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

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Besides practicing, what are some great ways to become a better player?

Besides practicing, what are some great ways to become a better StarCraft II player? Off the top of my head I can think of: Watching replays with commentary from youtube.com/hdstarcraft and ...
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What are the popular openings / builds for Terran in StarCraft 2?

I don't have too much interest in playing Terran, but I'd like this information mostly to better understand what I'm up against.
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What build order should I use for Zerg in StarCraft 2?

I'm familiar with the general mechanics of the game, but what's the best build order for the beginning of the game?
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What are the popular build orders for Protoss in StarCraft 2?

I've played a lot of Protoss in the original StarCraft, but I thought I might try to play it in StarCraft 2 also. What build orders are being used competitively?
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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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What's the correct number of workers to put on gathering vespene and minerals in StarCraft 2?

In StarCraft 1, I didn't halt worker production until I had 3 for every 2 mineral patches, and 3 for each vespene geyser. This was my own personal guideline, and I have no idea how efficient/wasteful ...
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What are some effective methods of scouting in Starcraft 2?

One thing I've always struggled with in RTS games is scouting. What are some effective methods of scouting what your opponent is up to in Starcraft 2, especially in the early game? How do you ...
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What are the new units in Heart of the Swarm?

Starcraft 2: Heart of the Swarm is out now - what are the new units, and what new strategies can they be used for? Basic list of new units and stats from battle.net: ...
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What does it mean to have map control?

I hear people talking a lot about having map control (mostly tzenes). What specifically does a good player consider map control? Is it simply having decent visibility of most of the map so that you ...
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How does the StarCraft 2 region lock work?

Does someone who wants to play the North America and Latin America versions of StarCraft 2 need to buy two keys, or is just one key enough to install both game clients? I'm not sure about this on ...
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Is there a way to set hotkeys to locations in StarCraft 2?

I thought that I remembered the ability to assign a hotkey to a location in SC1, but I don't see anything listed in the hotkeys for SC2 for such a thing. I'd like to be able to immediately switch the ...
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What balance changes were made between the final Wings of Liberty Patch and Heart of the Swarm?

I see websites showing the stats and abilities for new units in Heart of the Swarm, but nothing discussing changes to existing units. Have any existing units had their abilities or mechanics changed? ...
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What race would be better for a beginner in Starcraft 2?

Is there a race which would make it easier to learn Starcraft 2 and learn the ebb and flow of multiplayer? I understand that all three races are very different, but what is a good race to get the ...
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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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Forming a “concave” with your army

Something that I've read a lot about when discussing attacking and defending is often the discussion of forming a perfect "concave" with your army. What does a concave look like and in what ...
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What bonus experience can you get?

I have just completed my first multiplayer game in the new expansion where you receive XP for doing different things. I got 25% bonus XP for playing with friends, are there other things I can do to ...
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What are some pros and cons of the different races?

How would you describe the Pros and Cons of the different Races in Starcraft 2? I.e. which Race has stronger Air-to-Air Units? Which can adapt faster to enemy tactics? Which has the strongest Defense? ...
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What are the essential Starcraft 2 maps for training?

I've seen a number of mentions to several maps that help improve your Starcraft 2 gameplay. Two I've heard often are Yet Another Build Order Trainer (YABOT) and the Multitasking trainer. (I'll post ...
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How do I counter the 7 roach rush build?

I recently saw an article about a 7 roach rush build that's even faster than the popular 5 roach rush build. This build gets to 7 roaches in about 4:40. How would I counter this build? I'm mostly ...
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What's the best counter for Void Rays?

Any time I let a Protoss player live to mid-game, I seem to be swarmed by Void Rays, and while I can sort of react, it's generally a 50/50 at that point. Let's say I scout a player with a single Void ...
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What effects do choices in Wings of Liberty have in Heart of the Swarm?

As per my other question, I know that choices made in Wings of Liberty affect (at minimum) dialog in Heart of the Swarm. What other effects do these past choices have on the campaign, if any? Are ...
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How do units choose which enemy to target in SC2?

Assuming I do not focus fire, how do my units choose which enemy unit to engage, when there is more than one in range? Specifically, are they making any smart choice such as targeting the most ...
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Is LAN with StarCraft 2 definitely not possible?

