the question I've found a possible solution: you just need to "Pause" and write what you need. :)

P.S. Please note, I don't mean to CHAT a lot with teammate during pause... just get his attention for a second... Definitely it is not polite to others to pause game for OWN purposes... but 1 second break should be acceptable from my perspective.

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What is a reason for down-voting? – Budda Jan 26 '11 at 2:28
I didn't downvote, but I suspect it's because that's an inappropriate use of Pause, and if I remember correctly you can only pause 3 times a game. (That and after the first one your opponents will likely unpause the game for you immediately) – Davy8 Jan 26 '11 at 4:23
I really hate when anyone pauses the game before explaining why they do it. "I need time to think about how to counter you" is not a valid reason – Eric Jan 26 '11 at 20:20
Who told about 'thinking'? Just bring attention... only 1 second pause. But I got community's opinion about this idea :) – Budda Jan 26 '11 at 21:52

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