The Escapist Presents: Starcraft 2 101: Terran

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Starcraft 2 101: Terran

Team Escapist gives you the run-down on the Terran race from the Starcraft 2 beta.

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Those Mutalisks looked familiar...

This is why StarCraft II is going to be sooo awesome: it's a classic, but with a couple of new stuff thrown in to keep it fresh... I just can't wait.

What? No Battlecruisers?

I'm more interested to see what kinds of gimmick maps will be popping up once this thing goes live on Battle.net. I'm sure the map-making community is going to go nuts.

oMonarca:
What? No Battlecruisers?

In a lot of game replays on youtube and such getting to tier 3 units and massing is now a pretty bad idea. Battlecrusiers are still a good unit but nowhere near the destroyers they were. Also with some exceptions having that good mix of tier 1 and tier 2 is more powerful than just a handful of tier 3. Numbers are starting to mean more.

anyone else noticed that at 1:35 he did a planetary fortress rush :P

I assume this means that we'll be getting the Zerg and the Protoss overviews as well in the forseeable future? :)

Well, I will say that this is pretty spot on. I never really used nukes against protoss, as a few EMP shots can quickly help you lay waste to their armies. Reapers are awsome, especially for harassment. Easily one of my favorite units. Although, the people here did forget to mention the afformented walling your base in with the supply depots, and the extra supplies.

I miss the Firebats already

MortisLegio:
I miss the Firebats already

Firebats do make an appearance in the single player campaign apparently, and the Hellion takes up the flame based unit roll with the Marauder being the Terran's new heavy infantry. I'm not a huge fan of the Hellion, but Marauders are great - it is indeed hard giving up such an iconic Terran unit though.

Jandau:
I assume this means that we'll be getting the Zerg and the Protoss overviews as well in the forseeable future? :)

Indeed. Greg Tito will being taking everyone through the Protoss and John Funk is giving us a run down of the Zerg. We may also show off some inter-office 2 v 2 matches.

Jandau:
I assume this means that we'll be getting the Zerg and the Protoss overviews as well in the forseeable future? :)

Kekekekekekeke

Thor sounds amusing, but surely hes no match voice wise for the Siege Tank... right?

"I'm about to drop the hammer...
...and dispense some indiscriminate justice!"

gibboss28:
Thor sounds amusing, but surely hes no match voice wise for the Siege Tank... right?

"I'm about to drop the hammer...
...and dispense some indiscriminate justice!"

Tenmar:

oMonarca:
What? No Battlecruisers?

In a lot of game replays on youtube and such getting to tier 3 units and massing is now a pretty bad idea. Battlecrusiers are still a good unit but nowhere near the destroyers they were. Also with some exceptions having that good mix of tier 1 and tier 2 is more powerful than just a handful of tier 3. Numbers are starting to mean more.

In a way that's good because the Battlecruisers were almost a little too powerful. If you managed to get 12 of those bad boys out (through some sheer fluke) then your enemy was in for a world of hurt regardless of what they threw at you. Especially with the yamato cannon.

I like the sound of the new carriers doubling up as medics, that's gonna make my favourite team even more useful than normal :-) Thor looks interesting as well. Dammit, everytime I see a new star craft video it makes me want it even more! The way the large groups of infantry move is so much more fluid than SC1.

Ok I need to stop myself or this is gonna become a huge praising rant...

Dude you guys need to see the power of the Raven units. I thought they were going to be as crappy as the science vessel but damn did they ever prove themselves to me in a second.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RoS39BfTqi8

Just watch the start of this commentary video to see the Raven's hunter seeker missile.

Okay anyone know how to embed a video on these forums? Because the copy paste embed from youtube just doesn't work for some sad reason.

Thank you! That is a lot simpler than copy paste from youtube.

Tenmar:
Dude you guys need to see the power of the Raven units. I thought they were going to be as crappy as the science vessel but damn did they ever prove themselves to me in a second.

Okay anyone know how to embed a video on these forums? Because the copy paste embed from youtube just doesn't work for some sad reason.

If you use {youtube=RoS39BfTqi8} it works. Replace the { with [.

gibboss28:
Thor sounds amusing, but surely hes no match voice wise for the Siege Tank... right?

"I'm about to drop the hammer...
...and dispense some indiscriminate justice!"

Nothing will ever compare to "DEE-lighted to, SUH!".

Still, watching that utter swarm of Marines... wow. That made me happy in several of my happy places.

Gorram it just come out already! Stop cockteasing us!

Must have game...

OT: Nice vid, I'll probably start with terran so I can get through the learning curve.

Tenmar:
In a lot of game replays on youtube and such getting to tier 3 units and massing is now a pretty bad idea. Battlecrusiers are still a good unit but nowhere near the destroyers they were. Also with some exceptions having that good mix of tier 1 and tier 2 is more powerful than just a handful of tier 3. Numbers are starting to mean more.

This is mostly true, except that I've yet to find a solid, reliable counter to mass Battlecruisers as Protoss.

