Questions tagged [starcraft-2]

StarCraft II is a real-time strategy game published in 2010 by Activision Blizzard and is the sequel to StarCraft.

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How do I search for profiles online without logging into the game?

I'm too poor to get this nice game but I would like to search players' profiles. How can one find players' profiles via a web search or some similar method?
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How do Zerg counter Thors and Hellions

Being Zerg, apparently the official counter against Thors and Hellions with blue flame is Zerglings, Roachs, or Infestors. I'm not mentioning Broodlords at end game, of course. This requires you to: ...
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How do I recover from a cannon rush as Protoss?

Yesterday I was cannon rushed as protoss. I know the best way to counter it is to just not let his probe build the first pylon, but somehow I missed it and when I realized what was happening it was ...
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Is there a painless way to run Starcraft 2 on Linux?

Now that Starcraft 2 is free to play, is there a painless way to run it in Linux? People have been doing it with different success for years, but the hacks are spead over different resources and ...
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Black screen when opening a SC2 replay

I'm getting a black screen when I try to open a StarCraft 2 replay (which is probably from an older SC2 version than the current one). What can I do to be able to watch the replay? EDIT: I do get ...
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Selecting every single unit from a certain type in StarCraft 2

When I play StarCraft I want to select every single unit from a certain group( all lings, all hydras etc.), but without doing Ctrl + double click because it will select the one on the screen. I also ...
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How do I change the video settings from outside Starcraft 2?

In switching from residence life to house life for a brief vacation, I've been forced to downgrade from my 1920x1080 resolution-supporting monitor to a 1024x800 monitor, although I brought my computer ...
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Song during Heart of the Swarm Ending Cinematic

What is the name of the song used during the heart of the swarm ending cinematic? You can hear it at the following link: Right now listening to the whole heart of the ...
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How do pro Starcraft 2 tournament organisers choose maps?

What goes into the decision about which maps to use in the pro SC2 tournaments? I'm organising a friendly tournament and want to make sure that the maps are chosen fairly.
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How do the air dead spots work in Starcraft II?

In Starcraft II there are certain spots on the map where Zerg players like to hide Overlords. I imagine that they are on higher level just as the main base is usually on a higher level than the ...
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Casting a spell with every selected unit

Suppose for example I have 13 corruptors selected, and I'd like to have them all cast caustic spray on an enemy command center. I can do this by c mouseclick c mouseclick c mouseclick c mouseclick ......
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SC2: Smart-cast Multiple Times on Amove

What i want to do: use ability (as corrosive bile) once per click, without requiring new ability key presses between casts (as c). but it has to replace units current orders or a bonus would be adding ...
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How can I play Starcraft 2 under Ubuntu 16.04 [duplicate]

Unfortunately, I only have a laptop with Ubuntu 16.04 as operating system. I'd still love to play a round of Starcrft II for sake of old times. I already tried to follow the "walk-through" from this ...
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How to Defend against the Stefano build?

As a Protoss how do I defend against the Stefano style build that consists of making three very early bases and pushing once there is a huge number of roaches, sometimes maxed out, at a very early ...
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Splitter or Hunter Banelings in HOTS?

Evolution Chamber choices in the HOTS campaign: one is between Splitter and Hunter Banelings. Splitter banelings split into smaller bombs while Hunter banelings have a Kamikaze pounce. What are the ...
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How to show unit count by type during game?

Is it possible to show unit count by type during a game (i.e., # of SCVs, # of marines, etc.)? I'm referring to something like the unit-count display that we can toggle when watching replays. As a ...
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Why does the difficulty level drop to “Normal” from “Hard”?

Why does my difficulty level drop back to normal in "Back in the Saddle" after I set it on hard at the beginning of the campaign?
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Starcraft 2 - Can I rearrange the command card?

For us Warcraft 3 veterans there's a huge feature in the form of a CustomKeys file. This feature allows us to rearrange the command card as we want, providing the best control setup that our hands ...
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What are some strategies to beat Starjeweled AI on hard to insane?

I have been playing the new Blizzard custom Starjeweled, and I have beaten the AI on Medium but can't do anything against hard or higher. I can't even get a tick of damage on the AIs base. Looking ...
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Unlocking additional campaigns

I have Starcraft 2: Legacy of the Void on my PC, and I have the Wings of Liberty disc. How can I unlock the Wings of Liberty campaign without reinstalling the whole game?
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StarCraft2: Easy way to calculate number of harvesters

During game play one of the most important questions is: how many harvesters do you have right now. Will it be effective to build 3 more harvesters or it is better to build additional production ...
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Are some achievements impossible to get?

In Starcraft II there are some achievements that require you to use abilities that were patched out with balance updates. I am talking specifically about the achievements in the "Versus" group. But it ...
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Why do high-level players flick through control groups constantly?

When watching live-streams from high-level players I noticed they tend to constantly flick through control groups very fast. I watched a stream of a player switching between drone, overlord, hatch ...
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What is the difference between EPM and APM?

Blizzard introduced EPM as a new stat for watchers of Starcraft2 matches, in one of the last patches. I am a bit confused. What is the difference between EPM and APM? What does each include exactly in ...
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Starcraft II - How to drop MULES most efficiently?

I tested out that the MULES of Terran do not "colide" with SCVs. One mineral patch can have 2 SCVs working at the same time. If the distance is long enough the SCVs work perfectly in groups of 3-4 (2 ...
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Are shield upgrades more effective than armor upgrades?

