Archive: Scarlett tells all after MLG Anaheim 2014

This week we spoke to Team Acer’s Scarlett, the legendary Queen of Blades, after her exciting performance at MLG Anaheim.

You chose to play Protoss in an elimination match against DRG, down 0:1. Why did you decide to make what appeared to be such a risky move?
 
I was actually planning to do so before the series. I’ve played against that build many times on ladder; even if you know its coming, it’s still almost impossible to stop. Harstem and Miniraiser helped me perfect it before the series started and I asked an admin who told me it was alright to switch races between games.

Did you plan to use it against DRG specifically, or was it just to use against any Zerg?
 
Could have been against any Zerg; but I only wanted to use it once at the tournament and I set the map order up to use it game 2, so he would be thrown off in the 3rd game of the series.

Gotcha. If you had won the first set, would you have still used it? Or was it just dependent on the map?

Yeah it was just dependant on the map, so I would have used it either way. It’s still strong on other maps, but you can die to 9 pools easier on  two player maps and Zerg is more likely to go three hatch before pool on Alterzim.

What was DRG’s reaction in the lobby when you switched to Protoss?
 
At first when game started he thought it was a mistake ^^ You could see the ingame chat when watching.. He said “seriously? OMG” when I confirmed I would play it.

Did you count on that confusion from DRG to make the build more successful? Did you spot any mistakes from DRG in trying to hold your push?
 
I hoped he would think I would cheese him (4gate or cannon rush) and try to play safely. He actually ended up doing almost the perfect build to defend it instead, but still ended up losing to the Power of Protoss :)

Was there a political aspect to choosing this build? Did you want to make a point that this kind of play from Protoss is too strong?
 
I guess, it was more just to win and for fun though.

How did you feel when you won, and you saw the crowd’s reaction?

I laughed when I won. Even though I thought it had a high chance of success, it still almost seemed unbelievable when I actually won.

Did DRG seem rattled in that final game, any mistakes or changes to his play? And did he say anything about it in the lobby before the final game?

Not really; he didn’t say anything. And to be a champion like he has many times in the past; you need to be able to recover quickly after tough losses
 
Would you use Protoss against Zerg again in tournaments that allow it, in the same situational way you used it at MLG? I imagine that having that “in your toolbox”, so to speak, would be a good advantage for you even if you don’t end up actually doing it.
 
Yea; I have seriously thought about using PvZ in place of ZvZ in the future as a standard matchup for me before now.
 
Is that something you’re more likely to do given the reaction this time, or have you not decided yet?
 
Still unsure, as I also did very well in ZvZ this past weekend, better than I’ve ever really done before.

Yeah, your ZvZ record was insane at MLG – almost all 2:1 wins, but you seemed more comfortable in the matchup than you have been before. Why do you think you did so well in ZvZ at MLG?
 
I was much better at predicting the opponent’s builds than usual; the most important thing in ZvZ.

Is that a general skill that you’ve improved at, or did you know this group of opponents better, or was there some other reason for this?

I’ve improved at it a little, but it seems they all have studied my style and tried to  blind counter it; so I just switched it up.
 
How would you rate yourself in each matchup right now?
 
ZvT > ZvP > ZvZ.

So here’s a hypothetical: If you could make any pro player your practice partner for a week, which person would you choose and what would you practice?
 
I’d probably just practice general ZvZ with soO.. Maybe I’ll ask him after GSL finals :)
 
How do you feel about the North American pro scene? Can it become more competitive if we continue to see tournaments like MLG + BattleGrounds?
 
It’s rough.. I would be surprised if MLG ran sc2 again; and redbull is mostly Koreans anyways. Not really sure what could be done as the NA only events don’t get near enough viewers to be sustainable.

What’s next for you, how are you feeling, and any shoutouts?
 
For now just some practice & relaxing in Korea after so much travel in a row ! I’m quite tired now~ Shoutout to Flo & Major for lending me mice at MLG / Redbull :)

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Mementos from the iPhone 6 queue

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I sat in line for about twelve hours last week to buy the iPhone 6 Plus upon release. I’m not a massive Apple fan, but I wanted to review the phone and stocks of the 6 Plus version would take too long to arrive. Here are some random snippets of (hopeful) interest from the experience.

