Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Protoss vs Protoss Strategy: Zealot Archon

It appears a new flavor of Protoss vs Protoss strategy has found its way onto Starcraft 2 thanks to Artosis. He started playing again and developed a fully Zealot and Archon build.

The build is fairly flexible and performs extremely well against 1 base colossus. The idea behind it is that zealots with charge simply overwhelm the colossus and the archons (now massive units) plow through the force fields. Use high templars to make the archons due to their low mineral cost.

This build is by no means limited to just PvP. It is very successful vs terran bio armies as well.

Happy Sc2ing.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Protoss vs Terran Strategy: Stalker Void Ray Bust

This strategy takes advantage of the fact that nearly every terran player walls off at his choke point. The early void ray and stalker combination provides containment and a very high amount of pressure. Another thing that makes this build great is the fact that it discourages mass marauders.

Immediately begin pressure as soon as your voids are ready.  The void rays allow you to have vision up the ramp and lets you pick off any buildings around the edge of his base.  Once you have your second void ray out you can split up your voids and begin harassing his mineral line.

Here's the build order

  • 9 Pylon, Chronoboost probes when finished, save further Chronoboost
  • 12 Gateway
  • 14 Assimilator, 3 probes gassing when finished
  • 15 Stop building probes
  • 15 2nd Gateway, Cybernetics Core, 2nd Pylon
  • Chronoboost 2 Stalkers ASAP
  • Optional 2 additional Stalkers
  • 2nd Assimilator, 3 probes gassing when finished
  • Stargate and Chronoboost Void Ray

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Protoss vs Zerg Roaches

I have been noticing an alarmingly large number of protoss players who are having trouble with late game zerg.  The commonly seen army composition against zerg is ~8 sentries, a large number of stalkers, a few immortals and as many collossi as you can pack in.  The problem that arises is that zerg players will commonly respond with mass roaches and later on, brood lords.  Adding 2 or 3 void rays to your composition will help deter the deadly roach/broodlord combination.  If the zerg player responds with corrupters, you should be in good condition so long as your collossus micro is on point.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Protoss vs Zerg Strategy: 1 Gate Stargate

This protoss vs zerg strategy takes advantage of the fact that zerg does not have anything to attack the air until they have lair tech.  When zerg fails to scout this build, it is completely devastating.  It allows you to pick off queens and kill any early expansion attempts.  It also heavily punishes any zerg players who are massing roaches.  This build order was found on teamliquid's website.  Do not attempt this strategy on maps with large choke points like scrap station.

Taking out these poor overlords

Here is the build order:

  • 9/10 Pylon
  • 10/18 Chrono Boost Nexus after Pylon finishes
  • 12/18 Gateway, send scouting Probe
  • 13/18 Chrono Boost Nexus
  • 14/18 Assimilator #1, on completion move 3 Probes to gas
  • 15/18 Pylon
  • 16/18 Zealot, save Chrono Boost for this Zealot in case you scout a <13 Pool
  • 18/26 Cybernetics Core
  • 19/26 Assimilator #2, on completion move 3 Probes to gas
  • 21/26 Zealot
  • 23/26 Pylon
  • Sentry after Core finishes
  • Forge after Core if you scout Roaches, followed by 1-2 Photon Cannons depending on Roach count
  • Stargate after Overlords are driven out by Sentry; start saving Chrono Boost
  • 31/34 1st Void Ray, Chrono Boost Stargate
  • 34/34 2nd Void Ray, continue Chrono Boosting Stargate
Notes: Another popular variation is to produce 1 void ray and 2 phoenixes.  This variation allows for easier queen kills and overlord scouting.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Protoss vs Protoss Strategy: Korean 4 Warpgate

This protoss vs protoss strategy has an extremely high success rate in 1v1 match-ups. This is especially true when your opponent does not know the proper response. Even when they do, it is very difficult to stop.

Here is the build in action:

Here is the build order:

  • Chronoboost your Nexus
  • 10 Pylon (then scout with that probe)
  • 10 Gateway
  • 13 Assimilator
  • 15 Core (when this completes use all remaining chronoboost on warpgate tech)
  • 18 Gateway, Gateway, Gateway
  • 18 Build 3-5 pylons in the enemy base with your scouting probe
Notes- Remove workers from assimilator once 50 gas has been collected

Protoss Strategy

This blog will be all about different play styles for protoss in Starcraft 2.