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

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How to play Starcraft II campaigns without logging in?

I have read that when "Play as Guest" mode is selected, Starcraft II campaigns can be played without achievements being recorded to your profile. Every time I click to the "Play as Guest" button, it ...
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Why my mother-ship core cannot blast the photon cannon?

In LotV my mothership core is not able to cast photon cannon: I do have enough energy, spell is available, but hitting it and selecting Nexus doesn't give me anything. Please advise how to cast ...
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How much damage does each bounce do with the Mutalisk's Vicious Glave upgrade?

The upgrade description states: Mutalisk attacks bounce three more times up to six targets. These bounces deal increased damage and travel farther. So how much damage does each bounce do? ...
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How can the marines take their helmets off on Char?

Before landing on Char, General Warfield says that Char has "an atmosphere that will burn a man alive;" however, during the cinematics, the marines are shown without their helmets and there doesn't ...
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Reapers, Combat Drugs, and Medivacs

The Terran unit "Reaper" has the ability to quickly heal when out of combat (when not fired upon or firing). It's a great opening unit, both for scouting and for picking off workers for you to get ...
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What is better for Stalkers: 1 Armor + 1 Shield or 2 Armor?

Grubby just came up with this question on Twitter SC2 math heads: what's better for a Stalker, 1 armor 1 shield or 2 armor? I heard 2 armor is better before but I don't know why necessarily. I'm ...
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How should Protoss respond to a Zerg expanding a lot?

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 ...
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Is hallucination research effective?

On the ladder until my last game, I rarely saw hallucination abilities, if at all. This leads me to believe that it is not very effective overall. So my question is, can it be effective? If so, in ...
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How can I determine if a push has done enough damage?

Say I go for a timing push and my opponent goes some fast expand build. Once I have enough units I push. Then there is a small battle, which usually does not end the game. During this time I expand ...
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make map where user enters text [closed]

I'm making a custom map for myself where I can play certain battle simulations out to see how units fare against each other (and practice micro). I would love to prompt the player for text input like ...
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How do you decide what to get first, Forge or Twilight Council?

Once you have a decently size ground force (~ 6 troopers?), you want to start upgrading them, right? Now ... if you're seeing some concrete threat like Mutas or Tanks, then you'll want a specific ...
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Cancelling a damaged building in Starcraft 2

I know that cancelling an unfinished building gives you back 75% of the resources you invested. However, I have the feeling that if an unfinished building is attacked, the percent of damage received ...
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How does one hide the bottom UI bar?

An example of what I'm talking about was seen during the large Roach-Hydra battle in the game between DIMAGA and JulyZerg as part of the GSL World Championship Team League. Under what circumstances ...
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Terran Scout Buildings Absorbing Damage

When playing XvT, Terran's often employ a barrack's or a factory as a cheap scout. I've also seen a lot of cases where they will like to fly the scout over one part of your base (say your main base) ...
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Most efficient unit production control group model?

I consider myself a fairly noobish Terran player, but have noticed my control group strategy in SCII change from... CC on 0 (which was how I used to play BW, I guess); to... CC 1, rax 2, factory 3, ...
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Do custom games of a higher difficult count for those below it for the custom games vs AI achievement?

For the Custom Game achievements (i.e. get 10 wins as zerg vs medium AI opponant in a 1v1, etc etc) do you actually need to grind out a bunch of games vs a medium AI or can you just fight the hardest ...
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What is XP and what is it good for?

I bought SC2 the day it came out, and I made good use of it, but somewhere along the way I stopped playing because of school and work commitments, etc. I just reinstalled it today and I noticed that ...
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How do I play Whispers of Oblivion now that Legacy of the Void has launched?

I only own Wings of Liberty. Is there a way for me to play the Whispers of Oblivion missions?
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What is a good Terran anti aircraft strategy if you are on the move?

Marines seem to be a good cheap and quick to build up anti-aircraft unit, but my question is more about "strategy" and not just a "unit". I was using Banshees (which have cloaking) to startle some ...
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Where to spend chronoboost once you saturated with probes?

Usually, during early game I spend Chronoboost on probes, warpgate research, upgrades (attack, defence). In general, till 10th minute mark my Nexus's rarely have 100 energy. In mid game, I don't ...
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Is there a correct way to counter a tank marine drop as Zerg?

I find that I keep getting destroyed to a tank/marine drop in my mineral line. This generally happens early game before I'm two base saturated and have roach ling bane. (for the obvious MMM deathball ...
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What is a viable Hydra/Swarm Host/Viper build order?

My favorites units in hots is the swarm host, hydra, and viper together. I have a pretty decent overall strategy, but I don't have a good build order. I tend to do a 13 pool and a early gas when ...
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As a zerg against a bioball, should you focus fire on the medivacs, or on the offensive units?

