Pretty much everyone has seen Boxer's use of Valkyries against Baxter on gomtv. Being entirely inspired by his brilliant performance, I took it upon myself to give the unit a careful examination. I realize that there are other Valkyrie topics on TL but I made this one to offer a little bit more than simply theory crafting.
I decided to give it a go against Iccup but instead of just trying 1-base builds like Boxer, I also tried standard 1rax FE into 2port valk with early +1.
I Recorded both games and edited them into 1 commentated FPvod, where I discuss a bit about my build, and show the highlights/results they got. For those who don't watch, I can write about them aswell.
- It's pretty much PvZ but as Terran.
- Spore defense does very little because of Valkyries high life. Just ignore them.
- They kill overlords MUCH faster than 2port wraith.
- They are very expensive, but +1 attack makes them much more cost effective.
- Most Zerg players will have NO idea what to do.
- A fun way to abuse D through C rank iccuppers. >
The first game I show is a standard 1-rax FE into 2port valk with early +1. The general idea of this build is to pretty much just go Valk/Tank. The opponent tried to counter my valks with Hydra, which my tanks quite rightly countered. The overlord harass coupled with the Siege tank abuse made it incredibly convincing.
Conclusion of Game 1:
Siege tanks on Blue storm are just insane, especially when you have about 40 of them. Everyone already knows this. But when the zerg is spending so much minerals on replacing overlords, I can't imagine a zerg producing enough lings to ever pose a problem to the tanks. Air units are out of the question when valks get going with upgrades. Dark swarm does NOTHING. Ultralisks did nothing.
Clearly if the Zerg player was better and didn't get flustered and confused by what he was seeing, he could have played it a lot better. Never the less, he was C- and was too confused to react appropriately.
Game 2 was against a better opponent who started spire and tried to counter with Scourge. Through my experimentation, Scourge are a decent counter to valks because their damage isn't instant. What I DID find though, is that once you get a good group going (With +1), like Corsair critical mass, Scourge do very little, if any damage at all. This game was my first game doing Valkyries so I Was unprepared on how I should follow the Valkyrie Harass. I ended up stumbling upon Dropships with MnM with Valkyrie escort. Honestly, It sounds retarded. If I wasn't me, and read what I just wrote, I'd be lolling pretty hard. But.. It actually worked. He was a C Zerg, and much like my other opponent, he just didn't know HOW to react. It's very difficult to gauge just what is necessary to counter such an obscure strategy.
Conclusion of Game 2:
It's absolutely ridiculous. He had total map control with 4 gas and hive tech, but he was just really unprepared. In reality, The first half of this game was total shit for me, as I was still trying to figure out how to make this work. I came to the conclusion that through practice and precision, I could refine the build to be cleaner and more realistic.
I was told "It's the kind of build that only works against somebody once." which isn't all that untrue. It's the sort of strategy that just forces the opponent to play in an uncomfortable place. I can't imagine any Zerg having experience against these kind of builds which is your initial advantage with this sort of build. Though I know better Zerg players would have destroyed me and my attempts, I still felt like it was an entertaining and interesting experience.
I'm fully prepared for the negative comments I will probably receive. I know you think that if you were the Zerg, you would have played better and reacted more appropriately. I'm just curious to see if anybody else has made attempts at builds like this.
Also, I hope people find the video entertaining. =D
*I'm NOT saying that this is some super perfect, super effective build that somehow eluded all progamers for years as I discovered it. One of the best parts about this build is simply that nobody will have practice against it so they don't know how to react. I wanna hear about other Valkyrie stories, Link progamers using them, and discuss modern viability. I don't have faith in the build, or feel passionately about it, I just enjoyed doing it and am curious about it's viability.*