Description

People keep on losing faith in my 3 Roach Opener. I came back winning 20 Games with it against Terran in a row. Here is the 2020 Version of the 3 Roach Opener.

Who am I

At the Time of writing this I am a around 6000 MMR Grandmaster Zerg on the EU Server. I play almost only 2 Base Macro Openers (4:30 3rd or later). The focus of my play lies on quick Tech to take control of the game early.

Goal of the Build

The 3 Roach Openers aims to take control from the start without ever giving your Opponent a chance to punch you back. The early Pool allows easy defense against Reaper / Proxy Rax at the same Time as early Harassment with 2 Lings and 3 Roaches. The follow up is a quick 2 Base Spire into 3 Base Roach Ravager Muta and 4 Ling Bane Ravager Corruptor into Hive.

The nice part is that you almost get a free win versus all Terrans foolish enough to teleport a Battlecruiser into your Base.

General Build Order

This will be a general overview. For detailed Infos check Analysis / the Video.

OPENER


  • 17 Pool
  • 18 Hatch
  • 17 Gas
  • Build 2 Drones (18 Supply) and rally them to the Gas
  • 1 Pair of Lings + Queen when Pool is done. Attack the Terran Natural with the 2 Lings.
  • Next 150 Minerals Roach Warren - Use one Drone from the Gas.
  • Drone to 22 Supply (3 Drones in Gas)
  • @100% Queen build another Queen in Main
  • @100% Roach Warren 2 Roaches in Main 1 Roach in Natural
  • @150 Minerals 3rd Queen in Natural (use one for Creep Spreading)
  • now Harass with Roaches and Drone at home

LAIR TIME


  • @100 Gas build Lair
  • @3:45 3 additional Gasses --> Keep some defensive Roaches for Hellion Attacks
  • @Lair Start Spire --> Overseer (scout for BC / 3rd Base) --> Roach Speed
  • @4:30 build 2 Spores (for Libs / Banshees)
  • @5:00 (or so) build a 3rd Base
  • @Spire build 4-6 Mutas or Corruptors against BC

Roach Ravager Corruptor Transition

  • Build 2 Evos after your 6 Mutas are done
  • Prepare some Roaches at home for defense against Hellions / Marines
  • Get +1 Missile and +1 Carapace (maybe Air Attack?)
  • Saturate your 3rd
  • Get a 4th as soon as your 3rd Mineral Line is saturated
  • Get Corruptors to deal with Medivacs / Liberators :)

LING BANE HIVE TRANSITION


  • After your 4th is done Ling Speed + Bane Nest as soon as you can
  • Start an Infestation as you start +1 Melee and +2 Carapace
  • @Infestation Pit start Hive
  • @Hive go for Ultralisks (or whatever Hive Tech u like)

Unit Composition

In general this is the Units I want to have:

Early

  • 3 Roaches at least against Hellion Runbys

Mid Game

  • 6 Mutalisks and ~8 Roaches for defense

Late Mid Game

  • 4-6 Corruptors
  • 3-10 Ravagers and a lot of Roaches

Late Game

  • 4-6 Ultralisks
  • Some Vipers / Infestors
  • 40 Lings
  • 20 Banelings
  • 4-6 Corruptors

VOD

https://youtu.be/k3zFS4BkBpw

Replay - 2020-03-07 - (T)Hopt VS (Z)RemZero

Build Order

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  12  0:01  Drone  
  13  0:12  Overlord  
  13  0:16  Drone  
  14  0:31  Drone x3  
  17  0:47  Drone  
  17  0:48  Spawning Pool  
  17  0:57  Drone  
  18  1:11  Hatchery  
  18  1:12  Extractor  
  18  1:15  Drone x2  
  18  1:35  Zergling x2, Queen  
  21  1:41  Roach Warren  
  21  1:44  Drone  
  22  2:00  Overlord  
  22  2:17  Queen  
  24  2:23  Queen  
  24  2:28  Roach x3  
  34  2:49  Overlord  
  34  3:04  Lair  
  42  3:24  Overlord  
  43  3:27  Extractor  
  50  3:53  Extractor  
  52  3:57  Overlord  
  52  4:05  Extractor  
  52  4:08  Spire  
  52  4:21  Glial Reconstitution  
  59  4:34  Spore Crawler x2  
  57  4:43  Overseer  
  57  5:09  Hatchery  
  58  5:20  Mutalisk x4  
  66  5:37  Zerg Flyer Weapons Level 1  
  66  5:40  Mutalisk x2  
  73  5:46  Evolution Chamber x2  
  82  6:24  Mutalisk x4  
  92  6:38  Roach x2  
  96  6:41  Zerg Missile Weapons Level 1  
  94  6:53  Zerg Ground Armor Level 1  
  94  6:57  Extractor x2  
  96  7:03  Roach x4  
  96  7:08  Hatchery  
  103  7:11  Roach  
  103  7:13  Queen  
  110  7:26  Hatchery  
  123  7:44  Baneling Nest  
  136  8:24  Burrow  
  138  8:27  Metabolic Boost  
  138  8:30  Centrifical Hooks  
  138  8:31  Corruptor x2  
  145  8:36  Zergling x14  
  145  8:39  Queen  
  156  8:48  Ravager x6  
  166  9:07  Baneling x10  
  166  9:11  Zergling x2  
  167  9:19  Zergling x2  
  164  9:25  Zerg Ground Armor Level 2  
  164  9:30  Extractor  
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Analysis

What to do with the 3 Roaches

  • Try to kill as many as Scv's as you can. 3 Roaches oneshot SCV's and Marines
  • Turn home before the Cyclone pops out. He will kill your Roaches (Techlab on Factory)
  • If your Opponent has a Bunker Turn around.

What to do with the Mutalisks

  • First Shutdown any Liberators / Medivacs / Hellions / Banshees
  • Then Harrass your Opponent and try to take map Control
  • Build your Mutalisk Count as you see fit

What to do vs BC?

  • Stay defensive until you get enough Corruptors (4-5 per BC) to really kill him
  • Stay on Roach Ravager for a little while. Bile works wonders versus BC

What to do against Mech Against Mech I play the same Style. I usually add a lot of Roaches and Ravagers though and go for a Hive Transition. E.G. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DJeIFMXEPfo

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Details

  • Created by: railgan      
  • Published on: Mar 10, 2020
  • Patch: 4.11.0
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