Assuming it's early-mid-game and I have relatively few hydralisks and mutalisks behind my main force of zerglings and banelings, does it make sense to focus fire on the medivacs or just try to take ...
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How do I improve my One Base Battlecruiser Build

Alright, so my favorite build against zerg is the 1 Base, Battlecruiser Build. This build has proved to be 100% effective against zerg, the only time I usually struggle is against randoms who end up ...
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How to counter widow mine

I just started playing HotS and in my first Protoss game was caught by opponents widow mine. I assume that if I had observers I would see them... but they still would kill my army. What is the proper ...
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Preventing every game from turning into a base trade as Terran

I must admit, SCII isn't my best game. I'm stuck in the low 20's in bronze (or should I say plastic?) Anyhoo, Terran is my favorite race (mostly because I win the most matches with it - but I ...
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How do I properly counter a protoss turtle 4gate as zerg?

the name says it all pretty much. if the protoss player plans on a 4gate, but turtles his ramp with buildings and zealots, how am I to counter that? the proper counter to a 4gate last I knew was build ...
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Is there any good reason not to distribute StarCraft replays?

Is there any good reason not to distribute StarCraft replays -- like maybe security or something like that? For that matter does blizzard or battle net have a social area that they maybe allow public ...
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Is it possible to show the player's cursor and/or see what keys they press when watching a replay?

I'm pretty sure that while watching some starcraft 2 replay commentaries I have seen the player who's perspective the game is being viewed from's cursor visible on the screen. When I watch a replay I ...
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How do I avoid friendly fire in Starcraft 2 single player?

I often use the attack-move command on my troops, and in the course of events sometimes click on one of my own and kill him/her instead. Is there a method to avoid friendly-fire? I could use the ...
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StarCraft2: is it possible to build planetary fortress and orbital command in one command center?

Is it possible to build planetary fortress and orbital command in one command center? I didn't think is possible, but I saw some threads that tell build OC and then PF... Am I correctly understand ...
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Can I start the campaign again to get conversation-related achievements?

I didn't accomplish "Find out why Tychus Findlay is always in a Marine suite" achievement. If I start the campaign again will I be able to get 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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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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Where can I report SC2 bugs to Blizzard? (also, check out this wild creep glitch)

Took this with my phone hence it's not pixel accurate like a screen shot would be but you can see what I was seeing, I had been watching a Replay and switched my Textures graphics level then went and ...
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How do you access the “Piercing the Shroud” mission if you've already completed the campaign?

I beat the campaign and then saw that I was 25/26 on missions. I did some research and found out about the secret level, Piercing the Shroud. I went back and got the secret (avoiding a spoiler here) ...
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How to switch to grid hotkeys in Stacraft 2?

How can I switch to grid hotkeys in Stacraft 2? And will it work in multiplayer?
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OS X - El Capitan Mouse Problem (After Alt-Tab)

I am using OS X El Capitan. When I opened the first time StarCraft 2, I have no problem. But, When I did Alt-Tab and returned the game, Mouse cursor has lag and is seen double. How Can I solve this ...
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How to make use of LotV pre-order beta?

I pre-ordered the LotV and now I want to play the beta. How do I do that? I've searched the UI but all it says is "Playing Heart of the Swarm". Great, now how do I change that to the LotV beta? It ...
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How do Widow Mines work?

I was playing StarCraft II, and come across a new unit called the Widow Mine in multiplayer. I don't know what it does, all I know is that it can burrow like a zerg.
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Is Pylon Expand a sustainable build?

I don't see it mentioned here. I think I saw some pros do it once or twice. The idea is to do pylon then immediately expand before Gateway, utilizing the Mothership Core to defend against early ...
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Play online without HoTS expansion?

I have Starcraft 2 WoL. I would like to play online (matchmaking) but the button are disabled. Does this mean I can't play online with only WoL?
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General SCII tips for a beginner? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Getting started with StarCraft II I'm just getting into StarCraft 2 and I'm finding it really difficult to stay organized and on top of things. Does anyone have some ...
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Can't alt+tab back into Starcraft

I can alt tab to go out of the game, but when I want to go back in it doesn't want to be active, can I fix this with some kind of program? (Its only on fullscreen programs that are acting like that). ...
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What does the “set friend note” feature do?

In SCII you can right click on a friends name and "set friend note". What is this? What does it do? It allows you to type in text but nothing happens after you save it. So is this for your reference? ...
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Do master-level players use build orders frequently?

Is it a very common practice to execute a specific build order in a master league? I wonder if it's really a standard way of playing, or players just improvise efficiently without using any builds at ...
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Why is Matt Horner embarrassed of Mira Han?

Their encounter and marriage thereafter is a bit awkward, but still. Is there any valid reason for Matt to be embarrassed while Jim Raynor is talking to Han? Light spoiler: He waves his hands in the ...
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Can I rebind the camera drag to another mouse button in Starcraft II?

In Starcraft II, when you hold the third mouse button and move the mouse you drag your camera. But there are two drawbacks to this: It requires me to remove one of my fingers of one of the main ...
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StarCraft2: How to get more research points?

I've passed campaign once and want to do on the Brutal now. After passing all 3 first missions I did the "Smash and Grab" - the 1st artifact missions. Upon completion I've discovered that I don't ...
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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)?