Starcraft 2 Terran vs Zerg Strategy
As a Terran player, you will find that with the right Starcraft 2 Terran
vs Zerg strategy, you will never lose to a Zerg player again. Here are the basics:
Protecting Against the Rush
The key to any Starcraft 2 Terran vs Zerg strategy is to simply survive for more than a few moments. If the
map is small, use your 10th SCV to scout to make sure your enemy isn't pulling any cheesy tactics (like a 6
It is rare for Zerg players to try to pull a 6-pool rush (which means they build a Spawning Pool right away and
send in 6 Zerglings as fast as possible) at a bigger map, since it takes too long to get there.
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If you see a 6-pool rush or early Zerglings in general, make sure you quickly wall the entrance to your base
with Supply Depots and a Barracks. Just two Marines behind a full wall will be able to easily handle a pack of
In general, Zerg players are weak versus mechanical units and slow to get units that can bust through or
avoid your wall. As a result, once your wall is finished you are free to tech as you please.
The most powerful Starcraft 2 Terran vs Zerg strategy is getting a Mech army. Behind your wall, build a few
Siege Tanks, Hellions, and Marines. Once you have a few Siege Tanks up, take your expansion. Be sure to scout for
any air units.
If you see your enemy is making Mutalisks, resist the urge to make Vikings. Mutalisks do well versus Vikings so
this is an exercise in futility. A few Missile Turrets and Marines will be just fine early in the game versus
As the game wears on, pick up some Thors. Once Thors reach a critical mass (about 3-4), they become unstoppable
versus Mutalisks. To repeat, a key Starcraft 2 Terran vs Zerg strategy is to opt for Thors versus Mutalisks. Make
up for the Thor's lack of mobility by placing Missile Turrets around your base and a Sensor building to detect
enemy movement from far away.
Use Hellions to protect your Siege Tanks against Zergling packs. Slowly creep in your Thors, Tanks, and Hellions
to the enemy's base.
Most Zerg players will try to counter you by harassing your base while you are not there. The key thing to
remember is that behind a Terran Wall, simply 2-3 Tanks, 4-5 Marines, a Thor, and a Missile Turret can handle even
very large Zerg armies.
On the offensive, you do not need to take all your units with you, since Terran units are so effective versus
Zerg units. Just leave about 20 supplies worth of units in your base as you slowly progress into the Zerg players
As you get very close to their base, be careful with your tanks. The easiest way to do this is to "leap frog",
which involves placing about half your tanks in Tank Mode, moving them up some, placing them in Siege Mode, and
then moving the tanks that were left behind and doing the same thing.
This way, you slowly advance on the Zerg players base without ever being caught with all of your tanks in Tank
Mode. This is a basic Starcraft 2 Terran vs Zerg strategy that is incredibly effective and will leave the enemy
crying for nerfs.
Countering Brood Lords
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There is one situation where Vikings find there way into Starcraft 2 Terran vs Zerg matches. If the player gets
Brood Lords, be sure to pick up some Vikings. Vikings can attack from very far away (further than Mutalisks and
Corruptors) so they will be able to attack Brood Lords from a distance. When Mutalisks or Corruptors move in on
your Vikings, your Thors will be able to take them out quick, leaving the Vikings to finish off the Brood Lords
without taking any damage.
Since Brood Lords are so slow to build (have to be evolved from Corruptors) and cost so many resources (300
minerals, 250 vespene gas), your enemy will take a very long time to rebuild these powerful units.
The Ghost is also very effective versus Brood Lords as the Snipe ability can take them out very quickly. Cloaked
Ghosts will pick off Brood Lords incredibly quickly and can take out even a large army of them in the blink of an
If your enemy is not teching to air, teching straight to Hellions can be an effective way to quickly take out
your opponent. Hellions do great damage versus Zerglings and Banelings and with the Ignition Pre-Ignitor, Hellions
take out light units in the blink of an eye.
As a result, a devastating Starcraft 2 Terran vs Zerg strategy is to rush to a few upgraded Hellions and then
send them in. It is best to ignore the Queen (avoid it) and kill the Zerglings and Drones. Meanwhile, tech up at
your base and keep producing more Hellions. Build Marauders and Tanks if the enemy starts to make Spine
Starcraft 2 Terran vs Zerg Strategy at a Glance
Here is a summary of easy to follow Starcraft 2 Terran vs Zerg Strategy:
1. Wall off quick. Stop teching to finish the wall if the player is rushing Zerglings.
2. Mech counters nearly all Zerg units.
3. Early game counters:
Wall + Marines > Zergling Rush
Hellions > Big Zergling/Baneling Push
Banshee Rush > Early Roach Push
4. Mid-Late game strategy
Missile Turret > Mutalisk mineral harassment
Thors > Mutalisks
Vikings + Thors > Corruptors and Brood Lords
Tanks + Hellions > Zerglings and Hydralisks
Tanks + Thors > Hydralisks and Roaches
Tanks + Thors + Hellions > All Zerg units except for Brood Lords and Ultralisks
5. If you let the Zerg player get Ultralisks, be sure to have plenty of Thors with the 250mm Strike Cannon
6. If you let the Zerg player get Brood Lords, build Vikings to supplement your mech army.
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