14 ways to win at StarCraft II

Can't tell your Zergling from your Zealot? We'll guide you from newbie to master


√ A worrying early-build unit for those facing a Protoss army. Will easily slice through Zerglings and Marines.
x No ranged attack. Keep your gunnier troops away and rinse them from afar.


√ Their rush is something to be feared, their lasers turning Reapers into ash piles.
x The Marauder’s robo-slowing grenades will halt a fast advance. Zerglings take the lasers out of the equation.


√ Ideal for sowing confusion, chucking out protective shields and forcefields for support.
x Weak in direct combat. A band of Zerglings is enough to take the Sentry down.


√ Guns on legs, great for countering enemy heavy infantry like the Roach, or armour like the Siege Tank.
x Expensive, and can be swarmed by Marines or Zerglings. No air-aimed defences.

Dark Templar

√ “Hey, are you infantry of any kind? If so, I will absolutely murder you with my giant scythe!”
x Once detectors have spotted his invisible presence, he’s vulnerable to the Ghost.

High Templar

√ An aggressive psychic badass, he laughs at anything ranged.
x The sneaky Ghost will pick him off from a distance, and close-range, the stabby Zealot and Roach will shank his ass.


√ A floaty psionic man with lightning hands, makes short work of Zealots and Mutalisks.
x Can still be swatted by the other race’s big guns. Fears the Thor and the Ultralisk.


√ A laser-faced walker, it disintegrates legions of low level units in microseconds.
x Powerful in attack, but flimsy when faced with enemy Thors, or Ultralisks. Best used early on.


√Best suited to knocking down enemy flyers.
x Battlecruisers and Carriers laser Phoenixes out of the sky, their multiple cannons too strong for the nimble fighter’s light shielding.

Void Ray

√ A perfect air to ground laserer, doing more damage the longer it stays on target. Does well vs Battlecruisers.
x Anti-air flyers like the Viking, Phoenix and Corruptor can kill it with just a few shots.


√ Stocking launchable, laser-wielding interceptors, it’s a threat against most targets.
x Concentrated anti-air flak from Vikings, Void Rays and Corruptors will bring the huge hull crashing down, wasting a large expense of gas.


√ The UFO of death, it cloaks nearby friendlies and murders nearby foes.
x Again, anti-air planes like the Viking and Phoenix are ideally placed to pierce the Mothership’s shields. You’ll need a few, mind.

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