StarCraft II is a real-time strategy game published in 2010 by Activision Blizzard and is the sequel to StarCraft.

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Stuck in StarCraft II improvement

The problem is that I seem to be stuck in my SCII learning process. I've seen the latest Day9 'Newbie Tuesday' streams and he claims that making workers, not getting supply blocked and making units ...
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Can StarCraft 2 be played offline?

I've always thought that Starcraft 2 was Always Online, but I was talking to a college today and I found out there was an offline mode which just lacks access to achievements or custom maps (like I ...
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How do I get the “Zergling Rush” achievement in StarCraft 2?

I'm trying to get a lot of the battle.net achievements, but some of them seem quite difficult. Specifically, "Zergling Rush" the 20 zerglings in 255 seconds achievement
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What's this number on my friend's Battle.net Portrait?

One of my Real ID friends has a small number next to his name on my friends list. What does this refer to? None of my other Real ID friends seem to have it.
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How come 4 Warp Gate Rush does not dominate professional play?

This might be a dumb question; I actually don't own SC2, so what experience I have is playing friends' accounts. But my friend has been playing on Diamond + Platinum, and so far he seems to be ...
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How does a Terran player stop a cannon rush from Protoss?

On a small 1v1 map playing Protoss vs. Terran, if the Protoss player brings the probe to build a pylon and forge in a corner of the Terran base, what should the Terran player do? It seems like the ...
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Can I select the target for my spawn larvae with a hotkey and no mouse clicks?

I have my queens hotkeyed so I can double tap the key, hit V for spawn larvae, then click my hatchery. However, I would like to get rid of the need for the mouse click. Can I somehow select the ...
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How do units choose which enemy to target in SC2?

Assuming I do not focus fire, how do my units choose which enemy unit to engage, when there is more than one in range? Specifically, are they making any smart choice such as targeting the most ...
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Is there any way to break a Protoss Sentry's Force Field?

When I first encountered a Sentry force field, I expected to be able to attack and destroy it. However, they don't seem to be targetable. Is there anything I can do except wait for it to fade ...
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How do I change the game speed during a match in Starcraft 2 (SC2)?

I was in a game the other day and I saw "<Player> has voted to increase the game speed (fast)" "<Player> has voted to increase the game speed (faster)" I don't remember the player's ...
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What's the most efficient way to select workers to build things in Starcraft 2?

When I'm building up my base, I sometimes find myself wasting time trying to get a single worker off of my resource line so that I can build something. I often miss or have to chase after them if I'm ...
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Importance of Zerglings to Zerg armies

So i've been trying to improve my game as zerg as of late, but im meeting several difficulties (some in micro, some in macro, etc etc), but the one i want to ask about now is army composition. I ...
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How do I defend against Nydus attacks in a StarCraft 2 team game?

I played a 3v3 last night with mostly novice players. It was PTT vs. ZZT. One of my opponents got sight in the rear of our bases and started flooding the place with Roaches and Hydralisks via Nydus ...
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What does it mean to Maynard an SCV?

What does it mean to Maynard an SCV in StarCraft or StarCraft 2. It comes up a lot in the casts.
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In StarCraft 2, is there a way to automatically set groups on units about to be produced?

Just as the title says, is there a way to automatically set groups on units that are about to be produced? (Excluding Zerg, because you can select the larvae egg, thus enabling you to include/set them ...
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How does one get a tie game in Starcraft 2?

I've seen "Tie" game results in others' match histories. When a game is considered a tie?
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What attack is used against the Colossus?

The Colossus is unique in that it can be attacked by both ground attacks and air attacks. Some units, however, can attack both air and ground, and use a different attack for each - for example the ...
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Stop SCV from building without cancelling

In pro-level games, I often see Terran players pulling SCVs off half-completed buildings without cancelling the buildings (shown here). How do you do that?
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Tips for improving overall gameplay and camera control in Starcraft 2?

Have you ever had a dream where you're trying to run, but for some reason you just can't move your legs very fast and it's very annoying? I think you know what I'm talking about, you can see where you ...
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Dealing with the dreaded Terran Base Race

In my recent games, I've been having a lot of trouble with Terrans who refuse to engage my army even if it arrives knocking on their doorstep (I play Protoss mostly), because they know that they will ...
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Is LAN with StarCraft 2 definitely not possible?

I searched around the web, even in the official SCII com forums, but I could not get an exact answer on this question: "Is LAN with SCII definitely not possible or is there a way to get the PCs ...
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Is there a new mini-game in HOTS?

After quickly glancing at the achievements before heading to work this morning, I didn't find any achievements that would indicate that a new mini-game has been introduced in Heart of the Swarm. I'm ...
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How can I play StarCraft 2 competitively against less skilled friends?

I really enjoy StarCraft 2, and mostly want to play with my friends. We enjoy playing Co-op vs. AI (with 3 or 4 of us humans on a team). But I would like to get into some skirmishes against them as ...
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(When) is a Planetary Fortress useful?

I haven't seen a single PF in the game. Does anyone build them?
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Why can't I click enemy units anymore?

Ever since I installed HotS, I've been unable to select enemy units. Is this a new feature with the expansion or did is there an option to change that?
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How can I teach my less-skilled friends the value of scouting and aggression?

