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 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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I missed some research points in some levels, can I replay to get those points?

I'm about halfway through the campaign, and realized that I haven't gotten all of the research points from all of the previous missions. I'd really like to get those points (just for completeness)- ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Are there canon or otherwise widely accepted names for groups of Starcraft 2 units?

Groups of animals have special names: +------------+--------------+ | Animal | Group Name | +------------+--------------+ | alligators | congregation | | iguanas | mess | | owls ...
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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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How can I queue up stalker blink?

Check out this HuskyStarcraft video segment (if you don't get the link to the right time, it's at 19m15s)... how on Earth does Grubby get his stalkers to blink so ridiculously quickly one after the ...
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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? [closed]

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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What's the quickest way to get all of the achievements in StarCraft 2?

As the title says, are there any shortcuts to getting all of the achievements in the game (preferably without cheesing through games, etc.)?
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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 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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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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A guide to SCII unit composition slang

While managing this question, I have realized that there are few references online for SCII slang or jargon, which is frequently used by commentators during casts of SCII games. Games are often short, ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Is there a legit way to zoom out more?

Any legit way to zoom out more in Starcraft 2? I feel like I could handle much more information on the screen. If I could zoom out a little further, it'd be awesome.
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Do some races have major advantages over others in Starcraft 2?

For example, do Protoss usually beat Zerg, who usually beat Terran, who usually beat Protoss? (Or the other way around?) Can anyone support his answer with statistics? Edit - I'm not looking into "...
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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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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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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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What attack upgrade do banelings use?

Seeing this question reminded me of the only time it wasn't obvious to me which upgrade a certain unit used - the baneling. Since it is an area attack that is acid, it could have go either way in my ...
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What is the infamous “Archon Toilet”?

I heard that expression quite a few times during casts, but what excatly is it and why is it called like this?
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Is there a mission timer in StarCraft II?

I'm working on some of the achievements in the single-player Wings Of Liberty campaign. Several of them are in the form of "Complete the mission in X minutes or less". Is there any in-game way I can ...
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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 do I change my profile / avatar picture on my account for Starcraft II?

My avatar picture defaulted to, I think it's the photo of the guy from the SCV unit. How do I change this to something else? I can't seem to find an option for this anywhere.
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What's the best counter for Protoss Carriers?

What is the best way to counter a player who is using a lot of Carriers?
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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 question,...
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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 ...
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Is there anything missable in the HotS campaign?

Are there any achievements, side missions, easter eggs, or anything of that sort that I have to get while playing through the campaign, that I can't get by replaying missions after I've completed them?...
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How do I retrieve my saves from the cloud?

It's been a while since I've played SC2, but with HotS out, I've reinstalled. My old save games were lost to a hard drive crash, but it's my understanding that save games are stored in the cloud. I ...
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SCV repairing speed

How quickly do SCVs repair buildings/units? How many SCVs are required to repair a supply depot/bunker/barracks being attacked by 2 zealots, by 4 stalkers, 1-2 void rays, 6 marines? Any other ...
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StarCraft2: MULE - can he work on one mineral patch with another SCV in parallel?

http://wiki.teamliquid.net/starcraft2/Calldown:_MULE Also, MULEs can mine over other SCVs What this means? Does it mean that MULE and SCV can work on one mineral patch in the same time? Thanks. ...