How should I prepare my army when attacking someone who has 12+ battlecruisers? (Protoss/Zerg/Terran answers are more than appreciated)
Unlike in Starcraft 1, the Starcraft 2 Battlecruiser is an over specialized unit. It has high ground damage and a long charge up time on its Yamato gun (excellent reference to the birth of anime right there). This combined with its slow speed give you a number of options to deal with it. I'll try to break them down by strategy rather than unit composition (as you should never build a specific unit to counter).
The major Zerg strategies are as follows:
The major Protoss strategies are as follows:
Remember, you should never think: "What unit counters X?" but rather "How do I use what I have to win?"
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Basically, either a bunch of dedicated air-to-air units (vikings, corruptors) or mass marines/hydras/stalkers.
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You shouldn't be giving him the time to get those 12+ Battlecruisers.
So you should press him earlier so he doesn't get that far up the tech tree AND has the time to built that many Battlecruisers
First of all, I do not understand why people are telling you, "You should not give him that much time to build 12 Battlecruisers in the first place". That is clearly not a solution to fighting Battlecruisers.
For Protoss players up against Battlecruisers, Phoenixes CANNOT take on Battlecruisers. Go try it, they will get demolished. You HAVE TO get Voidrays against Battlecruisers. Voidrays were made for this reason. The charge is the only thing that can drop their HP and storm does not work effectively on mech units. Also, a side note, you can charge your Voidrays before you enter a battle by attacking a rock or even your own structures (if you are desperate).
You can also get Mothership with Carriers and Voidrays as well. If you do, do not worry about letting your mothership die. While it is tanking, you can destroy half of your opponents fleet by then.
Basically, nothing other than Protoss air (Voidrays, Carriers, Mothership) can take on Battlecruisers. I should say, not as well. If you find yourself stuck in a Gateway build, then you should try out tzene's strategy. Otherwise, you should go air against Battlecruisers.
However, if you run into a situation where he has the superior army then you can always aim for a base race; Avoid his army and wait until he attacks, so you can attack his base without him defending.
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