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

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Why does shift-queuing blink have unpredictable results?

I was messing around with some of the "Challenge" missions and discovered a Protoss a mechanic that I don't quite understand (Protoss is my least played race by far, so sorry if this is a basic ...
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Scouting 2 Rax & early gas in TvT on a 2p map - what are the possibilities?

The game is a TvT on Coda, one of the new 2p ladder maps (its the same size as Expedition Lost, I believe). We open with 1 Rax FE (15 Gas / 19 CC). At the 3:20-3:30 mark, we see that our opponent ...
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Is there a way to determine if specific micro is worth it?

In Starcraft you can use your attention to either hit the perfect timings on your macro or to micro manage your units. The first one guarantees that your money is invested as soon as possible and you ...
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Starcraft 2: What are “mechanics”?

Every SC2 tutorial emphasizes that beginners are best served by focusing on two aspects of the game: (i) mechanics and (ii) macro. I understand what is meant by "macro" (i.e., making sure you're ...
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Invisible mouse cursor in Starcraft II

You can still click stuff, but it appears the mouse cursor is missing/invisible when I launch the game. Online they say you can change the "compatibility" mode settings and fix this, but because I'm ...
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Starcraft 2: Defending against proxy 2-rax (and early aggression in general) as Terran

TLDR: How can a (Terran) player in the lower leagues successfully defending against rushes / early pushes? In this particular game from earlier today, the opponent is a Terran who did a proxy 2-rax. ...
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How to clear a control group in Starcraft 2?

Using Ctrl+# or Shift+# or right clicking n the number boxes will set the current selected units to be a control group. E.g. I'm selecting two Stalkers and hit Ctrl-1 to set control group #1 Now I ...
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Can Terran Medivacs heal allied units?

Can Terran Medivacs heal allied units? Can they heal Zerg units or Protoss units aside from themselves?
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What are the victory conditions?

In Starcraft, the rule is: "Last man standing wins the game". So you must destroy "all buildings" to eliminate your enemy completely. That includes all floating Terran buildings,too. But does this ...
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Is there a banlist or way to block certain players from being in the games you play in Starcraft 2?

Is there a banlist or way to block certain players from being in the games you play? Update - To clarify, the banlist I mention is a personal ban list on your account. It's not a public banlist on ...
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Starbattle - Whats the point of the quantum reactor for the Colossus. When is the best time to get it?

I'm a passionate Starbattle player and was wondering how I would go about finding out when the best time was to get quantum reactor which gives 25% shield recharge during sustained fire vs 0% under ...
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What is the most efficient technique to spread creep across a map?

Some background: As a new zerg player, I've chosen to follow the Staircase method. Step 0 of the Staircase method is to be able to successfully complete the "Creep or Die" arcade map (in "Staircase" ...
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As Terran, what techniques effectively harass in the early game (before 6 minutes)

I play a very macro style Terran which consists of no aggression early game. What are some strategies or build orders that put significant pressure on my opponent (or damage), but set me up to ...
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How much damage does Purification Nova do?

The protoss have gained a new unit in their arsenal called the Disruptor. New Unit: Disruptor A light-mechanical unit from the Robotics Facility that can use Purification Nova. Ability – ...
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Playing as Random on SC2 matches will unlock Racial portraits too?

If I win, for example, 1300 1x1 Solo matches online using "Random" as my race of choice, ill have the last Random portrait that is the Hybrid Destroyer unlocked. However, let's say that from those ...
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When is a Reaper considered cost efficient?

The Reaper in early game it is usually used for scouting and harassing the opponent. I understand that a scan costs 270 minerals and a Reaper can save this investment, but you could also play ...
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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 Continuing Campaign

I've finished the campaign mode but I missed some missions (the ones of the crystal and others) and some armory and lab upgrades. Is there any way I can continue the campaign and finishing those ...
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Is it possible to reduce Starcraft 2's disk footprint?

Is it possible to minimize disk space usage? I only want to play multiplayer anyway and the biggest chunk of the download is the campaign. Since the multiplayer game is playable after only 10% of ...
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How do I select a mixed group of troops with the Stimpack option showing?

Is there a technique to select an all bio army (marine, marauder, medivac, and ghost) but with the stimpack option available first? Because when I select that army, I get the ghost options first, and ...
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Starcraft 2: Rally point for Queen

Zerg-ians, How can I assign a rally point for a Queen (i.e., after it's built out of a Zerg hatchery/lair/hive)? At the moment, it will simply sit right next to the hatchery(/lair/hive) from which ...
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Best Buildings to Destroy when Rushing Terran?

When you're rushing a zerg player it's best to take out their Spawning Pool. It takes a long time to rebuild (plus its pretty costly), there's not normally multiples of them, and it's vital to much of ...
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How to keep sentries and templars in the center of death balll?

Couple of posts about sentries usages (Effective use of Sentry in Starcraft 2) mention it is good to keep sentries in the center of you army so guardian shield will cover bigger amount of units and ...
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Any benefit to setting CPU affinity for a game?