Void Rays just get shredded by cruisers, Stalkers don't do enough damage, and Carriers just get Yamato'd to oblivion.

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Tenmar:
Dude you guys need to see the power of the Raven units. I thought they were going to be as crappy as the science vessel but damn did they ever prove themselves to me in a second.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RoS39BfTqi8

Just watch the start of this commentary video to see the Raven's hunter seeker missile.

Science Vessels were amazing though. Best support unit in the game IMO.

Use the Pheonix to counter battlecruisers. Those direct AA are quite effective against large air. Corrupters for the zerg work well as well.

Science vessels were retarded against zerg in starcraft 1.... Build like 12 of them, have them all use irradiate on eachother, move over a zerg army... you insta gib everytyhing. Well, if they have tons of hydralisks you might need more, but.... Yeah, two irradiated vessels could easily spell doom to any of your expos unless you have several towers near there... and with the clumping tendancies of mutalisks, a single irratiate could wipe out a squad of 30 or more if you cant move the right one out of the way fast enough... which since they are often clumped due to that tendancy means your mutalisks are dead before you can do anything.

Agayek:

This is mostly true, except that I've yet to find a solid, reliable counter to mass Battlecruisers as Protoss.

Void Rays just get shredded by cruisers, Stalkers don't do enough damage, and Carriers just get Yamato'd to oblivion.

Yeah in terms of massive air Protoss really do suffer especially if they get bursted down with Yamato cannons. However sad news is Protoss really don't have a bonus damage counter to the battlecruiser. The only real bonus damage that Protoss get is the Void Ray against battlecruisers because they get bonus to armored.

However quantity will destroy the quality and while equal number of carrier vs cruisers the cruisers will win, but having a massive amount of pheonix and void ray will be much better counter.

Also, always upgrade damage it makes the difference.

Tenmar:

Agayek:

This is mostly true, except that I've yet to find a solid, reliable counter to mass Battlecruisers as Protoss.

Void Rays just get shredded by cruisers, Stalkers don't do enough damage, and Carriers just get Yamato'd to oblivion.

Yeah in terms of massive air Protoss really do suffer especially if they get bursted down with Yamato cannons. However sad news is Protoss really don't have a bonus damage counter to the battlecruiser. The only real bonus damage that Protoss get is the Void Ray against battlecruisers because they get bonus to armored.

However quantity will destroy the quality and while equal number of carrier vs cruisers the cruisers will win, but having a massive amount of pheonix and void ray will be much better counter.

Also, always upgrade damage it makes the difference.

Personally, I don't focus on Protoss air units that much. I've found that a few groups of Dark Templars can easily slaughter opposing teams, time and time again.

I feel Protoss air is a bit weak though, like you said but I find Zerg air units to be worse off. The corrupter needs bit of a buff and even with so many mutalisks, they can be taken out easily by another races AA counter.

Ultralisks are incredible though. While they can only attack ground units, they slaughter by the masses. They're also FUCKING HUGE.

Zerg air to ground via the brood lord is honestly the best in game because not only do you get their damage but each time they attack they spawn broodlings. However that is their tier 3 air. However zerg air to air is honestly the worst because of how hard it is to get the units to become decent anti-air. However I do like that mutalisks aren't as powerful as they used to be and that they aren't the ones needing to evolve now because it really changes the game to allow players to focus more on ground combat instead of mass air games only.

Thankfully, I can ask for a copy of SC2 via my relatives in Korea. This game looks good so I'm going to buy it.

Gotta love the Thor.

LOL @ Thor's Starcraft'd Conan the barbarian quote...

Man this game is probably going to eat my soul...

coldshadow:
anyone else noticed that at 1:35 he did a planetary fortress rush :P

Hahaha, yes, but he's going to lose since he's using it against another terran

Tenmar:
as crappy as the science vessel

Tenmar:
it really changes the game to allow players to focus more on ground combat instead of mass air games only.

=_= Wow... just wow. You've clearly never played or watched a game of Starcraft between decent players.

Nice video, I haven't even gotten in the beta yet and I'm already planning strategies for sc2 lol. That marine + medivac combo seems pretty effective for early game rushes.

Also the thor is now my favorite terran unit, I thought he was awesome already but a schwartzenegger voice makes him that much better. I'll be doing bad movie quotes over ventrillo every time I build one. "remember when I said I'd kill you last... I LIED!" haha

I'mma start with Terran then :)
sweet Raven, btw :P

This looks cool, hopefully these videos might help me get into Starcraft.

I can't wait for the Protoss vid I want to see the early game massing capabilities in SC2 and when this comes out and I go and buy it I definitely want my first online game to be a 2v2 with me, mister Tito, mister Funk and the guy that made this vid, doubt it'll happen but I can dream can't I?

FOR ADUN!!!!

The Terran were always my favorites(probably because I'm not good enough to play the other two races well), so I'm glad they're getting the first campaign. Now let's just hope the game will be as good as it looks.

Who in their right mind would smoke a cigar in their space helmet? I mean, seriously?

Can I ask if it's possible to zerg rush in this new Starcraft game?

kekekekeke

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