One of the three factions in the popular Starcraft series, the Terrans use biological and mechanical units. They are not as strong, unit-for-unit, as the Protoss, and cannot create the vast armies of the Zerg. Instead, they survive through adaptability.

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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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How does a Terran player stop a cannon rush from Protoss?

On a small 1v1 map playing Protoss vs. Terran, if the Protoss player brings the probe to build a pylon and forge in a corner of the Terran base, what should the Terran player do? It seems like the ...
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Dealing with the dreaded Terran Base Race

In my recent games, I've been having a lot of trouble with Terrans who refuse to engage my army even if it arrives knocking on their doorstep (I play Protoss mostly), because they know that they will ...
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(When) is a Planetary Fortress useful?

I haven't seen a single PF in the game. Does anyone build them?
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MULEs vs Scanner Sweeps, best use for Command Center energy?

Obviously if I am supply blocked and in a pinch I would use the supply add-on but unless I screw up and become supply blocked I generally won't so I'll focus this question on MULE vs Scanner Sweep. I ...
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What are Reapers good for these days?

Since Patch 1.1.2, the Turbo Reaper has gone away. What are pros using the Reaper for these days? Just an early scout?
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Why do players float buildings around with troops?

Why do terran players float buildings with their armies? Does the computer automatically target buildings?
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Why don't Terrans ever seem to use medics?

I've been watching a bunch of Starcraft II replays recently, and I just realized that I've never seen a single medic in any of the games. The most recent one I watched had medivacs, which is obviously ...
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As a Terran, what's a good counter to early Mutalisks?

I always seem to have trouble against Zerg as Terran, but ESPECIALLY if there are a mass of early Mutas harrasing me. I know Marines are great against them but that's not good enough, because they ...
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What's the best counter to marine spam?

I've seen this cheesy strategy a few times now - loads of marines with all the upgrades and medivacs. This wasn't a rush but still wasn't able to counter playing as zerg. What's the most effective ...
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What is an effective counter to late-game Protoss balls in TvP?

I'm a Diamond Terran frequently matched up against Masters level players. If a TvP ends before 15 minutes, I'm usually the one winning it, but in lategame I rarely do as well. I usually focus on ...
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Why do Terrans drop MULEs in battles?

I have seen many pro players dropping mules after and during battles. Sometimes they use scans instead. This seems counter-intuitive, I mean they could get a ton of minerals for that. Why do they do ...
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Whats the best methods of hiding a nuke attack from the opponent?

I'm a Silver League Terran player. I normally don't use nuke gameplay in SC2 since the army normally moves out the nuke's blast area. I would like to start incorporating it into my play style as a ...
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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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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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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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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 to harass Zerg with Terrans (in the early game)

I saw and read a lot of recommendations to harass Zerg if you play Terran (1x1). From one perspective it should pretty easy: put bunker and 4-8 marines there... actually anywhere you want to have a ...
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Is there a penalty for SCV multi repair?

Does the SCV repair scale proportionally for time and resources? This question suggests that repair speed varies from building to building, but what about multiple SCVs repairing the same building? ...
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When is an appropriate time to transition into Ghosts?

I'm a new SC2 player trying to learn Terran. Right now, I'm practicing pretty basic builds like a standard OC opening, 1Rax FE, 1/1/1 with the Cloaked Banshee harass, etc. I've exercised most Terran ...
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Punishing Banshee Play After an Early Scout

Let's say I'm 90% sure that the player is going to make 2-3 banshees with Cloak on Scrap Station. I know I have a lot of options here, but I'm interested in what the community would do. Here's a ...
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SCV repairing speed

How quickly do SCVs repair buildings/units? How many SCVs are required to repair a supply depot/bunker/barracks being attacked by 2 zealots, by 4 stalkers, 1-2 void rays, 6 marines? Any other ...
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As a Terran, how can I punish a Protoss if I know he's going 4 gate?

I'm in Gold League and all day I play against 4 Gate Protoss. How can I take advantage of this as soon as I scout it? Obviously, it's hard to take advantage with an expansion against this kind of ...
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What factors to consider when upgrading from Engineering Bay?

first I must say that I've loved this site from afar for a while now (my Droid Stackexchange app) and appreciate all the time you guys put in. That said, I want to ask a simple question with simple ...
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Why don't Marines get back into Medivacs?

Sometimes during marine drop when I detect that coming opponent forces are overwhelming I am trying to get all marines back into Medivacs and go back to my base. Usually I have marines and Medivacs ...
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What is the correct method for the Marine Stutter Step?

A common method of Marine Micro is the "stutter step". How is this Marine Stutter step done and when should it be used? For example is the Stutter step effective against Banelings, etc.
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Is it possible to determine or control where a SCV moves during construction?

