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

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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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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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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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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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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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How to defend myself against a MM + Tank rush in a TvT?

When playing Terran VS Terran, how can I defend against this rush? The opponent comes with Marines, Marauders and Tanks. He deploys the Tanks and then uses scans to destroy my Rax + Bunkers + Units. ...
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Are there any handy tricks for ousting insane AI opponents?

Been trying to get the achievement for 'defeat 7 insane AI in a free for all' and it turned out that all the other AI were eliminated by each other, but the last one was just freaking ridiculous. ...
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Does the extractor trick actually help?

The Zerg extractor trick allows you to start your 11th drone a few seconds faster. Does this actually help though? You gain a few seconds on that extra drone, but you lose due to: The cancellation ...
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What is the purpose of the rock plates under ramps in many maps in StarCraft 2?

Do these little destroyable rocks or plates at the bottom of ramps have any purpose? Is there any advantage to preserving or destroying them?
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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 Can I Train Myself to Multi-Task Better in Starcraft 2?

I love mastering macro, almost as much as I love building robust defenses. But like the Maginot line they always get breached and I lose my starcraft games if the defender can fight off my early ...
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What are the benefits of rallying all workers to the left or right-most mineral node?

I see a lot of SC2 pros rallying all their workers to the left or right-most mineral patch. What are the benefits of doing so versus rallying to the middle patch or versus changing your rally point ...
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Definition of a baneling bust

I heard day9 mention a baneling bust. What is a baneling bust?
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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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What are “grid hotkeys”?

What are “grid hotkeys”? I saw them in the preferences. What are they? How do they work?
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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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Can I make Starcraft 2 portable?

If I were to install Starcraft 2 in a external hard drive (changing the install folder during installation), could I run it on another computer without installing? For example, if I installed ...
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What is the optimal way to defend Kerrigan in the Crucible mission?

I'm playing on brutal, and I have failed few times. At first I tried just spamming those dudes that spam small units when burrowed, but this failed in the end when I was overwhelmed. I tried ...
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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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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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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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What can I do in Starcraft 2 after the campaign?

I am a story person, and I played StarCraft 2 because of it's story. Now that I've finished all of the StarCraft 2 campaign parts (Wings of Liberty, Heart of the Swarm and Legacy of the Void) is ...
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Is there a way to morph all larvae at once?

My macro is pretty poor, and while playing the HotS campaign, I often find myself in cases where my larvae are simply idling. When I've built multiple hatcheries, with the campaign-specific 6-larvae ...
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How come no one researches Hi-Sec Auto Tracking?

In the high level TvZ games as soon as mutas come out, terran starts building missile turrets all over the map. Approx, 3-4 per expansion and 5-6 in the main, so that is about 75*9 = 675 minerals ( ...
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How to harass Zerg with Terrans (in the early game)

I saw and read a lot of recommendations to harass Zerg if you play Terran (1x1). From one perspective it should pretty easy: put bunker and 4-8 marines there... actually anywhere you want to have a ...
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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 optimal number of creep tumors per creep route?

If you are spreading creep using a single tumor, the next tumor will be ready before the creep has spread to its full extent. More creep tumors will make the creep spread faster. But, too many creep ...
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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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What is Blizzard Time?

I'm reading through the Reddit AMA Transcript (link to entire /r/IAmA) which was conducted a week prior to the release of Heart of the Swarm. Several of the questions and answers refer to Blizzard ...
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In StarCraft 2, are points comparable across leagues?

I'm in Silver league, and I have about 400 points. This ranks me at about 30th in my division. Using SC2Ranks.com, I looked at one of the top Gold divisions and noticed that if I were in Gold, I would ...
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Has anyone had success with Voice Chat in StarCraft 2?

Starcraft 2 has an in-game microphone feature (push-to-talk), but none of my party members have had success in getting the Battle.net voice chat to work. Does anyone know how to fix this issue?
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How can I play vs A.I. on a set difficulty on a random map?

I use to play a lot of 2v2 and 3v3 with random people vs A.I. on hard or very hard slowly working my way towards the Supreme Command achievement. But with Heart of the Swarm they changed it so that ...
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What is this stuff on the Korean SC2 in-game menu?

Was watching the Artosis stream and his Korean StarCraft II copy that he uses to play over there has some fairly different menus: What is the extra stuff at the bottom of the Korean SC2 in-game ...
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How do I change the background image of the main menu?

On many live streams (recently Cella), I have seen that people have changed their background image on the multiplayer menu screen. Honestly, I am getting a bit sick of that ugly guy's closeup scarred ...
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What are the key uses of the Mothership and Mothership Core's “Time Warp”?

The mothership's vortex ability was replaced with "Time Warp", this is also an ability added to the new mothership core. What uses does time warp have? The ability isn't useful for kiting due to 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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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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Can I somehow check the supply of an ally in a team game?

Lets say I am in a 2v2 team game. There are two situations in which I want to check an ally's supply. He has left and I have to macro for him. When should I add new Supply Depots (or Pylons or ...
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Why does Starcraft 2 get slower as a match progresses?

The problem is simple, I fear the solution is unobtainable. Whenever I get (roughly) more than 120 supply my game comes to almost a complete standstill. Playing ladder makes me cry a little inside. ...
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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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How is it possible Zerg, with the biggest advantage, can still lose to Terran?

This replay exlains it all. T Tarson versus Z Bly play on Xel'Naga Caverns. Bly destroys Tarson's expansion, and pushes into his base, does a TON of damage, and kills all his SCV except for 2. Then ...
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Why do Terran players bring SCVs with their main army so often?

It is quite common to see games where Terran players start moving aggressively across the map with their army, and bringing about 10-15 SCVs with. You however never see Protoss bring probes, or Zerg ...
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Why don't StarCraft's nukes have a larger blast radius? [closed]

Why are nuclear bombs are so weak in StarCraft? The scale of the explosion and the amount of damage done seems very limited compared to what is commonly associated with nukes. Should I understand ...
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How to signal on the minimap in Starcraft 2?

Nothing to add to the title of the question.
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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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Is a Sensor Tower useful in Starcraft 2?

Is there any point to building a Sensor Tower? Doesn't it immediately reveals your own location on the minimap? What good does it do?
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Starcraft 2: Marine vs Marauder

According to the Team Liquid wiki: Marauders are weak to marines. Let's think about this a little: Marauders do 10 damage to marines and have almost twice the cooldown... so in 'normal ...
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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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Speed vs Brain: What matters?

What I ask myself is what counts more in StarCraft II? Is it a well balanced strategy (e.g. I know my opponent will get a lot of zerglings only, so I build a Colossus to roast his units) or is it the ...