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

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ZvZ: Differentiating between early pools, without drone scout, how do I react?

How do I tell the difference between 6/7/8/10 pools and their variants, using only an overlord scout? Both 6 and 10 pool send 6 zerglings across the map, and have no expansion at the normal time. Yet ...
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Zerg late-game strategies [closed]

I am a Zerg, and after a lot of sweating on battle.net I managed to get to the point where I survive with minimal losses to a number of rush waves. My problem is that once I have enough resources to ...
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What does it mean to “pull SCVs”

I'm trying to improve my very poor StarCraft2 play and have been reading about popular build orders, rushes, cheeses, etc. In reading this guide there is something I don't understand: ...
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PvZ: how to play vs early roaches?

The last dozen of my PvZ I try to push early with 2-4-6 zealots. Sometimes opponent has not much defense and I can kill queen, few drones and the most important - force him to build more lings. It ...
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Whats the best methods of hiding a nuke attack from the opponent?

I'm a Silver League Terran player. I normally don't use nuke gameplay in SC2 since the army normally moves out the nuke's blast area. I would like to start incorporating it into my play style as a ...
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What's a good strategy to kill the Brutalisk with lava in The Devil's Playground?

I've tried to lure him into the lava with my reapers with 30 seconds before the next flow, but he always scampers back to his little corner right before it comes up. What's the best way to kill him ...
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How do I patrol in Starcraft 2 using QWERT key-layout?

I played some years ago and used to use a patrol- and hold-position command with my units, but I cannot find it anymore in the game. Did they abandon that function? and if, why and is there an ...
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Mech build order for Squadron TD (Starcraft 2 mod)? [closed]

Does anyone know a good build order for the mech race in the Squadron TD mod for Starcraft 2? I've read through their forums. There's one thread for Mech and the BOs listed in there don't work.
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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 to micro with zerg (i.e. surrounding, kiting, & stationary unit demolitioning)?

Surrounding (speedlings) What's the most efficient way to surround a kiting bio ball (i.e. marines, marauders, medivacs)? Would I click far ahead of the group to force my speedling group to clump up, ...
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How precisely does the StarCraft 2 handicap feature work?

I asked in this question how I could introduce additional handicaps into StarCraft 2 to make it easier to play with my friends without relying solely on the built-in handicapping system. However, it ...
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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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How can I voluntarily lose ranking score in Starcraft 2?

I am a bronze league player, but the last 20 games I have faced opponents a lot more skilful than me. I tried leaving the league and playing new placement matches. I was placed in the Bronze league ...
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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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Marine Arena: Turn money into damage in late game

I think I can master the early game pretty well now in Marine Arena, but I get into trouble in the endgame. Often I engage the enemy with my army, and we both lose most of our troops. Suddenly I have ...
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How can I organize a tournament?

I am a gaming fan -- mostly StarCraft 2. I don't play the game much, but I love watching the broadcasts on Twitch.tv. I've been wondering how one can organize a tournament so your favorite players get ...
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I can't view offline clan member's profile

When I try to look at a clan members profile, I get this error message, even though the entire clan are from the EU servers. It's nice to watch how your fellow clan members are progressing towards ...
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Which display ratio and resolution is best for Starcraft 2?

I noticed that the view of the game differs a bit depending on your display ratio (16/9, 16/10, ...) In which ratio you will have the most overview of the game? And does it depend on the resolution ...
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How to micro/counter siege tanks properly in TvT

I'm wondering how to micro siege tanks in different modes. For example, 1. When you are harassing another Terran with siege tanks: The best option is to avoid that and make a drop to undefended ...
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How should I micro Roaches against Zealots early game?

A Roach will be killed by a single Zealot when they both have no upgrades. I still prefer Roaches over Zerglings to handle early Zealot pressure. I was wondering what's the most efficient way to ...
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How can I see where the players are clicking in spectator mode and in replays?

When I am spectator or in replays, I can switch vision to just one player so I will see where he or she moves his vision focus and I can see what the player is selecting in the bottom interface ...
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Why do Terran players use the Marine blob micro move?

In replays, I see Terran players using Marine blobs to have the marine move a bit then attack then move a bit then attack then move a bit then attack. What is the reason for doing this micro? Are ...
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Proper way to micro Warp Prism and Sentries?

Lately I really like to load a Warp Prism with 2 Sentries and 2 Zealots in PvZ. I fly into the Zergs main when his army is not there and unload my units, force-fielding the ramp and doing terrible ...
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Where can Terran spend extra minerals after building a tier 2-3 army?

In the late game, if I'm on a 3-4 bases and building tier 2-3 army (Terran Air), I end up with a ton of extra minerals. There are usually no more available expansions and I only have 1 or 2 barracks ...
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How can you micro stalkers vs. zealots?

I'm trying to micro a few stalkers against a few non charged zealots. I see a lot of players move their stalkers away, then hit, then move away, then hit, and so on. How do they micro as such? Do ...
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How to micro infestors most effectively

I've been trying to get better with infestor usage. If I have just a couple of infestors, I seem to be able to use them OK against marine balls with a double-fungal. When I start getting 5+ infestors ...
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Which Mutations are related with which availiable upgrades in Multiplayer?

