State on StarCraft: Stardust’s Upgrade-Centric Protoss Vs. Zerg
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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This week, we’re going to analyze the Protoss vs. Zerg style that Stardust used to defeat StarCraft: Brood War legend Jaedong at the DreamHack Open just a few weeks ago. Specifically, we’re going to break down the opening he used in Game 5 to secure his first-ever major tournament win.
In case you’re not familiar with DreamHack, it’s the world’s largest digital festival and LAN party. At their events across Europe, DreamHack festivals feature premier eSports tournaments such as the $27,000 StarCraft 2 Open won by Stardust in Stockholm. More information about the DreamHack Open is available on their site, and the tournament’s official replay pack — which includes the match we’re analyzing — is hosted here.
Stardust’s opening uses a highly upgraded, low-tech army to secure his third base and hit a powerful timing window at around 11:00. The VOD of Stardust vs. Jaedong is available on Twitch.TV here. The game we’re analyzing begins at 1:27:35.