  • A couple in the queue assuming the woman I was sitting next to was my mom, and everyone just went along with it. “Wow, your son is really into reading!” “Yes, he’s quite the intellectual.”
  • My ‘mom’ loaned me pink socks after mine were soaked… and I discovered I was still wearing them when I got home.
  • Everyone in the line that I spoke with (~10 at the very front) were queuing to buy at least one 6 Plus.
  • Gold was the most popular choice, followed by silver and space grey.
  • 64GB was the most popular size; 16GB the least.
  • Apple employees brought out umbrellas, water, doughnuts and coffee at various points.
  • When the rain and lightning got bad, Apple employees moved the queue to a nearby arcade and took down names on an iPad Mini.
  • One woman literally starting screaming when an iPhone 6 display model was put into the store window.
  • About two or three dozen people of Indian descent joined the line together, at around midnight.
  • The worst thunderstorms of the summer occurred during the night of the queue.
  • I read a 220-page book, largely while pacing the length of the arcade in my pink socks. This made me something of a curiosity, and I got into an interesting conversation with a passing girl.
  • True to form, Apple employees came whooping and hollering just before the store opened to customers.
  • One woman paid in cash she stored in her bra.
  • A homeless man joined the queue after asking questions about the cost of the phone, but was cleared off by a security guard.
  • I paid £700 for a 64GB space grey iPhone 6 Plus; it was the most money I’ve ever paid in person by a factor of five.

I’m guessing this mostly isn’t interesting, but I thought I’d release it just because I wrote it down, and it might be interesting to refer to later.

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Top 5 Google Nexus 5 cases – December 2013

Today we’re gonna have a look at five recommended cases for the Google Nexus 5. I’m sure you all know what to expect, so let’s get right into it.

5. Cruzerlite Bugdroid Circuit Case

Cruzerlite Bugdroid Circuit Case for Google Nexus 5 - Green

The Cruzerlite Bugdroid is a nice case to start with, as it hits the Nexus 5’s intended Android enthusiast demographic head-on. The case comes with a depiction of Andy the Android mascot, with a design reminiscent of a circuit board behind. The case is translucent, allowing the Nexus logo to be visible behind. I find that this means the white version of the phone looks better with the green shown here, but both versions work well. A simple case that protects well enough and has a design that should appeal to fandroids.

4. ToughGuard Shell

ToughGuard Shell for Google Nexus 5 - Red

The ToughGuard Shell is another inexpensive case, but this one is made from a solid polycarbonate instead of the more flexible gel material of our first featured case. The Shell is quite slim and adds little bulk, while providing moderate protection against scratches and minimal protection against impacts. A raised bezel around the screen helps to protect against screen damage too. A simple case, but at a fair price.

3. LG QuickCover

LG QuickCover for Nexus 5 - Black

The official LG option clocks in at number 3, offering a perfectly fitted flip cover that protects the screen and suits the phone to a T. This case is similar to the flip covers produced for Samsung and Motorola for the Galaxy S4 and Moto G (respectively), but the non-replaceable back of the Nexus 5 means that this case is a little more bulky. Like these, a magnet placed in the cover automatically unlocks and locks the phone when the case is opened and closed. The case is made of good stock and should last for some time, a relative rarity for the moving parts of a flip case.

2. Pudini Stand Case

Pudini Stand Case for Nexus 5 - Pink

This stand case is quite distinctive, with a suction cup fastening. If you’re tired of flip cases that constantly flap open, then this is a unusual but workable solution that sticks convincingly without making it difficult to open the cover again. Unlike the LG QuickCover, this case can also be used to prop up the phone in landscape mode, which is great for watching videos and playing games.

1. Spigen Slim Armor Case

Spigen Slim Armor Case for Google Nexus 5 - Champagne Gold

I’m quite fond of this Ultra Fit Case from Spigen. It combines a trim design with good protective attributes and a nice feel in-hand. The hybrid construction – TPU case and polycarbonate shell – provides sufficient armour without adding too much bulk. The two-tone finish is also quite nice, and if you’re not digging the gold then you’ll be pleased to know it’s available in white and black as well.

Conclusion

I hope you found the Nexus 5 cases I suggested helpful! Thanks for taking the time to read the article and have a good one. Any questions or comments go below!

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Website Redesign

I’ve just redesigned my website. I really love the new font I’m using for the body text – Lato. In a previous incarnation I was using Adobe Source Sans Pro and Open Sans, but I think Lato might be a bit more readable. All of the fonts are available via Google Fonts, which is making the web a much more typographically lovely place than it used to be. There’s also a new TypeCast tool for Google fonts, so you can try things out easily without needing to alter your site first.

