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 to make use of LotV pre-order beta?

I pre-ordered the LotV and now I want to play the beta. How do I do that? I've searched the UI but all it says is "Playing Heart of the Swarm". Great, now how do I change that to the LotV beta? It ...
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hidden secrets in starcraft 2?

so when i played again the terran campaign after completing the zerg campaign in heart of swarm, i accidentally uncovered a secret maybe? the one im talking about is the one when you have to hold for ...
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How do I know how many SCV's I have created?

In Starcraft 2, how do I know how many SCV's I have created easily while playing? All I see total population on top right side of game.
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How can I learn to manage multitasking when fighting in Starcraft 2?

I've never understood how to use hotkeys (for eg: 4-barracks, 5-starport etc up to 8). How do the professionals (or even good amateurs) manage using keyboard left hand and mouse right hand? I am not a ...
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Is there a way to track total mission playtime?

Starcraft 2: Wings of Liberty has an achievement to complete the campaign on Normal in under 8 hours. I've already seen this question: How do I earn SC2's "Hurry up, it's raid night" ...
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SC2 camera positioning easy way?

I am new to StarCraft 2. I got to understand that we can position cameras from F5-F8 buttons. It means only 4 buttons. But what if I want to use camera positions more than 4 positions? Is there an ...
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Starcraft 2 Noob Queries [closed]

I have started playing Starcraft 2 using Terran. I have some couple of noob queries below: 1. When we create more than 1 base how you create camera locations? Currently I am using ctrl f5, ctrl f6 ...
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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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How can I practice build orders? [closed]

I am new to SC2, and I am thinking that I might practice some build orders. I am currently using the free version of Starcraft 2, I will upgrade it later. Is there a tool/map available that loads ...
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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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How to efficiently tell workers to return minerals before going to build something in Starcraft 2?

(Note: this question is motivated by openers that involve a decent amount of multitasking and in which we can be mineral starved, e.g., controlling reapers/hellions in 3CC-based TvZ builds, which have ...
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What is the fastest way to reinstall StarCraft 2?

For some reason, I have to uninstall StarCraft 2 and want to reinstall again. So, after uninstalled, if I try to install again will the install launcher still have to download again 13GB from ...
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How do Widow Mines work?

I was playing StarCraft II, and come across a new unit called the Widow Mine in multiplayer. I don't know what it does, all I know is that it can burrow like a zerg.
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What are good sources for Starcraft 2 replays? [closed]

There are so many replay sites, and so many of them are useless. So many replays and replay packs are on megaupload-like sites and submitted only to some forums. What is the best way of searching for ...
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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 Feasible is StarCraft 2 over LTE?

I would like to play StarCraft 2 over an LTE connection but I have two primary concerns: My LTE data pool is not unlimited. How much data, on average, does StarCraft 2 consume? My LTE ping is about ...
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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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How much damage does each bounce do with the Mutalisk's Vicious Glave upgrade?

The upgrade description states: Mutalisk attacks bounce three more times up to six targets. These bounces deal increased damage and travel farther. So how much damage does each bounce do? ...
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How many Terran Marines can a Protoss Zealot take on in Starcraft 2?

This is assuming that neither of the units has been upgraded and neither is being healed. Also assuming that all of the marines attack at once and it is a fight to the death.
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How can the marines take their helmets off on Char?

Before landing on Char, General Warfield says that Char has "an atmosphere that will burn a man alive;" however, during the cinematics, the marines are shown without their helmets and there doesn't ...
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Is it possible to purchase and play a used copy of StarCraft 2?

I found a good deal for Starcraft 2 used on Ebay. Can I buy the game? Is it possible to transfer a game from one account to another? edit Its mentioned unused key but opened box. So Can I buy it ?
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Setting the camera in Starcraft 2 to be like Warcraft 3 or Dota 2

In SC2, the WC3/DotA 2 Mouse3 dragging has been removed. Instead, when you hold Mouse3 and move the screen, the mouse reappears where you started dragging from. On WC3 and DotA 2, it started from ...
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What is the system of choosing games in Proleague?

In a standard match of Starcraft Proleague, two teams compete in four different games, with players and maps chosen beforehand, and play out an additional "Ace Match" in case of the tie, with players ...
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Who are the named prisoners in “Conviction”?

As I was fighting my way through a Dominion Prison Ship, I found a single, named prisoner. Mr. Gerdes wasn't the only one I found, but I didn't recognize any of the prisoner's names. Are they ...
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How to find out what country a Starcraft user is from by his battle ID and username?

I was just wondering if anyone knew how to find a users country in starcraft 2. It is easy to get their battle tag. Besides asking the user.
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What exactly is a “cheese” in Starcraft 2?

I seem to see commentators mention "cheese" with regards to Starcraft 2, but I'm not quite sure what they mean. If a particular build/tactic is called a "cheese", does that mean it is a considered to ...
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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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Quickly identifying target of opponent's nuclear launch

I was nuked for the first time in multiplayer (ladder) earlier today and, if it weren't for the fact that my opponent forgot to cloak (I'm in Bronze league), I wouldn't have known which mineral-line ...
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Does the campaign screen still show a higher difficulty completed if I start a new campaign on a lower setting?

Currently, my Campaign load screen shows: Difficulty Completed: Brutal For both WoL and HoTS. However, I wish to re-play the campaign on a lower difficulty without having it lose this little ...
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Strange mouse cursor change during games

During some games, my mouse cursor changes to some strange dotted line (like in the picture). It looks like that, but I had to draw it myself as the cursor is not visible in screenshots. This is ...
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How can you micro stalkers vs. zealots?

I'm trying to micro a few stalkers against a few non charged zealots. I see a lot of players move their stalkers away, then hit, then move away, then hit, and so on. How do they micro as such? Do ...
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The fastest way to run Starcraft 2 offline?

I need to play Custom Games in offline mode. As shown here on Battle.NET and Arqade, to play in offline mode we have to disconnect the internet connection. The problem is this process can take ...
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Experience not being earned

I noticed that a lot of people have this problem, but I probably can't read between the lines and I actually don't know what the problem is about. I play Starcraft 2 the basic version. In multiplayer ...
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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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Identifying mistakes/weak-points in my approach to TvP

TL;DR: TvP is my worst matchup and I've been reviewing my replays in order to identify my mistakes / what I ought to do differently next time. However, I'm starting to question whether I'm going ...
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Do I need to keep paying to play online on Starcraft 2?

Do I need to keep paying after I buy the original CD of Starcraft 2? I heard that the online part isn't free. Is this true? If this is the case, is it charged per hour or month? Do I need a "Premium ...
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The fastest way to select all army units except Observer?

F2 is the hot key that helps to select the whole army. But that includes the Observers scouting on their mission and need to be kept as-is/not joining our attack movement. How can I call for all army ...
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Do Zerg buildings heal automatically during the Heart of the Swarm campaign?

When playing the last mission of the campaign my Hive was attacked by some flyers, and was reduced to red. I finished off the attackers and thought my buildings would heal back up, but when the next ...
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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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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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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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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 ...