About an hour ago, I had a game against a Zerg player. We were both in high silver. When I play against a Zerg, I go FFE almost every single time, and it tends to work out pretty good. The downside to a FFE build is that it does not allow me to put up much pressure, at least early on, so the Zerg has free picks at the map for quite a while. That is what happened that game.
Normally, if I see someone grabbing a third quickly, I roll in and take it out because their army usually is not very strong. The thing is, this Zerg made almost entirely Roaches (sprinkled in some Zerglings) and set up many many Spine Crawlers (like 6 - 10 per expo). When I realized the severity of the situation -- it was 1 expansion vs 4 -- I tried to roll in with a pretty good army to the expansion closest to me, but farthest away from him. I had some Immortals for the Roaches, I had some Zealots for meat shields, and I even had some Archons for support fire. I figured it would be enough to snipe an expansion and the Zerg would rethink his/her intent, but my Zealots were thinned out by the Spines in a couple seconds, and the Immortals + Archons fell to the Roaches really quick without having any Zealots tanking damage. The game kept getting worse and worse because I could not penetrate at all into the Zerg. I got Psi Storm, but that did not help as much as I would have liked to against the Roaches.
I suppose a good response would have been Void Rays, because the Zerg opponent had literally no anti-air besides a couple Spore Crawlers (here and there) and queens. I was reluctant to switch to air because I invested so much into the templars. Eventually, I knew I was way too behind to make a comeback so I just left.
Has anybody experienced a Zerg play like that? It is really a pretty darn scary and overwhelming style that can be very hard to stop. Can anybody give me some advice on how to deal with a situation like this? Thanks!