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Questions tagged [starcraft-protoss]

One of the three factions in the popular Starcraft series, the Protoss utilize biological and mechanical units. They are tougher, more expensive units than other races, generally resulting in smaller armies.

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What are the popular build orders for Protoss in StarCraft 2?

I've played a lot of Protoss in the original StarCraft, but I thought I might try to play it in StarCraft 2 also. What build orders are being used competitively?
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How do pro Zerg players generally prepare for a 4 gate they know is coming?

I am a master's league player attempting to learn Zerg. My overall macro is very strong, but I have the sense I am over-droning which leads to my defeat against a strong 4 gate (high diamond->masters)...
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How does a Terran player stop a cannon rush from Protoss?

On a small 1v1 map playing Protoss vs. Terran, if the Protoss player brings the probe to build a pylon and forge in a corner of the Terran base, what should the Terran player do? It seems like the ...
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Dealing with the dreaded Terran Base Race

In my recent games, I've been having a lot of trouble with Terrans who refuse to engage my army even if it arrives knocking on their doorstep (I play Protoss mostly), because they know that they will ...
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Is there any way to break a Protoss Sentry's Force Field?

When I first encountered a Sentry force field, I expected to be able to attack and destroy it. However, they don't seem to be targetable. Is there anything I can do except wait for it to fade (...
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Are there advantages for Protoss gateways over warp gates?

In StarCraft2, Protoss can change their gateways into warp gates. However, I'm puzzled that they can be changed back into gateways. Is there any advantage for gateways over warp gates ? What am I ...
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How come 4 Warp Gate Rush does not dominate professional play?

This might be a dumb question; I actually don't own SC2, so what experience I have is playing friends' accounts. But my friend has been playing on Diamond + Platinum, and so far he seems to be ...
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How can you micro stalkers vs. zealots?

I'm trying to micro a few stalkers against a few non charged zealots. I see a lot of players move their stalkers away, then hit, then move away, then hit, and so on. How do they micro as such? Do ...
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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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What is an effective counter to late-game Protoss balls in TvP?

I'm a Diamond Terran frequently matched up against Masters level players. If a TvP ends before 15 minutes, I'm usually the one winning it, but in lategame I rarely do as well. I usually focus on ...
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How should a Bronze Protoss defend probes mid game?

I'm Bronze Protoss and I have an issue with losing lots of workers to harasses - either pure air or drops, usually not long after 1st expansion. Being Bronze I only have one strategy - cannons on the ...
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Does the sentry's Guardian Shield protect units from ranged attacks if the attackers are inside the shield?

Let's say army A has 5 stalkers and army B has 5 stalkers and a sentry. If the sentry is in the middle of army B and throws up a guardian shield while army A is still well outside the radius of the ...
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Effective use of Sentry in Starcraft 2

I find my self following other players and pushing with few zealots/stalkers/1-2 sentries, and enabling the shield once attacking. But i'm not sure I'm fully taking advantage of this unit. Should I ...
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What is the best Protoss counter for mass Stalkers?

I had about 5-6 carriers against 20-25 stalkers, and my carriers went down too fast. I did take out most of his army, but he can regenerate it much faster.
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How do I effectively counter a cannon rush with Zerg?

I was a victim of a cannon rush in my last Starcraft 2 game. I was playing Zerg and my opponent was playing Protoss. About four minutes into the match, cannons and pylons started going up in front ...
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When is an Archon better than two Dark Templars?

With High Templars, you merge them when their energy is low. When would you merge two Dark Templars to form an Archon?
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How to counter Protoss' fast expand as zerg?

So this is the situation: I scout around 9, I find his base quite far from mine. The protoss also immediatly puts a wall in front of his natural (+cannons), making it impossible to end the game ...
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What happens when you lose vision of a unit lifted by a phoenix?

Imagine in a PvP your phoenix lifts an enemy DT. Your observer moves away though and the DT becomes cloaked while lifted. Does it remain lifted? Can it be attacked? What happens to it?
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What's wrong with doing a carrier rush?

Just had a 2 on 2 coop game vs hard ai with a friend of mine. It was ZnP(me) vs TnP. At first, I transitioned to 2-gate and we both defended the center with some minor hit n run micro with my few ...
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What protoss unit can transport others?

I know I can create a Warp Gate and teleport to Pylons, but I have no idea how to make Warp Prisms or know if there's any other unit capable of transporting. I would in particular like this to built ...
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How to deal with early stalker rush as Zerg

Often against Protoss they start with zealots, but I usually block my ramp with 3 roaches in time so they pose little threat. But shortly afterwards they mass stalkers and send in ~12 stalkers as I am ...
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What are Protoss counter options to Mass Marauder?

What is the best counter to mass marauder while using a standard build order? I have tried charge zealots but the just get kited to death. High Templar with storm do not do enough damage. Colossus are ...
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What is the most effective way to use warp gates?

I understand the advantages warp gates have over gateways, but I'm having a horrible time trying to use them effectively. With gateways it is very easy using just hotkeys to queue up more troops ...
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Strong Protoss Anti-Air?

Related: Whats the Best Counter for Void Rays What's a good Protoss AA strategy? Last night I got rolled by mass void rays, even with a sizeable stalker army defending alongside cannons, My Terran ...
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What's the Zerg answer for Protoss Canons + Phoenixes?

