War has begun! It’s a battle for supremacy between 3 races. Whether you play for Terran, Protoss or the Zergs it’s always great to have a flawless strategy. And always have a backup plan in case your first game plan doesn’t work well to your advantage. Here are a few ways to take your game to new heights.
First thing you need to know when playing SC 2 is to know those hot keys. Knowing the keyboard shortcuts in StarCraft 2 is very important. While playing an entire game with just a mouse is possible it is not a really smart thing to do that’s why you need to know the hotkeys to save you even fractions of a second.
CTRL key + (any number) will allow you to group buildings and units. You can tap the designated number for a particular group or unit and it will select that group, double tap it and you will be taken to the location of the unit or building. You can have coordinated attacks with the use of hotkeys, for example the R key will instantly activate a Ghost’s sniping ability if you are controlling it.
You can also hit the Space Bar after you hear a tactical nuke call, this will bring you to the red dot’s location. ALT key will help you see all your unit’s HP bars. Here’s what I usually do when I play with my friends, I try to trick them into spending loads of money for air defenses and after that I launch a massive ground attack! Pretty cool, right?
When playing StarCraft 2 it is always a good move to attack supplies, workers and your enemy’s key production units. Before building try to send a worker to your enemy’s location so you can see what his game plan is. Even if it will just give you a quick glance of what their tech is it will still give you an indication on what kind of tactic they will use on you.
I’m an experienced Brood War player but during my first try of SC 2 I still had a lot of catching up to do when it comes to the additional features. The attack capabilities of units are quite limited. It’s a rock-paper-scissors thing and you need to know what race will evenly match up to the race that you are playing for. You need to know how to expose each unit’s weakness, remember each class has its own strengths and weaknesses. For example as a Terran player building mobility is a very huge advantage. Flexibility of add-ons for each building is also a plus. You can now also hide supply depots underground.
Just like in Brood Wars, Protoss class is only capable of creating structures within pylon radius. However they have the ability to use the warp gate so you can build a crystal pylon near your enemy’s base and just teleport an entire army for an ambush attack, this gives you the element of surprise if you want to attack opponents.
As for Zergs, they need a creep in order to build. And if you know how to properly use Nydus Worms then you will be able to quickly transport your armies from one creep to another. High Templars are also effective against Terran drops because of their psistorm ability that can easily eradicate marauders and marines.
Finally, you need to remember that it is just a game. And the purpose of games is for amusement, you need to enjoy playing! If it becomes a tedious chore or something that you don’t want to do anymore then you will become a less effective player. Also, try to watch StarCraft 2 YouTube video strategy guides from pros, this way you can pick up new techniques and you can learn from your mistakes.