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 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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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?
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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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 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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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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How does the Mutalisk's Glaive Bounce calculate damage?

With zero upgrades and when attacking a unit with no armor, a Single mutalisk attack does: 9 Damage (first target) 3 Damage (second target) 1 Damage (third target) What is less clear is what ...
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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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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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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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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?

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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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 ...
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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 were the Thor's priorities changed in patch 1.1.3?

From the patch notes: Thor - This unit will now prioritize attacking ground combat units over Medivacs.
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When do units say their annoyed quotes?

When looking up SC2 units on Liquipedia, I noticed that there are a number of categories of quotes for each unit. Most of these are self explanatory as to when they play, but I'm not sure when the ...
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StarCraft 2 forcing a game that keeps army sizes smaller

What I'm wondering is: if anyone can suggest a strategy to keep the game from becoming about building an overwhelming Army, but instead about smaller (and perhaps simultaneous) engagements? After ...
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How can you saturate mineral fields effectively?

I know that you should have 3 workers on each mineral to harvest it most effectively, but how can you manage how many workers you have to use per base? The number should obviously be 3 x mineral ...
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What it means to be massive: What benefits and disadvantages do StarCraft 2 units gain by being massive?

With the recent patch (1.3.3) Archons are now considered massive units. I was wondering what inherent pros and cons, apart from being immune to concussive shell, are conferred by the 'massive' label.
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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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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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Does Yamato Cannon 1-hit kill an Immortal?

Yamato Cannon deals 300 damage and Immortals have 100 shields and 200 hit points, but they also have a hardened shield ability that reduces incoming damage greater than 10 to 10. However, I am not ...
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Why is it always better to attack with a concave, even for equal units?

This is related to this question: Forming a "concave" with your army I have seen many pro casts where a concaved army beats an equal but clumped army. It's seen as a universally good thing. ...
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Does random count twice in the achievements?

Does the random choice of faction count twice in the achievements? So if I get randomly assigned to the Zerg and win my match, would this count as a victory for both my random and Zerg achievements ...
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How do I connect Starcraft 2 and Facebook?

I've been reading that Starcraft 2 has facebook integration. But how do I actually connect my accounts?
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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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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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Can the Raven's Point Defense Drone counter 20 shots at once?

Once a PDD is created it has 200 energy that allows it to counter 20 projectiles. It also has cooldown of 0. Does that mean that if 20 opponent stalkers (for example) will shoot in an area covered by ...
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How do I counter early marauders in PvT (Protoss versus Terran)?

In the early game, if the Terran player goes for marauders (with upgrade), what can a Protoss player do to effectively counter this? Zealots seem to be ineffective, and while stalkers are a little ...
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What happens with the units in the Nydus Network when the last nydus worm gets killed in StarCraft 2?

Last game my enemy killed my nydus network when I had a ton of units inside it. I thought the units would come out or something, but they disappeared. He killed me so I didn't have the possibility to ...