I find that I keep getting destroyed to a tank/marine drop in my mineral line. This generally happens early game before I'm two base saturated and have roach ling bane. (for the obvious MMM deathball from a scout).

When you do a scout for Terran initially (10 supply), you can't tell this is going to happen to my knowldege. When I sacrifice an overlord at say 6:30, you still just see a Factory and a Starport. This is still indicative to a MMM push.

My question is, do I just blow all my money on static defense and leave my entire army ready to deal with it or is there a better way?


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The answer to this in early game is generally the standard 3-4 queen opening, a large number of Zerglings, and maybe a few Banelings or Roaches, if you'd like. Banelings and Roaches are usually not necessary with good Zergling and Overlord control.

When scouting, you're looking for an early gas- one started before the natural CC. If you see this, you can generally assume there will be pressure on your expansion of some sort, whether it's Reapers, Hellions, Banshees, Bio, or drop play. Focus on your creep spread and injects early on and by the time this attack hits you shouldn't have too much trouble fending it off just with basic units. Use your Queens to target down Medivacs and Banshees, and just chase Medivacs around with around 12-15 Zerglings each. He won't be able to unload and do damage if you're right on top of him. You're just stalling here, because you're a base up and gaining economically every minute he doesn't hurt you. Good Overlord positioning and map awareness can make it much easier to notice the incoming fliers preemptively- before they have a chance to start dealing damage. If you're finding that the drops are already fully unloaded before you can react to them, that's definitely what you need to focus on improving.

The only need you should have for static defense this early in the game is a Spine Crawler or two at your natural choke if you haven't been able to figure out what kind of attack is coming or for Hellion run-bys, or Spore Crawlers for cloaked Banshees. Good Zergling scouting just outside of your opponents natural should give you ample time to set up defenses if you see an incoming attack that warrants them.

  • Yes I usually go 15 hatch, 15 pool, 14 gas, drone to 15, pop ovie, then drone, drone drone. I suppose my work needs done with map control and creep. I do that EVERY game unless I scout cheese.
    – user72086
    Commented Mar 18, 2014 at 17:45
  • Your build is sort of slow :$ compared to a MMT drop
    – Ramhound
    Commented Mar 18, 2014 at 20:29
  • @Ramhound Mine, or user72986's? If you have a replay of the MMT drop I'd love to take a look, but I don't see any significant damage hitting before 7:30 or so. That's about the fastest you can get two Medivcs full of units iirc.
    – Decency
    Commented Mar 18, 2014 at 20:42

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