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 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 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 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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How do I earn SC2's “Hurry up, it's raid night” achievement?

The "Hurry up, it's raid night" achievement in Starcraft 2 involves "beating Wings of Liberty, on normal, in 8 hours or less." Is there a recommended mission path to take? Which mission should I take ...
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Are there replays of bad (new) players with commentary?

I know, sounds dumb, but bear with me a sec. People here have posted links to tons of high-level replays with commentary. (Thanks.) They're awesome fun, and I can learn a little. But since I'm a ...
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What is the meaning of the number 54 in Blizzard's games?

In many places related to StarCraft and World of Warcraft there is a number "54". Is it really just a part of the decoration, or it has a special, secret meaning? ...
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Interaction between high ground, detection, and “vision”

After getting nuked several times in a row last night, I came up with a somewhat esoteric question. Let's say I have a spore crawler in my base. If a cloaked unit comes within range of the crawler, ...
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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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How do I disable the windows key when in-game?

Trying to get rid of the 'press windows key in middle of game and it returns back to windows, and then I can't alt-tab back in for 15 seconds' problem. Specifically, I'm playing SC2 on a 32-bit ...
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How long does it take for an expansion to become an advantage?

When you expand, you sacrifice the "strength of your army" (i.e. tech + army units) for a while. What is this duration? To illustrate what I mean, here's a makeshift graph of 1-base production versus ...
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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's the most efficient way to transfer workers that are mining minerals to mine gas instead?

When my Refinery finishes in the heat of battle, I don't have time to manually find 3 workers that aren't holding any minerals. What is the optimal way to transfer 3 workers from minerals to gas ...
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How precisely does the StarCraft 2 handicap feature work?

I asked in this question how I could introduce additional handicaps into StarCraft 2 to make it easier to play with my friends without relying solely on the built-in handicapping system. However, it ...
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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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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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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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How do I build and fight simultaneously?

I feel like my main deficiency is that I have a hard time with the multitasking required. Specifically, when I have troops in the field, especially more than one group of units, I tend to not keep up ...
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What is the Destiny Cloud Fist build?

What is the Destiny Cloud Fist build? I've heard SC2 players talking about it.
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Is there a secret mission in Heart of the Swarm?

In Starcraft 2 - Wings of Liberty there was one hidden mission (details here), does Heart of the Swarm also contain a hidden mission, and how do you get to it?
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What is the “magic box” in Starcraft 2?

Tzenes mentioned a "magic box" in Starcraft 2 in chat. Despite myself, I'm now overwhelmingly curious: What it is the magic box? Why I should care about it?
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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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When should I focus my units' fire?

I used to think that I should always use focus-fire when controlling a bunch of units - i.e. tell them all to target the same enemy, in order to bring it down quickly. However, I saw some replays ...
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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 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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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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What does a “timing push” mean

I've heard this term used many-a-time in StarCraft 2 (and 1) replays on the web. At first, I always assumed it meant the player was sending out an attack force at a specific time in the game that's ...
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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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Starcraft 2: What features are disabled/different while offline?

I started the game offline once, and I received a warning about that. I also noticed that achievements were not saved for that session. What are all the game/metagaming features that don't work ...
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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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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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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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What do I need to know to enjoy watching competitive StarCraft II matches?

I'm hoping to convince some geek friends to attend a BarCraft event with me this weekend. The problem is, none of them have played StarCraft II before, and certainly haven't watched live professional ...
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What do I do when an opponent builds a refinery in my base?

So admittedly, I'm a bit of a SC2 newbie. I was playing an online match and my opponent upon first scouting me with a Terran SCV noticed that I had not yet started putting down Assimilators myself (I ...
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Why is Zerg considered behind if they don't have 1 more base than their opponent?

Often times in gamecasts, I hear the commentator saying how the Zerg player must always stay one expansion ahead of the other player, most importantly in the start of the game. Why is that? Wouldn't ...
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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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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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How do you get the Custom Game Novice achievement in Starcraft 2?

The Achievement is Exploration > Custom Game Novice. It reads Win 3 solo evenly matched Custom Games against any A.I. opponents. I have gone Single Player > Versus A.I > Play versus A.I. and beat ...
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What is the bonus pool in Starcraft 2?

I see this number labeled "Bonus Pool" when I look at my standing in various ladders. What is it?
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What is the best strategy for beating the final Campaign Mission “All In” on brutal difficulty?

Has anyone beaten this mission on brutal difficulty? If so what was your strategy? I tried both paths: Path 1 - Taking out the nydus networks Path 2 - Taking out the flying units I found path 1 ...
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What are and how do I earn Feats of Strength in StarCraft 2

On the bottom of the achievements menu is an option for Feats of Strength. When I click this option, the window it brings up is entirely blank, but does have a drop down filter at the top. Are Feats ...
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What is the number under my Battle.Net StarCraft 2 profile name?

What is this number? Thanks.
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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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Why are my maps “streaming data”?

I've noticed that, with the advent of Battle.net 2.0 (maybe earlier), playing the campaign references "streaming data" from the battle.net servers. Since the campaign maps exist locally (viewable ...
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Why do Grand Master players not seem to rush at all?

In the GM games I've watch it's very rare to see a game ending in less than 10 mins. They seem to like going two base first before attacking. Even if one player is Zerg, they still go with the early ...
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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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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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Are there advantages for Protoss gateways over warp gates?

In StarCraft2, Protoss can change their gateways into warp gates. However, I'm puzzled that they can be changed back into gateways. Is there any advantage for gateways over warp gates ? What am I ...
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What's improved in Starcraft 2?

What's actually improved in Starcraft 2 compared with the original? Except graphics and marketing.