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

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What is the difference between EPM and APM?

Blizzard introduced EPM as a new stat for watchers of Starcraft2 matches, in one of the last patches. I am a bit confused. What is the difference between EPM and APM? What does each include exactly in ...
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What's the best counter to marine spam?

I've seen this cheesy strategy a few times now - loads of marines with all the upgrades and medivacs. This wasn't a rush but still wasn't able to counter playing as zerg. What's the most effective ...
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What mistakes cost you games when you were Bronze/Silver

I realize this may sound silly, but in the poker game Holdem many of the top pros have said it is much harder to beat a bad player than a good one, because of the crazy random stuff a newbie will do. ...
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What's the proper way to deal with someone who Team Kills and harasses you constantly in Starcraft 2?

What can be done against individuals who Team Kills (TK) in games of Starcraft 2? I don't play the game too much, but it seems this individual does and sometimes we're paired up as teammates in 3v3 ...
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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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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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How do I effectively counter a cannon rush with Zerg?

I was a victim of a cannon rush in my last Starcraft 2 game. I was playing Zerg and my opponent was playing Protoss. About four minutes into the match, cannons and pylons started going up in front ...
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How do I have health bars displayed at all times in Starcraft II?

In this question, Davy8 mentions that it is possible to display health bars at all times, instead of having to use the alt button when you want to see them. My question is: how is this done?
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What is the correct method for the Marine Stutter Step?

A common method of Marine Micro is the "stutter step". How is this Marine Stutter step done and when should it be used? For example is the Stutter step effective against Banelings, etc.
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Wall-in: benefit or vulnerability?

In one of the Day[9] TV videos (5:40-6:00 minutes) Day[9] (what is actually his name?) says something like this: Wall-in is almost always a vulnearability as much as asset. In the early game ...
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How do I separate some of my troops into another control group effectively in Starcraft 2?

There is this situation, where I would like to separate some of my troops at a location, and pull the rest of the main group somewhere else. The larger group should stay assigned to the current ...
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Why not have unit health bars displayed at all times in Starcraft II?

It seems in all the pro replays videos that I've watched they don't have unit health bars displayed at all times and instead press Alt to see them. Why is that? I find it invaluable information to ...
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What does the free edition of Starcraft 2 include?

Free edition: Play the first five missions of the epic single-player campaign and wage unrelenting war on your friends. Does it really mean it includes multiplayer? Are there any limitations? ...
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Why do high-level players flick through control groups constantly?

When watching live-streams from high-level players I noticed they tend to constantly flick through control groups very fast. I watched a stream of a player switching between drone, overlord, hatch ...
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How do I extract the music from the game files?

I love the Starcraft 2 music. Is there any way to extract it from the game files? From there, I can probably transcode it if necessary.
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Starcraft 2 unit tester that works with the released version?

There was a custom map that someone made during the beta that made testing various unit matchups very easy. It was called TheUnitTester. It still sort of works with the release version, but has lots ...
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How does Starcraft 2's matchmaking system work?

How advanced is the matchmaking system in Starcraft 2? Does the server attempt to match you up with people who are as good as you, or does it just randomly pair you up with another player? And if it's ...
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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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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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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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How do I remember which units counter which in StarCraft 2?

I find myself clicking on the "Help" button at the top of the screen to figure out Rock-Paper-Scissors counters on the fly. The Help system is nice, but I'd prefer if there were some easier way to ...
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What is the difference between the digital download and the boxed version of Starcraft II?

What I know so far is that the boxed version should include free guest pass tickets. Is there anything in addition (except for the box, the CD/DVD and probably a printed user guide)?
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Where can I find a good Starcraft 2 community to learn how to play the game?

I would like to find a good SC2 community to learn how to play the game and eventually move up to league play. Any good recommendations?
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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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Where are the essences for the bonus objective on the level “Waking the Ancient”?

Since the map for this level is fairly big and the essences are not marked, I spent a few minutes scrolling the minimap trying to find the other two essences to no avail (I did find the one closest to ...
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Anyone know the tools/process used by Starcraft 2 commentators to create the screen recordings of games?

I tried FRAPS which makes great (albeit HUGE) avi files however there tends to be random times (ever 3-6 minutes or so) that the audio will skip/blup or the whole video will freeze for a second or two ...
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Where can I find the Official list of current Battle.net chat commands?

