ZvT – Roach/Ling/Baneling “Big Bust”
I’d like to thank you all very much for viewing my newest ZvT article. I’ve written a few articles recently in which I analyze some ways of opening aggressively against Terran, while still transitioning into standard macro play. This will be my last ZvT guide for quite a while, and you can expect to see some new guides on ZvP and ZvZ in the near future.
If you’ve read my previous guides, you’re likely aware that if you combine very precise early game economy management with solid scouting, you can punish your opponent with very strong timing attacks while droning to secure an economic advantage. Today will be a little different – I’m going to describe an even MORE aggressive style. We’re going to look at the following timing attack:
8 Roaches, 6-8 Banelings, and 30 Zerglings by 8:20
Now I know what you might be thinking…”How the heck can you get that strong of a push at 8:20 without being all-in?” Well, surprise surprise, this IS an all-in build – You will not go beyond 22 drones with this attack. There will be some exceptions where you do the push and decide to drone afterwards, but for the most part this push is designed to outright win the game.
I know that many players frown at all-in aggressive builds, but it is my opinion that all serious SC2 gamers should experiment and perfect a few all-in timing attacks for two reasons: it does improve certain skill sets and it does add an element of unpredictability to your play. Should you make it your exclusive style of play? Of course not, but don’t ignore it either.
So I’ve provided a stream video, some replays, and build order analysis to take you step by step through the process of planning a precise all-in build and executing the attack optimally. I guarantee there will be at least one person to say “This build is cheese, you shouldn’t all in, etc” in the comments, but I have seen professional Korean zerg players execute builds like this in the GSL and I encourage you all to keep an open mind to new strategies that deviate from what is considered “Standard”. There is more than one way to play successful StarCraft, and you’re putting yourself at a disadvantage if you limit your arsenal of strategies to exclusively macro builds.
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