Good evening dudes and dudettes, this is Luppa from PsiStormGaming, I have been asked a lot about this build order since I have had a lot of success with it on GM/High Masters ladder so I decided to share it with you all!
Essentially it is a quick 3 ravager rush into macro. The ravagers do a lot of damage at the front of the terrans base and force them to bring scvs/repair/lose units and fall behind in their build. Behind this you are getting all the drones you need, and can follow up with whatever style you want!
Strong = Prion Terraces, Ulrena, Central Protocol
Medium = Lerilak Crest, Ruins of Seras
Not the Best = Dusk Towers, Orbital Shipyard
The best maps are maps with low rush distance and where the main wall only defends their main and not their natural. While your aggression is going on you want to deny mining from their natural, which you cant do on dusk towers or orbital shipyard. Also, 4 player maps can be dependent on the overlord pathing, if your overlord doesnt reach their base in time to see their ramp then it can be tricky.
So without further ado, I have a stream vod here of me going through a replay and explaining the build to a teammate of PsiStorm Gaming.
And here is the build in writing:
14 gas (2 gas initially, 3 gas when pool is half way done, *THIS IS MIN-MAXING AND NOT ESSENTIAL)
14 overlord w/ extractor trick
16/17 Pool (This is personal preference. A later pool gets you a hatchery before roach warren, and a quicker pool accelerates the timing of the ravagers)
Drone to 20 supply
Hatchery + roach warren whenever possible
After this, make your queen as quickly as possible (This is to deal with the first reaper)
Then after your queen, make your overlord
Then as your overlord pops up, you should be able to make 3 roaches straight away!
***SEND YOUR FIRST OVERLORD OVER TO THE TERRANS RAMP, KEEP IT CLOSE ENOUGH TO SEE/ATTACK THE WALL, BUT NOT CLOSE ENOUGH TO BE KILLED BY MARINES, VERY IMPORTANT!***
The reason I get the gas so early is because making the ravagers as soon as they spawn accelerates the build as ravagers move quicker than roaches. So you want to make them at your base.
Immediately after your roaches, you want to make your next overlord asap, as you will not be able to make your 2nd queen + ravagers until you have more supply
And then send your ravagers straight to his base and MAKE THEM DRONES!
You want to macro up essentially as you are pressuring their front with the ravagers, my favourite response is to get nearly full 2 base saturation, and do a ling baneling bust. (speed with next 100 gas, and bane nest with next 50) But this is personal preference. Although against non hellion openings, this is extremely strong as a followup! And against hellion openings, a later roach bane timing is an almost certain win
EXECUTION OF THE PRESSURE
So when you are at the terrans base, there are a couple of things you need to keep in mind of, and I went through some of them in the video.
- When attacking bunkers, aim your bile shots at the edge of the bunker, this does damage without you being in range of the bunker so it is free damage
- DONT BE RISKY! Take the guarenteed damage IE. Supply depos/scvs/marines/mining time/addons
- KEEP THE RAVAGERS ALIVE FOR AS LONG AS POSSIBLE. You are best off leaving if they get a banshee or a tank out.
- KEEP AN EYE OUT FOR WHAT HE HAS IN HIS BASE! If they are using their reactor on their barracks and not their factory, they arent making hellions, things like that. These can determine the best course of action after the aggression.
Thank you so much for your time, I hope you have enjoyed this guide and maybe learnt something. You can follow me on twitter @Luppasc2 for when im streaming ladder with commentary and analysis, and there are some other coaching videos I uploaded an age ago on my youtube. Let me know if you're having success with the build! And happy laddering!
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