"The Swarmhost is an useless Unit", "After the Nerf why even build Swarmhosts", "2 Base Zerg isn't viable" ... these are all things I have been told and I am here to correct the World by showcasing my 2 Base Nydus Swarmhost Style.
The Build works identically against both Terran and Protoss. Of course you need to adjust to different timings in the economic first 5 Minutes. Terrans can't attack you with Mass Adepts and Protoss can't attack you with Liberators etc... these are all just minor details and not that Important.
Now how does the Build itself work? We use Queens and Lings to defend on 2 Bases while droning up completly. A quick Lair and Infestation Pit allows us to get the first Swarmhosts out fairly early around the 5:30 mark. Once the economy is flowing we use our Queens and Swarmhosts offensively by building a Nydus Network (usually around the 5:30 Mark).
We build a 3rd base while this is going on to secure our economic future. The Next Step is to find holes in our opponents defense... for the exact process check the VOD but in short we search for blindspots with overlords, overseers and lings and keep attacking him with multiple Nydus Worms.
We are able to defend against any and all early pressure with 2 Base Mass Queen and a Spore or Spine here and there if necessairy. So based on that I am not going to go in detail on every single reaction. A rough Guideline can be found in the Analysis Section though.
An example would be the following: Nydus Main -> Send out Queens and transfuse / spread creep -> Send out Swarmhosts drop locusts -> Nydus 3rd -> Send out Swarmhosts and drop locusts to kill 3rd --> Nydus natural ... etc
I personally like to go for a Mutalisk follow up and build the Spire as soon as I can while also droning my 3rd ever so slightly. Most Terrans / Protoss do not have enough anti air to deal with Mutalisks while trying to fend off Swarmhosts.
Rough Build Order:
This Build only works versus Terrans who go for a Factory Opener. You will most likely not succeed against 2-1-1 Mass Marine Openers unless you get really "lucky". Against those try to defend with Queens at home while nydus harrassing... and rush out upgrades or die.
In general keep 4-8 lings at home past the 3:30 mark and 8-16 past the 4:30 Mark otherwise hellions will kill you. If you see no medivac / viking by 4:45 build a Spore at each Base and prepare for Banshees / Liberators.
Try to kill their Army / Economy with your Nydus Worms
The Build works best versus Stargate openers. You can easily shutdown the Oracle / Phoenix with your Queens while preparing your Nydus. Infestors can be really useful (1-3) with your Swarmhosts to plop down a couple Infested Terrans to sway away sky toss units.
Follow up You might need Upgrades... especially carapace versus Bio terran and Damage versus both Races for your Locusts. Building Hydras / Corruptors and Lings with the Swarmhosts work really well, as do Banelings.
You can always tech to a Hive if you think it is a good Option :)
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