I’ve changed the editor font to Source Sans, because I still think it looks exceedingly lovely. This might make me switch to using this blog as my go-to writing tool, just because Evernote produces terrible HTML and doesn’t reproduce the font as nicely.

The theme is called Vantage Pro, and it seems to offer a very wide range of options and quite sane / beautiful defaults across the board. I’m still not entirely happy with my logo and some of the other layout elements (e.g. the too-short sidebar, the lack of bullet points on the sidebar items), but overall things seem improved. I might still shift to the blue-on-blue colour scheme I had on the previous theme, but it’s not really essential in my eyes.

What do you think of the redesign? Let me know in the comments below, or talk to me on Twitter or Facebook at your convenience.

Bethesda launches Battlecry Studios, could be working on Fallout MMO?

It looks like Bethesda’s expansion continues! They have begun  a new studio in Austin, Texas, called Battlecry Studios. The dev lab will be working on a new, unannounced project, likely an MMO given the appointment of Rich Vogel as the studio’s head. Vogel has worked on Star Wars: The Old Republic, as well as Ultima Online and Star Wars Galaxies. With Bethesda’s recent re-capture of the rights to make a Fallout MMO, is that what we’re likely to see out of the new studio? I think so.

Full press release below:

October 4, 2012 (London, UK) – Bethesda Softworks®, a ZeniMax® Media company, is pleased to announce it has established a new studio in Austin, Texas, Battlecry Studios, to be headed by long-time industry veteran Rich Vogel. Most recently, Vogel worked at Bioware where he served as the executive producer on the development of Star Wars: The Old Republic. Rich has a long history in the industry having worked on Ultima Online and Star Wars Galaxies as well as other online and console titles during his 20+ years in game development. The new studio is currently hiring other experienced game developers to fill key roles for an unannounced project.

“I have always admired and respected Bethesda’s approach to making great, original games,” said Vogel. “It’s a belief and passion I share, and I’m looking forward to building a team of high quality developers who want to bring that same commitment and creative energy to the games we’ll be creating.”

“We are very pleased to have someone with Rich’s vast experience join us at Bethesda,” said Vlatko Andonov, President of Bethesda Softworks. “Rich has a history of building and managing talented development teams and bringing high quality games to market, and we look forward to working with him on a new exciting project.”

Battlecry Studios will be the second ZeniMax studio located in Austin, joining Arkane® Studios, whose highly-anticipated title, Dishonored™, ships this month. For more information about Bethesda Softworks and available jobs at Battlecry Studios, visit:http://jobs.zenimax.com/.

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Try Out Windows Phone 7 Now!

If you’ve ever wondered what Windows Phone 7 is really like, now you can try it out on your iPhone or Android phone without making any permanent changes. You can even run it on your PC… so how does that work?

Well, it works because Microsoft have set up a web-based emulator for the OS, which you can find on their official website. You can check out the Messaging, People, Local Scout, Outlook, Calendar, Family and Phone apps, which gives a pretty good preview of the way that everything is laid out.

Sadly, it doesn’t interface with your existing phone — so you can’t really accomplish anything other than swiping around the menus. Still, it’s an interesting concept and one that you should definitely have a go at if you haven’t used a Windows Phone before.

The Metro stylings of Windows Phone are also coming to Windows 8, so this might be a good way to see what you’ll be getting into — of course another way is to download and install the Windows 8 developer preview, but that’s a little too hardcore for most.

Windows Phone 7 is definitely a nicer OS than it gets credit for, and this is a cool way that Microsoft can show off their work.

Check Out the Windows Phone 7 Emulator Here!

This article was sponsored by Mobile Fun, the UK’s leading online retailer of  the official Kindle cover, other Kindle covers, and even a Panasonic Lumix case line.

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A Misplaced Blog Post on the SAV Ghost

Early adopters, rejoice! The most annoying bug for the Samsung Galaxy Nexus has – unofficially – been squashed. Some Nexus owners had reported that the handset would randomly mute itself, hindering phone calls and music listening alike.

The bug, called the ‘SAV Ghost’, has been reportedly fixed by independent developer Paul O’Brien. His fix rolls out today as a new custom ROM, available in both ‘stock’ and ‘enhanced’ flavours. The enhanced version includes faster rotation and alternative UI options, so if you’re feeling adventurous go for that one.

