Description

ZvZ has the hardest early game off any Matchups for Zerg. Dealing with constant Baneling Aggression, scouting for 2 Base Cheese and trying to not lose all your Drones or 3rd to quick Attacks is difficult. This Build tries to slowly take a 3rd and then Transition into either Roaches or Mutas!

I took this Build off a Game I played against Snute. He went for 3 Fast Queens to kill my OL into slow Ling Bane Defense into a 3:30 3rd Base. He then finished me off with a 4 Gas ~50 Drone Roach Ravager Timing. I thought the Build was really cool because it looked so Safe so I adopted it and here is my take on it.

Rough BO:

  • 17 Hatch 17 Gas 17 Pool
  • Drone to 19 then Overlord
  • Start 2 Queens + 6 Lings immediatly
  • Use Lings for Scouting / Defending
  • @100 Gas Ling Speed -> Mine Gas with 2 Drones only
  • @Queen in Main done move it to Natural to kill OL's and build a 3rd Queens in Main
  • @2:45-3:00 Bane Nest --> 1 more drone in Gas --> Always have Lings at home ready to morph into Banes!!
  • @3:30 3rd Base (can be build quicker if you feel safe)
  • @4:00 (or 35 Drones) take 2-3 additional Gasses and start a Lair + Roach Warren and Evo Chamber
  • @Evo get + 1 Missile
  • @41 Drones take your last Gas
  • Then either Spam Roaches or Drone up your 3rd and transition to Roach Ravager / Roach Muta / Ling Muta / Roach Hydra as you feel.

VOD

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qPKAoffCb-s

Replay - A.I. 1 (Very Easy) v Railgan - Ascension to Aiur LE

Build Order

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  12  0:00  Drone  
  13  0:12  Overlord  
  13  0:17  Drone  
  14  0:30  Drone x3  
  17  0:52  Hatchery  
  17  0:55  Drone x2  
  18  1:10  Extractor  
  17  1:13  Spawning Pool  
  17  1:16  Drone x2  
  18  1:29  Drone  
  19  1:40  Overlord  
  19  2:00  Queen x2  
  21  2:02  Zergling x6  
  26  2:11  Metabolic Boost  
  32  2:43  Queen  
  34  2:44  Overlord  
  36  2:58  Baneling Nest  
  44  3:20  Overlord  
  44  3:28  Hatchery  
  44  3:31  Overlord  
  44  3:39  Zergling x2  
  54  3:56  Baneling x3  
  54  3:58  Extractor x2  
  51  4:04  Roach Warren  
  51  4:05  Lair  
  58  4:28  Extractor  
  58  4:31  Evolution Chamber  
  59  4:48  Roach x5  
  67  4:53  Roach x2  
  67  4:58  Zerg Missile Weapons Level 1  
  73  5:03  Glial Reconstitution  
  73  5:06  Roach x3  
  123  6:29  Ravager x5  
  153  7:23  Extractor x2  

Analysis

You can Skip the +1 Missile Upgrade on the Evolution Chamber if you don't want to go for Roaches but only if your opponent isn't going Mass Lings as Roaches need an additional Shot versus Lings without the +1.

If you want to go for Mutas off 3 Hatcheries try to Build a Low Number of Roaches but enough so you can survive if your opponent attacks. Also get at least 5 Gas!

If you go for Mutas transitioning to Baneling Play versus Hydras can be very Good. A quick 3 Base Roach Ravager Push as a follow up can also work wonders!

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