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

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Build orders: What is the timeline & how much can each base support?

This is probably more relevant for Protoss and Terran players, and a similar Zerg question can be found here. Obviously each build order is different, but you never see build orders which take you ...
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Are Dark Templars visible during warp-in if you have warp gates?

I know that units being warped in can be attacked as soon as their visage begins to appear on the screen. Is this visage cloaked for dark templars?
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Galaxy Editor change map lighting?

Is it possible to change the global lighting setup of a Starcraft II custom map?
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Is there any possibility how to see the elapsed GAME time in multiplayer SC2?

I know that this question has been discussed a bit in numerous topics about SC2, but still perhaps there is a possibility how to see the elapsed game time ingame? Or is it perhaps planned in future ...
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When are Archons useful?

I've played about 50 games and haven't built/seen a single Archon. When should they be used? One possible use case is when you're massing Dark Templars, and then find that your opponent has detection ...
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When should I focus my units' fire?

I used to think that I should always use focus-fire when controlling a bunch of units - i.e. tell them all to target the same enemy, in order to bring it down quickly. However, I saw some replays ...
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Why don't the pros kill the scouting probe as it passes through their mineral line?

While watching pros play (MLG, GSL,etc) I notice that sometimes a player will move a probe/drone/scv right through the other player's mineral line. I have yet to see a pro try to kill this drone as ...
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What is the best method of getting better at micro in Starcraft 2?

I've always known my micro is the worst aspect of my game, which is is why I tend toward out producing, or being sneaky (rushing or using cloaked units). But lately I've realized the only way I'm ...
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Strategies against zerg when playing protoss

I've been playing SC2 for a month or two casually and have a 37/37 win loss ratio in 1v1. for some reason I can't beat Zerg with any amount of consistency. I'm probably around 60 or 70 percent for ...
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Mass banshee + thor counter when playing zerg?

Watchin this replay and wondering - would terrans ever go thors&mass banshee against zerg and what would be proper counter for that?
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How should I effectively use Fungal Growth?

The Infestor ability Fungal Growth seems like it could be incredibly useful, but I haven't yet figured out when I should use it. I usually end up spending my energy on Infested Terrans instead. It ...
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StarCraft2: How to toggle quickly health bar displaying mode?

Here is link how to switch 'health bar' displaying mode: How to have health bars displayed at all times in Starcraft II? But sometime it is useful to switch from "ALWAYS" to "SELECTED". Is it ...
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Change tileset for already-created Starcraft 2 map?

I started making a custom map and I want to change the tileset to a different one, is there a menu setting for this?
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If I uninstall StarCraft 2 from my old computer, will I be able to install it on a new one?

I have StarCraft II installed on my old laptop right now. I want to install it on my new computer as well. If I uninstall it from my old computer, will I be able to install it on the new one? I don't ...
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Starcraft 2 2vs2 unit synergy

What early unit combinations (specific build orders if possible) have the strong proven synergy in 2vs2 and why? What 2vs2 strategies do pro's use and why? We are looking for an easily executable ...
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Does a scanner sweep from the CC identifies hallucinations?

does a scanner sweep from a Terran CommandCenter identifies a hallucinated unit? a possible scenario would be if you try to mislead the terran player with a collosus hallucination to force him to ...
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When exactly do players move between leagues?

I see this article that says After a hidden period of time, their skill level will be reevaluated. Has anyone been able to determine how this work? I now reached 1st place in my league and am eager ...
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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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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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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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Effective use of Sentry in Starcraft 2

I find my self following other players and pushing with few zealots/stalkers/1-2 sentries, and enabling the shield once attacking. But i'm not sure I'm fully taking advantage of this unit. Should I ...
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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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Do the artifact blasts hurt the final boss in the last mission in Wings of Liberty?

I'm still trying to complete it, and I'm not sure about this thing - when I activate the artifact, does it hurt Kerrigen?
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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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Will my upgrades be available when I replay missions?

I've been saving up all my credits. I'm at level 23 now and I'm going to replay all the missions to get the achievements. Will the upgrades I buy now apply to the missions I replay? Will any of them? ...
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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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Are there any good strategies for the SC2 Mod “Footmen”?

I've been playing the Footmen mod for SC2 a lot lately and i really enjoy it. I was wondering if anyone has some good strategies for this mod? What hero should i choose and what stats should i upgrade ...
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How to counter a proxy zealot rush on Blistering Sands

I'm recently doing a lot of rushes, and I found that the outcome is very map-dependent. On a map like Blistering Sands, where I know my opponent's location and he has a backdoor, how would you defend ...
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Starcraft 2 - alternate map types

What kind of alternate "games" are there in Starcraft 2? In the same way that WC3 spawned DOTA, what has SC2 spawned so far...?
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10-pylon vs 8-pylon

I usually build 8 probes, then a pylon, so I could keep building probes and not have to wait for the pylon to build (in 10-pylon you're stuck while the pylon is building). Is one of these build ...
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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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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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Starcraft-2: When to wall in?

When and when not should i wall in? In some replays i've watched casted by Day[9], he says things like "Oh i generally wouldn't wall in here" etc etc. However, my understanding of what type of ...
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Attacking while moving over enemies with Carriers?

Is it possible to order a carrier to move over enemy units, while attacking them, but without stopping to attack ? This is useful if you want to make sure you carrier moves to safety or to the enemy's ...
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What's wrong with doing a carrier rush?

Just had a 2 on 2 coop game vs hard ai with a friend of mine. It was ZnP(me) vs TnP. At first, I transitioned to 2-gate and we both defended the center with some minor hit n run micro with my few ...
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When not to zealot rush?

I have just discovered the wonders of proxy zealot rushing. I setup a pylon and 2-3 gateways somewhere near his base, spam zealots and attack. In silver league, this is effective about 70% of the ...
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Does a Thor take 3 or 4 volleys to kill two (2) hydras?

VS. ground Thors do 30 Damage per attack with 2 attacks. Hydras have 80 health. The Thor's attacks are staggered (not like the phoenix that makes both laser attacks at the same time). Back to the ...
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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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What's a good way to judge the number of hatcheries that I should have at any point?

I've found that I get bottlenecked pretty quickly in SC2 by the larvae and overlords. Do I need a second hatchery at my first base before I goto Lair? Typically, do the Zerg expand before Protoss ...
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Mutalisks upgrade

I use mutalisks a lot when I play zerg. What upgrades affect their performance. Are there other upgrades for them other than those from the spire?