Is it possible to determine where a SCV will move next while building or on which side of the building it will finish? Here is my scenario: Enemy is going 6pool and his lings will arrive before my ...
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What is the real duration of the Viking's transformation?

According to the in-game tooltip, the official site, and practically every other source the duration of the Viking's transform ability is 3 seconds (either from ground to air or air to ground). ...
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StarCraft2: Can a ghost use EMP while sitting in bunker?

Can a ghost throw an EMP while sitting inside a bunker?
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What does it mean to “pull SCVs”

I'm trying to improve my very poor StarCraft2 play and have been reading about popular build orders, rushes, cheeses, etc. In reading this guide there is something I don't understand: ...
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How do I land a building precisely to connect to a techlab/reactor in Starcraft 2?

When I am doing the swap-around, how can I be sure to land the building at the precise location to connect to the reactor or the tech-lab? I see pros do it seamlessly, but when I do it, I have to ...
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Most effective terran rush in SC2

So what's the fastest and most effective terran rush in SC2 ? I tried building reapers fast, but most of the times I get owned, especially by zergs :s
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StarCraft2: What is any good Terran tactic to play on maps that prevent early rush?

What is any good Terran tactic to play on maps that prevent early rush? Important thing is intelligence... should I spent minerals to improve command center for that? Or it is better to build ...
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TvZ: how to handle quick zerg transitions?

Yesterday I played Terran against Zerg (that is actually 1-2 leagues better then me). I played pretty well half of the game. It was something like this: I scouted Zerg too late (Metalopolis map), my ...
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Why are Seeker Missiles not used more?

why we don't see seeker missile in usage? Especially against Zerg: Hydralisk (with a bunch of friends), Infestor - they will be killed immediately; Mutalisks, Roaches - they will be damaged ...
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In Starcraft 2 about how many Terran marines can a Protoss zealot take on?

all of 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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What are some good Terran counters to Hydralisks?

I was surprised how strong Hydralisks are against siege tanks - TeamLiquid tells me that tanks are actually strong against Hydras. But why? Tanks do 35 damage (+splash) in siege mode to hydras. But ...
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Why do I see orbital commands in most reaper rush builds?

It's not a prerequisite, right? Or is the orbital command itself part of many Terran builds? Example link
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What will happen if both players have no money but Terran can fly base in map's edge?

I've played with some "cheap" Terran players who's supposed to be defeated but they flied their base in the edge of the map (accessible only by air units) and wait till the opponent produces a flying ...
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StarCraft2: 2nd CC without expansion - is it worth?

Once watching own replay I figured own very obvious and very crusial thing. In this replay I had around 35-40 harvesters on main+natural and income around 900-1000 minerals (per minute?) When I ...
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How to beat Terran by another Terran if he FE with following factory?

Few days ago in TvT I've seen a good implementation of the terran FE strategy. It was something like this: 9 Supply; 11 Rax (pump marines); 13 Rax (pump marines); 14(15) gas; 15 OC; once have enough ...
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Does a Ghost EMP work on Command Centers and other buildings?

If so we could block the MULEs and scans, etc. What about other buildings? I'm assuming it will wipe Protoss shields. That means if you have a double ghost you could throw down a nuke with one and ...
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Thor in Strike Cannons mode

Question 1: What happens to Thor when he starts his Strike Cannons mode against target (for example, colossus), but before he stuns the target will go out of Thor's range? Or, probably, Thor stuns it ...
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Where can Terran spend extra minerals after building a tier 2-3 army?

In the late game, if I'm on a 3-4 bases and building tier 2-3 army (Terran Air), I end up with a ton of extra minerals. There are usually no more available expansions and I only have 1 or 2 barracks ...
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scouting with Terran - again from new side

Yes, I know, it is a long-long story. I understand how scouting is important. But the problem is that usually good player will 100% prevent "late" scouting with SCV. You will suggest to use scan. BUT. ...
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Countering MMM + Vikings as Protoss?

I was in a match on Blistering Sands versus a Terran that was going MMM. I naturally built Colossi, and to counter he got Vikings. Granted, in that match I was really bad on letting my opponent have ...
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How do I stop 5 rax reaper into MM as Zerg?

This build was used by Morrow in the finale of biggest SC2 contest to date - IEM. How do I stop it? Do I use some all-in counter?
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Build orders: What is the timeline & how much can each base support?

This is probably more relevant for Protoss and Terran players, and a similar Zerg question can be found here. Obviously each build order is different, but you never see build orders which take you ...
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How do Terran hide SCVs within command centers?

I've seen terran put scvs into their command center and lift off, how do you put scvs into the command center?