Would there be any possible benefit in setting the CPU affinity for a game? Like Starcraft 2, for example. I've heard suggestions to do this, such as choosing real cores only (no hyperthreaded ...
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Meaning of number in Starcraft 2 ladder?

In Starcraft 2, what is the meaning of the number in the upper-right corner of the display? (the 5320 in the image below)
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Starcraft 2: Hotkey to go to previous selection?

Is there a function/command/keyboard shortcut that takes you back to your previously selected unit(s)/building(s)? I know that control-groups are possible and that it's best practice to have ...
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What build orders work for the Training Day Achievment?

What are the various build order's I can give that will allow me to complete this achievement? Train 10 Marines during the first 320 seconds of a single Melee game
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Is this profile view bugged? (Profile Level=0)

I have been seeing some profiles with level 0 even though they are not. Is this a normal 'level hide feature' or some sort of a known bug?
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How quickly does the bonus pool refill?

In SC2, how fast do my bonus pool points refill? I have finally worn my pool down to 0. Does anybody know if it is just time that refills them or something else?
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Starcraft 2: How to cycle through the various units/buildings in a single control group?

I usually assign all of my command centers to hotkey 4. Let's say I have three command centers hotkeyed. Double tapping 4 would take me to the CC which I selected last when creating the hotkey ...
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Starcraft 2: Do workers (SCVs, probes) lose resources if re-assigned to another job? [duplicate]

Let's say I want to build a refinery with an SCV that's currently mining some of that sweet blue mineral. Coincidentally, the SCV in question has JUST finished his particular mining run and, while ...
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How can I get the “Would You Kindly…” achievement?

The "Would You Kindly..." achievement in Starcraft 2 states: Destroy 5 units with a single Neural Parasited unit in an Unranked or Ranked game. Since the achievement was introduced, Neural ...
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How to show unit count by type during game?

Is it possible to show unit count by type during a game (i.e., # of SCVs, # of marines, etc.)? I'm referring to something like the unit-count display that we can toggle when watching replays. As a ...
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What should I do to get the Outmatched: 2 Insane AI achievement?

What should I do to get the Outmatched: 2 Insane AI achievement? I've watched like dozen of online tutorials, where is shown how to do that. The only problem is that those cannon/spine rushes worked ...
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How do I complete the “Outmatched: 4 Very Hard AI” achievement?

I am trying to complete the "Outmatched: 4 Very Hard AI" achievement: Win a 1 vs 4 Multiplayer Custom Game with no Allies against 4 Very Hard A.I. opponents. Any tips are welcome. Thanks. P.S. I ...
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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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How to exit Arcade game after it's finished?

I used to exit Squadron TD games after they finished using menu/exit. Today I've noticed that every game counts me as a leaver, even though I exit after the HQ is destroyed. How do I exit without ...
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How do I combat mass Void Rays as Protoss?

I play PvP games with a friend of mine. Neither of us is very good, but he usually wins because he has played more than me. Thing is though that he rarely does anything other than build a bunch of ...
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Replaying sequences played after pressing the continue button in Heart of the Swarm

In Heart of the Swarm, after the continue button is clicked, sometimes small sequences are played where Kerrigan utters commands to her broodmothers to attack certain planets. Is there any way to see ...
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What are Protoss counter options to Mass Marauder?

What is the best counter to mass marauder while using a standard build order? I have tried charge zealots but the just get kited to death. High Templar with storm do not do enough damage. Colossus are ...
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StarCraft II profile URL path

I want to make a SC2 clan and we need an website. We want to let users register free on website based on Server, Character Name and Number. I saw on http://sc2ranks.com/ that they can somehow can ...
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I can't invite a friend to play in Starcraft 2

How does one invite specific people to play 1v1 in Starcraft 2? Acccording to this note I tried the following but failed: Add the guy to friends. Right-click the name of the friend you want to ...
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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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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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How to change a property of a doodad during gameplay?

Let assume that we have a doodad in the middle of the map, for example 'Rubble Wall 45' (named testwall_1) and also we created a triggers (called 'timer' and 'rotate') with the following action: ...
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What is a strategy to earn the best defense achievement in StarCraft 2?

I have been attempting to earn the Best Defense achievement in StarCraft 2. The Best Defense is an achievement earned during the third mission of the Wings of Liberty campaign: Zero Hour. The goal of ...
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Most effective path (tower defense maps)

I'm playing a SC2 "tower-defense"-like map, and need to find out how to build walls efficiently, so that units stay longer on the map and take more damage. The map looks like this: The most common ...
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10-pylon vs 8-pylon

I usually build 8 probes, then a pylon, so I could keep building probes and not have to wait for the pylon to build (in 10-pylon you're stuck while the pylon is building). Is one of these build ...
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If I pre-order HOTS can I give the Beta key to someone else?

If I pre-order HOTS now, can I give my beta key to someone else to use with their account and then when the game is released properly still play with my own account?
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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 ...