Of course, to install the new ROM you’ll need to flash your device. This isn’t an entirely risk-free undertaking, so make sure you follow the directions and proceed with caution. It requires a rooted Galaxy Nexus with ClockworkMod Recovery installed (directions for that are here). Here are the directions for the ‘enhanced’ variant, copied from this thread.

  1. Download the zip file of your choice and copy it to /sdcard/ on the Galaxy Nexus.
  2. Turn off, then start the Nexus in recovery mode (hold Volume Up, Volume Down and Power).
  3. Perform a NANDROID backup from the menu
  4. Select the option to apply an update .zip, then select the .zip file you copied to /sdcard/.

So it’s a fairly simple operation; the same principles as flashing any custom ROM. Of course, Google are reportedly working to release a fix themselves, so if you’d prefer to err on the side of caution then it’d be better to wait.

Even if you don’t take the plunge yourself, the release does prove that the bug can be fixed (or at least controlled) via software, and is probably the major reason that sim-free shipments of the phone were delayed until the 1st of December in the UK. Good news all around then!

This article was written by William Judd. William writes for Mobile Fun, the UK’s leading online retailer of the official Kindle cover and third party Kindle covers.

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What I’m Up To These Days

If you’ve wondered why this site’s gone quiet recently, it’s because I’ve gotten a job (yay). I’m now self-employed as a copywriter, and I’m currently contracted full-time to contributing copy for the leading phone accessories site in the UK, Mobile Fun. I’m responsible for most of the blog posts on that website, as well as some social media stuff on the side. The address of the blog is quite simply http://mobilefun.co.uk/blog/, so check it out if you’d like to see what I’m up to.

I’m also still writing for the good people of XSR, at XSReviews.co.uk, primarily specialising in reviews of computer peripherals (although I’m doing a PC case review soon).

I’ll certainly be continuing to write more in the future, but I’ll have a little less time now that I’ve writing for these two fine organisations. Anyway, better get back to work!

All the best,

Will.

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Popular Protoss Build Orders

These are a selection of the most popular Protoss Build Orders, taken from a Reddit thread of the same name. A redditor named Skyda provided many great build orders, but the formatting made them difficult to read and some were incomplete. I’ve taken the liberty of transcribing these build orders into a much more readable format.

Edit: I’ve added Tyler’s 2 Gate Robo and CecilSunkure’s 2 Gate Rush (Fake 4 Gate). Also, here’s a PDF for printing (generated for now, will do a custom one later).

These builds are for maps with ramps that can be blocked with one forcefield, e.g. Xel’Naga, Backwater, Delta, Metal, Shakuras and Temple. For maps with wider ramps, use 4Gate (PvP), 3 Gate Robo (PvT) and Forge Fast Expand (PvZ).

Protoss vs Protoss (PvP)

3 Gate Blink Stalkers

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Build Order

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  • 9 Pylon
  • 12 Gate
  • 14 Assimilator
  • 16 Pylon
  • 17 Core
  • ASAP Warpgate research (2 Chronos)
  • 18 Assimilator
  • 19 Stalker
  • 23 Pylon
  • 23 Sentry
  • 26 Gateway x2
  • 26 Sentry
  • 27 Stop Probe production (23 probes)
  • 29 Twilight Council
  • 29 Pylon
  • ASAP Research Blink, chrono constantly.
  • 80% Blink Move out with 8 units & probe.

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Transitions

You want to contain your opponent as long as possible, sitting at the bottom of his ramp with a Sentry and your Stalkers.

DT Rush (you see many Zealots, few Stalkers/Sentries): Immediately build a Forge at home and proceed with the attack until DTs are out.

Robo: You have two options:

  1. Remote Nexus: Take advantage of their immobility by taking a Nexus far (but not too far) from your base. If you do this, you’ll be playing for a base trade; use your faster Blink Stalkers to move around the map.
  2. Chargelots / Archon: Build a Forge and Templar Archives and start getting Archons. Dump minerals into Zealots after expanding. Rush to +1. Use your first 350 gas for Charge and a Templar Archives.

Stargate: He’s dead.