Battle.net supports a number of chat commands. For example: /w USERID Hello UserId! sends "Hello UserId!" to that user. I'd like to see the current list of commands now that Starcraft 2 has come ...
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Quickest way to locate nearest unit on map?

In the heat of battle I tend to lose track of where my probes are or where the nearest probe is. Is there a shortcut or a quick way to locate specific units on the map in case I lose them?
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What is news/analytics site to read about StarCraft2 [closed]

I am trying to find web sites that contain articles, game/tournament descriptions, events regarding to StarCraft2. Among others, what I am interested in is something like "you tube replay", but made ...
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Can StarCraft 2 be played offline?

I've always thought that Starcraft 2 was Always Online, but I was talking to a college today and I found out there was an offline mode which just lacks access to achievements or custom maps (like I ...
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How do I change the game speed during a match in Starcraft 2 (SC2)?

I was in a game the other day and I saw "<Player> has voted to increase the game speed (fast)" "<Player> has voted to increase the game speed (faster)" I don't remember the player's ...
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Why can't I click enemy units anymore?

Ever since I installed HotS, I've been unable to select enemy units. Is this a new feature with the expansion or did is there an option to change that?
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What does “(Player name) has not rebuilt their base and is being revealed” mean?

What does this actually mean? Does it mean that all his units and base structures will be made visible to his opponent? It seems that "being revealed" = "will be defeated"?
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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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How do I check what upgrades my enemy has? [duplicate]

Whenever I click an enemy unit, it still keeps the selection on my own unit, so I can't see what upgrades my enemy has. How can I inspect what weapon/armor upgrades his units have? (It didn't use to ...
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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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What does creep affect?

I'm fairly new to the game and am trying to get better as Zerg. From watching some replays of higher level players, I often see Zerg players spreading creep like crazy as fast as they can. My ...
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Why don't Terrans ever seem to use medics?

I've been watching a bunch of Starcraft II replays recently, and I just realized that I've never seen a single medic in any of the games. The most recent one I watched had medivacs, which is obviously ...
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What unit types can enter bunkers in SC2?

I know that in melee, SCVs, marines, marauders, ghosts and reapers can enter a bunker (and I assume so can medics, firebats and spectres in the single-player). Can any other unit types enter a bunker? ...
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How do we defend against double 6 poolers in 2v2?

I play Zerg and my partner plays Protoss. Today we got double 6 pooled by a pair of zerg players. We scouted it, but we didn't quite know what to do. Obviously they came after me because the toss ...
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As a Terran, what's a good counter to early Mutalisks?

I always seem to have trouble against Zerg as Terran, but ESPECIALLY if there are a mass of early Mutas harrasing me. I know Marines are great against them but that's not good enough, because they ...
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What do the unit tiers mean in StarCraft 2?

I see people referring to a StarCraft 2 unit's tier (1, 1.5, 2). What does this mean, and how can I tell what tier a unit is?
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Keyboard with macros support from Blizzard

I thought macros are prohibited from use in Starcraft 2 multiplayer, but recently I've found a keyboard being sold by Blizzard: http://us.blizzard.com/store/details.xml?id=1100001142 Designed ...
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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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Where do the third party stats sites get their data?

Both sc2ranks.com and rts-sanctuary provide stats on starcraft 2 rankings. where do they get their data? is it a special deal they have with Blizzard, or are they accessing a public feed that ...
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What speed are most multiplayer StarCraft II games played at?

I just started playing some practice games, and noticed that there are several speed options (Slow, Normal, Fast, etc). I'd like to get used to the right speed for playing multiplayer, so what do ...
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What is in Blizzard's Cloud?

When installing SC2 on a new computer, some things are preserved when you log into your old account. I thought save games were one of them, but apparently not. This naturally leads to the ...
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Raptor or Swarmling Zerglings in HOTS?

One of the first choices in the HOTS campaign is between Raptor and Swarmling Zerglings. Raptors just look cool and attack faster, but Swarmlings could save a base as they mutate faster and in ...
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Which Starcraft 2 hotkey set should I use?

I played a lot of beta SC2 games (as random) with the grid setup and managed. Since then I've started watching Day[9] and some other commentators who seem to refer often to the default hotkeys in ...
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how effective is zergling micro, and if it is effective what should I be doing?

I am on the border of bronze/silver. Whenever I am in a zerg vs. zerg situation, there is always at least one battle between groups of zerglings. often, this will happen at the beginning, with small ...