Description

The 3 Roach Opener is primarily known as a ZvT Build. However, it originated in the ZvZ Matchup and works best on Maps with an inbase Expansion such as Acolyte.

The Goal is to Block the Ramp with 3 Roaches, Tech for a quick Lair into Mutalisk, make the opponent panic and finish him off with a quick 2.5 Base Roach Push.

The Roaches will keep your opponent guessing as to what you are actually going for while keeping you save versus most aggression. A full Ling Bane attack however can still kill you. You could go for a 2 Base Nydus, 2 Base Roach, a Ling flood behind the Roaches or anything else.

The Mutalisks will make your opponent panic and invest into Hydras / Queens / Spores while you are just massing Roaches for your final blow. You don't need to do a lot of damage with the Mutas.

The eventual Roach Push should finish your opponent off with a +1/+1 and Roach Speed Timing.

General Build:

  • Pool - Hatch - Gas (17/18/17)
  • Slowly put Drones into Gas while always having 16 Drones on the Mineral
  • @ Pool Queen + Roach Warren + 2 Lings
  • @ Natural done go for at least 2 Queens
  • @ Roach Warren build 3 Roaches to block the Ramp
  • @ 100 Gas (3:00) Build a Lair
  • @ 3:30 take 1 More gas
  • @ Lair Build a Spire + 2 more Gasses
  • @ Spire build Mutas take a 3rd + 2 Evolution Chambers
  • @ Evolution Chambers get +1/+1 and Roach Speed for your Roaches
  • @ 3rd build 8 Drones
  • ---------> Mass Roach

Additional Video Content

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dRiR7kUbbno&feature=youtu.be

VOD

https://youtu.be/m-_bjsROrMI

Replay - 2017-07-19 - (Z)Mantis VS (Z)Railgan

Build Order

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  12  0:01  Drone  
  13  0:12  Overlord  
  13  0:17  Drone  
  14  0:30  Drone x3  
  17  0:47  Spawning Pool  
  16  0:50  Drone  
  16  0:56  Drone  
  18  1:15  Extractor  
  18  1:16  Hatchery  
  16  1:19  Drone x2  
  18  1:30  Drone  
  19  1:38  Roach Warren  
  18  1:42  Queen  
  20  1:52  Zergling x2  
  22  2:01  Overlord  
  22  2:20  Queen  
  28  2:23  Roach x2  
  28  2:29  Queen  
  32  2:46  Overlord  
  34  2:59  Lair  
  37  3:16  Overlord  
  39  3:20  Zergling x2  
  40  3:29  Extractor  
  43  3:35  Overlord  
  44  3:45  Roach x2  
  50  3:58  Extractor  
  54  4:14  Spire  
  63  4:33  Extractor  
  63  4:37  Overseer  
  63  4:52  Hatchery  
  62  5:11  Roach x2  
  66  5:28  Mutalisk x5  
  68  5:34  Mutalisk  
  78  5:46  Glial Reconstitution  
  78  5:48  Evolution Chamber x2  
  82  5:57  Roach x4  
  96  6:18  Zerg Missile Weapons Level 1  

Analysis

Pool First vs Hatch First

Personal preference, you can build Roaches quicker off a Pool First but going Hatch First is also fine if you prefer it that way. Pool First Openers allow you to snipe the first Overlord in some Scenarios and allow for a quick 3rd Queen.

Why Mutas?

They pressure your opponent into investing Ressources into things that are bad versus Roaches

Why the 3rd?

Your Main will mine out and you need some more Mineral income to spend 4 Geysirs worth of Gas on Roaches

When should I attack?

As soon as you have +1/+1 if you feel you can beat him.

Can I take a 4th or just play Macro?

YES the Roach Timing is just an easy way to Win!

Can I play this on every Map?

Mostly just on Acolyte but you can make it work on others :)

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