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oGsMC vs ST_Ace

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2 Warpgate Rush (Fake 4 Gate)

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Build Order

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  • 9 Pylon
  • 10 Gateway, Chronoboost Probes
  • 12 Assimilator, send scouting Probe
  • 15 Cybernetics Core
  • 16 Zealot (Attack with it)
  • 22 Gateway
  • ASAP Warpgate Research and Stalker, Chrono constantly
  • ASAP 2nd Stalker
  • 26 Proxy Pylon
  • 100% Warpgate Warp in Stalkers
  • After two Warpins Get tech (e.g. Robotics)

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Notes

Use your initial Zealot and Stalker to secure the proxy Pylon. Start being aggressive once the 2nd Stalker arrives. Once you have your first warp in, go to town on their Probes. Your advantage tends to wane after two warp-ins, so begin tech (e.g. Colossus, DT, Blink) at that time.

You’ll have slightly less probes than a standard opening, but you will have those initial units much faster. This will allow you to gain an economic and tech edge over your opponent if your micro is good.

If your opponent goes for a three Stalker rush, be careful with your proxy pylons. You can still win the initial battle, but if they get a sentry before you get up the ramp it’s best to just go home.

Followups

Actually 4 Gate: If you cause good damage, follow up with two more Gates and more pressure.

Fake 4 Gate: Wait at the bottom of the ramp, and tech or expand.

Source

CecilSunkure on TeamLiquid

MVP_Tails vs HongUnPrime.WE

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2 Gate Robo (Day9 / Tyler Version)

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Build Order

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  • 10 Pylon
  • 10 Gateway
  • 11 Assimilator
  • 12 Chrono probes
  • 15 Cybernetics Core
  • 16 Pylon
  • ~18 Warpgate Research and Stalker, Chrono
  • 20 Assimilator
  • 22 Chrono Warpgate
  • 22 Robotics Facility
  • 22 Zealot
  • 24 Pylon
  • 24 Chrono Warpgate
  • 24 Warpgate
  • 24 Immortal, Chrono Boost
  • 28 Sentry
  • 30 Immortal
  • 34 Sentry

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Timings

Stalker/Warpgate Research: 3:22

Robo: 3:55

24 Pylon: 4:20

24 Gate: 4:33

Warpgate Finishes: 5:30

Immortal Pops: 5:45

Source

Spammish on Reddit

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1 Gas, 2 Gate Robo

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Build Order

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  • 9 Pylon
  • 13 Gateway
  • 13 Assimilator
  • 15 Pylon
  • 17 Cybernetics Core
  • 18 Zealot
  • 22 Warpgate Research and Stalker
  • 25 Robo
  • 25 Zealot
  • 28 Gateway
  • 29 Pylon
  • 30 Immortal
  • 35 Zealot
  • 36 Immortal, 2x Zealot

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Transitions

Lots of Stalkers (e.g Blink): Expand after 2nd Immortal.

Sentries: Expand faster.

Gateway Units (e.g. 4gate): Don’t expand.

1 Base: Stay on Immortals + Gateways, get warp prism to drop on Colossi.

Source

kcdc on TeamLiquid

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Dark Templar (DT) Rush

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Build Order

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  • 9 Pylon
  • 10 Gateway
  • 12 Assimilator
  • 16 Pylon
  • 17 Cybernetics Core
  • 18 Assimilator
  • 18 Zealot
  • 21 Stalker
  • 25 Sentry
  • ASAP Twilight Council
  • ASAP Dark Shrine

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Transitions

Robo Build: Crap…

Not-Robo Build: Attack with DTs!

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oGsMC vs digitasNaniwa

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Protoss vs Terran (PvT)

2 Gate Robo

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Build Order

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  • 9 Pylon
  • 13 Gateway
  • 15 Assimilator
  • 16 Pylon
  • 18 Cybernetics Core
  • 18 Zealot
  • 22 Warpgate Research and Stalker
  • 24 Pylon
  • 26 Sentry
  • 28 Robotics Facility
  • 28 Gateway
  • ASAP Observer

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Transitions

1-Base: Build another Gateway.

2-Base: Expand, build 2 Forges after a warp cycle, then another Gateway.

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3 Gate Contain

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Build Order

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  • 9 Pylon
  • 13 Gateway
  • 14 Assimilator
  • 16 Pylon
  • 17 Cybernetics Core (Chrono non-stop)
  • 18 Assimilator
  • 19 Warpgate Research and Stalker
  • 23 Sentry
  • 23 Pylon
  • 26 Gateway x2
  • 27 Stalker
  • After warp cycle Expand

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Strengths/Weaknesses

Early Gas (e.g. Banshee): This is a risky build even if you gas steal.