I've been playing Starcraft 2 with many real-life friends who have varying levels of experience with Starcraft and RTSes in general. At this point most of them have gotten the hang of the macro game, ...
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What happens to my campaign progress if I uninstall StarCraft 2?

I need to repave my machine. I've made progress in the StarCraft 2 Wings of Liberty Campaign that I don't want to lose. I believe the achievements I've unlocked are tied to my battle.net account and ...
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Do I gain any XP from an AI surrendering?

If you play against the AI, at a certain point it will offer a surrender, say GG, and you can either accept or decline. When this happens, there is still a number of buildings (and possibly units) ...
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Is it possible to undo the last command I queued in Starcraft 2?

Suppose I am in a battle and I play MMM vs Stalker & Immortal. If both armies clash I chain a command to focus all Immortals one after another with Shift. Sometimes I click 2-3 Immortals and ...
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How do pro Starcraft 2 tournament organisers choose maps?

What goes into the decision about which maps to use in the pro SC2 tournaments? I'm organising a friendly tournament and want to make sure that the maps are chosen fairly.
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In a ZvZ match, how do I deal with early mass zerglings?

Just as it says on the can. How do I defend early mass zerglings in ZvZ? Early being around the time my natural is finished to the time it's about half-saturated. I'm getting a baneling nest as soon ...
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What gameplay behaviors are random?

SC2 is a deterministic game in the sense that there is nothing left to chance. No units get a "20% chance to cause bonus" or anything like that. The same keystrokes will always yield exactly the same ...
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How long do the resources last in a Starcraft 2 base?

In a standard SC2 league map, how long do the mineral patches and vespene geysers last? I know that you should start expanding before the resources start to dry up, and so I'm curious what the time ...
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Do early workers really have an exponential effect?

Commentators such as HD sometimes mention that a worker advantage in the early game is of extreme importance since it has an "exponential effect" (here's an example video which mentions that at the ...
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How to criticize a teammate?

Several friends and I have been playing more competitively in StarCraft 2. Unfortunately, we all have our issues, but in an effort to try to better ourselves, our MMR, and move up in the ladder, ...
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How do I drop units from overlords/medivacs while the transport is still moving?

I've seen players drop units from overlords/medivacs while the transport was still moving, but I can't figure out how to do that myself. If I order the transport to unload all and then issue another ...
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Do Burrowed Units Block Building Construction?

If I burrow a unit in a location, will the opponent be blocked from creating or landing any buildings there? If it doesn't, do my units magically move out of the way when they unburrow? (Just curious) ...
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Missile turret placement

Whenever I scout a build that has potential for airborne harassment (e.g. Banshee, Muta, Oracle) my reaction is to build missile turrets to defend the mineral line, however all too often my opponent ...
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What's the capital A on the right of the input box?

This thing. I have no clue what it is.
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How do I beat Terran as Zerg when they do MMM with tanks?

Question basically states it. I have a lot of problems beating Terran when they either do MMM(Marine Maurader Medivac) with tanks or even just marines and tanks. Tried banelings and infestors, and ...
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How to increase actions per minute

Whats a good way to increase my actions per minute (apm)? Please note I don't want Starcraft 2 to become my life either, so reasonable strategies would be much appreciated, but please provide any ...
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What does “(Player name) has not rebuilt their base and is being revealed” mean?

What does this actually mean? Does it mean that all his units and base structures will be made visible to his opponent? It seems that "being revealed" = "will be defeated"?
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How to effectivly attack harvesters with zerglings?

The thing is when I attack a harvesters with the a hotkey, My Zerglings will always attack offensive units (which are almost always behind). Of course I can manualy attack probes/SCVs/drones one by ...
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What percentage of players get into each league tier?

E.g., if I'm in the Silver league, this means I'm generally/statistically better than what percentage of the players? (At least for the first qualifying matches, that is)
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Would you recommend upgrading shields or armor first?

When playing as Protoss, would you recommend upgrading shields or armor first? I know the attack upgrades are more valuable, but the mechanics of the defense ones are a bit vague. Does the armor ...
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How should a Bronze Protoss defend probes mid game?

I'm Bronze Protoss and I have an issue with losing lots of workers to harasses - either pure air or drops, usually not long after 1st expansion. Being Bronze I only have one strategy - cannons on the ...
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Are there people who cheat around fog of war in Starcraft 2?

Are there people who map cheat the fog of war away in Starcraft 2 on Battle.net? Do I have to worry about this?
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Is it possible to watch the summary story that is told during the install of Starcraft 2?

The installation process finished before the story recap thing that was being told did and I haven't been able to find an option to replay that. Is it possible to watch that after the game has been ...
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What does the StarCraft 2 client download when entering the league queue?

When I go to join a multiplayer game in StarCraft 2, sometimes the game client says it is downloading a few items before it enters the queue. This notice appears at the top center of the screen, and ...
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How do I play Starcraft 2 offline?

How to I play StarCraft 2 offline? When I start StarCraft 2 offline (my network connection disabled), it prompts me for my Battle.net account name. After entering my account name, I select play ...