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

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Does playing against insane AI help in multiplayer games?

From what I see playing insane A.I. opponent teaches you to play well, especially the early game. Insane opponents usually build a big army quickly and attack you in 4-6 minutes. If you can't earn a ...
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How do I recover from a cannon rush as Protoss?

Yesterday I was cannon rushed as protoss. I know the best way to counter it is to just not let his probe build the first pylon, but somehow I missed it and when I realized what was happening it was ...
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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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Does the Sensor Tower sense cloaked units?

If I see my opponent has a Sensor Tower up, is it still safe to attack with Dark Templar or cloaked Banshees? Will he see them coming on the minimap? What about burrowed Roaches? Will the Sensor ...
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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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Starcraft 2: Why use Roach over Hydra?

I have frequently hear casters talk about how Roaches have replaced Hydralisks in the mid game. In what ways have roaches replaced hydras? Isn't the DPS and range on a Hydra considerably better?
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How to counter Protoss' fast expand as zerg?

So this is the situation: I scout around 9, I find his base quite far from mine. The protoss also immediatly puts a wall in front of his natural (+cannons), making it impossible to end the game ...
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Stealing minerals with single scout worker

What is the point to lots of the higher league players taking their scouting worker and mining from the enemy field? Is this just for BM? What is the purpose of this?
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How to determine what your opponent is up to?

I'm a new player (ranked low in the Bronze League). How do you determine what your opponent up to? I have trouble keeping my scout probe alive, but analyzing what I see is even a bigger issue. Even ...
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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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What's the advantage in upgrading your expansion into a lair instead of the main?

I saw quite a lot of games where the zerg player chose to upgrade his natural into a lair. Usually I transform my main to a lair, because I feel like it's better protected. What's the advantage in ...
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When is an Archon better than two Dark Templars?

With High Templars, you merge them when their energy is low. When would you merge two Dark Templars to form an Archon?
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What happens when you lose vision of a unit lifted by a phoenix?

Imagine in a PvP your phoenix lifts an enemy DT. Your observer moves away though and the DT becomes cloaked while lifted. Does it remain lifted? Can it be attacked? What happens to it?
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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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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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Is it worth it to get blink so quickly?

I see a lot of Protoss going blink early, maybe due to HuK's popularity and his innovative blink play. I usually see twilight council after the first gateway. Usually they will have blink researched ...
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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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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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How do team tactics differ from 1v1 tactics in Starcraft II?

So far I have only played 2v2 games in Starcraft II because I always had a friend to play with or because I wasn't confident enough to try 1v1 games. I'm starting to feel a little more confident and ...
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What is an effective counter to late-game Protoss balls in TvP?

I'm a Diamond Terran frequently matched up against Masters level players. If a TvP ends before 15 minutes, I'm usually the one winning it, but in lategame I rarely do as well. I usually focus on ...
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How quickly do larvae spawn in Starcraft 2?

When I play Starcraft 2 as the zerg I always lose track of my larvae while fighting battles or exploring. I was wondering if anyone knew exactly how many seconds it takes for a larva to spawn.
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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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How much XP is needed for each level?

I have started leveling my Starcraft 2 account in all 3 races, but I am wondering how much xp is needed for each level, and especially how much is needed in total to reach level 30 so I can get an ...
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How can I set auto-casting using hotkeys?

Is there a way to set an SCV to auto-repair, or a carrier to auto-build interceptors completely with hotkeys? I believe the question is also interesting for standard hotkeys but I use grid hotkeys.
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Where can I watch Starcraft/Starcraft 2 matches in South Korea live in person?

I am going to South Korea and would like to go to a taping or studio where they film Starcraft/Starcraft2 matches. Could someone give me some insight in where I could make this happen? I have ...
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Is there a fee for cancelling a building?

I always thought that if you cancelled a building while it's being built, you got all your mineral back, but I read that the extractor trick for zerg costs 6 minerals when you cancel it. Does this ...
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How do Zerg counter Thors and Hellions

Being Zerg, apparently the official counter against Thors and Hellions with blue flame is Zerglings, Roachs, or Infestors. I'm not mentioning Broodlords at end game, of course. This requires you to: ...
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What is the difference in APM calculation between WoL and HotS?

