I'm looking for some base builds in Terran and Zerg.

4warpage is a solid build that allows me to build a universal army (zealot/sentries/stalkers ratio changes depending on my opponents strategy). It allows me early tweaking (2gate push, 3gate into robo, 3gate into twilight, 3gate into stargate), or transitions later on.

Do the other races have something similar?


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The short answer is: No. 4 Gate is a powerful strategy with a lot of flexibility. This is because, as a race, Protoss is really dependent on their Tier 1 units. Since Protoss Tier 1 tend to be fairly tough units and a cheap caster, they can get away with this.

By comparison Terran Strategies are usually based around one of three different openings:

  • 3 Rax
  • Mech
  • 1:1:1

Each of which has its advantages. In terms of flexibility the 1:1:1 build gives you access to a wide arsenal of Terran units, but lacks the the synergy of upgrades, and thus relies on unit composition to make up. Meanwhile, Mech has very little flexbility and relies on the strength of Siege Tanks supported by Thor/Hellion to deal with Air/Melee. By comparison the 3 Rax has nice flexibility. I think this is the closest thing you're going to find to a 4 Gate equivalent.

The standard 3 Rax opening is: 2 Techlabs + 1 Reactor and producing 2 Marauder/2 Marine. Some of the nice tweaks to this are: Including Ghosts (great against Muta/Toss), Mass Reapers (powerful vs early game Zerg, with a transition into pure Marauder), Supporting with Siege Tanks (deals with most ground strategies), and even drops via Medivacs (powerful harassment and nice synergy with Stim).

By comparison, Zerg doesn't really have a nice normal build like these, though Roach/Hydra play is still fairly standard. Some people will say this is because Zerg adapt very quickly (all their unit production is shared), where as other might suggest that Zerg tech VERY slowly, and thus are forced to depend on their Tier appropriate units while trying to tech up.

I hope this helps.

  • Random question, but why do you say Ghosts are particularly good vs Mutalisks?
    – Wikwocket
    Commented Sep 30, 2010 at 18:45
  • @Wik I've covered this elsewhere but snipe is incredible effective vs Muta. Additionally ghosts do high dps vs light (which Muta are). When faced with The Magic Box I'd say Ghost+Marine is a far better usage of resources than a Thor.
    – tzenes
    Commented Sep 30, 2010 at 18:53
  • @tzenes Thanks, I had missed the bit about Ghosts that you edited in!
    – Wikwocket
    Commented Sep 30, 2010 at 22:51
  • Mutas shouldn't be used as a front-line unit unless you have a ton of them/are in some massive battle, so while a ball of Ghosts may be a good "counter" to a ball of Mutas, they are practically going to be near pointless while they chase Mutas all over the map while they're doing harass. Not sure about snipe, but energy for damage, snipe is better spent on more armored units as it ignores damage reduction. This doesn't take into account the DPS of the enemy unit though.
    – Nick T
    Commented Jan 27, 2011 at 16:47
  • @Nick I'm not sure what you mean as "Front-Line." If you look at mid-late game Muta play, they stop being a Harassment unit and start becoming a the "Hammer" you bring down on engagements. Maybe not the first to engage, but definitely part of those stand up battles. So building a bunch of Ghosts into your Marine balls to support a Tank line is a very effective strategy.
    – tzenes
    Commented Jan 27, 2011 at 21:27

Regarding the Zerg side of things, like tzenes said their isn't really a truly flexibile build for the race.

Zerg is very much reactionary, all the way to the first few minutes of the game. Your flexibility comes in with your ability to tech switch and/or adapt to your opponent's build and unit composition. In other words, if I see you 2 gating, I am going to get zerglings (with speed) quickly and spine crawlers so I would one base for awhile to hold you off, and then either counter attack or keep tabs on you to see what comes next.

Obviously when that has been determined, I can adjust my units to counter yours. Here is a great video on how a zerg player can counter a 4 gate by HDStarcraft. This showcases what the Zerg can do and how it is flexibile.

Zerg play quite differently than the other races so it is difficult to say "go this build and you'll be set for almost anything!". I recommened tzenes link in the comment to your question for a compilation of common Zerg builds with short descriptors on what they are used for/against.


With respect to Zerg, I just wanted to add that you can get a force that is only slightly less strong than the Protoss 4 gate by staying on one base until after the initial push, and making only roaches.

The roaches move decently off-creep, and if you find the right balance between having just enough working drones to pay for your roach army, you can mass quite a large army of roaches very quickly at the expense of a fast expand and/or early tech.

Just make sure you get the queen out and spawn larvae as often as possible. The resources you save by not building static defenses, an expo, zerglings, or researching zergling speed, will make an early, large roach army viable.

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