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 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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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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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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How do I get the “Zergling Rush” achievement in StarCraft 2?

I'm trying to get a lot of the battle.net achievements, but some of them seem quite difficult. Specifically, "Zergling Rush" the 20 zerglings in 255 seconds achievement
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Can I select the target for my spawn larvae with a hotkey and no mouse clicks?

I have my queens hotkeyed so I can double tap the key, hit V for spawn larvae, then click my hatchery. However, I would like to get rid of the need for the mouse click. Can I somehow select the ...
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In a ZvZ match, how do I deal with early mass zerglings?

Just as it says on the can. How do I defend early mass zerglings in ZvZ? Early being around the time my natural is finished to the time it's about half-saturated. I'm getting a baneling nest as soon ...
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What are the best counters for Zerg air units in Starcraft 2?

What's the best counter for mass Mutalisks and Corruptors? I'm playing Terran at the moment, but I guess this question should concentrate the answers for Protoss and Zerg as well.
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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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What is the best way to pick off banelings with zerglings?

In ZvZ, I put all my zerglings on a hotkey. As my opponent has banelings, I want to send a single ling to pick it off. The problem is that the single ling is still a part of my control group and I ...
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Starcraft 2: Why use Roach over Hydra?

I have frequently hear casters talk about how Roaches have replaced Hydralisks in the mid game. In what ways have roaches replaced hydras? Isn't the DPS and range on a Hydra considerably better?
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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's the advantage in upgrading your expansion into a lair instead of the main?

I saw quite a lot of games where the zerg player chose to upgrade his natural into a lair. Usually I transform my main to a lair, because I feel like it's better protected. What's the advantage in ...
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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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Does the extractor trick actually help?

The Zerg extractor trick allows you to start your 11th drone a few seconds faster. Does this actually help though? You gain a few seconds on that extra drone, but you lose due to: The cancellation ...
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What is the optimal number of creep tumors per creep route?

If you are spreading creep using a single tumor, the next tumor will be ready before the creep has spread to its full extent. More creep tumors will make the creep spread faster. But, too many creep ...
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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 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 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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Do Infested Terran benefit from unit upgrades?

Do Infested Terran get any benefit from weapon/armour upgrades?
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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 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's the Zerg answer for Protoss Canons + Phoenixes?

When I play a 1v1 match against Zerg as Protoss, I'm happy. So far (in about 5 matches), I found the following strategy undefeatable: Quickly build a Forge (before Gateway), then 2-3 canons at your ...
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How to spawn larvae without going back to base

I heard on some Day9 screencast (can't find it anymore) that you can spawn larvae with all your queens without going back to the hatcheries and actually clicking on them (the queens will spawn larvae ...
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How to deal with early stalker rush as Zerg

Often against Protoss they start with zealots, but I usually block my ramp with 3 roaches in time so they pose little threat. But shortly afterwards they mass stalkers and send in ~12 stalkers as I am ...
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How to maximize Zergling/Roach army by the 12-minute-mark?

I know it's possible to reach 200 supply in under 12 minutes playing as Zerg. Assumptions: not attacked by opponent Queen injects larvae on time How can I efficiently and quickly create a max ...
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Why do Zerg players build their Evolution Chambers quickly?

I often see Zerg players build spawning pool immediately followed by an Evolution Chamber (EC). What is a purpose of that quick EC? To get quick armor/attack upgrades for zerglings? Sometimes I also ...
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Dealing with supply block as zerg

So pretty basic question but how do you guys avoid getting supply blocked? Do you have a rule of thumb where you build X overlords at a time or something? I don't get supply blocked too regularly but ...
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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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Why don't players drone scout in ZvZ?

I know that in professional play, a lot of players don't scout with a Drone in ZvZ. As a gold league zerg player, I like to go hatch first, but I usually worker scout anyway because I'm worried that ...
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How many drones to transfer to expansion(s)?

Specifically, I'm a Zerg player learning to fast expand and trying to play a more macro game. How many drones do I take off my main and put at my expo? Is this number consistent with future expos as ...
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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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Starcraft 2: Effectively harass as zerg

As zerg I tend to be a very macro oriented player. What are some techniques to prevent my opponent from massing a huge death army and rolling me over while I'm droning heavily? How can I abuse ...
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When should a zerg NOT be droning?

So, I drone a lot... I feel like it's all I ever get told (the idea of, as zerg, "DRONE DRONE, and when you're done droning, DRONE SOME MORE!"). However, with this crazy over emphasized ...
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What should be the first target for Mutalisks?

In ZvZ what should be the primary goal of mutalisks? Recently I have been hearing it is best to target overlords out on the map before trying to poke into your enemies bases. Logically, I am thinking ...
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(When) do people use Nydus worm?

I'm not a Zerg player, but I've never seen Nydus worm used against me either. When do people actually use it?
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Are Immortals useful against any Zerg unit?

I'm not very familiar with Immortals yet. I understand they're great against tanks. Do Zerg have units that Immortals are useful against?
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Does baneling building attack do splash damage to units?

If you right click on a building, banelings will attack it do much more damage than usual. Does the splash from this attack damage any units who are stood nearby? And, if so, how much? If I set the ...
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Which units are low on larva?

I'm watching Day[9] Daily #194 and he just said something like that: Rely on 'power units' - they are low on larva. So that way you can spend the rest of your larva on drones. What does it ...
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What do carapace upgrades do for damage in Starcraft 2

How does a zerg carapace upgrade change inflicted damage on a unit? Is it worth purchasing?
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Why do zerglings with speed beat normal zerglings?

With Metabolic boost "speedlings" become a lot better then the un-upgraded zergling. This is because they are faster. But when matched up with even number of un-upgraded zerglings they always win. If ...
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Does guardian shield affect brood lord attacks?

Pretty self explanatory. As I understand, the broodlings from a broodlord have two different attacks: the first attack is an air attack (using air upgrades), and subsequent attacks are melee ground ...
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Zerg late-game strategies [closed]

I am a Zerg, and after a lot of sweating on battle.net I managed to get to the point where I survive with minimal losses to a number of rush waves. My problem is that once I have enough resources to ...
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Simple universal beginner Zerg build for Bronze - Platinum

I'm a SC2 player, who has mainly played team games up to now as Terran. I don't suck completely, but I have huge problems keeping up with my macro when things start to heat up, or while scouting ...
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What zerg units counter Archons after patch 1.3.3

The title says it all. Vs zerg opponents, protoss will grab Templar tech as a little stepping stone, and just 2 base mass archon/zealot. I've only run across it a few times, and in 2v2, but each ...
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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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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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StarCraft 2 keyboard shortcut to select hatchery

Is there a keyboard shortcut to select and center view to the Command Center/Hatchery/Nexus? Playing as Zerg, I tried pressing H but it doesn't select the hatchery. I'm looking for a keyboard ...
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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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Defeat multiple insane AI opponents with Zerg

I'd like to be able to beat one or more insane AI opponents with Zerg. Unfortunately I can't because I'm just not skilled enough. :) I'd like to know if anyone else can, however? I've gotten the ...