State on StarCraft: NaNiwa’s Stargate PvZ Opening Analysis

State on StarCraft is a weekly column on Game Front by Ryan “State” Visbeck, a pro StarCraft 2 player. Each week State brings you his unique perspective on all things StarCraft, including tips, tricks and stories from the front line of competitive play.

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  1. Introduction
  2. Fast-Expand
  3. Securing a Third
  4. Timing and Transitions

Hi, all!

This week we’re going to break down a PvZ opening that NaNiwa used against Jaedong at the WCS Season 2 Finals. The build uses Stargate play to take map control early and secure a really fast third Nexus as we work up to a Charge-Zealot/Archon/Void Ray composition. This style is fun to watch and even more fun to play, so I’m really happy to share it with you!

As always, I really appreciate your feedback and would love to hear more! Let me know in the comments what you think. Let’s hunt some Zerg!

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2 Comments on State on StarCraft: NaNiwa’s Stargate PvZ Opening Analysis


On September 2, 2013 at 10:22 pm

Great help State, thanks!


On September 19, 2013 at 1:21 pm

Great article, really helpful!

Only thing I can think of is that the build order would be very hard to follow ingame- perhaps put it in a notepad doc in the downloads or something?