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

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Match information in Starcraft 2 via packet capture?

I'm writing a small application to track some additional statistics not provided within Starcraft 2 (e.g. current daily point increase/decrease, distribution of matches such as those won in the first ...
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Make AI do a specific build in YABOT?

I want to practice against various builds (things like roach builds, zerg rushes, DT rushes, etc.) so i can make and refine counter-builds for them. Is it possible to get the AI to do them ...
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Is it ok to build a wall not on main's, but on natural's choke?

I play Terran and in 1v1 most of the time I wall up aganist Protoss and Zerg. Recently it came to my mind that instead of building a wall on main's choke I can build it at natural's, thus protecting ...
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How fast can I get mutalisks as Zerg and what's the build order to get there?

What's the earliest time (as in exact timing of how long it takes) a Zerg player can have mutas, and the build order to pull this stunt? Any help appreciated!
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Effect of being an Armored unit in Starcraft 2?

What effects does having the Armored armor type have on a unit aside from taking the appropriate extra damage from weapons that deal extra armored damage? I.E. do normal attacks do reduced damage or ...
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Starcraft 2 — DirectX 10 effects?

I seem to recall rumors that Starcraft 2 looked better when using DirectX 10 over DirectX 9. Is this true, and if so can you give examples (preferably in screenshot form)?
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Is it possible to play Starcraft 2 at an Internet Cafe without a licence?

I recently tried to check out Starcraft 2 at an internet cafe before deciding to buy it. However it would not let me play the game without a battle.net account. After registering for the account it ...
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After purchasing a used copy, can a Battle.net account be reset?

My buddy recently bought a used copy of Starcraft 2 from a friend and wanted to make himself an account. If he has the existing account information will Blizzard reset his battle.net account for a ...
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Starcraft 2 — legitimately download?

I bought a copy of Starcraft 2 from Amazon, and while I'm waiting for it to arrive, I'm curious: Is there a way for me to legitimately obtain a digital copy of it immediately?
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Are race usage statistics available to the public?

Previously in the beta I heard Blizzard was making balance changes based on the usage % and win % of each race. I have no idea if this was true, but the idea intrigued me. Are there statistics ...
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Guardian Shield: Does it stack?

Protoss sentry units have the Guardian Shield ability which: Creates a range 4 aura that reduces incoming ranged damage to friendly units by 2. Lasts 15 seconds. If a unit is sitting inside ...
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Does a hallucinated observer work as a detector?

I was reading a forum post on TeamLiquid where an interesting fact was posted. "A possible solution to this would be to allow the sentry to create hallucinated observers which can function as ...
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What are all the special hotkeys in starcraft 2?

I recently learned that pressing the w would select all my warpgates, and it changed my life. I also read somewhere that you can cycle through your nexuses with the backspace key. What are all the ...
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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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What parts of the content rating apply to skirmish/multiplayer?

I'm what most would consider a "sensitive" fellow, enough that I don't plan on playing SC2's campaign should I decide to buy it. What portions of the ESRB content rating apply to the skirmish and ...
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Why were the Thor's priorities changed in patch 1.1.3?

From the patch notes: Thor - This unit will now prioritize attacking ground combat units over Medivacs.
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Select all probes at main

Looking at replays, keeping the player camera mode, I see some players select all probes they have at their main while having their view elsewhere. How can this be done? Thanks
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What's the most efficient way to counter a rush with workers?

Out of the manual, if you are rushed and have no units you need to counter with workers. Problem is selecting all of them and focus firing doesn't work since: All your workers can hardly attack a ...
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Problem loading multiple units into multiple medivacs

When selecting a group of units (marines/marauders/medivacs) I'm looking for a quick way to load them. Right-clicking each medivac in turn works, but when multiple medivacs are used they tend to ...
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ZvZ, how do I defend against 6-pool with a Spine Crawler?

I'm in Gold. In Zerg vs. Zerg, normally I'm fine against a 6-Pool rush when just Zerglings are sent - I defend with some Drones, get out a Spine Crawler, and soon after roll over my opponent who has ...
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How can I watch StarCraft 2 games at MLG Dallas?

What options are available to me if I don't have time to watch MLG live?
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Drone Rushes: Counter for each race

As a relatively new SC player, specifically SC2, the single most annoying thing I have found in my games is when a player attempts an all-in drone rush (any all-in 6-8 drone/probe/scv rush) "Cheese" ...
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How do I get rid of long load times when loading the single player map list?

I am getting long load times when I try to load up the single player map list when creating an AI game, when I load up the same list, or presumably the same list, when under multiplayer it loads in ...
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How do I delete custom maps from my map list?

How do I remove the custom maps I have "downloaded" from my map list? They are clutter and it is not like you get to try a map out first to see if it sucks before you are stuck with it forever.
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when an ally leaves a game can you control their units?

so I played a 4v4, and right at the start of the game, 2 of my allies quit out right at the start. we ended up winning anyway, and as I was watching the replay, I noticed that 1 of the 2 allies who ...
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How to micro mutalisks in a muta vs. muta battle in Starcraft 2?

