This is meant to be a catch all ladder opening that pushes out 4 stalkers before 3 minutes to either A) defend common Terran cheese such as proxy marauder, or B) to pressure the Terran and to mess up their macro/build order. This build worked really well to get me from Plat 3 to Diamond 1 because it could deal with almost any proxy cheese, and also because lower level ladder players struggled to deal with early pressure and get their build orders back on track even if they were only dealt minor economic damage.

Key things to remember:

  • Chrono your probes only once after 14 pylon, save the next 2 for your first 2 stalkers.

  • If you scout a proxy then build batteries, don't expand, and continue stalker production and if necessary tech into robo for immortal/observer.

  • If you deal a lot of damage with your stalkers you can eschew macro to warp in more stalkers and build more gates to try and end the game right there. I've had several players as high as M3 fail to properly respond to the pressure and just die right here.

  • However, my most common follow-up is a robo based macro game. I will usually get an observer first, 1-2 immortals, forge and +1, and then robo bay. I've also gone fast twilight into blink, or even chargelot archon. I usually don't go into stargate games from this opener, but I have done it. The best follow-up depends on what your opponent is doing.


Build Order

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  14  0:17  Pylon  Chrono probes ONCE after pylon
  15  0:38  Gateway  
  16  0:39  Scout  Use gate probe to scout for proxies on our side of map, no need to scout across map
  17  0:48  Assimilator  Rally 17 probe from nexus to gas
  18  0:58  Assimilator  Rally 18 probe from nexus to gas
  19  1:10  Gateway  Rally 19 probe from nexus to build, then put into gas
  19  1:11  Action  At 16/16 on minerals, rally all new probes into gas
  20  1:25  Cybernetics Core  
  22  1:37  Pylon  At 23/23 cut probes until after 4 stalker and nexus
  23  1:55  Stalker x2 (Chrono Boost)  2nd gate and cyber should finish simultaneously, start both immediately as cyber finishes; Rally gates across map
  27  1:57  Warp Gate  
  27  2:01  Pylon  Build at natural, bring scouting probe back to build and patrol him on natural
  31  2:25  Stalker x2  
  31  2:52  Nexus  Resume probe production
  32  2:55  Action  First 2 stalkers should be arriving at T natural, try to interrupt his expo and do as much damage as possible while continuing to macro
  32  3:08  Robotics Facility  Start ASAP when you have 150/100. If game proceeds as a normal macro game, I recommend producing an observer, 1-2 immortals, and maybe a warp prism for continued pressure
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  • Created by: ViCE
  • Published on: Jan 27, 2024
  • Modified on: Jan 27, 2024
  • Patch: 4.11.0
  • Difficulty: Easy
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