According to the WoL observer APM counter, I hovered around 90-100 APM when I was at my peak a year ago. Since then I made a long break, and now with HotS I did some matches against the AI to check ...
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StarCraft 2 Glossary of Terms

I see a lot of words flying about when talking about StarCraft 2 strategies. Things like Rush, Timing, Contain, Push, 6Pool, Cheese... It would be quite helpful to have a list of the accepted ...
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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's so bad about queuing units in Starcraft 2?

I've read several times to make sure you never queue units, cause it's the devil. However, I find it very convenient that right before I start a battle, I hit my hotkey to barracks and fill each up ...
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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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Starcraft 2: Highest DPS units

Excluding abilities, what unit does the most DPS in starcraft 2? Including abilities, which unit does the highest DPS? Finally, which unit does the highest DPS/Cost? Edit: For simplicity assume ...
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How do you set your control groups?

I have found that I have no problem setting my buildings as control groups, but I rarely set my army as control groups. Some people have suggested that you set your whole army as one group, and then ...
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Do I need two licenses to play StarCraft 2 multiplayer over a LAN?

I'm pretty sure the answer is "yes", but if I purchase Starcraft 2, and a friend or my roommate wants to play me using two of my computers both on the same LAN, do I need a second battle.net account ...
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Why do some players build their buildings in a line (towards the entrance of their base)?

While watching a live-stream of a game (TvP, master league) I noticed that both players built their production facilities towards the entrance of their base, starting at their command-center/nexus. ...
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How to find amateur online sc2 tournaments?

Sometimes it might be fun to enter a tournament every once in a while, but I don't really know where to start. How does one go about finding online amateur-level tournaments? I am hoping for ...
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How to destroy a base more efficiently in Starcraft 2

I know this is kind of a far fetch, but every once in a while I have a game where I'm destroying my opponent base while he is destroying mine, and it all comes down to who does it first. Of course if ...
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Why do Starcraft 2 leagues award playing, rather than winning?

In other league systems I'm aware of, you gain points by winning, and lose points by losing. On average, if you play against similar-skill opponents and you win and lose the same number of matches, ...
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Why does everyone do 9-overlord, not 10-overlord?

What is the advantage on saving the money for the overlord when you have 9 drones, and not filling your supply first and then getting the overlord? In my theory, in the first case you get to wait the ...
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Where can I watch live StarCraft II matches online? [closed]

Where can I watch live StarCraft II matches online? Also, is there a way to watch live game matches from the StarCraft client? Unreal Tournament 2003 has this feature which was nice to have.
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JaeDong Mutalisk Micro

The Broodwar progamer JaeDong is famous for his Muta Micro. I was a Broodwar player and now I'm a Starcraft 2 player, and I was fascinated with that micro. Reasearching, I discovered in the custom ...
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Why do Terrans drop MULEs in battles?

I have seen many pro players dropping mules after and during battles. Sometimes they use scans instead. This seems counter-intuitive, I mean they could get a ton of minerals for that. Why do they do ...
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What happens if you use a drone to build a building while he's carrying minerals?

Kind of a basic question, but what happens? Do you lose it? Does it count as harvested? In a similar fashion, what happens when a drone/scv/probe goes harvesting gas when he's holding a mineral?
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How to counter marine rush as a protoss on maps with huge ramps like Scrap Station?

Assuming that I scout well and find out that my opponent is going for mass marines early on (no gas, reactors), I still seem completely unable to counter marines when they come at me too early. My ...
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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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What's the best counter strategy against battlecruisers?

How should I prepare my army when attacking someone who has 12+ battlecruisers? (Protoss/Zerg/Terran answers are more than appreciated)
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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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Can an Immortal really shoot over higher ground?

As far as I know you can only shoot on higher ground if you have sight (like if you have an Observer flying near) but how come this Immortal was able to shoot on higher ground even if he has no sight? ...
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How do I get to the secret mission in Wings of Liberty?

How do I reach the secret mission in Starcraft 2: Wings of Liberty?