Just wanted to know. How do you go about rushing reapers? I've been experimenting on 9 and 10 but almost always ends up with an enemy protoss having stalkers or terran marauders.

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    Perhaps you could elaborate a little bit more on your built order. Are you gathering enough resources, what else are you doing, are you scouting to see what the others are doing?
    – Ivo Flipse
    Aug 6, 2010 at 13:16

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Generally, a fast Reaper rush is most effective against Protoss. Against Terran, they may have 2-3 Marines before your reaper gets there, which will make it ineffective. Against Zerg, you will often have to deal with a Queen or multiple Zerglings on creep. Protoss, though, requires a Cybernetics Core along with a Stalker to be able to combat it.

Here is the Turbo Reaper Build most commonly use against a Protoss opponent.

Another option against Zerg is to use a build that LzGamer has been using lately, which is to build 3 Rax quickly and pump reapers from all of them. This applies huge pressure because the Zerg opponent can't take on large groups of Reapers without speed upgraded Roaches. I don't have an exact build for this one, but there is some discussion by Zerg players about how to combat it here.

Hope this helps some.

  • Thanks man. Wish I'd read this sooner before jumping in my placement matches and using reapers on terran.
    – Jonn
    Aug 7, 2010 at 10:05
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    Linked build is already obsolete: you can't build rax before supply anymore.
    – Budda
    Mar 16, 2011 at 18:19

The thing about reapers, is that they're fairly predictable (in terms of a good opponent anticipating it if they know you're terran).

Against any decent player, they'll ready a Stalker, Marauder, or Queen to handle any reaper harass. That means you have a relatively small window for the rush to be effective.

If your enemy has stalkers / marauders by the time your reapers reach their base, you've taken too long. What's your general build order? Check your replays -- what's the game time when your first reaper comes out? What maps are you trying to do this on?

  • Tried to do it on every map. Unfortunately didn't work out as well with some of them especially ones where I couldn't scout early enough to set a proxy rax near the enemy base.
    – Jonn
    Aug 7, 2010 at 10:06

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