Out of the manual, if you are rushed and have no units you need to counter with workers. Problem is selecting all of them and focus firing doesn't work since:

  1. All your workers can hardly attack a single enemy unit.
  2. After they kill one unit they stai idle and are massacred

Is it the only way to control the workers manually when attacking (pure micro) or is there a way to tell the workers to automatically attack units around or any other trick I should avail myself of?

Any help appreciated!

P.S. I play zerg, not sure if it makes a difference

3 Answers 3


Once again forgive me for the quality of my response I'm on the road till Monday.

I discussed in another question why I feel using drones to defend is a legitimate strategy. And I discussed how you need to use your drones to counter a rush. So I'm guessing you're looking for specific micro-ing techniques for using drones, and not a discussion for stopping rushes, as that's kind of been discussed to death.

Using Drones is a lot like using Zerglings they're both Melee units (a rare commodity in SC2), so they both rely on surrounding your opponent for victory. This means the standard sorts of rules: Don't engage near buildings, Move to surround before attacking, Don't focus fire, etc.

So let's focus on the Drone specific techniques:

  • Attack Ground, not units (A then left click the ground). If you tell Drones to attack ground (instead of specific units) then they won't laze around after killing their target
  • F1 will select any idle workers if you are microing. CtrlF1 will select all idle workers so you can Attack Ground again.
  • Box all your units and add them to a control group. This will make it easier for you to send them all back to work when the battle is done.
  • Micro the stragglers. Because Drones are Melee, it is possible that not all will be able to attack at a given time. If some are caught behind others, micro them around behind to help your surround (or back to work).
  • Yes, you interpret my question correctly, just looking for trick for workers management in case of rush. Thanks, for some reason the A + left click eluded me for workers, I usually use it for normal units but those also attack if enemy is in range
    – JohnIdol
    Commented Nov 7, 2010 at 16:42

First of all - countering rush with workers is least thing You want to do because workers count is what defines Your economy.

  1. Do not ever allow rush. Scout correctly and be ready for that.
  2. If that fails - keep mining with workers as long as possible. Pump out lings, keep them in safety.
  3. If drone gets attacked, try to micro away it from mineral patch while keeping others mining.
  4. If army size of opponent is large enough that not only one drone is in danger - dance around with Your drones, trying to get back to work.
  5. If mining is completely impossible - try to retreat to safety somewhere in corner.
  6. If Your lings count atm is large enough - just defeat enemy.

If You can't get lings enough, choose right moment (when enemy army is moving) get good surround and engage enemy with Your lings+drones army.

One more tip - if You haven't been able to prevent enemy taking down Your tech building (spawning pool e.g.), attack right when it collapses because of broodlings.

  • thanks for your input! In my question I am assuming there's no alternative other than defend with workers 'cause 1) my units are all dead 2) workers are being attacked
    – JohnIdol
    Commented Nov 6, 2010 at 20:07
  • @JohnIdol surround and timing is more crucial than focusing cause it's quite apm greedy. but You can hit shift+a+click to prevent idleness. Commented Nov 6, 2010 at 20:30

Short Answer:

  • Get used to quadricule keyboard, is much faster.

  • Use Attack (t) to click behind of attackers, and use Shift+t to get more points of attack.

  • After killed, press d to return some workers, then Ctrl+F1 to get the idle, send all to minerals and split after that on vespen.

You will minimize the time the workers don't work.

  • what is a quadricule keyboard? (a google search for "quadricule keyboard" gives me this very page as the top result!)
    – chobok
    Commented Apr 22, 2012 at 0:22

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