I have been told that when playing as Protoss, I should upgrade attack and armor from my two forges. But wouldn't shield upgrades prove more effective as they regenerate while armor doesn't unless you'...
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How does the Alarm Stack in Starcraft II work?

I'm trying to improve my macromanagment speed and I recognize that I never use the Alarm sound cues. There is a hotkey to jump to the last cue, but I can't quite figure out how it works. You can jump ...
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How does the Cyclone Lock On ability prioritization work in Starcraft II?

How does the lock on ability work on auto cast? I notice a lot of the times that cyclones don't target buildings, but what about buildings that shoot back like spines or planetary fortresses? How does ...
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How to counter widow mine

I just started playing HotS and in my first Protoss game was caught by opponents widow mine. I assume that if I had observers I would see them... but they still would kill my army. What is the proper ...
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How to construct a refinery on a vespene geyser and order the workers to collect the gas in one command queue?

I want to know the fastest (not the most efficient way) of taking a fresh vespene geyser. I want to give my workers only 1 command queue and be done with it. The workers have to construct a refinery / ...
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How to see “Workers Killed” window in Starcraft 2 replays?

You can see in many Starcraft 2 casts that there is a possibility to open a little window to see how many workers have been killed during the last attack. I checked most of the settings but couldn't ...
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How to see your allies' resources in Starcraft II team games?

Yesterday I was playing some team games and wanted to ask my teammates for gas. Before asking I wanted to check what their resources look like. But I couldn't find a way to do it. I tried to open the ...
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How to deal with Protoss Observers as Terran? [duplicate]

Every TvP replay of mine that I check I always see that my enemy has perfect information on when my troops are leaving my base. I don't want to give my opponents this information and vs Zerg, I always ...
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How to start your Starcraft II games vs AI immediately?

Quite often I'm practicing my build orders vs an AI and it sucks to wait for 10 seconds until the game starts, since I'm the only human player in the Lobby. This hurts especially when you make some ...
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What does StarCraft 2 campaign difficulty affect?

When creating a campaign you get the four difficulty options just like for each mission. Do they affect anything with respect to game-play (e.g. fewer credits earned in missions, more expensive ...
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How to clear a control group in Starcraft 2?

Using Ctrl+# or Shift+# or right clicking n the number boxes will set the current selected units to be a control group. E.g. I'm selecting two Stalkers and hit Ctrl-1 to set control group #1 Now I ...
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What's the best counter for Protoss Carriers?

What is the best way to counter a player who is using a lot of Carriers?
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In Starcraft 2 replays, can you display the army, supply, minerals collected rate graphs vs time?

In Starcraft 2 replays, can you display the army, supply, minerals-collected-rate graphs vs time? If yes, how? I know you can view the instantaneous resource collection rates or the instantaneous ...
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Starcraft 2: can you permanently display the frames-per-second?

In Starcraft 2, you can display the frames-per-second by pressing ctrl + alt + f but then it goes away in after the current game ends. Can you permanently display the frames-per-second?
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In StarCraft 2, how do you quickly place N units in N different locations?

In StarCraft 2, how do you quickly place N units in N different locations? For example, if you have 10 overlords and you want them in 10 different locations. What is the fastest and/or easiest way to ...
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Why do Grand Master players not seem to rush at all?

In the GM games I've watch it's very rare to see a game ending in less than 10 mins. They seem to like going two base first before attacking. Even if one player is Zerg, they still go with the early ...
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Is there a service that provides Battle.NET badges to include in web pages?

StackOverflow (and associated sites), offers badges you can embed on any web-page. It's available through the user page on the "flair" tab. I wonder if something like this is available for Battle.NET....
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How do I change my loading screen banner in StarCraft 2?

I recently resumed playing StarCraft 2, and I've noticed that several of my opponents have had a number of different banners above their name on the loading screen. I remember these previously just ...
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Starcraft 2 Galaxy editor mirroring tools?

I like my maps to be symmetrical, and I wanted to know since a casual poking around didn't find anything: Are there any commands or tools in the Starcraft 2 Galaxy editor to assist with making my maps ...
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StarCraft II map editor, set alliance/teams

how do you set alliance/teams on StarCraft II map editor? I set all params in Game Variant and Player Properties, but all AI players still fighting with each others. What did I miss?
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How do I effectively use cloaked units?

One of the biggest threats to an unwary player are cloaked units as, without any detection, they can ravage entire armies and bases without any retaliation. My main problem in their use is that ...
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What are the victory conditions?

In Starcraft, the rule is: "Last man standing wins the game". So you must destroy "all buildings" to eliminate your enemy completely. That includes all floating Terran buildings,too. But does this ...
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How can I remember to build Supply Depots all game?

What tricks and tips have you employed to keep building Supply Depots all game? I've tried keeping one SCV idle to remember, but I keep getting supply locked.
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How was Kerrigan able to read data in “The Moebius Factor” but not “With Friends Like These…”?

In The Moebius Factor, Commander Raynor chases Kerrigan around Tyrador VIII destroying data cores before Kerrigan can access them. In the prologue to With Friends List These..., Kerrigan has a ...
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Do workers 17-24 still provide additional minerals?

In WOL and HOTS, the optimum number of workers per 8 mineral patch base was generally agreed to be 24. Over the command centre, a number was displayed (23/24, for instance) indicating the amount of ...

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