See his VOD cast - http://www.justin.tv/eg_idra/b/278424082

I'm noticing he's executing some command while having all drones selected.


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So, I looked as the link and here is what I saw:

  1. Idra selects all drones (by boxing)
  2. Idra sends drones past mineral line, then to a specific patch
  3. Idra selects 3 drones
  4. Idra sends those drones to a second patch
  5. Idra selects 2 drones
  6. Idra sends them to a third patch

Let's see it in slow mo:

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Its in 2 seconds he has split his drones in groups of 2. Its beautiful, like watching ballet

  • Thanks for the visuals. Any ideas why he clicks behind the mineral line before selecting a mineral cluster?
    – teiva
    Feb 2, 2011 at 20:46
  • Nevermind I got it. It's to spread the drones out, as opposed to stacking them.
    – teiva
    Feb 2, 2011 at 20:52
  • @Teiva actually I think it was just a mis-click as he clicks on the mineral patch right after
    – tzenes
    Feb 3, 2011 at 2:28

Another way to split drones is to hit the hotkey to select a single idle drone, and click a mineral patch. Do this 6 times really fast, and each drone goes right to its own mineral patch. Something like,

  • F1
  • Right-click 1st mineral patch
  • F1
  • Right-click 2nd mineral patch
  • F1
  • Right-click 3rd mineral patch
  • F1
  • Right-click 4th mineral patch
  • F1
  • Right-click 5th mineral patch
  • F1
  • Right-click 6th mineral patch

This is much easier than selecting the individual drone and mineral patch, but it's still to hard for me to do effectively.

But honestly, as @Aardvark says, the initial split is not that important. This amount of analysis / practice would be better spent on something like hydra micro or macro.

So while I have seen this done in game, it's something I don't care to perfect.

  • Edit: I don't know what the hot key is to select a single idle worker... I think it's F1 for me (i'm on lefty grid).
  • F1 is indeed the default keystroke to select an idle worker.
    – Wikwocket
    Feb 2, 2011 at 23:35
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    You can just hold F1.
    – recursive
    Feb 22, 2011 at 21:43
  • @recursive: you just made my day; that is brilliant. Seems I can do this and earn my first 80 mins 1 second faster. Not going to win me the game, but I like meticulous things like this as a way to keep sharp.
    – tenfour
    Feb 23, 2011 at 0:06

You may be witnessing legendary micro but it is probably just a lag spike (where he is in the game and can select each unit individually). Most players do a 3/3 split to two sets of minerals.

To do this hold CTRL during the loading screen and press F1 when you enter the game (select all + idle workers) right click on one mineral node then box 3 drones (drag and select) and have them go to another set of minerals.

Keep in mind though that in the scheme of a game of starcraft your initial worker micro is pretty small potatoes compared to your decisions later in the game (forgetting to build workers, supply blocking etc)

  • Lag spikes are viewable in a VOD. What they see is what you see. Idra has managed to pull this opening move off in every VOD I've seen. The above VOD has at least 4 games in it.
    – teiva
    Feb 2, 2011 at 20:03
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    It's a valid point that this inquiry has a minimal effect on the overall macro play, but it bothers me not knowing how. I was just curious if anyone knew the answer.
    – teiva
    Feb 2, 2011 at 20:11

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