Suppose you and your opponent have exactly the same amount of mutalisks. What is the most effective way to micro them? Attack-move towards the enemy? Focus-fire one of his mutas?
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How many Banelings do I need to wipe different structures?

Wondering if I can find a list of how many Banelings you need to wipe common structures (supply depot, Command centers, pylons, Nexus, fences on the map, etc). I know I could find out empirically but ...
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How do I counter the 7 roach rush build?

I recently saw an article about a 7 roach rush build that's even faster than the popular 5 roach rush build. This build gets to 7 roaches in about 4:40. How would I counter this build? I'm mostly ...
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Starcraft 2: Custom achievements?

I thought I'd be sneaky and try getting the custom achievements playing "the fastest map possible". Just beat 7 insane AIs in FFA, but didn't get the "Insane FFA" achievement... why not? Does it have ...
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Where can I see the real rank of a player?

I see a lot of people referring to players as 2500 diamond for example. Where can I see this rank? All I found was the position within the division, but not that number that seems to be global (by ...
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What are all the different *titles* for finishing the campaign?

I know there is the Casual Campaign Ace, but: What are all possible titles? What are the requirements for each? If you first achieved one, and then you play the campaign again, can you get another ...
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How is it possible Zerg, with the biggest advantage, can still lose to Terran?

This replay exlains it all. T Tarson versus Z Bly play on Xel'Naga Caverns. Bly destroys Tarson's expansion, and pushes into his base, does a TON of damage, and kills all his SCV except for 2. Then ...
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How to unpause during a multiplayer game?

I was just stuck in a multiplayer Starcraft 2 game for 10 minutes, because I didn't know how to unpause the game! So please, fellow gamers, help me and other newbies out and explain us how to unpause ...
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How does Fog Of War work in StarCraft 2?

Fog Of War is not the range of an unit as far as I understand, but is there a way to see how much FOW range an unit/building will reveal?
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Is there a way to visually display a unit's range?

Is there a way to show any unit's range visually? When you siege the Siege Tank, the range-circle will be shown, like here. Is it possible to show similar circle for Spine Crawler, Roach, etc.? I ...
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Optimal Mission Order in regard to Unit Upgrades

The Starcraft 2 Campaign Mission Order question has already asked Will picking missions randomly from the planets available exclude me from doing other missions or will it all just sort ...
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Where on my system are the current/original maps stored for Starcraft 2?

I would like to either edit current maps to increase the money on them, or get money maps. Where, on my Windows 7 system, can I find the original Blizzard maps? Or are they not stored on my system? ...
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How do I recover from a cannon rush as Protoss?

Yesterday I was cannon rushed as protoss. I know the best way to counter it is to just not let his probe build the first pylon, but somehow I missed it and when I realized what was happening it was ...
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What is the best Protoss counter for mass Stalkers?

I had about 5-6 carriers against 20-25 stalkers, and my carriers went down too fast. I did take out most of his army, but he can regenerate it much faster.
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Starcraft 2: What's the easiest order to do the missions on brutal difficulty?

Finished the first 3, no sweat.. now I've reached the first fork. Looking for some advice on which path to take? Trying to get all the brutal achievements.
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How do workers work when I gain control of them?

Suppose someone gave me control of his units, and I want to use a worker to build something (or a Carrier for that matter). Can I do it? Does it build my building or his? (For pylon power purposes). ...
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What do the “spending” categories include in StarCraft II replays?

In a replay, there is a "Spending" display that includes 3 categories: Economy Technology Army While it seems fairly straightforward that workers = economy, upgrades = tech, army = units, what do ...
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Giving control of my units

How do I give control of my units to another player? I was very much surprised when a teammate gave me control of his units somehow, and didn't have time to ask him how he did it. It's a neat ...
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What should I do to get the Outmatched: 2 Insane AI achievement?

What should I do to get the Outmatched: 2 Insane AI achievement? I've watched like dozen of online tutorials, where is shown how to do that. The only problem is that those cannon/spine rushes worked ...
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Are Immortals useful against any Zerg unit?

I'm not very familiar with Immortals yet. I understand they're great against tanks. Do Zerg have units that Immortals are useful against?
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What do the different icons in the ladder table mean?

Does the up/down arrows mean you are going to go up/down a league? Do they mean you are advancing/losing inside the division? What do the other 2 icons (-- and !) mean? Is there some visual ...
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What is the “magic box” in Starcraft 2?

Tzenes mentioned a "magic box" in Starcraft 2 in chat. Despite myself, I'm now overwhelmingly curious: What it is the magic box? Why I should care about it?
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As a bronze league hopeful, is it better to focus on one race or should I keep playing as random?

I've heard mixed feedback from my friends on this topic. Some say pick a race to focus on. Others say they made it to Platinum as one race and now they wish they could play the other races without ...
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Can you find a replay that defends against a well executed proxy rush on Blistering Sands?

See this related question. Can you find/post a replay of a well executed proxy rush that is successfully defended against? (Not a counter-rush that succeeds, that requires pre-comitting to a rush. I ...
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How to effectively manage supporting and different types of units?

I see a lot of top level players handling a large force of Protoss (for example, but it applies to all races) units, and they take full advantage of Zealots, Stalkers, and Sentries abilities and ...