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Do these little destroyable rocks or plates at the bottom of ramps have any purpose? Is there any advantage to preserving or destroying them?

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There's a good picture in this question: – TylerAndFriends Mar 6 '14 at 18:30
I'm glad Blizzard adapted this approach. The neutral objects at the bottom of ramps goes all the way back to ICCUP maps in Brood War. – Mkalafut Mar 26 '14 at 18:41
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To avoid completely blocking you from exiting your main base with building in early stages of the game.

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1 - an example of ZvT, see ZvP on this guy's channel, too. – Orc JMR Mar 4 '14 at 14:23
Ty for good link Orc JMR – Gereltod Mar 4 '14 at 14:56
Fun trivia: This was originally a community invention. Walling off the bottom of the opponent's ramp used to be a common early-game tactic before the Heart of the Swarm expansion. Many popular custom maps placed neutral lowered Supply Depots at the bottom of the mains' ramps to discourage this. Blizzard picked up on it and added these ramp rocks with visuals matching other map doodads. – Anko Mar 4 '14 at 20:09

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