In the Heart of the Swarm campaign there are some mutations that are the same as some availiable upgrades in the normal multiplayer game mode. But Most mutations are not availiable in multiplayer. ...
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How do you keep slower units moving behind faster units while keeping them from getting separated?

This especially comes into play for me with roach/hydra and to a lesser extent with ling/roach. I want my roaches in front of the hydras to absorb damage, but since roaches (with speed) are faster ...
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VoidRays vs Stalkers: die or try to retreat?

In my PvP engagement when I have stalkers+VR vs opponents Stalkers, I often have situation when opponents stalkers are focusing my VRs. My intuitive wish is to pull VRs back, but quite often opponent ...
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Are there certain sounds that only occur when a unit is born? Or is it random?

I noticed, that a queen always makes the same sound, when it's born. Is it the same with all units? The first sound in this video is the queen birth sound (the video is continuing with all other ...
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How can I rename all Replays in the Sc2 folder?

I started using Sc2gears to analyse my replays. the naming in the replay folder is /D-</p(/r-/B-/W)>-/n./e which results for example in 2013-09-03 22-21-28-Player1name(T-B-N) vs ...
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How can I contact a player I had a match with?

After a match in the score screen, you can start a chat with all players from that game. But if i close the score screen, I see no possibility to contact that players again. Is there a hidden button ...
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Replay naming in Sc2gears [closed]

What would be a good naming convention for replays saved by Sc2gears? I use /D_/p1(/R1-/W1)/p2(/R2-/W2)_/n_/h./e that will result for example in 2013-09-03 ...
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Why don't players drone scout in ZvZ?

I know that in professional play, a lot of players don't scout with a Drone in ZvZ. As a gold league zerg player, I like to go hatch first, but I usually worker scout anyway because I'm worried that ...
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Can you determine Protoss Buildings while still under construction?

If an opponent protoss warps a building, all buildings look the same, or is there a hint, what kind of building it will be once it is finished?
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Terran Vs. Terran - BIO play

Even though I have hundreds of hours in StarCraft 2, there is still one returning issue that I find difficult to solve, even through replays and other VODs or streams. In Terran versus Terran, the ...
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How do the A.I. Builds behave

If you choose custom game in starcraft 2 you can choose of different builds for the A.I.: Full Rush Timing Attack Aggressive Push Economic Focus Straight to air What is the difference between ...
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Is multiplayer Heart of the Swarm backward compatible with Wings of Liberty?

I don't have Heart of the Swarm, and I don't plan on purchasing it in the immediate future. However, I know that some of my Battle.net friends have gotten it. Will they still be able to play Wings of ...
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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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Swarm Host/Hydra/Viper vs. Siege Tank/Banshee/Viking

When I play Zerg and use a Swarm Host/Hydra/Viper build I always lose to SiegeTank/Banshee/Viking. The Terran players uses his Vikings to kill my overseers before my hydra can get in position. Then ...
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Can I reinstall Starcraft 2 on Windows using the key from my Mac?

I want to buy StarCraft 2, but have one question. Currently I have an iMac and I know I can install SC2 on it. My problem is that later I want to sell this Mac and buy a PC. Will I be able to ...
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Are there replays of bad (new) players with commentary?

I know, sounds dumb, but bear with me a sec. People here have posted links to tons of high-level replays with commentary. (Thanks.) They're awesome fun, and I can learn a little. But since I'm a ...
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Starcraft 2 Building Previews

After watching Idra's stream, I noticed something. When he builds a building, after picking the spot where to build, there is a preview placed on the ground and for him it is a bright pink. ...
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What is the bonus pool in Starcraft 2?

I see this number labeled "Bonus Pool" when I look at my standing in various ladders. What is it?
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What do observers do in eSports?

What does the observer do in Starcraft II eSports productions? As far as current events goes, I've heard the WCS Season II Finals casters repeatedly refer to "the observer" behind the scenes. Does ...
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What is a Speedling?

I often hear of "Speedlings" in Starcraft 2 but what do they mean exactly? And why are they so good? How can I hinder the enemy from building extensions with Speedlings?
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Loop over points?

In the SC2 map editor is there a way to loop over an array of points? I have a bunch of actions I need to perform on each of them, and I don't want to duplicate the trigger over and over again.
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Give all units in region

In the map editor, is there a trigger to give all units within a region to another player? "Change Ownership" only applies to a single unit.
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How can I view FPS in Starcraft 2?

I am trying to play with the optimal settings regarding game performance. But yet again, I still enjoy playing with some great graphical settings. To balance this out, I would love to know; Are ...
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How do I chat to friends outside a running game in starcraft 2?

How can I chat to people in SC2 that are not in my current game? I konce got a message from another ST2-friend in my game, but I couldn't answer. I can only chat to "Allies" with Enter or chat to ...