One of the three factions in the popular Starcraft series, the Zerg only use biological units. They are best known for their cheap and quickly-produced units which allow them to attack in large numbers.

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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 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 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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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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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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What attack upgrade do StarCraft 2's roaches use?

The Evolution Chamber allows for 2 different attack upgrades: melee and missile. It's obvious zerglings benefit from the melee upgrade and hydralisks benefit from the missile upgrade, but which do ...
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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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What attack upgrade do banelings use?

Seeing this question reminded me of the only time it wasn't obvious to me which upgrade a certain unit used - the baneling. Since it is an area attack that is acid, it could have go either way in my ...
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How to Combat Protoss Walling in a Zerg's Base

Recently I had a game where I went for a risky Hatch-First build. Except before the hatch was close to being completed, the Protoss walled off my main's base with pylons exactly like the picture ...
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How do I learn to effectively transfer to 2v2 hard AI as Zerg?

I've played quite a few 2v2 games now and started moving up to the Hard AI in 2v2. I do fine as long as I go Terran, but as Zerg I'm having real trouble. I find that I have 2 weaknesses in my ...
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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'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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How do I effectively counter a cannon rush with Zerg?

I was a victim of a cannon rush in my last Starcraft 2 game. I was playing Zerg and my opponent was playing Protoss. About four minutes into the match, cannons and pylons started going up in front ...
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How many Banelings do I need to wipe different structures?

Wondering if I can find a list of how many Banelings you need to wipe common structures (supply depot, Command centers, pylons, Nexus, fences on the map, etc). I know I could find out empirically but ...
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What's a good way to judge the number of hatcheries that I should have at any point?

I've found that I get bottlenecked pretty quickly in SC2 by the larvae and overlords. Do I need a second hatchery at my first base before I goto Lair? Typically, do the Zerg expand before Protoss ...
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What does creep affect?

I'm fairly new to the game and am trying to get better as Zerg. From watching some replays of higher level players, I often see Zerg players spreading creep like crazy as fast as they can. My ...
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how effective is zergling micro, and if it is effective what should I be doing?

I am on the border of bronze/silver. Whenever I am in a zerg vs. zerg situation, there is always at least one battle between groups of zerglings. often, this will happen at the beginning, with small ...
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How does build-order naming work for Zerg?

For example, does "13-pool" mean "spawn 13 drones, and turn the 13th into a pool" (so that now you are at 12 supply)? Or does it mean "spawn 13 drones, then turn the 14th into a pool" (so that now you ...
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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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Is it possible to burrow units to avoid damage from Psionic Storm?

If there was a Psionic Storm placed down over Zerg units, could you burrow them to avoid damage? If not, do they have any kind of reduced damage for being underground?