I searched around the web, even in the official SCII com forums, but I could not get an exact answer on this question: "Is LAN with SCII definitely not possible or is there a way to get the PCs ...
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How do pro Zerg players generally prepare for a 4 gate they know is coming?

I am a master's league player attempting to learn Zerg. My overall macro is very strong, but I have the sense I am over-droning which leads to my defeat against a strong 4 gate (high ...
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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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What is the league structure in Starcraft II?

I've only played one placement match so far and I won it because my opponents were less than stellar. I'm afraid that if I get similar placement matches in the future and end up winning them all I ...
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Is there a hotkey sequence to send minerals or gas to your ally?

Is there a hotkey sequence to send minerals or gas to your ally? Alternatively is there a way to bind hotkeys to the action?
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What happens to my campaign progress if I uninstall StarCraft 2?

I need to repave my machine. I've made progress in the StarCraft 2 Wings of Liberty Campaign that I don't want to lose. I believe the achievements I've unlocked are tied to my battle.net account and ...
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Drone Rushes: Counter for each race

As a relatively new SC player, specifically SC2, the single most annoying thing I have found in my games is when a player attempts an all-in drone rush (any all-in 6-8 drone/probe/scv rush) "Cheese" ...
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How do I Macro effectively as Zerg?

Someone emailed me a question recently indicating that they'd come here and seen what I've written and wanted to know something about Starcraft 2 strategy building. While I did email him back, I ...
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What are good sources for Starcraft 2 replays?

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 increase actions per minute

Whats a good way to increase my actions per minute (apm)? Please note I don't want Starcraft 2 to become my life either, so reasonable strategies would be much appreciated, but please provide any ...
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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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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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How long is StarCraft 2's typical input delay compared to other competitive games?

Battle.net 2.0 seems to have severe netcode issues, meaning that commands take longer to be executed than they should. This is likely a result of preventing lag and dropped connections, but it comes ...
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Is there a way to make StarCraft 2 remember my battle.net password?

StarCraft 2 requires me to enter my password every time I launch the game. Is there a way to bypass this inconvenience, for example by making it remember the password somehow?
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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 the “canonical” option for the Wings of Liberty split missions?

Wings of Liberty had 3 "split" missions, where you had to choose sides: Safe Haven / Haven's Fall, where you had to pick between Dr. Hanson and Executor Selendis Breakout / Ghost of a Chance, where ...
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Importance of Zerglings to Zerg armies

So i've been trying to improve my game as zerg as of late, but im meeting several difficulties (some in micro, some in macro, etc etc), but the one i want to ask about now is army composition. I ...
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How do I beat Terran as Zerg when they do MMM with tanks?

Question basically states it. I have a lot of problems beating Terran when they either do MMM(Marine Maurader Medivac) with tanks or even just marines and tanks. Tried banelings and infestors, and ...
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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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Is it better to spawn your first overlord at 9 or 10 supply? [duplicate]

Assuming you're not doing some early cheese build, I'd think this would be something you could just do some math on to figure out which is better. Has this problem been solved? Which is better, and ...
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Where are the StarCraft 2 replay videos stored and can I share them?

I wanted to send a copy of a replay video to a friend of mine but cannot find the StarCraft 2 video folder. Are these stored locally or on Battle.net? Regardless of where they are stored how can I ...
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What percentage of players get into each league tier?

E.g., if I'm in the Silver league, this means I'm generally/statistically better than what percentage of the players? (At least for the first qualifying matches, that is)
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How do I beat medium AI in 5 minutes?

I would like to get 'beat medium AI in 5 minutes' achievement. Usually I am playing as terran. Is there special SMALL (TINY) map for that? What is strategy for that? Should I build 1st barrack on ...
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How do I properly use banelings both before and after burrow/baneling speed?

in a different question I asked about surviving early attacks and transferring to late middle game. Most people said banelings were the answer. I'm not sure I'm using my banelings correctly. ...
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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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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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What attributes identify a “cheese build” in SC2? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What exactly is a “cheese” in Starcraft 2? What is the definition of a "cheese build", specifically with reference to standard SC2 builds? Where did the term ...
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Is there a way to get an authenticator without a smartphone and without paying?

I don't have a smartphone (I have a symbian with access to the Internet), or iPod/iPad. Are there any other ways for me to get an authenticator from Blizzard without paying $6 for the physical ...