When I play a 1v1 match against Zerg as Protoss, I'm happy. So far (in about 5 matches), I found the following strategy undefeatable: Quickly build a Forge (before Gateway), then 2-3 cannons at your ...
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When are Archons useful?

I've played about 50 games and haven't built/seen a single Archon. When should they be used? One possible use case is when you're massing Dark Templars, and then find that your opponent has detection ...
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Attacking while moving over enemies with Carriers?

Is it possible to order a carrier to move over enemy units, while attacking them, but without stopping to attack ? This is useful if you want to make sure you carrier moves to safety or to the enemy's ...
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Psionic storms - how exactly do they work?

I'm trying to understand how exactly do psionic storms do damage, and how to deal with them. I understand they do damage-over-time - is that evenly spread over the storm's duration? How many times ...
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Are Immortals useful against any Zerg unit?

I'm not very familiar with Immortals yet. I understand they're great against tanks. Do Zerg have units that Immortals are useful against?
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Playing Protoss vs Zerg should I target the hatchery or the drones?

As protoss, in a 'normal' - with no early rushes- I like to go 3 gate Robo and push out, with an immortal or two (if I see Roaches), or just gateway units otherwise. This normally works well and I ...
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Can the Protoss Mothership Mass Recall Allies' units?

If so, there's a wicked opportunity in 4v4 to mothership rush to an enemies base and recall 400 units into his base!!!
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How do you protect against Zerg and marine rush as Protoss?

How do you protect against zerg and marine rush or large groups as protoss? My zealots and stalkers just get trounced. They are upgraded but still, mass marines just destroy me. What can I do as ...
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Does guardian shield affect brood lord attacks?

Pretty self explanatory. As I understand, the broodlings from a broodlord have two different attacks: the first attack is an air attack (using air upgrades), and subsequent attacks are melee ground ...
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How many Terran Marines can a Protoss Zealot take on in Starcraft 2?

This is assuming that neither of the units has been upgraded and neither is being healed. Also assuming that all of the marines attack at once and it is a fight to the death.
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Is there such a thing as too many probes?

I've been watching a lot of Day[9] videos to get better at SC2. My main race is Protoss and Day[9] loves the phrase "pylons and probes", meaning you should always be building pylons so you aren't ...
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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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Why are shields always the last upgrade researched by the pros?

I've been watching a lot of pro replays ever since the SC2 beta came out, and I've noticed that almost always, when Protoss research upgrades, the shields are the last research chosen. Why is that? ...
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What's the maximum number of Gateways you can power off 1 Pylon?

Rotterdam was mentioning on the WCS NA stream that he could power 14 gates off 1 pylon, but that 15 "might" be possible. Alas, I have no SC2 so I cannot see if he is right or wrong.
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What is so good about Protoss Motherships?

I don't really understand what is so good about Protoss Motherships. They call them the "ultimate Protoss unit", but when I built one, it wasn't very good. I understand that they can teleport units, ...
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Which Zerg units beat that ball?

Which Zerg units would be good to counter that Protoss group?
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How to best manage Protoss Observers in StarCraft 2?

In THIS question you guys answered how I can best locate/manage probes, but I forgot to ask about observers. So I am making a new question since the last one was already answered. Normally when I ...
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Do attacks by hallucinations trigger an “our forces are under attack” message?

Basically, I want to know if I can effectively fake some harassment with a force made entirely of hallucinations. For example, I could fake harassment of one base to draw forces away from the base I ...
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Can you find a replay that defends against a well executed proxy rush on Blistering Sands?

See this related question. Can you find/post a replay of a well executed proxy rush that is successfully defended against? (Not a counter-rush that succeeds, that requires pre-comitting to a rush. I ...
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When should I build a Stalker as my first unit over a Zealot, and why?

I have been reading some answers here and it was reference that for the Protoss, a stalker is a more "recommended" first build over a zealot. Why is this recommended or for what situations? Stalkers ...
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What zerg units counter Archons after patch 1.3.3

The title says it all. Vs zerg opponents, protoss will grab Templar tech as a little stepping stone, and just 2 base mass archon/zealot. I've only run across it a few times, and in 2v2, but each ...
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How do I combat mass Void Rays as Protoss?

I play PvP games with a friend of mine. Neither of us is very good, but he usually wins because he has played more than me. Thing is though that he rarely does anything other than build a bunch of ...
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Build orders: What is the timeline & how much can each base support?

This is probably more relevant for Protoss and Terran players, and a similar Zerg question can be found here. Obviously each build order is different, but you never see build orders which take you ...
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Is micromanagement of early units “required” by Protoss?

I'm not very good with my micro, and frankly, I'm not sure if the responsiveness of my machine will support good micro play (it's a very baseline machine with settings already turned down to minimum). ...
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What's a good Protoss unit mix / strategy to bust a large Photon Cannon base defense?

I was in a FFA with 2 other Protoss and a Terran... towards the end there were a ton of static Photon Cannons guarding bases. I was thinking Immortals with a few Sentries for Guardian Shield would be ...
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Strategies against zerg when playing protoss

I've been playing SC2 for a month or two casually and have a 37/37 win loss ratio in 1v1. for some reason I can't beat Zerg with any amount of consistency. I'm probably around 60 or 70 percent for ...