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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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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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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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?
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Strong Protoss Anti-Air?

Related: Whats the Best Counter for Void Rays What's a good Protoss AA strategy? Last night I got rolled by mass void rays, even with a sizeable stalker army defending alongside cannons, My ...
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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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How do I pick up multiple units at the same time with the Medivac?

In some videos I've seen Medivacs scoop up a whole load of units at the same time. I'm trying to get by right-clicking all the units to pick them up, but knowing how to do this properly would of ...
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How do you redeem the mini-Thor WoW pet that comes with the StarCraft II Collector's Edition?

One of the advertised extra items that comes with the Collector's Edition of StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty is an "exclusive in-game World of Warcraft pet" (full list). However, I didn't see anything ...
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Is it possible to determine someones league while playing against them?

Is is in any way possible to determine if my opponent is in a higher/lower or same league as myself while I'm actually playing against them in 1vs1 in starcraft 2, or am I forced to check this after ...
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How do I get the 4v4 insane AI kin achievement?

I'm trying to get the 4v4 insane ai kin achievements, but I'm having trouble with zerg. The recommended strategy is to cripple one the AI with spine crawlers, but the AI always kills them off with ...
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I sometimes read about Marauders splash damage… They do have an AOE affect?

I am a little bit confused, because i always thought marauder had only a single target hit, but when i hear about splash damage, i get confused. Do they have an aoe? is that trigger but the slowing ...
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Which upgrade do hydralisks/roaches use when meleeing?

In similar vein to this and this: Hydralisks and roaches have a special melee animation when the enemy is within melee-range. I thought this was just for show, and I've actually heard speculation ...
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Starcraft 2 replays and screen capture software

I have a few questions: How can I email a Starcraft 2 replay? What can i use to record my computer screen without holding a video recorder in front of it? What is the best deal for a capture card ...
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Do units get some kind of bonus for being promoted?

Units get promoted based on kills -- does this have any effect on their stats or is it just for them to brag about to other units?
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Psionic storms - how exactly do they work?

I'm trying to understand how exactly do psionic storms do damage, and how to deal with them. I understand they do damage-over-time - is that evenly spread over the storm's duration? How many times ...
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How do I learn to effectively transfer to 2v2 hard AI as Zerg?

I've played quite a few 2v2 games now and started moving up to the Hard AI in 2v2. I do fine as long as I go Terran, but as Zerg I'm having real trouble. I find that I have 2 weaknesses in my ...
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What attack upgrade do StarCraft 2's roaches use?

The Evolution Chamber allows for 2 different attack upgrades: melee and missile. It's obvious zerglings benefit from the melee upgrade and hydralisks benefit from the missile upgrade, but which do ...
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How do I Macro effectively as Zerg?

Someone emailed me a question recently indicating that they'd come here and seen what I've written and wanted to know something about Starcraft 2 strategy building. While I did email him back, I ...
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MULEs vs Scanner Sweeps, best use for Command Center energy?

Obviously if I am supply blocked and in a pinch I would use the supply add-on but unless I screw up and become supply blocked I generally won't so I'll focus this question on MULE vs Scanner Sweep. I ...
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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 ...