Below are replays of me beating 1v2 Insane AI.I and 1v4 Very Hard A.I in Patch 1.5. Most other threads/youtube vids date back to 2010-2011, and try to exploit weaknesses in the A.I that Blizzard now has fixed (e.g the Spine Crawler rush or the Rising Tide trick). These two strategies still rely on A.I faults, but are more solid for future patches. Worth noting is that beating 1v4 Very Hard A.I will not lend you the 1v3 or 1v2 achivement (although it does give the 1v4 Hard and Medium ones). Quickest way to get Outmatched Crusher is to play 1v2 Insane, 1v3 Very Hard and finally 1v4 Very Hard.
Without further adieu, here are the replays; enjoy.
1v2 Insane A.I(replay) Map: (4) High Orbit Setup: PvPP Strategy: Cannon Rush (lol) Notes: * One of the A.I:s will try to construct an Immortal. You are doomed if it succeeds. Find and destroy the robo a.s.a.p * If done right, you can pull a million workers from the mineral line. It's not required, but very funny to watch.
Zealots valiantly try to push back the cannons, but, alas, their might is unprecedented.
1v4 Very Hard A.I(replay #1)(replay #2) Map: (8) Lava Flow Setup: PvZZZZ Strategy: Rush 2 Warp Prisms -> Expand on island -> Void Rays Notes: * Important: Due to the random nature of Blizzard's A.I, this method only succeeds 1 out of 3 times. The other times, Zerg overwhelm your base with Mutalisk balls or Overlord drops. Just curse that you wasted 30min of your life, and then try again. * Zerglings will target your Nexus first and foremost, but if they get close to your workers they'll switch targets. Make sure you wall off any 'accidential path' for them around your Nexus, preferably creating a choke point to minimize damage. * Once your robo starts to create Warp Prisms, the Zerglings and Roaches will dart between it and your Nexus (indecisive as they are). Use this advantage to stack up on a few extra minerals before your base is annihilated. * If you spawn right next to an island, it's possible to rescue more than 16 workers to your new base. * Get upgrades. Zerg will not get upgrades for some reason, or at least very few, so 3/3/3 will make your Void Rays pretty much invurnerable.
The mighty Zerg fall victims to the Void Rays in an attempt drop roaches in the mineral line.
Last edit: 2012-08-14 21:07:46
I'm feeling The Captain's Itch.
Sanguinarius United States. August 06 2012 11:05. Posts 3336
Tried your method twice, I simply get overrun as soon as I try to take mainland again Even if your voids can beat their army you can't kill the roaches fast enough, they take out the nexus so quick. Not sure how you managed to get a nexus and cannons on the mainland for so long without them massing at you. Guess I'll keep trying and hope it's luck.
On August 06 2012 12:07 PauseBreak wrote: All can be completed on that one lava map ...Rising Tide(?). Cheers! :D
No. This is patch 1.5. You can't even create that map.
Last edit: 2012-08-06 12:26:14
"If you want this forum to be full of half-baked philosophy discussions between pompous faggots like yourself forever, stay the course captain vanilla" - FakeSteve[TPR], 2006
On August 06 2012 12:13 jdseemoreglass wrote: Tried your method twice, I simply get overrun as soon as I try to take mainland again Even if your voids can beat their army you can't kill the roaches fast enough, they take out the nexus so quick. Not sure how you managed to get a nexus and cannons on the mainland for so long without them massing at you. Guess I'll keep trying and hope it's luck.
There is a random element of chance when dealing with A.I (perhaps it's even worth mentioning in the first post). For one, if they don't scout out your first base, the first Zergling/Roach push is heavily delayed (giving you extra time to mine minerals). This, among other behaviours, can explain why they're sometimes willing to rush down your base and other times are more passive.
Anyways, I have two suggestions that might help you win, derived from that replay: 1: Make sure your Void Rays meet the Overlords out on the field before they have time to drop their roaches. Having both Nexi survive is not garantueed, but you will survive the push. 2: As soon as you have more minerals than you can manage, spam cannons. SPAM SPAM SPAM. The Mutalisks target cannons over Void Rays for some reason.
Winning will take time (both replays are well over an hour long). The general idea here is to have enough Void Rays so you can keep killing their endless waves of Roaches, Zerglings, Brood Lords, Ultralisks and other non-anti-air units until they've mined out all minerals on the map (you'll need to expand to the main land at least once though). It is only when they can't feed their armies that you can go in for the killing blow.
I hope this post made things more clear; good luck and have fun!
Last edit: 2012-08-08 07:55:20
I'm feeling The Captain's Itch.
nucLeaRTV Romania. August 07 2012 18:31. Posts 720
Great methods, just took both achievments. To me, it was crucial to get the close spawn to the island, and my maindland expo was the gold. I did, however, get a mothership somewhat earlish. By targeting their detection I was able to defend easily, move out a lil bit earlier, and I even split my army. 20 voids + ship on clean up mission, about 10 defending the gold (no cannons).
SoulFilcher Brazil. August 14 2012 04:05. Posts 31
I tried the Lava Flow with Protoss strat, but in my case the AI sent all Overlords at the same time to my base and I couldn't stop it. It didn't happen in Mossmyr's replay. It was like over 12 Overlords dropping at my base and GG.
On August 14 2012 04:05 SoulFilcher wrote: I tried the Lava Flow with Protoss strat, but in my case the AI sent all Overlords at the same time to my base and I couldn't stop it. It didn't happen in Mossmyr's replay. It was like over 12 Overlords dropping at my base and GG.
Eh, you're like the fourth guy with this problem. I've covered what you're experiencing in the original post now, read it. For further info, read my reply to jdseemoreglass.
4v4 insanes are actually really easy. You just need to cripple one of the enemy AI.
Do PvT first. Cannon rush, starting from the low ground. Try and get some cannons behind a mineral line. Once you prevent one of the enemies from mining you can slowly build up yourself and you should be able to overrun them pretty easy.
Then do TvP and go for one base three rax reapers. Once you have 3 to 5 start going after workers. Pull back and build up reapers, but when the enemy tries to move out go attack. Once you have one enemy crippled the rest will die easilly
Last do a ZvZ and do a spine crawler cheese. You are aiming to get at least two spines behind a mineral line. You have to plant the spines in a spot where only one enemy drone can attack it at once. This one took me a lot of trial and error and probably luck.
Google 4v4 Insane and I'm sure you can track down video examples of most of these tactics.
It was my 2nd or 3rd try. What I did was: as you've said, rushed for the prism, when first one came out zergs were already attacking my nexus. Using 2 prisms I've transferred probes to the island, where established 2 nexuses, rushed to 3 starports, made ~150 void rays limit AND about 20-25 photon cannons. Mutalisks usually attack cannons which cost much less then void rays. So a little later I moved out and started killing hatcheries and buildings. Zergs has rebuilt their bases 2-3 times, I had about 20 voidrays left after all and zergs has run out of resourses. It took me about 20 more minutes to find and kill remaining buildings.
Darkong United Kingdom. August 17 2012 21:16. Posts 411
It's still possible do 1v4 on megaton by cannonrushing. I did it today.
The key is to first set up a good defensive position down the ramp with 2 cannons, quickly kill off 1 opponent and then work your way into the middle, in order to threathen the remaining 3 opponents, to prevent them from teching up. I can send out a replay in case anyone is interested.
It's way faster than going 1v4 on lavaflow.
SoulFilcher Brazil. August 19 2012 04:31. Posts 31