Fast Expand (e.g. 1/2 Barracks Pressure): Strong, gives you time to get an expansion up. Don’t get too greedy about containing the Terran, as Dropships can mess you up.

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HuK’s 20 Food Expand

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Build Order

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  • 9 Pylon
  • 13 Gateway
  • 15 Assimilator
  • 16 Pylon
  • 17 Cybernetics Core, mine only 100 gas
  • 20 Warpgate research
  • 20 Nexus, cut probes and resume gas
  • 20 Stalker
  • 22 Stalker
  • 23 Gateway x2
  • 25 Stalker
  • 25 Pylon
  • 100% Warpgate 3 Stalkers

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Transitions

Wall, Bunker and Marines (e.g. 1/1/1 all in): Build a Robotics Facility and a Forge, placing one cannon in each mineral line. Get observers, and Immortals if Siege Tanks are seen. If Terran is going all in, cut probes and mass Zealots.

No Bunker, Marines and Marauders (2 Barracks Expand): Warp in three zealots and attack up the ramp. If you can’t, add two more gates and keep up the pressure, eventually teching to Charge and Colossi.

Marines, Low-ground Bunker (e.g. Gasless Expand): Try to kill the SCV building the bunker. If you can’t, add two more gates or take additional gases and tech quickly.

Source

Alejandrisha at TeamLiquid

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Protoss vs Zerg (PvZ)

Forge Fast Expand (FFE)

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Build Order

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  • 9 Pylon
  • 12 Forge at natural choke
  • 14 Nexus
  • 14 Photon Cannon behind Forge
  • 16 Gateway at natural choke

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Transitions

5/6 Gate All-in: Get a lot of Gateways, hiding some units in your base. If the Zerg doesn’t realise, you can hit him much harder than he is expecting.

Stargate: Build a Void Ray and follow-up with 3/4 Phoenix. Try to deny the Zerg 3rd and harass wherever possible, taking advantage of poor Creep spread if it exists.

Colossus: Rush for Colossus with three or four Gateways. Attack with 1 or 2 Colossus and Thermal Lance.

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1 Gate Stargate

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Build Order

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  • 9 Pylon
  • 13 Gateway
  • 14 Assimilator
  • 16 Pylon
  • 17 Core
  • 18 Assimilator
  • 18 Zealot
  • 22 Stalker
  • ASAP Stargate

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2 Gate Stargate Expand

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Build Order

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  • 9 Pylon
  • 13 Gateway
  • 14 Assimilator
  • 16 Pylon
  • 17 Core
  • 18 Assimilator
  • 18 Zealot
  • 22 Stalker
  • ASAP Stargate
  • 24 Pylon
  • 26 Gateway
  • ~30 Nexus
  • ~35 Forge
  • ASAP Cannon

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3 Gate Stargate (Fake Expo)

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Build Order

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  • 9 Pylon
  • 13 Gateway
  • 15 Assimilator
  • 16 Pylon
  • 18 Core
  • 19 Assimilator
  • 22 Zealot
  • 23 Pylon
  • 24 Warp Gate Research
  • 24 Stalker
  • 28 Stargate
  • 29 Sentry
  • 31 Gateway x 2
  • 31 Pylon
  • 34 Void Ray
  • ~40 Nexus
  • ~45 Cancel Nexus, attack!

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Source/VOD

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3 Gate Expand

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Build Order

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  • 9 Pylon
  • 13 Gateway
  • 14 Assimilator
  • 16 Pylon
  • 17 Core
  • 18 Assimilator
  • 18 Zealot
  • 21 Sentry
  • 21 Warp Gate Research
  • 23 Pylon
  • 27 Gateway
  • 28 Gateway
  • 32 Pylon, low ground
  • 34 Nexus

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Transitions

Roach Warren: Produce only Stalkers.

Many Zerglings: Produce Zealot / Sentry.

Third Base: Build 4th Gateway, attack after two warp rounds.

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Cheers to Skyda on Reddit who posted (most of) these builds in the thread Current Most Popular Protoss Builds as well as the other sources acknowledged. If there are any mistakes or improvements to be made, feel free to let me know :)

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