State on StarCraft: Protoss Vs. Terran in HoTS


Contents:

  1. Introduction
  2. Early-Game
  3. Mid-Game
  4. Late-Game

THE LATE-GAME

Your late-game priorities will be:

  • 4th Base
  • +4 Gateways
  • +3 weapons, +3 armor [3/3]
  • Dark Shrine
  • Warp Prism, Warp Prism speed, proxy pylons
  • Photon Cannons
  • Shield Upgrades

It’s worth noting that high templar and cannons are an excellent drop defense in the late-game. Low in supply, a templar spread across bases gives blink-stalkers the freedom to be active across the map.

While charge, storm, and 2/2 allow Protoss to be more active on the map, 3/3 allows you to take the fight to the Terran. Dark templar, charge-zealots, and upgraded warp prisms give map control back to the Protoss player and allow for highly effective harass that can draw the opponent out of position. Proxy pylons allow for reinforcement mid-combat, letting Protoss overwhelm the enemy. With a 4th base and additional production, it is at this stage of the game that many Terrans fall apart. With all the necessary tools, all that’s left is to outplay the opponent.

Some tips for the end-game:

  • Expand aggressively and take fights that favor you. Keeping high templar back allows you to retreat safely if things get dicey.
  • Photon cannons at forward bases provide detection against cloaked ghosts in the worst-case scenario that Terran has killed off your observers.
  • In a split-map situation, focus on multipronged harass and denying bases. If you can starve them out, your bank can win you the game.

Thanks for reading! Hopefully this helps some of you Protoss players out there. Below is a download link to a replay pack in which I execute this opening against FXODrunkenboi, coL.QXC, and Xenocider in the WCS Challenger League and SHOUTcraft America. If you’d like to catch me playing live, I stream at twitch.tv/statesc2 and announce broadcasts at twitter.com/statesc2. I’ll be playing in WCS Challenger League in the upcoming weeks, so be sure to tune in!

Note that SHOUTcraft America uses the GameHeart client, an observing interface still in development. There may be some minor glitches.

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6 Comments on State on StarCraft: Protoss Vs. Terran in HoTS

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On May 29, 2013 at 2:17 pm

so great insight. love it

Torrasque

On May 29, 2013 at 4:27 pm

That was a great read :)

I’ve watched you play enough to basically know all of this, but it’s cool to see it broken down. Still upsetting that you lost to Kane, but he’s a great zerg player (and Canadian too!) so he really deserved the win.

I look forward to more articles! :D

USAUSAUSA FIGHTING

Wendy

On May 29, 2013 at 5:20 pm

Loved States games in SHOUTcraft America. Great player.

Tyrone Washington

On May 29, 2013 at 10:49 pm

Yo nyqqa that was off the in’ chain–you feel me, blood? That was smooth as out a duck’s ass, homie. Step it up. I know you throwin’ it up for the hood, State–that’s what I like ’bout you. You showin’ them kidz that if they step it up, they can make it out the trap. Thug lyfe, diggle.

DBFlux

On May 30, 2013 at 2:38 am

Great build! Very well written, apart from I am a little unsure of what order you get your structure in the mid game? Do you start 1-1 before you put down the colossi bay? Or the other way round? I’ll just go watch the replay pack :)

Golle

On May 30, 2013 at 11:34 am

The download link isn’t working :(